Stratfor Hacked: 860,000 Subscribers’ Data Compromised

If you’re in the security community (or even if you’re not), I’m sure you’ve heard of it. If not, well I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year vacations under that big rock in some unknown cave. So, remember the 2011 back-to-back incident at SONY? Well, that was stupidity. You’d think other companies and … Continue reading

Stanford education at your fingertips!

Have you heard yet? Stanford University Online Education is offering several courses online on Entrepreneurship and Computer Science. These courses will be taught by renowned Stanford professors. And the best bit is that they’re free!

Of course these classes can’t replace the value of a full university experience. However, this is an opportunity to learn from leading experts from one of the best Universities in the world, so go learn something if you aren’t that busy!

Sony Breached — AGAIN! What you should do to protect your privacy.

If there are people who should learn from history, they’re the one at Sony. People have barely forgotten the recent PS breach that occurred barely a month ago and here we go again. (Is this going to be a monthly thing?) If the reports reaching me are true, a group that calls themselves “Lulz Security” claims that not only was the database breached by using a simple SQL injection attack but also that the passwords were stored in plain text. Forget negligence and irresponsibility, that’s downright — pardon the term — idotic… Continue reading original article »

Obama’s Devastatingly Mixed Signals

For better or worse, each passing day the Middle East is becoming more unstable. Regimes that have clung to power for decades are now being overthrown and threatened. Others are preemptively cracking down on their opponents or seeking to appease them.

While no one can say with certainty what the future will bring to the radically altered Middle Eastern landscape, it is becoming increasingly apparent that US influence over events here will be dramatically diminished.

2010 Elections: New Heads of State and Heads of Government

by Caela (Ed: silent sinner) Here is an overview (albeit incomplete) of the possible batch of new and not-so-new leaders in the world stage this year either making their debut at International events as head of state/government or will be lucky to be saying “I’m back!”.

Philippines, Indonesia: Exceeded Growth Expectations

While the BRIC and N-11 saw sharper contractions than developed countries in general, Goldman Sachs said these economies also posted stronger rebounds. The investment bank grouped the BRIC and the N-11 in terms of the differentiation, with the Philippines still at the top tier.

“This group of winners includes Brazil, China, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They have experienced a relatively mild slowdown, and have shown an impressive rebound in growth and activity this year.”

In the middle group are Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam, which have also seen impressive rebounds despite relatively sharp contractions, Goldman Sachs said.

Meanwhile, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, and Russia belong to the bottom level given the depth of their recessions and sluggishness of recoveries.

[Commentary] EU: We want a President; World: Oh, were you talking to us?

by Caela After the Irish “yes” to Lisbon Treaty, European capitals were swept with speculations as to who would get the top job that Lisbon would create. Think Tanks across the Union worked double time to put forward necessary policy proposals aiming to strengthen the Union. At first ears around the world perked up to … Continue reading