Incroyable! Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what could very well be the 'holy grail' of submarine-to-surface communications. Monikered TARF, the system ostensibly converts SONAR to RADAR with no mid-processing steps required. Absolutely superb work, and today's Must Read.
In what wraps up to be a superbly crafted screed penned by Glenn Greenwald, laboring at The Intercept; in which, the Good Mr. Greewald details the perceived falsehoods swirling about the alleged Russian Intelligence Services hacks of the Burlington Vermont electrical generation utility. Today's Must Read.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued the codified order targeting Net Neutrality. Entitled FCC 15-24*, for GN Docket Number 14-28, In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order. At over *Four hundred pages long*, this document will (likely) become one of the most highly contentious Orders emerging this year (or the weapon of choice for conspiracy theorists due to it's weight*) from the Commission.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a new internal report detailing a framework targeting Smart Meter Upgradability (NIST Internal Report NISTIR 7823), Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework). Authored by Michaela Iorga (a member of the Computer Security Division, in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at NIST) and Scott Shorter (of Electrosoft Services, Inc. in Reston, Virgina), the document is also available at the International DOI System under NIST.IR.7823.
I reckon the document's abstract sums it up quite nicely:
"As electric utilities turn to Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMIs) to promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, one aspect that can benefit from standardization is the upgradeability of Smart Meters. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard SG-AMI 1-2009, “Requirements for Smart Meter Upgradeability,” describes functional and security requirements for the secure upgrade—both local and remote—of Smart Meters. This report describes conformance test requirements that may be used voluntarily by testers and/or test laboratories to determine whether Smart Meters and Upgrade Management Systems conform to the requirements of NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009. For each relevant requirement in NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009, the document identifies the information to be provided by the vendor to facilitate testing, and the high-level test procedures to be conducted by the tester/laboratory to determine conformance." - via NIST IR 7823
Meanwhile, you can also track, examine and attempt to contain your surprise at the latest, recognized industiral control systems & supervisory control and data acquisition systems vulnerabilities from our colleagues st US-CERT, here.
News, via Wired's Robert McMillan, of trouble in paradise. In this case, an error prone computational quantum platform the search leviathan Google Inc. (NasdqGS: GOOG) is running, down yonder in Mountain View...
"The crux of the problem is a phenomenon called bit-flipping. This happens when some kind of interference—cosmic rays, for example—causes the bits stored in memory to “switch state”—to jump from a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. On a PC or a server, error correction is relatively easy." - via Wired's Robert McMillan
- Image depicts a D-WAVE branded quantum computational device
Well written report on the 'plight' of folks that reside in Green Bank, West Virginia, [story by Michael J. Gaynor, and photography by Joshua Cogan, appearing in the often erudite The Washingtonian]. The unfortunate/fortunate circumstance for resident of the town is a complete ban on wireless networking and other devices that interfere with the utilization of the radio-telescope equipment ensconced at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, home of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.
The truly fascinating component to this story is of the towns attractiveness to folks that are electrosensitive. Electrosensitives [also known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitives] are humans that suffer deleterious effects when exposed to much of modern technologies [in this case, electro-magnetic fields, and the like]. Absolutely fascinating [regardless of certain aspects of this syndrome I am reasonably skeptical]. You be the judge...