The world’s first national data #network was constructed in #France during the 1790s. It was a mechanical telegraph system, consisting of chains of towers, each of which had a system of movable wooden arms on top. Different configurations of these arms corresponded to letters, numbers and other characters. Operators in each tower would adjust the arms to match the configuration of an adjacent tower, observed through a telescope, causing sequences of characters to ripple along the line....
The #telegraph’s encoding system included a “backspace” symbol that instructed the transcriber to ignore the previous character. The addition of a spurious character indicating the direction of the previous day’s market movement, followed by a backspace, meant the text of the message being sent was unaffected when it was written out for delivery at the end of the line. But this extra character could be seen by another accomplice: a former telegraph operator who observed the telegraph tower outside #Bordeaux with a telescope, and then passed on the news to the Blancs. The scam was only uncovered in 1836, when the crooked operator in Tours fell ill and revealed all to a friend, who he hoped would take his place. The Blanc brothers were put on trial, though they could not be convicted because there was no law against misuse of data networks. But the Blancs’ pioneering misuse of the French network qualifies as the world’s first cyber-attack.#security #CyberAttak #Hack #Crime #Finance #Information #History
“At issue is a $70 million World Bank loan for the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, or SAGCOT, a Tanzanian #government initiative designed to encourage foreign investment in commercial agriculture. Some of the fertile agricultural lands that SAGCOT is transferring to investors are being cleared by evictions of cattle herders in the #Barabaig, #Maasai and other indigenous communities”.source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/world-bank-allows-tanzania-to-sidestep-rule-protecting-indigenous-groups_us_57607769e4b09c926cfd6b1c
So now the #SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) not only qualifies as the largest political organization – by area and population – in the world; it also unites four nuclear powers. The G-7 is irrelevant, as the latest #summit in #Taormina made it clear. The real action now, apart from the G-20, also lays in this alternative G-8.source: https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201706161054701807-west-cannot-smell-what-eurasia-cooking/
A series of strange and unsettling fires in the Mission District have people wondering: Are the city’s landlords using arson to drive out low-income tenants? And is this the deadly #endgame of #gentrification and tech-boom #greed?#poverty #finance #people #fire #crime #politics #justice #news #usa #fail
A report by the Special Inspector General for #Afghanistan Reconstruction found that the #Pentagon needlessly spent millions to license a proprietary camouflage pattern that replicates lush forests. Most of Afghanistan’s landscape, however, is #desert, and the #Defense Department owns dozens of similar patterns it could have used for free, the report said.#DoD #Money #finance #incompetence #fail #news #taxes #military
Welcome to the first online shop where you can pay with likes – the Strellson Like Shop. All you need to do to get your favourite look from the all-new Strellson collection: choose it, share it with a personalised Facebook post and encourage your #friends to pay for it – with their likes.#like #shop #Strellson #economy #finance #social #network #fashion #clothes
#Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is rethinking his approach to philanthropy in hopes of better assisting #people who need #help right now.I think paying taxes and higher wages would be a good start.
Symbolism is everything in #politics and nothing better signifies the austerity of May-Cameron-Osborne era than North Kensington’s ghastly tomb.That tomb in the sky will be forever Theresa May’s monument. Grenfell marks the spot and her visit marks the moment the last vestiges of her career were finally rubbed out. She made it her own yesterday by that fateful “visit” to a handful of senior fire officers, guarding her from any contaminating contact with the bereaved and newly #homeless. Dead to emotion or empathy, she sealed her fate.This #UK #skyscraper is an #austerity #ruin! In the final stage, there is no difference between #capitalism and communism anymore, both leave a fundamentally ruined #infrastructure.
It was also just one data point, and so it had to be interpreted with caution. But the pattern has been repeated so far in every major European #election since Trump’s victory. In the #Netherlands, #France and the U.K., right-wing parties faded down the stretch run of their campaigns and then further underperformed their polls on election day. (The latest example came on Sunday in the French legislative elections, when Marine Le Pen’s National Front received only 13 percent of the vote and one to five seats1 in the French National Assembly.) The right-wing Alternative for #Germany has also faded in polls of the German federal election, which will be contested in September.Isn't the awful awakening more terrible, if #Macron will only privatize further and cut the social system?
Last week the journalists of The MEPs Project revealed that one out of three MEPs across the #EU does not maintain a national office or has declined to disclose its location.#news #finance #money #politics #fail #moral #ethics
Extreme libertarians built blockchain to decentralize #government and corporate power. It could consolidate their control instead.
#bitcoins #blockchain #technology #money #market #business #capitalism #power #problem #news #future #finance #control #freedom
The leading #victim in the case was a subsidiary of the payments-processing giant First Data, which lost $450,000 that May. That was quickly followed by a $100,000 theft from a client of the First National #Bank of #Omaha. What was odd, Craig noticed, was that the thefts seemed to have been executed from the victims’ own IP addresses, using their own logins and passwords. Examining their computers, he saw that they were infected with the same malware: something called the #Zeus #Trojan horse.
#itnews #security #crime #hack #money #finance #internet #botnet
S’il y avait encore un doute sur le positionnement d’Emmanuel Macron, il vient de le dissiper : il se place ostensiblement du côté de la finance. Tandis que l’attention de l’opinion publique est captée par le feuilleton quotidien de la droite, il avance discrètement ses propositions. Et quelles propositions ! Il ne s’agit rien de moins que de remettre en cause la régulation élaborée après la crise financière de 2008. Comme Trump, il propose de réécrire ces règles contraignantes. Au nom de l’économie bien sûr.