Was the DNC Breach the Work of Russian Hackers?

The recent breach of sensitive data stored on the DNC server has been making waves since the stolen information was published on WikiLeaks just a few days ago. As the information is sifted through (exposing problematic behavior on the part of handfuls of DNC higher-ups), questions have gone unanswered regarding the expertly-planned cyber espionage attack that was so successfully carried out against the national committee.

dnc leak2Cyber experts have noted that the scale, timeliness, and sensitivity of the data released imply a level of sophistication that would be difficult to find outside of state-sponsored activity. WikiLeaks’ decision to publish the documents into a search engine has indexed that data, making it that much easier for those looking for damning data to locate it. Email conversations between democratic party leaders revealing a collusion to give the nomination to Hillary Clinton, remarks regarding Bernie Sanders’ lack of religious emphasis, and many other sensitive topics have been sentenced to the public eye, with largely embarrassing results.

It’s worth mentioning that the documents were well-timed; all confidential information was exposed strategically; their surfacing just before the Democratic National Convention allowed for the highest possible level of chaos upon the convention’s onset.

As for who actually carried out the hacking? American authorities seem to be unanimously pinning the blame on Russian hackers, an allegation that gains evidence daily. For example, in mid-June when the DNC called in the the cyber threat analysis firm Crowdstrike to examine the committee’s servers, the company found “two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries present in the DNC network.” Crowdstrike then released a comprehensive report of its findings, which were released on June 14. Among its many discoveries, Crowdstrike found that one of the hacking groups had been snooping in the DNC’s servers for almost a year. The next week, two different cybersecurity firms independently confirmed Crowdstrike’s reports. The additional firms also found that the two hackers used malware and methods identical to those used in other attacks attributed to the suspected Russian hacking groups.

dnc leakThe day after Crowdstrike’s report was published, a hacker calling themselves “Guccifer 2.0” took credit for the hack and claimed that he or she was not affiliated with the Russian government and was instead a stand-alone hacker. Guccifer 2.o went on to claim that he had handed off much of what he had found to Wikileaks.

More compelling evidence linking the DNC breach to Russian state-sponsored hacking was found by King’s College in London professor Thomas Rid. Rid found that there was an identical command-and-control address hardcoded into the DNC malware that was also on the malware that was used to hack the German Parliament back in 2015. German officials had stated that the malware originated from Russian military intelligence.

Additional evidence includes that documents were translated into Cyrillic and that Guccifer, who claimed to be Romanian, did not speak coherent Romanian.

“It doesn’t strain credulitiy to look at the Russians,” said malware expert with CitizenLab Morgan Marquis-Boire. “This is not the first time that Russian hackers have been behind intrusions in US government, and it seems unlikely that it will be the last.”

The Kremlin has denied any Russian involvement in the leak.


IPO Climate is Cold

There were 20 companies that presented at the forum this past year. Of those 20 companies 18 are listed on the ASX and UBS said there is clearly a better application to the tech model when we consider this in context of the global trends of late. “The market in my view seems to be a lot more accepting of taking on a bit more risk earlier on in the development of a company,” said Zach Gottesman in an interview last weekend at a bubba gump shrimp co bar during all you can eat popcorn shrimp. He went on to say that “A while back you would have had to go through more venture capital rounds and more pre-IPO rounds. But the market seems to be more accepting of taking on more risk earlier, a lot of the time before the company is even at profitability.”dfg

The emerging markets will be our judge.
Goatman is some times wrong,  but he makes some compelling points considering this.
“But essentially what the market is saying is, I’m prepared to pay over the odds for better than market growth and I won’t pay anything for less than market growth. So I can’t get that cyclical growth in an environment where the globe just isn’t growing and I need to go to structurally different models which is IT.”

His intellectual rival Marvin Claymore says that ,

“Generally investors in the small cap end need $100 million of free float before its starts to be reasonably meaningful. I would say $80 million to $100 million is where you start to get the attention of the market.”

At any rate we need to point to the fact that all signs point to bubble and beyond that its going to be a crash, so get what ever nuggets you can you can out of the market and head for the hills. What I would do if I were you is ensure jhlhlthat you are staying invested in markets that seem as if they are somewhat recession prone and affect necessarily markets. For instance energy, everyone is going to need it and its not going anywhere anytime soon, but if you want to keep you tech portfolio diverse you should consider something like solar city. We all know that Elon Musk has the midas touch and for many reasons his name alone cashes checks. If we are sure that you want to make a quick buck then Musk is your boy. He has a kind of messiah complex in the eyes of Americans and we know that when someone is seen in this way the market wants to put all they can into them. But if we want to play it safer then you should look into something like gold, if you think about it for whatever reason people always put an unjustifiable value on this useless thing but its not very techie. So if I were you I would look into the tech industry as the solution rather than the problem, if we are going to do that then we are going to good things.

Is Podcasting for You?

You’ve likely heard of them; internet radio stations you can download and listen to at your leisure instead of making sure to clear your schedule and tune in on the right day at the right time. Podcasts are a great invention that came alongside the internet, and they’ve allowed for huge amounts of niche radio stations to pop up and spout all kinds of knowledge and opinions. Here’s a little info on where podcasts came from and how you can start your own.

podcast broThe first podcast ever was created in 2004 by MTV video jockey Adam Curry and a software develeoper named Dave Winer. Curry had written a program called iPodder that allowed him to automatically download Internet radio broadcasts to his iPod, and then other software developers saw what he was going and improved on his idea, eventually creating the format for podcasting. Curry’s The Daily Source Code is now one of the most popular podcasts on the internet.

What’s great about podcasting is that it’s totally free from government regulation (unlike radio broadcasting, which requires that you purchase a license and comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast decency regulations). If you enjoy a good four-letter word now and then, chances this is good news. Despite this lack of regulation, copyright law still does apply to podcasters, so the government protects podcasters’ intellectual property without regulating it.

Podcasters are anything from highly paid employees of major corporations to people podcasting from home studios. They don’t rely on ratings or money, so people are free to talk about anything they want regardless of it being popular, allowing for there to be a podcast for every niche subject, from people just shooting the s*** to people totally committed to discovering UFOs and paranormal activity.

Some companies are actively trying to find a way to make money with podcasting. There are websites like and that act as a source for podcasts and now feature advertisements. Popular podcasts hosted by Tom Segura as well as the Stuff You Should Know podcast have their hosts present commercials for Me Undies and other random products.

podcast sisIf you’d like to start listening to a podcast, just choose a podcasting site and click on the hyperlink for whatever podcast sounds good to you. You could check out the iTunes store, The Podcast Network or The Podcast Directory if you want to browse for possible podcasts that suit your fancy. There are also apps on your mobile phone that you can download.

Audio files made for different sizes and capacities of audio streaming have been invented to compete with the standard MP3; there’s AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) and WMA (Windows Media Audio) for example. These advancements are so prevalent that no matter what you want, you can be sure that there’s a free version out there.

Maybe you’d like to create a podcast. Don’t even hesitate! It’s super easy. Just plug a microphone into your computer, install an audio recorder for Windows, Mac or Linux, create an audio file by making a recording of whatever you want on your podcast, and upload that audio file to one of the podcasting sites. If you want anyone to listen to it ever, you’re going to have to promote it pretty heavily.

You can also opt into videocasts if you’re interested in making more of a TV show type thing.

Meaning of network and its benefits

Basically, a network involves all of the components (hardware as well as software) linking computers across any type of distances. A network provides easy information access which increases the user’s productivity. Building up a network gives many advantages, but the 3 important facts are: File sharing – through which you can view, copy and modify files from your computer which stored on other computer. Resource Sharing – through which you can share resources such as fax machines, printers, CD Drives, FDD, HDD, Scanners, Webcam, Modem and more devices. Program sharing – as like file sharing you can share programs here on a network.

network1Types of Network Technology

Different Types of Network technology are:

LAN (Local Area Network) – it is using to connect close geographical area network devices, such as building’s particular floor, a campus environment or a whole building.

WAN (Wide Area Network) – it is using to connecting LANs together. Usually, it is used to connect LANs which are split by a large distance.

MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) – which is a hybrid among LAN and WAN.

SAN (Storage Area Network) – it provides high-speed infrastructure and facilitates for moving data among storage devices and file servers. Some of the advantages of SANs are: very fast performance, UP to 10 km’s distance span, due to centralization of data resources management is easy, it is available with redundancy features so availability is high and it uses thin type protocol which makes low overhead. SANs only disadvantage is, it cost little bit high.

CNs (Content Networks) – It is developed mainly for the ease users internet resources accessing. Normally, 2 different types of CNs were deployed by companies: downloaded Internet information catching and Internet traffic loads distribution across multiple servers.

Intranet – it is a local network which is mainly using by companies locally connects all their resources. It can also be say as, users inside the company can able to find their companies resources details without going outside the company. It includes LAN, WAN and MAN.

Extranet – it is an extended intranet, where internal services of a particular company are made accessible to a known external business partners or external users at remote locations.

Internet – it is using for accessing your network of internal resources by an unknown external users. For example, if you are having a website through which you are selling various products, with the help of internet external users can able to access your website to know concerning your service.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) – it is a secured network and a special type also. VPN is mainly using in internet for providing secure connection between the public network. It is also using in Extranet for providing secure connection among organization and its known external business partners or external users.
System Area Network – also termed as Cluster Area Network. In a cluster configuration, System Area Network links computers having high-performance and high-speed connections.

network2Wi-Fi (Wireless Local Area Network) – it can use to connect internet type of network resource through wireless network access point, where access point need to have 20 meters above indoor range and greater outdoor range. Wi-Fi can use many devices such as personal computers, smart phones, video-game consoles, tablet computers, digital cameras and digital audio players.