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World’s Best Hikes: 20 Hikers’ Dream Trails – National Geographic

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National Geography publishes world’s best 20 hikes: France, Italy, Switzerland. Definitely the places to visit for hiking.

Twitter as communication tool for botnets

ESET researchers discovered an Android backdoor Trojan controlled by tweets. Detected by ESET as Android/Twitoor, it’s the first malicious app using Twitter instead of a traditional command-and-control (C&C) server.

After launch, the Trojan hides its presence on the system and checks the defined Twitter account in regular intervals for commands. Based on received commands, it can either download malicious apps or change
the C&C Twitter account to another one.

“Using Twitter to control a botnet is an innovative step for an Android platform,” says Lukáš Štefanko, the ESET malware researcher who discovered the malicious app.

First appearance of twitter-controlled botnets though was discovered in 2009, as mentioned in the article.

Comparing Twitter to other social media like Facebook, blogs (WordPress, Tumblr), Twitter stands out as a massive communication protocol – everyone talks with everyone, the message format is defined, limited by size. Twitter’s been used as a communication tool in many occurrences, either helping people as “Twitter monitoring of decease outbreaks“, or organising massive manifestations in Taksim square, Turkey.

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No wonder, why we ended up seeing Twitter as botnet communication tool.

In those days, I posed the concept that Twitter should not be a company alone. It should be an open protocol much like HTTP or email protocols (IMAP/POP). There should be an adopted industry standard that Twitter, the company, should and could (and still can) champion and work through with the guidance of other industry members.

It’s been published in 2012. Four years later, we’re witnessing the results, and more interesting things to come. There have been rumours that Twitter isn’t profitable, but tools it developed will evolve in the community anyway. Ideas get their niche and evolve in new products.

Shortest explanation of Marketing

The first step is to invent a thing worth making, a story worth telling, a contribution worth talking about.

The second step is to design and build it in a way that people will actually benefit from and care about.

The third one is the one everyone gets all excited about. This is the step where you tell the story to the right people in the right way.

The last step is so often overlooked: The part where you show up, regularly, consistently and generously, for years and years, to organize and lead and build confidence in the change you seek to make.

Marketing in 4 steps

That’s what it’s all about.

Classic programmer paintings

“Github Major Service Outage”. Georges Seurat, 1884

Brilliant collection of classical oil paintings with modern interpretation. 

“InfoSec team verifies security flaw.”
Caravaggio, 1601-1602

Google open sources its English parser

Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet. 

An open-source neural network framework implemented in TensorFlow that provides a foundation for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems.

Our release includes all the code needed to train new SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as Parsey McParseface.

Parsey McParseface – English parser that we have trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text.

Announcing syntaxnet

Google announced the release of their English parser earlier today. Great news, let’s see how it will influence the market in the nearest future.