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Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
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Surprise! Earth Day Aurora Storm

Source - Space Weather News for April 22, 2017: http://spaceweather.com

EARTH DAY AURORA STORM: Last night, Northern Lights descended into the United States as far south as Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington, kicking off an unexpected display of bright auroras for Earth Day. What happened? A CME that was supposed to miss Earth apparently hit instead, surprising forecasters. Geomagnetic storms are still underway as April 22nd unfolds; high-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for midnight auroras on April 22-23. Visit Spaceweather.com for updates.

WEEKEND METEOR SHOWER: The auroras tonight may be spiced by an occasional flash of light. Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Dark sky observers could see 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour shooting out of the constellation Lyra. Sky maps and observing tips @ Spaceweather.com.


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securityintelligence.com - 20170420:

"Ars Technica explained that #Hajime’s discovery followed in the wake of a similar IoT device botnet known as #Mirai, which was associated with record-setting distributed denial-of-service (#DDoS) attacks last year.

"Like Mirai, Hajime spreads via unsecured devices that have open Telnet ports and rely on default passwords. However, Hajime is built on a peer-to-peer network and propagates across other machines over time. It is also more advanced than Mirai, and takes many steps to conceal its processes and hide its files."

#iot #security

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Massive Explosion on the Sun

Source - Space Weather News for April 19, 2017: http://spaceweather.com

OLD SUNSPOT RETURNS, EXPLODES: Old sunspot AR2644 has returned following a 2-week trip around the backside of the sun--and it is still active. During the late hours of April 18th, the sunspot's magnetic canopy exploded, producing a C5-class solar flare and hurling a spectacularly bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. The massive cloud of hot plasma will almost certainly miss Earth, but future explosions could be geoeffective as the sunspot turns toward our planet. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

CHANCE OF MAGNETIC STORMS: NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on April 19th and 20th when a high-speed stream of solar wind is due to reach our planet. This could spark bright Northern Lights in the waxing spring twilight around the Arctic Circle. Monitor the aurora gallery for sightings.

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identityweek.com - 20170418:

The IoT survey results showed that most IT pros (63.1%) are not confident that their organizations can track and manage all the IoT devices on their networks. And of those who are confident, 48.8% estimated that they only manage 1 – 50 IoT devices. By comparison, among those who said there are at least 5,000 IoT devices on their networks only 17.1% think they can track and manage all of their IoT devices."

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staceyoniot.com - 20170418:

"Right now, there are several efforts to create standards for securing connected devices, but they don’t all require the same elements. This lack of clarity means that securing connected devices is more expensive and harder than it should be, and it also makes assessing the security of a device by consumers impossible."

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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Skeptic Check: Glutenous Maximus" will be available Monday, April 17, 2017 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast has also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute

#BigPictureScience #SETI #news #podcast #science 

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xkcd: Identification Chart

Source: https://xkcd.com/1824/

Shared under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

Credit: Randall Munroe
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securityintelligence.com - 20170413:

"Organizations are increasingly embracing the IoT, where business technology is connected to physical assets. These IoT-enabled solutions can offer a wide range of business and commercial applications, connecting tens of millions of devices to help drive optimization, cost reduction, access to real-time data, and speedier and safer decision-making."

#iot #security
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