In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert. The signal was coming from Nasdaq (NDAQ). It looked like malware had snuck into the company’s central servers. There were indications that the intruder was not a kid somewhere, but the intelligence agency of another country. More troubling still: When the U.S. experts got a better look at the malware, they realized it was attack code, designed to cause damage.
(Source: Schneier on Security)
On this day in 1934, John Dillinger was shot and killed outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, as federal agents tried to arrest him. Dillinger pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot four times. He was 31 years old. During his criminal career, Dillinger and his gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations, and Dillinger escaped from jail twice. He served as the impetus for the creation of the FBI.
One who pays some attention to history will not be surprised if those who cry most loudly that we must smash and destroy are later found among the administrators of some new system of repression.
Caption: Beekeeper David Hackenberg, 65, rests by the side of his truck at the end of the evening after transferring bee hives from a blueberry field near Columbia Falls, Maine, on June 22, 2014. Over recent years, bees have been dying at a rate the U.S. government says is economically unsustainable. Honey bees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of the food consumed by Americans, including apples, watermelons and beans. A lawsuit has now been filed by environmental groups in the United States seeking an injunction restricting the approval of a controversial class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or ‘neonics’. These pesticides have become a subject of scrutiny in Europe and the United States as concern has mounted that they harm honeybees and other pollinators.
Photo credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif, found at The Atlantic: InFocus.
Alex Halberstadt speaks with Daniel Genis, who read 1,046 books during his decade in prison:
“Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (‘not the easiest magazines to give away in prison’) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the long, difficult novels that require ample motivation and time under the best of circumstances. He read Mann, James, Melville, Musil, Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’ He read, and reread, the Russians, in Russian.”
Once the needle goes in, it never comes out.