A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices – The New York Times


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The attack on the infrastructure of the internet, which made it all but impossible at times to check Twitter feeds or headlines, was a remarkable reminder about how billions of ordinary web-connected devices — many of them highly insecure — can be turned to vicious purposes. And the threats will continue long after Election Day for a nation that increasingly keeps its data in the cloud and has oftentimes kept its head in the sand.


But hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of those security cameras and other devices have been infected with a fairly simple program that guessed at their factory-set passwords — often “admin” or “12345” or even, yes, “password” — and, once inside, turned them into an army of simple robots. Each one was commanded, at a coordinated time, to bombard a small company in Manchester, N.H., called Dyn DNS with messages that overloaded its circuits.


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A dozen iOS 10 feature gems that Apple forgot to mention–David Pogue

David Pogue

Last month, when Apple (AAPL) released iOS 10, the latest system software for the iPhone/iPad, it made a big deal out of the major features, like a redesigned Music app and contextual predictions in Autocorrect.

But Apple’s engineer elves worked for a year to overhaul iOS 10, and they’ve planted lots of hidden gems. In today’s video, all in one 12-minute lesson, I’m happy to present a dozen of the best iOS 10 features that Apple forgot to mention.

(In this crash course, I didn’t say anything about the new Messages app. That one gets a whole lesson unto itself!)


EDITOR’S NOTE:  One tip on using the “Home” button is worth the read:

Eliminate the click

You can get an extra efficiency when it comes to waking up your phone by eliminating the requirement to click the Home button.

Instead, you can just touch your finger to it. That wakes the phone and unlocks it in a single motion.

To find this feature, open Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Home Button. Turn on “Rest finger to open.”


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Serving Veterans in NY: Courts, Laws & Programs

When: Monday, November 7, 2016

            Registration 9:30am – 10:00am

            Program 10:00am – 1:30pm


Where: New York State Bar Association

1 Elk Street

Albany, NY 12207


Earn 3 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced and newly-admitted attorneys.


Serving Veterans in New York:  New York’s Courts, Laws, and Programs Uniquely Designed to Serve Veterans is a FREE CLE sponsored by The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Veterans. 

New York has implemented a number of programs and laws geared toward serving its unique and diverse veterans.  From Veteran’s Courts to Assistive Technology, this CLE will provide context for the various arenas in which Veteran specific programs and laws have developed to provide a specific or added benefit for Veterans. 

Presenters for this CLE are Art Cody, NY State Defenders Association, Benjamin Pomerance, NY State Division of Veterans’ Affairs and Christy Asbee, Disability Rights NY

This CLE is free of charge.  Register at www.nysba.org/VETSFALLCLE


Kristen Wagner Esq.

New York State Bar Association

Albany NY

(518) 487-5640

Vermont Wind Project Needs Support, So Company Offers to Pay Voters – The New York Times


Opponents were outraged at the payments, perceiving them as an attempt to buy votes, and complained to state officials.

But Michael O. Duane, senior assistant attorney general, said the payments did not violate state law. The proposal “doesn’t say that the funds go only to those people who signed a sworn statement that they had voted for it,” he said.

Still, the payment proposal has left a sour taste. As The Rutland Herald put it in an editorial on Sunday, “The naked offer of money to individual citizens may be even more corrosive to the civic life of the town than the potential environmental effects of the wind turbines.”


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Welcome to NYC Rules! | NYC Rules

This website allows New Yorkers to review proposed rules and voice their opinions about those rules before they are adopted into law.  Every year, City agencies make over 100 changes or additions to the City rules that are an important part of how government interacts with the public.  Use the links below to comment on proposed rules and read newly adopted ones.

On this website, you can:

Dropbox’s Big iOS Update — MacSparky


Dropbox has long been an essential service for iOS power users but you wouldn’t know that based on their app. Today that changed with the release of a new version with several substantial new improvements including:

1. PDF Signing

2. Messages Support

3. Widget Support

4. Notifications and Lock Screen

5. Picture in Picture

David Sparks has more for you here…

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Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively | Center for Constitutional Rights

SMUG v. Lively is a federal lawsuit in which CCR represents Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit LGBTI advocacy organization in Uganda. SMUG is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights. The case is part of CCR’s cutting edge international human rights work and groundbreaking efforts to protect and expand rights under the area of law related to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and continues CCR’s historic early work defending LGBTI rights.

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