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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hackers Run Rampant and Implants Control Your Memories

Hackers have been very busy lately breaking into companies servers and messing around with all sorts of documents. The latest target on the hit-list was Sega. The company is now the victim of a data breach within its Sega Pass database. So far it appears that no passwords or financial data was accessed and the company has stated it is launching a full investigation to better secure data. This breach in security only adds to the quickly growing list as government sites fall victim just as easily as many other sites and databases around the globe. The hacking group LulzSec is believed to behind many of the attacks including ones on the CIA public website. The group released a statement telling of how they will continue to attack targets until they are caught. They also state that they are doing good by releasing these weaknesses rather than hide them and allowing users and site owners to better secure the weaknesses found in their systems. Support for the group however has started to drop since the attack against Sony when they had been fighting for a hardware hacker who was being sued for releasing the master code used by the PS3 system for use with Homebrew games. Not everything the group does however seems to be malicious as seen with the break in of a British health system where the group left everything untouched and only warned admins that the system was insecure. It is also believed that LulzSec is in a hacker war against similar group Anonymous however the group denies this accusation.

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have recently founded a program that is calling for cyber threat knowledge to be shared with defense contractors as well as the private Internet Service Providers each use. This sharing of knowledge is in hopes that it can be implemented across systems to secure confidential data. This comes after an incident in 2008 in which a confidential system was breached using a USB Thumb Drive. It is growing ever more necessary for computing systems to become more secure or face the risk of confidential data being leaked to enemies in other countries who could be able to use that gained knowledge against us in the future. While computing systems bring great things to the field they also pose a serious risk and it is hopeful that this new program will help to plug some of the holes left in our cyber defense systems.

Scientists have created an implant that can control the neural flow within the brain and mimic its learning process. The device was tested in lab rats that had their memories medically disrupted. It is designed to replicate the electrical signals in the brain present during these memories and thoughts. After the implant was placed within the brain it allowed for communication within the hippocampus region which is the center for memory processing. Studies are now being planned for monkeys in order to determine how this technology could impact people with dementia and brain injuries.

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