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Phishing Threats, Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer, Protests Support, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 11, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: Cofense Launches Free Resource Center and Searchable Database Highlighting the Latest Phishing Attacks that Bypass Email Security Technologies . “Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today launched a comprehensive resource center and easy-to-use Real Phishing Threats searchable database to help organizations see the phishing threats that slip past their secure email gateways (SEG).”

State Archives of North Carolina: New NCDC Addition: Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer Papers. “In support of the She Changed the World initiative, the North Carolina Digital Collections has a new addition to our collections now available for viewing. The Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer Papers are digitized and can be found in the Civil War digital collection.”

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Organizations Open Their Spaces To Protesters. “Brooklyn theater and cultural institutions have started opening their buildings and offering snacks, water, and other resources to protesters marching around the borough decrying the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer…. An online database called Open Your Lobby has logged and promoted many of these efforts, with maps and spreadsheets detailing what organizations are offering and at what times on what days. The group provides regular updates tailored to where protests are happening across the country.”

USEFUL STUFF

Tech & Learning: 4 Best Free and Easy Audio Recording Tools for Google Slides. “You see, even though we can now add audio to a Google slideshow, there isn’t a simple built-in recording button. Instead you need to record the audio separately with another program, then save it to Drive, and then add it to a slide. So that brings up the big question: What are some easy ways to record audio? When using my Windows PC, I can use a free program such as Audacity. Students often will be using Chromebooks, so we need some web-based options. We are going to take a look at four excellent, free options for recording audio right in your web browser, and then how to add that audio to Google Slides.”

ZDNet: Best free video streaming services in 2020: Crackle, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and more. “There are currently 11 good free services to try, and good old-fashioned over-the-air (OTA) antenna TV. Yes, you do have to put up with commercials on all of these — and there’s not a DVR features to be seen — but they are free. With so many selections to choose from, I can guarantee you’ll find something to watch that won’t hurt your pocketbook by even a single penny.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: Scientists backed by Zuckerberg’s foundation urge him to change stance on Trump posts. “More than 140 scientists who have received funding and support from Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization wrote to the Facebook CEO Saturday expressing concern about how he handled President Donald Trump’s posts on the platform.”

Bangkok Post: Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears. “Several Zoom meetings involving Chinese users were ‘disrupted’, the video messaging app acknowledged Thursday, after activists in the United States and Hong Kong revealed discussions on the platform of Beijing’s deadly Tiananmen crackdown had been closed down.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BetaNews: Protocol flaws leave 5G and other mobile networks open to vulnerabilities. “Vulnerabilities affecting mobile and 5G networks are putting industrial equipment, smart homes, and city infrastructure at risk according to a new report. Produced by Positive Technologies, this is the fourth in a series of reports on the greatest threats and vulnerabilities in the mobile ecosystem. It highlights the cyber security risks to networks that originate with the GTP protocol — which is used to transmit user data and control traffic on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MilitarySpot: ‘Digital Twins’ to Enable 3D Printing on Battlefield. “The Army wants to make three-dimensional models of all its replacement parts available online so that Soldiers deployed downrange will eventually be able to 3D print them, said its top acquisition official.”

EurekAlert: Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud. “Over the last 20 years, the rapid development of digital communication technology has given rise to new forms of social interaction on social media. Digital communication technologies can overcome physical, social and psychological barriers in building romantic relationships. Around 1400, dating sites/chats have been created over the last decade in North America alone. Solely in the UK, 23% of Internet users have met someone online with whom they had a romantic relationship for a certain period and that even 6% of married couples met through the web.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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