Cyber Attack Predictive Index, Kylie Minogue, OnZoom, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 15, 2020


Johns Hopkins University: New website predicts likelihood of cyberattacks between nations. “The Cyber Attack Predictive Index devised by computer science professor Anton Dahbura along with cybersecurity lecturer Terry Thompson and former undergraduate Divya Rangarajan provides a predictive analysis of nations most likely to engage in the surreptitious strategy waged with keyboards, code, and destructive malware rather than soldiers, tanks and airplanes.”

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: NFSA Launches ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is turning into a Disco to celebrate Kylie Minogue’s countless achievements with a new online-only exhibition, ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. Now available at, this online experience features rare content sourced from the NFSA’s vast audiovisual collection, spanning four decades of Kylie performances, interviews and more. ❤ Kylie: A Celebration is published three weeks ahead of Kylie’s 15th studio album, titled Disco.”


BBC: Zoom launches paid-for live events with OnZoom. “Video calling app Zoom has announced a system to let people pay for live ‘online experiences’. Called OnZoom, the new spin-off platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and art online events.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4583263 update for Windows 10 to prevent swollen laptop batteries. “Microsoft has teamed up with HP to work on a fix for a problem affecting various HP Business Notebooks. The flaw not only causes a reduction in performance and battery life, but can also lead to swollen batteries. The problem lies with the HP Battery Health Manager, and the update from Microsoft and HP is rolling out to enable a new charging algorithm to help alleviate the issue.”


New Zealand Herald: DoC angry as Napier penguins illegally disturbed for ‘social media amusement’. “The Department of Conservation (DoC) have been left ‘disturbed’ after reports of the public handling kororā/little blue penguins in Napier and posting images on social media. Disturbances to the animals, especially during nesting, can result in chicks being abandoned or dying.”

Scientific American: When a Journalist Becomes a Disinformation Agent. “Disinformation scholars often warn that focusing on the intent of influence operations or the sophistication of their techniques overestimates their impact. It’s true that many disinformation tactics are not robust in isolation. But the targeted victim is fragile; pervasive anxiety and a deep social divide in America make us vulnerable to attacks from afar and within. And because it’s cheap and easy for bad actors to throw proverbial spaghetti at social feeds, occasionally something sticks, leading to massive amplification by major news organizations. This was my goal as an editor in chief of unreality.”


ZDNet: Facebook launches bug bounty ‘loyalty program’. “Designed after the loyalty programs used by airlines and hotels, Facebook said Hacker Plus would provide extra bonuses and special perks to bug hunters based on their past reports. Any researcher who submitted or submits bugs to Facebook’s bug bounty program is automatically included and ranked inside the Hacker Plus loyalty program.”

Techdirt: FBI Sent A Special Task Force To Portland To ‘Exploit’ Phones Taken From Protesters . “The Fly Teams have been in existence since shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. But until now, they’ve mainly been foreign-focused — either operating in other countries or targeting foreign terrorists. This breaks some new ground in a disturbing way: counterterrorist activity targeting US citizens, some of which have engaged in nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights.”


Scientific American: How to Get Through This Election. “Every platform, newsroom, election authority and civil society group could have a detailed response plan for a number of anticipated scenarios—because we have seen them play out before. The most common form of disinformation is that which sows doubt about the election process itself: flyers promoting the wrong election date, videos of ballot boxes that look like they have been tampered with, false claims about being able to vote online circulating on social media and in closed groups on WhatsApp. The low cost of creating and disseminating disinformation allows bad actors to test thousands of different ideas and concepts—they are just looking for one that could do real damage.”

ScienceDaily: New virtual reality software allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells. “The software, called vLUME, was created by scientists at the University of Cambridge and 3D image analysis software company Lume VR Ltd. It allows super-resolution microscopy data to be visualised and analysed in virtual reality, and can be used to study everything from individual proteins to entire cells.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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