Man Pleads Guilty To Leaking US Military Aircraft Blueprints

When it comes to security and privacy, there is little more protected than military details. As a result, the information is often protected by several layers of protection, and even if these are breached the chances of it going unnoticed are even slimmer than being able to gain access in the first place. Something Su Bin found out the hard way when he pleaded guilty to leaking US military aircraft blueprints. Su Bin, a Chinese national, has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing sensitive military data and distributing this material to China for financial gain. Bin’s role in the scheme was to obtain access to Boeing and other companies servers, in the process retrieving information about their military aircraft

Su Bin, a Chinese national, has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing sensitive military data and distributing this material to China for financial gain. Bin’s role in the scheme was to obtain access to Boeing and other companies servers, in the process retrieving information about their military aircraft such as the C-17 and even fighter jets. Once he obtained access, he told two associates, un-named in his plea deal, which servers to hack and what information was useful on the projects. He even provided a translating service, converting the documentation from English to Chinese before sending it back to China, all at a cost.Sending both server details and names of US executives (and their emails)

After being caught in Canada in 2014 and then extradited to the US last month, Bin will now be charged with stealing data listed on the US Munitions List contained in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

With countries becoming more and more aware of the risks and dangers regarding the digital world, catching anybody is a stark warning that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you will get away with it.

Computers Can Now Talk To Each Other!


Sharing information between computers has long been an issue. Be it with a floppy disk or USB Memory Stick, or even other a wireless network, sharing information has long been limited by the hardware of the devices and occasionally a third device. Some companies wish to change this, and want to have your computer and phones talk to each other, in an almost literal sense.

Google’s latest extension, titled Google Tone, allows the transmission of URL’s via sound. By emitting a sound from one device, be it your computer or phone, and another device picking it up via Microphone the App plans to allow users to share URL’s with users as easily as just talking. The Extension for Chrome states that this will also work over phone calls or even google handouts, so next time you’re on skype or on the phone to someone you could send them a link to your favourite technology blog by simply pressing a single button. You can even send that funny cat video to all your friends at your restaurant table, be warned though, people on nearby tables with Tone would be able to pick up the link too.

Amid fears that the device would listen in on everything from the devices microphone, Google Tone can easily be disabled and even lowers the volume of devices it’s enabled on to allow transmissions to be picked up and sent clearer.

When broadcasting tone sends out a series of beeps that sound almost as if R2D2 was talking to you, so next time I’m watching Star Wars I’m going to see what websites R2D2 recommends.

Thank you Google for providing us with this information.

Meet Snapcash – Send Money Through Snapchat

Snapchat has just revealed their first product partnership with a third party company – Square Cash, claiming they have been big fans since it’s creation. Square Cash allows you to send money to your friends by simply typing a dollar value into a subject line on your email and hitting send.

The partnership will see this type of money transfer method placed into Snapchat’s current app infrastructure, with the process explained on the Californian-based companies official blog just today:

“The product you’re seeing today is fast, fun, and incredibly simple. After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button.” Snapchat

It sounds like a pretty easy and convenient feature, however with one major flaw. There’s no talk about in-app security here – if you log in to your normal internet banking applications, they’ll require some form of a PIN code entry alongside disabling the app every time it senses an external application coming into play (like Facebook Messenger being opened over the top). But I see nothing in this release pointing towards this fact. It seems that if you’re going to use this new feature, you should make sure that your phone has a pass-code on the lock screen!

Snapchat makes sure to mention that Square will be dealing with the server-side security of this partnership, claiming that they have ‘a ton’ of experience in this area.

Snapcash has now been made available for 18-year-old and above users in the United States who have a debit card. If you’re interested, here’s their release video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBwjxBmMszQ

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