Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care

first_img This change is coming amid a shift in the demographics in the cybersecurity field and a corresponding rise in interest. A 2019 survey from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium found that women make up 24% of the workforce in cybersecurity, a jump from 11% reported in 2017.”We hope that a program like this makes it easier for more mothers and parents in general to attend Black Hat,” Wylie said.Black Hat isn’t the only security conference that offers day care services. LocoMocoSec, a security conference in Hawaii started offering complimentary childcare in 2018. Moss said that Defcon wanted to introduce day care for the first time this year, but was not able to work out the logistics. The conference’s organizers intend on making it available in the future, Moss added.But it’s taking steps to address that issue. With Defcon spread across four different hotels this year, it will be the first time that the hacking conference is offering Mother’s Rooms.”This year we had extra hotel space, so we added extra villages. We started thinking, what other groups can use extra space?” Moss said. “We’re looking to see how those childcare rooms are being used.”Day care challengesWhile Black Hat’s day care program is just in its third year, the program has grown each time, Wylie said.The security conference has thousands of attendees each year, but only a handful of parents have taken advantage of the day care program. In its first year, KiddieCorp, a company that provides day care services to conventions, watched over eight children for two days, the organization said.The following year, the day care service had nine children. Black Hat is doubling day care services to four days as the demand grows, Wylie said.”We want to make sure this is an inclusive and welcoming event to everybody,” the organizer said.This year, KiddieCorp is expecting to watch over 13 children in its day care, said Amber Standley, Kiddie Corp’s operations manager.The program is offered for children from 6 months to 12 years old, and costs $10 per hour for each child. That is on top of the registration costs for Black Hat, which starts at $2,295 to attend.Having a day care program in Las Vegas isn’t a simple task, Moss learned. Defcon’s organizers spent six months trying to implement the service for the first time this year, but found several roadblocks pulling it together.To have childcare services in Las Vegas, the program needs to be compliant with Nevada’s childcare licensing, health department and fire codes, said KiddieCorp sales associate Patsy Guerrero. Caretakers need to have local childcare licenses, the food served needs to be inspected, and the room needs to be fire marshal compliant.In Las Vegas, the ratio of adults to children for day cares in one to seven, but KiddieCorp said it has one adult for every two children.”It’s a lot of steps, but with enough time, it’s doable,” Guerrero said.Hackers, parentsDefcon has come a long way since Moss first started the conference.”In the early days, you wouldn’t bring your kid to Defcon, that would be crazy,” Moss said. “As the older ones in our community started having kids, they wanted to keep coming back and seeing their friends.”As a joke, Moss said they created Defcon onesies for babies, and he was surprised to learn it sold out.Nico Sell co-founded the r00tz Asylum in 2010 as a way to give kids something to do at the conference. The r00tz Asylum is not exactly a day care, as the hacking challenges are geared for kids aged 8 to 16, but it does provide families a way to be together at Defcon.Parents have told Sell that they wouldn’t have been able to attend Defcon if it weren’t for r00tz, she said.”As a mother, my daughters have been to Defcon every year of their lives,” Sell said. “I think it’s fantastic to get more kids at these events and involved.” Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon 0 Black Hat Defcon 1:41 Tags reading • Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Culture Security Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy The r00tz asylum isn’t a day care at Defcon, but does offer resources for families at the hacking conference. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images When Jeff Moss started Defcon in 1993, it was unheard of to bring kids to the hacker conference in Las Vegas. Now, as the conference and its attendees grow up, and more security researchers and hackers are becoming parents, services like day cares and childcare rooms at Black Hat and Defcon are in high demand.As the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and Defcon present an opportunity for security researchers to take training workshops and network with professionals in cybersecurity. But for many years, some parents who didn’t make arrangements for their children couldn’t attend.That changed two years ago, when Black Hat started offering day care services — two decades after it all began. The conference, which is considered a more formal and corporate equivalent of Defcon, started the services after attendees noted a lack of women in cybersecurity.Black Hat and Defcon mark just the latest conferences in the tech world which have reexamined how inclusive they’ve been and whether they’ve put in enough of an effort to attract different attendees. Similar criticism has been lobbed at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference, which has likewise made an effort to support more women and people of color.Many conferences outside cybersecurity started offering day care services for the same reason, but help is still lacking. Female researches from the University of California, known as a Working Group of Mothers in Science, published an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March 2018 saying that conferences create barriers for women when they don’t offer childcare resources.”Parent–researchers face a conundrum as they struggle to attend key conferences and further their careers while finding care for the children,” the group wrote in the article.For Black Hat, more than half of the respondents on a survey conducted by the organizers in 2018 said that they were concerned about a shortage of minorities and women at the conference, according to Black Hat General Manager Steve Wylie. Share your voice Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Now playing: Watch this: • Post a comment See All Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers Black Hat Defconlast_img read more

UK close to deflation

first_imgUK close to deflation26 viewsUK close to deflation26 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00UK close to deflation26 viewsBusinessDeflation is close – but don’t worry. That was the message from Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as he explained why UK inflation is at its lowest level in nearly 15 years. (SOUNDBITE) (EnglishVentuno Web Player 4.50Deflation is close – but don’t worry. That was the message from Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as he explained why UK inflation is at its lowest level in nearly 15 years. (SOUNDBITE) (Englishlast_img read more

Indian athletics star Dutee Chand reveals she is in samesex relationship becomes

first_imgDutee Chand becomes first Indian athlete to reveal her homosexualityLinato Zhang/Getty ImagesOne of India’s most successful athletes of all time, Dutee Chand, who won silver for the country in both 100 meter and 200 meter event at last year’s Jakarta Asian Games has created history by becoming first major sportsperson from India to declare herself in a same-sex relationship.This announcement by Chand was made in an interview given to The Indian Express’ Sunday edition. She stated: “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her.”Facing troubles in the pastThis revelation has made waves in the Indian social media with many people coming out in her support and praising her for what they describe as ‘courage.’ The 23-year old, who hails from Odisha, had been earlier caught in a controversy over her eligibility to compete as a female in events for that gender. Due to hyperandrogenism, a condition which causes women to have higher levels of androgens than what is considered normal for the sex, she was removed from the Indian athletics squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Asian Games of the same year in South Korea’s Incheon.However, in 2015, thanks to a case being filed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports on her behalf, the rules pertaining to testosterone levels in female athletes were changed and Dutee was allowed to participate again. Chand had earlier been disqualified from participating due to hyperandrogenismIANSAn uncharted territoryBut her latest revelation is an even bigger step. While there are many athletes in other countries who have revealed their homosexuality and have continued their participation, India has been relatively untouched by this phenomenon. For Dutee, the Supreme Court judgement invalidating section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalised homosexuality was a major moment.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” the girl from Odisha said.While homosexuality has been de-criminalised, there is no provision in the Indian law for same-sex marriages. Yet, the sprinter looks forward to having the company of her partner. “I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I also need to have the support of someone),” the athlete added.last_img read more

Indian Money in Swiss banks sees a 20year low

first_imgMoney held by Indians in Swiss Banks fell to a record low of Rs 8,392 crore (1,217 million swiss franc) at the end of 2015, said latest data by Swiss National Bank (SNB). The fall was nearly by two-third of the Rs. 23,000 crore stashed in December of 2006.This was the lowest amounts held by Indians in Swiss Bank since the data was officially released in 1997 for the first time. Last year too (2014), the fall was a record number, with amount hovering around 1,776 million Swiss francs.Press Trust of India noted that SNB’s data on “amounts due to their clients” or “liabilities” do not mean or indicate anything to do with India’s hotly debated black money numbers. Neither does it factor in accounts kept by Indians under names or entities registered outside India in a foreign country.SNB data said the amount held by all foreign individuals and entities saw a near 4 percent fall to 1.41 trillion Swiss francs (about Rs. 98 lakh crore) from the previous year.”PM Modi gets Switzerland’s support to tackle tax evasion”Account Break UpGiving a break down in the accounts held by Indians, SNB said while the total amount held directly by Indians was 1,206.71 million Swiss francs, fiduciaries or wealth managers managed accounts of another 10.89 million. Fiduciaries accounts too saw a 71 percent fall from 37.92 million Swiss francs stashed at 2014-end; it used to be in billions till 2007, noted PTI.Savings and Deposit account liabilities saw a 61 percent fall to 425.8 million Swiss francs in a year period. However, the money held through other banks doubled to 270.4 million Swiss francs. Funds held in the form of securities by Indians grew from 297 million Swiss francs to 510.4 million.”Money held by Indians in Swiss Banks: Rs 8,392 crore”Regulatory Mechanisms The news agency added that regulatory crack down from countries across the globe, including India, had led to a fall in Swiss amount. It noted that the Swiss’ secrecy wall was crumbling for Indians who are under scrutiny by many measures back home.A supreme court monitored special investigative team (SIT), a new law to clampdown hoarding black money abroad, anti money laundering act and compliance window offer by government of India was tightening the noose, said the agency.India is one of the early adopters of the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) standards approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Switzerland is set to adopt the standards by 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the European nation past week stressed for an early start of negotiations on AEOI.last_img read more

BNPs joining in next polls depends on Khaledas release

BNPs joining in next polls depends on Khaledas release

first_imgBNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan. File PhotoBNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Sunday said their party’s participation in the next general election largely depends on the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.“We’ve tried to have Khaleda Zia freed from jail through a legal process, but the government won’t let it happen… it mainly depends on her release whether we’ll join the polls,” he said.Nazrul, standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Aparajeyo Bangladesh at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release.He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get ready for waging a greater mass movement to free Khaleda from jail and bring a change in the country by ousting the current government.The BNP leader said though their party has long been carrying out a peaceful movement, the government continued arresting their party leaders and activists.He lamented that many BNP leaders and activists have been kept in jail for months after months and they are not getting bail from courts in the ‘false’ cases they were implicated.Nazrul said people are going through immense sufferings due to rise in the prices of utility services and daily essentials amid the growing unemployment rate. “It can’t be continued. A greater democratic mass movement is crucial to get rid of the current situation.”The BNP leader said their party will involve people and unite other political parties to wage the movement.last_img read more

Vice Devalued Disney Writes Off 157 Million of Its Stake in Struggling

Vice Devalued Disney Writes Off 157 Million of Its Stake in Struggling

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A Vice rep declined to comment on Disney’s write-down or its current valuation.In any case, Disney is set to boost its ownership in Vice: The media conglomerate will obtain 21st Century Fox’s stake in Vice Media under the $71.3 billion asset deal between Disney and 21CF, expected to close in the first half of 2019. Fox had originally invested $70 million in Vice in 2013 for a 5% stake at the time (giving Vice an implied valuation of $1.4 billion five years ago).Disney’s devaluation of Vice comes as revenue growth at Vice has stalled and the company is struggling to reduce costs under new CEO Nancy Dubuc. The company, whose operations span multiple websites, TV shows, magazines and the Viceland cable network, is trying to avoid layoffs per se and is looking to reduce headcount by instituting a hiring freeze and not hiring replacements for staffers who quit.The belt-tightening at Vice was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said it’s looking to reduce headcount by 10%-15%. A source familiar with Vice said there’s no hard percentage is targeting for the staff reduction. In addition to the hiring freeze, Dubuc is planning to consolidate Vice’s roughly one dozen vertical sites (which the company calls “channels”) by half, the Journal reported.In July 2017, Vice cut around 2% of its 3,000 employees across multiple departments while expanding internationally and boosting video production.Dubuc, formerly CEO of A+E Networks, joined Vice as CEO earlier this year in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder and ex-CEO Shane Smith moved into a new role as executive chairman.For 2018, the company is expecting revenue of $600 million-$650 million — flat with last year, the Journal reported. Vice is pegging a loss of over $50 million this year, versus a loss of over $100 million last year, per the WSJ. Last week Dubuc said she expects Vice to become profitable again within the next fiscal year. The CEO noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and international expansion.Vice, which is reliant on digital advertising, is far from the only company hurt by the recent downturn in digital media. This week internet-video producer Defy Media announced that it had ceased operations, with the owner of content brands including Smosh and Clevver blaming “market conditions” for its demise.Correction: An earlier version of this story said Disney’s write-down suggested that Vice’s valuation had declined by more than $2 billion. However, that estimate did not account for Disney’s ownership position in A+E Networks, which holds an 18% stake in Vice. Factoring that it, the Disney write-down implies Vice’s valuation has dropped more than $800 million since its funding in mid-2017. UPDATED: Vice Media, after flying high with an eye-popping $5.7 billion valuation, is falling back to Earth.On Thursday, Disney disclosed a $157 million write-down on its stake in Vice as part of reporting results for the September 2018 quarter.That represents a decline of around 40% from Disney’s original $400 million investment in Vice three years ago. Disney has a direct 11% ownership stake in Vice (as of Sept. 29, 2018). But the math here gets opaque: Disney’s stake also encompasses A+E Networks’ 20% stake in Vice; Disney owns 50% of A+E in a joint venture with Hearst Corp.Meanwhile, Vice’s valuation increased from $4 billion at the time of Disney’s direct investment to the $5.7 billion valuation after it received $450 million in new funding in June 2017 from private-equity firm TPG. So that means Disney’s ownership stake in Vice appreciated in value. It’s not clear what Brooklyn-based Vice is valued at now, but Disney’s write-down (based on its estimated 21% total stake in Vice) suggests Vice has lost around $750 million in value since the TPG funding. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Study Warns of Malware on Pirate Apps Loaded on Kodi Boxes

Study Warns of Malware on Pirate Apps Loaded on Kodi Boxes

first_imgWASHINGTON — The entertainment industry in recent years has taken aim at a new front in piracy — so-called Kodi boxes, which sell legally but come loaded with infringing content.Now a group is warning that consumers risk serious attacks from malware for accessing the pirated material.The Digital Citizens Alliance, a non-profit focused on issues of internet safety, issued a study on Thursday that showed that malware from the apps stole usernames and passwords. The organization has received funding from the Motion Picture Association of America in recent years.The study, “Fishing in the Piracy Stream: How the Dark Web of Entertainment Is Exposing Consumers to Harm,” focused on devices, known as Kodi boxes or “jailbroken” Fire TV sticks, that resemble Roku or Apple TV boxes yet offer apps that include pirated movies or live sports broadcasts. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “If apps on the box or that are later downloaded have malware, the user has helped the hacker past network security,” according to the study. “Like a trojan horse, the pirate apps are welcomed into the consumer’s home because they purport to offer the gift of free content, only to use their position inside the walls to launch an attack.” According to the group, researchers conducted 500 hours of tests.One researcher downloaded an ad-supported movie and sports app Mobdro, and it contained malware that forwarded a user’s wifi name and password to a server that appeared to be in Indonesia, according to the study. In another instance, malware uploaded, “without permission, 1.5 terabytes of data from the researcher’s device.” Researchers also found piracy apps supported by advertisers, including Amazon and MiniCooper.The study was done along with cybersecurity company Dark Wolfe Consulting.center_img The Canadian cybersecurity firm Sandvine found that almost 10% of the homes in North America are using Kodi devices, which is about in line with some other estimates. A Digital Citizens Alliance survey of 2,073 Americans found that 13% had a device that enabled the streaming of pirated content. “We know streaming is growing, and we also know that pirates and hackers go to where the money is. They use advertising and malware,” said Tom Galvin, the executive director of the group.last_img read more