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Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

03/18/2016

Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

. . . Sophisticated skimming operations like this have become more common in recent years, says Darren Hayes, an assistant professor at Pace University who specializes in cybersecurity.

"It's big business," says Hayes. "For the organized criminal gangs that have traditionally been involved in burglary, car theft, sometimes even human trafficking or narcotics, skimming is one part of their portfolio of criminal activities."

Overlays make skimming easy

Part of the reason the man in the video is able to install the skimming device so quickly is that it's likely custom-made to fit that terminal, says Hayes.

"They can create them very easily," Hayes says. "Sometimes what they'll do is go to a machine that they want to target -- say it's a particular type of ATM -- they'll hack off the card reader and they'll make a mold of them."

Some thieves go so far as to use paint swatches to match the paint color exactly, he says.

The advent of 3-D printing has made the process of overlay manufacturing even easier, Hayes says. And those without the skills to manufacture the devices can also easily find them for sale online.

However they get them, a high-quality overlay on a debit-card point-of-sale terminal can be almost impossible for a victim to spot, he says.


 

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La Opinión: "La base republicana no quiso nada con 'el nuevo siglo' de Rubio"

03/16/2016

La Opinión: "La base republicana no quiso nada con 'el nuevo siglo' de Rubio"

Su familia abraza y consuela a Rubio tras su discurso en el que anunció esta noche que suspendía su campaña por la presidencia. Foto: Angel Valentin / Getty Images

. . . La profesora Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, directora del departamento de ciencias políticas de Pace University en NY, estuvo de acuerdo con Rubio en esto: su mensaje era más optimista que la mayoría de los votantes republicanos y ese mensaje no conectó co n ellos. “Pero aún es joven, aún puede tener un futuro político”, agregó.

Otro observador, sin embargo, indicó que Rubio “siempre fue sobreestimado por todos y por sí mismo”.

Read more: http://www.laopinion.com/2016/03/15/la-base-republicana-no-quiso-nada-con-rubio/

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Bloomberg: "How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork"

03/16/2016

Bloomberg: "How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork"

File photo taken in 2015 shows an illustration of an iPhone held up in front of the Apple logo.(Photo: Philippe Huguen, AFP/Getty Images)

. . . In Riverside, Apple is arguing it would take weeks of programmer time to figure out how to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, which runs the iOS 9 operating system, and could weaken security for all phones. Meanwhile, in a Brooklyn case against a drug dealer, it is arguing that it faces an undue burden in cracking phones with older operating systems, too -- even though prosecutors say it has opened such phones “dozens” of times. Of 12 other devices for which the company said it is opposing federal search warrants, seven run iOS 7 or older operating systems.

“I don’t see any reason why Apple wouldn’t comply” with the Brooklyn warrant, said Darren Hayes, a professor of cyber security and digital forensics at Pace University, in New York. “They’ve gotten into those phones many times.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-16/how-apple-helped-me-crack-iphones-like-clockwork

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Computerworld: "Defense Dept. wants your help in imagining the worst"

03/15/2016

Computerworld: "Defense Dept. wants your help in imagining the worst"

. . . The U.S. government is concerned about the use of new technologies, which may threaten the safety and security of our citizens," said Darren Hayes, an assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

Examples include the release of blueprints for manufacturing a gun using a 3D printer, said Hayes. A drone has been used to transport drugs across the border, and hacking Internet of Things technologies such as medical devices and thermostats is now commonplace, said Hayes.

Websites such as a Shodan, which can expose IoT connections, "clearly demonstrate how vulnerable many of these devices" are, said Hayes.

"It's important to encourage young, tech-savvy people to identify how the latest technologies may be misused," said Hayes.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3043984/security/defense-dept-wants-your-help-in-imagining-the-worst.html

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TechNewsWorld: "USA Today to Experiment With Virtual Reality News Show"

03/15/2016

TechNewsWorld: "USA Today to Experiment With Virtual Reality News Show"

. . . At risk with the launch of VRtually There is more than money for the USA Today Network. A poorly received user experience could impact negatively the adoption of VR, according to Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

Google's Cardboard VR platform, the cheapest and most basic form of VR available, also could have a negative impact on the USA Today Network's efforts and the industry at large.

"The most important contributing factor to the success of VR is creating as realistic an experience as possible," Chiagouris told TechNewsWorld. "In the early stages, if an inexpensive means negatively impacts the user experience, that will do more harm than good to the adoption of VR."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/83231.html

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Wall Street Journal: "Can a College Student Outsmart Janet Yellen?"

03/14/2016

Wall Street Journal: "Can a College Student Outsmart Janet Yellen?"

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, front, posed with Pace University’s victorious Fed Challenge team—from left: Jozef Lampa, Daniella Gambino, Yuliya Palianok, Katherine Craig, Jonathan O'Kane, Melissa Navas, Prof. Gregory Colman, Omar Habib, Prof. Anya Shostya and Prof. Joseph Morreale—in December in Washington. Photo: Federal Reserve

“The labor market is strengthening, but inflation remains stubbornly below target and financial conditions are volatile,” Daniella Gambino, 22 years old, told listeners gathered in the Federal Reserve’s chandeliered boardroom in Washington.

Katherine Craig, 21, said her colleagues were considering “the risk of premature tightening” and discussed an option that “prescribes low rates until inflation shows clear signs of picking up.”

If those sound like the private deliberations of Federal Reserve officials, they are meant to.

As Fed officials were weighing what to do with interest rates ahead of their mid-December policy meeting, students at dozens of U.S. colleges were learning how it is done.

Each fall, many of the nation’s keenest college economics students—such as Ms. Gambino and Ms. Craig from New York’s Pace University—face off in a central-bank-run contest called Fed Challenge. Last year, the national finals won by Pace wrapped up in Washington two weeks before the central bank’s hotly anticipated Dec. 16 decision to raise rates.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/can-a-college-student-outsmart-janet-yellen-1457865215

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Epoch Times: "The History That Shaped the Standard American Diet"

03/14/2016

Epoch Times: "The History That Shaped the Standard American Diet"

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Politics influences every aspect of modern life, even down to the food we eat. It is often an incongruous picture—from federal recommendations that promote eating more fruit and vegetables, next to the U.S. agricultural policies that overwhelmingly favor meat, dairy, and corn.

According to a new book, “Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice,” politics has been shaping our dietary advice all the way back to the Founding Fathers. Author E. Melanie DuPuis, professor and chair of environmental studies and science at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., shows how political philosophies from our past still influence American cuisine today.

DuPuis says that throughout American history, dietary advice often mirrored political trends.

Read more: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1986310-the-history-that-shaped-the-standard-american-diet/

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SportsBusiness Journal: "Sharapova feels brands’ wrath after failing test"

03/14/2016

SportsBusiness Journal: "Sharapova feels brands’ wrath after failing test"

. . . “[W]e may indeed be witnessing a turn in the right direction in which sports brands do not support athletes who break rules or the law,” said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York and a member of the board of directors of the American Marketing Association.

Read more: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2016/03/14/Marketing-...

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Daily News: "Trump in dead heat with Kasich in Ohio, but has ‘yuge’ lead in Florida over Rubio: polls"

03/14/2016

Daily News: "Trump in dead heat with Kasich in Ohio, but has ‘yuge’ lead in Florida over Rubio: polls"

. . . The Republican race to the nomination will become much clearer if Donald Trump wins both Florida and Ohio. It will not guarantee him victory, but the delegate math gets much harder for his opponents to solve,” David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University, explained. “By the end of Tuesday the Republicans will have selected nearly 60% of their delegates. Who wins in Florida and Ohio will determine the probability of whether any candidate will receive a majority by the last contest in June.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-dead-heat-ohio-yuge-lead-fla-poll-article-1.2563063

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WPIX-TV: "Army veteran pursues business degree at Pace University thanks to scholarship"

03/11/2016

WPIX-TV: "Army veteran pursues business degree at Pace University thanks to scholarship"

Watch the video: http://pix11.com/2016/03/11/army-veteran-goes-for-business-degree-at-pace-university-thanks-to-scholarship/#

For veterans returning home after serving our country, finding a job can be tough, especially without the right education.

PIX11 wants to help ease the struggle of transitioning vets seeking higher education and has partnered with the Veterans Education Challenge (VEC), an organization dedicated to sending  U.S. military vets to college.  It provides them with needed scholarships that the GI bill does not cover.

VEC founders, Avis and Bruce Richards, started the "Veterans Education $1 Million Matching Challenge" to help fund higher education for returning veterans.  The challenge is hosted on Crowdrise.com, and every dollar donated between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched  dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to $1 million.

Efforts to help these financially-strapped veterans are also being made by institutions like PACE University in Manhattan.  There are more than 300 veterans enrolled there this semester.

One of them is 49-year-old Richard Hallman, who after returning home in 2014 from serving our country for 6 years, had a very difficult time landing a job. He soon realized his job search would be easier with a college degree.

The married father who lives in Brooklyn, is now in his sophomore year at Pace University, going for his B.A. in business, with a major in finance.

PACE is providing Hallman with a 50 percent veterans tuition scholarship. That's in addition to the G.I. bill's 60 percent coverage.

"I wanted to learn more, do more, be more, so here I am now, going to school," Hallman said.

Hallman, a specialist in the U.S. Army Reserves, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He was trained as a military police officer and assigned to the DFIP Detention Facility, about a mile from Bagram Airfield. Hallman said prison detainees rioted on a regular basis.

"There was always a chance you could get stabbed," Hallman said. "We were usually outnumbered, but because of the way we did things, we could control things pretty quickly."

 

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