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Homeland Security Today: "The Case for Closing Guantánamo Bay"

03/28/2016

Homeland Security Today: "The Case for Closing Guantánamo Bay"

Photo credit: Erkan Avci—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Protesters hold banners during a protest in front of the White House in Washington D.C. on Jan. 11, 2016.

President Barack Obama has recently called again for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay military prison and the transfer of all detainees held there to prisons in the United States, writes Thomas M. McDonnell, a professor of international law at Pace Law School. To effectively close GITMO, however, Congress will almost certainly have to repeal a rider to the National Defense Appropriations Act banning the transfer of GITMO detainees to the US. All the Republican presidential candidates and the Republican leadership in the House and the Senate have condemned the President’s proposal. They argue that closing GITMO and bringing the detainees here will endanger the US, make the homeland more prone to terrorist attack, and generally threaten US security. Some Democratic leaders have likewise joined the Republicans in denouncing the President’s proposal.

Their argument has some appeal. Terrorism is theater and the media give terrorist organizations a world stage. If individuals who are accused or convicted of terrorist offenses are brought to the US, with its huge media market and capability, Daesh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or other related organizations might be more likely to launch terrorist attacks in the US or take American hostages in an effort to free their captured colleagues.

Read the guest commentary by Professor McDonnell: http://www.hstoday.us/columns/guest-commentaries/blog/the-case-for-closing-guantanamo-bay/6d7ac04cce3677b73fc3a96ec133ad64.html

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Entrepreneur: "Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America"

03/28/2016

Entrepreneur: "Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America"

. . . “Today there is a growing trend of large companies … who provide these bug bounties for hackers to find vulnerabilities in their network or in their application,” says Darren Hayes, assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. “It’s really important that companies do this and offer an incentive to find a vulnerability, rather than one of the bad guys finding a vulnerability and doing something nefarious on their network.”

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/273041

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Newsday: "Voxx International bets on iris-scanning technology"

03/28/2016

Newsday: "Voxx International bets on iris-scanning technology"

Photo: James M. Demitrieus, chief executive of EyeLock, uses the iris-scan device for access to a company office in Manhattan. (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

. . . The biometrics market is increasingly competitive as proponents of fingerprints, facial recognition, voice recognition, and hand geometry vie for market share.

Michael Coakley, an adjunct professor of computer science and information systems at Pace University, said that researchers are busy seeking innovative biometric readings.

"Everything is fair game now," he said, "handprints, fingerprints, footprints, hair follicles. It seems like everybody is trying to find a body part to extract a biometric reading."

Read more: http://www.newsday.com/business/voxx-international-bets-on-iris-scanning...

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Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

03/23/2016

Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

Pace University to host fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film, Tuesday, March 29

Panel discussion with leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City

New York, NY – March 22, 2016 – Pace University will host its fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film on Tuesday, March 29, from 4 pm to 9 pm in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan. Pace’s Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 focuses on individuals with disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities. The marathon highlights eight short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.

What: The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 is sponsored through Pace’s Dean for Students and the outreach programs of its Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, in partnership with AHRC New York City, an organization for helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City. A panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society will discuss the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators will engage in Q&A with audience guests in opinion polling on film themes.

Who: Panelists include Anita Altman, Founder, ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival; Kathy Broderick; Associate Executive Director, AHRC New York City; Victor Calise, Commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Allan B. Goldstein, Senior Lecturer, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Maria Hodermarska, Parent and Teacher, New York University; and Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, Professor Emerita, Pace University. Moderators: Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, Dean for Students, Pace University; Melanie A. Greene, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, Information Technology, June 2017; and Cassandra Raffucci, Kingsborough Community College – Melissa Riggio Program, June 2015, Self-Advocate.

Where: Pace University in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza (opposite City Hall), Manhattan. Enter at 3 Spruce Street.

When: Tuesday, March 29. Displays and Exhibits of Community Partners: 4 pm – 6 pm. Entertainment by the Zulu P Band, Reception and Refreshments: 5 pm – 6 pm. Discussion and Films: 6 pm – 9 pm.

For more information, contact James P. Lawler, DPS, Professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and Chair and Organizer of Film Festival Marathon 2016. Phone: (212) 346-1013; email: jlawler@pace.edu.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

03/23/2016

Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

. . . Speculation about the source of the new method has centered on a little-known but thriving industry of computer forensics in which firms work with the FBI and other police agencies around the world.

While it could be an independent hacker, several experts said the proposed solution most likely came from one of those firms, possibly one that already works for the government.

"The FBI contracts out a lot of work, like every other government agency, and a lot of stuff gets shipped off to data-recovery contractors," said Jonathan Zdziarski, an independent iPhone forensics researcher.

He said the most straightforward possibility is that the FBI described the problem to a variety of contractors and one of them came forward with a proposed solution.

Other experts mentioned an Israeli company, Cellebrite Inc., that's a leader among several firms selling smartphone forensics services and software tools to U.S. police agencies. The programs can extract data from iPhones running older versions of Apple's operating system, but they have been stymied by the latest version, known as iOS 9. That's the version running on the San Bernardino iPhone.

Cellebrite hasn't announced any new product that works with iOS 9, but it's likely working on developing one, said Darren Hayes, a computer scientist and cybersecurity expert at Pace University in New York.

Cellebrite representatives couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. The company did not respond to an email and phone message left at its U.S. offices in New Jersey.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/fbi-attackers-phone-possibly-accessible-apple-37831413

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Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

03/22/2016

Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

- Paris, Brussels and encryption -

Darren Hayes, a Pace University professor specializing in computer forensics, said the issues will be seen as more urgent in the wake of attacks last year in Paris and on Tuesday in Brussels.

"If we hear more about iPhones used in terrorist attacks, people may side with the government a little more," he said.

The question of access to encrypted devices will probably be dealt with in the legislative arena in the United States and elsewhere, Hayes added.

"This is not just a struggle in the US," he said. "It's a toss-up on whether the US or EU implements legislation first."

Read more: http://www.afp.com/en/news/apple-fbi-encryption-showdown-postponed-now

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Lohud.com: "Out and About: Where lohud was this week"

03/21/2016

Lohud.com: "Out and About: Where lohud was this week"

Nancy Cutler (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

Monday, March 14: Pace University, Pleasantville

Opinion columnist Nancy Cutler spoke to journalism students at Pace University in Pleasantville. She discussed the role of community engagement in building both a brand and developing community sources. She also explained the struggle between the urge to be first in reporting breaking news and the need to be accurate. Cutler also gave tips on beat development and basic copy editing skills, as she explained how a reporter’s credibility is on the line with every single article. The students (attending their last class before spring break) asked about various journalism topics, including how to work in a 24-hour deadline environment, when deadline is always “now.”

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2016/03/21/out-and-about-march-20/81481210/

 

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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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