Editors Note If youve been following our work

first_imgEditor’s Note: If you’ve been following our work, you know we’ve been “pounding the table” on gold. In short, Casey Research founder Doug Casey believes gold is entering a mania that could lead to gains of 5x, 10x, 20x, or more in gold stocks in the coming years. Today, in place of our regular daily market commentary, we’re sharing an educational essay from our gold stock guru Louis James. In it, he explains how to identify gold stocks with upside of 10x or more. If you want maximum returns on gold and are willing to take the necessary risks, the junior gold space is the place to focus. A junior resource company is simply a very small resource company. Most are exploration companies, looking to discover a rich deposit of oil, gold, freshwater, etc. The term also covers small producers: companies that have already discovered a resource and are extracting it or tapping into it, but are still small. Juniors often have market valuations of less than $10 million for the whole company. Most have no net income and no meaningful asset value. When the market is way down, some juniors trade for less than cash in the bank. That means that the total price of the company’s shares is less than the company’s cash on hand. Mainstream investors dismiss juniors as “penny stocks.” They think they’re too volatile to touch. To a degree, that’s true. Some juniors do trade for pennies. And all of them, even the ones that trade for several dollars a share, are extremely volatile. Doug Casey calls them “the most volatile stocks on earth.” He’s not joking, nor exaggerating. But this is a good thing—if you know how to make volatility your friend. We’ll get to that in a moment. First, let me explain… Why Invest in Juniors? Imagine a typical exploration junior. It has no income. It has no measurable assets. Even the cash it has in the bank isn’t really an asset; it’s an obligation. The junior will use that cash to dig holes in the ground, hoping to make a big discovery. Now, what is this company worth? The answer can only be zero. But what happens if it hits pay dirt? The stock will soar, of course. At this stage, it’s impossible to put an accurate value on a mineral discovery… How big is it? How deep does it go? How stable is the rock? How hard will it be to get metal out of the ore? No one can answer these questions from just one drill hole. Any market valuation at this point would overvalue the discovery. However, if the discovery does have economic value, that value will be greater than zero. Any value is infinitely greater than zero—so the change in value is enormous and share prices leap. That’s why we speculate on juniors. They have the potential to “go vertical” like nothing else… Going Vertical The junior sector is 10-bagger hunting ground. A 10-bagger is a stock that goes up 1,000%, or more. It sounds mythical, but they are real. We’ve bagged quite a few over the years. This is why some see buying juniors as just gambling. In a way, it’s not a bad idea to think of the junior resource sector as a giant casino. It puts you on guard. And it prepares you for the losses you’ll suffer on your way to big wins. There is, however, a huge difference between gambling and rational speculation. A gamble is essentially a game of chance. Sure, professional gamblers learn how to play the other players. But unless they cheat, the heart of the gamble remains random chance. You toss the dice. You win or lose. A rational speculator does everything possible to stack the odds in his or her favor. This is not cheating. It’s research. It’s experience. It’s looking at trends. It’s looking at investments that should benefit from those trends, and picking the best. All speculators take risks. But rational speculators use their intelligence and energy to minimize those risks. Gambling is a game of chance. Speculation is an investment strategy that depends upon observation and intelligent planning. Chance can enhance or hinder it, but it doesn’t define it. That’s why we’re here: to watch carefully, strategize, and hunt for 10-baggers. Where Can You Find the Best Juniors? The best hunting ground for 10-baggers is the Toronto Stock Exchange and its venture division, the TSX-V. London’s alternative market, the AIM, and the Australian Stock Exchange, the ASX, are also friendly to junior resource companies. Some juniors list in the countries where they operate, such as Peru. The lion’s share, however, goes to Toronto. The chart below shows the number of mining juniors listed in Canada and other countries. Many successful juniors do seek U.S. listings. But the requirements are too steep for most juniors, even on the lower rungs of the NYSE. By the time a successful exploration company gets a U.S. listing, it’s no longer quite so junior. Editor’s Note: Watch for part two of this essay in Monday’s Dispatch, where Louis will share key strategies for buying and selling gold stocks… With gold already up 17% this year (and gold miners up 56%), NOW is the time to take a position in gold stocks. Because we don’t expect this extraordinary opportunity to last, we’re running a special $500-off deal for our gold stock research. When you sign up, you’ll get instant access to Louis’s new report, 9 Essential Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now. He wrote this report for one simple reason. There are around 3,000 small gold stocks trading today. On average, they’ll likely rise 200% or more in a gold bull market. But the very best gold stocks have the potential to rise 10x, 20x, or even 30x. Click here to begin your risk-free trial. Recommended Links What these 3 indicators mean for gold… Louis James, our Senior Investment Strategist, just released a compelling presentation about gold… He shares 3 major reasons why gold is on the verge of a historic rally, and the single best way to play the coming mania for potential gains of 5-to-1, 10-to-1, and perhaps even an extraordinary 50-to-1 over time… Click here for Louis’ research.center_img — – URGENT: Big Banks Scramble to Meet With Government Insider This is one of the most secretive and connected government men in the world… He’s been on speed dial for eight presidents since 1969. So why are the world’s largest banks clamoring to meet with him? It turns out Jim Rickards may have the answer… Click here to find out.last_img read more

I can feel the warmth from the woodburning oven j

first_imgI can feel the warmth from the wood-burning oven just over my shoulder and catch myself intermittently gazing off into a heat-induced trance from the blaze.Despite the place feeling crowded (probably another reason for the heat), it’s eerily quiet inside: My table of five occasionally lowers our voices as if we were in the library. But a library this is not: Mozzeria is one of the most talked-about pizzerias in the heart of a vibrant San Francisco neighborhood, where wait times on Saturday nights can extend as long as two hours.The reason for the unnaturally reserved ambiance might be because every staff member employed at Mozzeria identifies as deaf or partially deaf. For the roughly 95 percent of hearing guests who aren’t fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), putting in an order means either pointing to the pizza of choice from the menu or writing it down on a piece of paper.Melody and Russ Stein, owners and founders of the 50-seat restaurant, have done more than open an authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza joint (it’s one of only two Neapolitan pizzerias in San Francisco that’s a member of the international organization Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.) They also are only two of a few restaurateurs in the country using innovative technology that allows them to entirely employ deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals — like the deaf-owned video relay system Convo, which allows hearing guests to call and speak to a staff member over the phone via an interpreter.As Andrea Strong has reported for Skift Table, Mozzeria isn’t the first restaurant in the nation to be entirely owned and operated by a deaf and hard-of-hearing staff. (That title might go to Crepe Crazy in Austin, Texas, which was opened as a stall in 2007 by Vladimir and Inna Giterman.) But Mozzeria is one of the most successful. Not only does the 7-year-old Mozzeria have a brick-and-mortar storefront, food truck and catering business, but in December it was selected as the first business partner of the Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) Social Venture Fund (SVF).There are few employment opportunities for individuals who identify as deaf. According to a study by the National Deaf Center (NDC) in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, only about 48 percent of the deaf community is employed in the United States (compared with 72 percent of hearing individuals). Mozzeria’s partnership with the CSD has the potential to change that.The social-impact fund, which was created to address unemployment rates among the deaf and those with partial hearing loss, will create ASL-centered training programs, resources and mentoring support for the roughly 48 million people living in the United States who identify as having severe hearing loss.The partnership will also allow Mozzeria to franchise. The Steins are currently set to expand their West Coast empire, with an Austin location in the works for later this year. “We envision that each Mozzeria location will be looked at as a source of both local and national pride,” Melody Stein wrote in February for Upserve.For many deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs, like Melissa Greenlee, CEO and founder of deaffriendly.com, and Crepe Crazy CEO Sergei Giterman (who took over from his parents), unemployment is an issue in their community that has long needed to be addressed.Greenlee explains that her growing frustration with people’s lack of understanding of how to serve her, and her own inability to find meaningful work, lead to deaffriendly.com, a consumer review site for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. “There were times when people refused to serve me at all,” she wrote to me in an email. “No one should be turned away in a place of business due to their disability.”Giterman, who four years ago had just six employees and now operates two locations and two food trucks with 30 employees, adds: “Finding employment as a deaf individual can be difficult. Out there, [employers] are less inclined to hire [deaf individuals], which sends all of us flocking to deaf-focused establishments. We started [Crepe Crazy] to provide a working opportunity where others wouldn’t.”But deaf-focused restaurants are few and far between. While there’s no way of knowing the exact numbers, Deafdigest lists just eight restaurants currently operating in the U.S.Perhaps the case for hiring and serving deaf individuals might no longer seem like such an issue, thanks in part to Starbucks. In July, the global coffee chain announced plans to launch its first ever deaf-friendly store in the United States. Set to open in Washington, D.C., in October, the “Signing Store Project” will be the company’s second, modeled after their first in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Unlike the Malaysian store, which puts partners — or employees — through a 10-week sign language course, the D.C. location will hire individuals who identify as deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing but fluent in ASL. Starbucks also plans to hire an additional 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing partners proficient in ASL in other stores across the country later this year.But of the more than 350,000 Starbucks employees who wear the green apron globally, only about 200 currently self-identity as deaf or with partial hearing loss.Still, it’s a step in the right direction, says Nick Buchanan, who co-owns Austin’s Pepperbox Coffee, a deaf-owned and operated business. “It is so nice seeing other businesses showing how communication is possible,” he says about Starbucks’ plans. Like Mozzeria, Buchanan has tried a variety of methods for ease of communication with the hearing community, including a generic point-of-sale touchscreen system.”This Signing [Store Project] is a great exercise in forcing people to think outside the box in how they will communicate effectively with someone who doesn’t hear,” says Greenlee.With Mozzeria’s franchise plans and Starbucks’ “Signing Store Project,” the hope is that the deaf and those with partial hearing loss will soon be served just like the hearing population.And as anyone lucky enough to have tried the pizza at Mozzeria knows, sometimes simply producing a great product is all one needs to attract an audience. My recommendation would be Mozzeria’s Peking Duck pizza — you’ll forget about the paper-and-pad ordering system with your first bite.Meaghan Clark Tiernan is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Munchies, ExtraCrispy, Racked, and Atlas Obscura. Follow her on Twitter: @meaghanclark. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

On Tuesday Burton could be found working at The C

first_imgOn Tuesday, Burton could be found working at The Christmas Mouse, a popular destination for holiday decorations, moving merchandise to the second floor in case of flooding.She says most businesses, including grocery stores, have already closed. Some pharmacies are still open.Burton says her own home is situated on one of the highest points on the Outer Banks, so she’s not concerned about flooding.“There’s always the chance of wind damage,” she says. “But the house has been through several storms and hasn’t suffered any damage, you know, there’s always a first time, so that’s a chance you take. But the people who live here are hardy stock and most everybody who’s a resident is staying.”Burton is taking precautions to secure her home and has stocked up on storm essentials.Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Thursday. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has called it a “dangerous, life-threatening, historic Hurricane.” Some will stay to ride out the storm. One of them is Kitty Hawk resident, Marissa Burton. Local and state government officials have issued mandatory evacuations for coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Florence. But that doesn’t mean everyone has cleared out.last_img read more

GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter Riding New Consoles Wave

first_img Geoff Weiss Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter, Riding New Consoles Wave Earlier this year, GameStop was reporting plummeting share prices and a weaker-than-expected financial forecast. Today, the company says it is experiencing a sales surge thanks to demand for new gaming consoles.Given ravenous customer demand for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, GameStop reported a soaring 25 percent sales increase in its second quarter — news of which uplifted shares by roughly 6 percent this morning.Hardware sales grew 124.8 percent, next to software sales growth of 15.6 percent, the company said. Consumers clamored for new titles like Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8.Related: Gadgets, Apps, Video Games and Social Media: All Things Tech With Veronica BelmontWhile GameStop has faltered in past quarters ahead of new console releases, when consumers typically shy away from purchasing games, “the second quarter demonstrates the power of the new console cycle,” said GameStop CFO Rob Lloyd in a statement.GameStop is foreshadowing additional growth through the rest of the year. Company president Tony Bartel said that the 24 major games slated to be released for the holiday season represents “the best lineup in history.”Other factors contributing to a doubling of the company’s net earnings over last year’s second quarter include 5.5 percent growth in its most lucrative category, pre-owned and value video game products. GameStop also reported 85.1 percent growth in the mobile and consumer electronics category.Related: The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World August 22, 2014 Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Earnings Reports Former Staff Writerlast_img read more

Paleo diet linked to heart disease biomarker

first_imgNov 29 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)More than twice the amount of a key biomarker linked closely to heart disease has been found in the blood of people on the paleo diet.Researchers from Edith Cowan University have just completed the world’s first major study examining the impact of the paleo diet on gut bacteria. Related StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesThe controversial paleo (or ‘caveman’) diet advocates eating meat, vegetables, nuts and limited fruit, therefore excluding grains, legumes, dairy, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.ECU researchers compared 44 people on the diet with 47 following a traditional Australian diet.They measured the amount of trimethylamine-n-oxide (TMAO) in the participants’ blood. High levels of TMAO, an organic compound produced in the gut, are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.Heart disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.Not good for the gutLead researcher Dr Angela Genoni from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences said:“Those who promote the paleo diet often cite it as beneficial for your gut health, but this research suggests there were adverse differences in those who followed the dietary pattern.”She said the reason TMAO was so elevated in people on the paleo diet appeared to be due to the higher intake of red meats, but also because of the lack of whole grain intake.“The paleo diet excludes all grains and we know that whole grains are a fantastic source of resistant starch, and many other fermentable fibres which are vital to the health of your gut microbiome,” Dr Genoni said.“Because TMAO is produced in the gut, a lack of whole grains might change the populations of bacteria enough to enable higher production of this compound.“Additionally, the paleo diet includes greater servings per day of red meat, which provides the precursor compounds to produce TMAO.” Image Credit: MaraZe / Shutterstockcenter_img Source:http://www.ecu.edu.au/last_img read more

Scientists explore new treatment targets for retinal damage

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are looking at new treatment targets for the retinal damage that often accompanies diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension.Characterized by damage to the blood vessels, those diseases often lead to ischemia – or a disruption of the blood supply to an organ or part of the body. In the case of the retina, that disruption can lead to vision loss.”The neurons in the retina help us see by transmitting signals from the optic nerve to the brain. The blood vessels in the retina supply those neurons with the blood they need and when there is ischemia, the neurons start to die. We want to find new ways to treat that damage,” says Dr. Abdelrahman Y. Fouda, an MCG postdoctoral fellow.With a two-year postdoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association, Fouda is working with Dr. Ruth B. Caldwell, cell biologist in MCG’s Vascular Biology Center, to help find those new treatment targets.They believe the key lies in the enzyme arginase 1, which is present in the liver and helps it turn ammonia into urea and eventually clear it from the body. But, in retinal damage, they believe that the enzyme helps suppress the excessive inflammation caused by big white blood cells called macrophages.When an injury occurs in the body, the immune system sends these macrophages to clean up the damage. These versatile cells, whose name literally means “big eater” in Greek, engulf and digest substances the body deems unhealthy. They also play a big role in regulating inflammation, which is necessary to repair damage, but can be damaging itself in excess.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryLiving-donor liver transplant offers advantages over deceased-donor, research findsNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpThere are two types of these big eaters – M1s that promote inflammation and M2s that are known more for their reparative qualities. And M2s make arginase 1, leading Fouda and Caldwell to suspect the enzyme played a role in the intensity of the immune response in these ischemic injuries.”Basically when we remove arginase 1, the macrophages are more inflammatory, more damaging, and when we add it back, they are less inflammatory, more reparative,” Fouda says.They are studying a disease model called ischemia reperfusion injury, in which blood flow is removed then restored, inducing destructive inflammation, oxidative stress and resulting damage to neurons and blood vessels. Scientists looked at normal mice as well as those with arginase 1 knocked out body-wide, specifically from macrophages or from the endothelial cells that line blood vessels.In normal mice and mice without arginase 1 in the endothelial cells, the macrophages that raced to the injury site promoted an inflammatory response. In the mice without the enzyme in their macrophages, the retinal damage was worse, seemingly proving the enzyme plays a key role in regulating the immune response and resulting damage.Next steps include delineating just how that happens.They are also studying a more stable form of arginase 1, called pegylated arginase 1, which when administered also reduced inflammation and retinal damage. That form of the enzyme is already in early clinical trials for advanced liver cancer.There are currently no effective therapies for the neurovascular injury.Source: http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/last_img read more

Study findings can help develop new drugs for ischemia

first_img Source:http://www.akson.science/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 25 2019Russian scientists investigated the role of opioid receptors in protecting the heart from coronary disease: the lack of its blood supply. These receptors are mainly responsible for pain regulation. It turned out that they significantly affect the mechanism of cardioprotection. The results of the work can help to develop new drugs for ischemia. The study was published in Physiological Research.Acute myocardial infarction is a common cardiovascular disease with high mortality, accounting for 15-20% of all deaths in Russia according to a 2017 study. Basically, this is a lack of blood supply to the heart. The ischemia prevention remains an urgent problem of modern medicine. Therefore, scientists are actively studying the mechanisms underlying heart immunity to coronary disease. They can help find the new drugs, protecting the heart from damage.Recent studies indicate that rat hearts adapted for prolonged lack of oxygen (hypoxia) under normal pressure become resistant to ischemia. Although many internal factors and signaling pathways seem to play a role in cardioprotection after hypoxia, its mechanism is still unclear. The authors of the new study previously showed that the opioid receptors can take part in the protection from ischemia.In this work, isolated and adapted to hypoxia muscle cells of the heart (cardiomyocytes) were placed sequentially in an oxygen-rich and poor environment. Scientists investigated the effects of substances that selectively suppress opioid receptors of various types. They studied the parameters that indicate damage to the muscle cells of the heart during ischemia: the survival of heart cells and the level of lactate dehydrogenase. This enzyme is present in cardiomyocytes in a strictly defined quantity, and upon their death enters the surrounding solution, where becomes easy to detect. Thus, the content of lactate dehydrogenase shows the degree of damage to the heart muscle cells.Related StoriesComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharpVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyA Portable Solution for the On-scene Identification of KratomScientists discovered that the heart muscle cells of rats, adapted to chronic hypoxia under normal pressure, become resistant to decrease in the content of oxygen and glucose, if they are isolated. This is evident from the increase in cell survival and the decrease in the yield of the enzyme in the surrounding solution. It turned out that this effect vanishes if all subtypes of opioid receptors are suppressed by the substance naloxone. Thus, it can be concluded that these receptors have a noticeable effect on the protection against ischemia. In addition, some of their subtypes, delta-2 and mu, have a special role n the adaptation to the lack of oxygen.”In our laboratory, in addition to research at the cellular level, we are already testing the cardioprotective activity of delta-opioid receptor activators in experimental myocardial infarction. With sufficient funding, it will be possible to conduct preclinical studies of new drugs for ischemia. Thus, the results of the theoretical work are embodied in concrete applied research and development,” says Natalya Naryzhnaya, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Experimental Cardiology of the Research Institute of Cardiology of Tomsk National Research Center.​Scientists from the University of Bristol (England) and the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences took part in the work.last_img read more

New study describes process to diagnose rare genetic diseases in record time

first_img Source:https://www.radygenomics.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 25 2019Researchers at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) and its partners, including Fabric Genomics, have today published in Science Translational Medicine a new study documenting the process to diagnose rare genetic diseases in record time. This new method speeds answers to physicians and allows increased use of genome sequencing as a first-line diagnostic test for critically ill babies.The study details the assembly of an experimental, ultra-high-throughput platform to rapidly analyze whole-genome libraries from patients. Fabric Genomics’ proprietary algorithms, VAAST and Phevor – which are part of the Fabric Enterprise™ AI-based variant interpretation platform – were used to deliver genetic variant classification and disease diagnosis in less than 20 hours, the fastest published diagnosis using WG.Related StoriesMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Fabric Enterprise is integrated into RCIGM’s standard variant analysis and data interpretation workflow, combining sequencing data with phenotypic data from patient records to rank genes based on pathogenicity and identify the genetic variants responsible for genetic disease.”For three years our team has relied on Fabric Enterprise for rapid genome interpretation. They have been a strong partner as we’ve sought together to save children’s lives,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine and the senior author on the paper.RCIGM began performing genomic sequencing in July 2017 to guide medical intervention to neonatal and pediatric intensive care (NICU/PICU) patients. As of March 2019, the team had completed testing and interpretation of more than 750 children’s genomes. One-third of the children tested have received a genetic diagnosis, with 25 percent of those benefiting from an immediate change in clinical care based upon their diagnosis.”Under Stephen’s leadership, Rady is a pioneer in this field,” said Martin Reese, PhD, Founder and CEO of Fabric Genomics. “We’ve been partners with them for years and feel privileged to help them make such a positive impact on children with otherwise undiagnosed conditions.”Building upon today’s publication, Fabric Genomics will be presenting on its AI-based solutions for clinical pediatric sequencing at Rady Children’s Hospital during the upcoming Frontiers in Pediatric Genomic Medicine conference on May 1, 2019.Beyond Rady Children’s institute, dozens of hospitals around the world trust Fabric Genomic’s solutions in their sequencing labs.​last_img read more

TikTok better positions itself as a Facebook rival

first_img TikTok: the world’s most valuable startup that you’ve never heard of Citation: TikTok better positions itself as a Facebook rival (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-tiktok-positions-facebook-rival.html Explore further (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img TikTok has just crossed the 1 billion mark for worldwide installs on the App Store and Google Play, according to data from Sensor Tower, an analyst group that focuses on the mobile market.”Approximately 663 million of these installs occurred in 2018,” Sensor Tower’s founder Oliver Yeh said in a statement. “To put this into perspective, the Facebook app was installed an estimated 711 million times last year and Instagram saw about 444 million new downloads.”The 1 billion download figure is also only part of the story, as it does not include the number of downloads the app has received on Android in China, according to Sensor Tower, which also reported that TikTok was the No. 1 non-game app in the U.S. in January.Still, Facebook and Instagram are considerably larger than TikTok, with billions of monthly active users between the two apps. TikTok’s massive growth, though, is more than enough to get Facebook’s attention, as it is known for eliminating would-be competition by copying features and acquiring rivals.Lasso, Facebook’s copycat version of TikTok, was quietly launched in November.So, what the heck is TikTok?If you’re old enough to remember Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and you’re from the Facebook, Instagram or even SnapChat era, the rise of the social networking site may have slipped right by you.The mobile application is perhaps best described as a social networking site that’s used to make amateur music videos.You can show appreciation through “hearts,” which are essentially the same as “likes.”TikTok, known as Douyin in China, was developed by the Chinese company ByteDance in 2016. The Beijing-based media and tech company bought the teen-focused social app Musical.ly the following year, and the company merged the two apps in 2018.Why do kids love it so much?TikTok is fun to use, and it integrates music in a way that other social networking sites don’t.You can choose a popular song from the TikTok library and then make a clip of yourself dancing, lipsyncing or otherwise acting out a response while the tune plays. There are also several effects to help produce an entertaining video, including interactive filters and background effects.Some teens use the app to watch comedic videos posted by celebrities and popular YouTubers.In late 2018, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon joined the app, encouraging viewers to take the Tumbleweed Challenge with him, in which participants roll on the ground to music associated with western genre films. Fallon featured the best submissions on his show.Other celebrities, like pro skateboarder Tony Hawk and YouTube creators Jake Paul and Liza Koshy, also use the app.Is TikTok safe?On Wednesday, TikTok settled a lawsuit for over its use of children’s info.The FTC alleged that Musical.ly illegally collected personal information from children using the app, violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires that websites and online services directed to children obtain parental consent before collecting personal information.The app launched a series of videos to educate users on Wednesday and “implemented changes to accommodate younger US users in a limited, separate app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.”Find out more about the lawsuit here. Watch out, Facebook. The social video app TikTok just hit a major milestone as it sets its sights on global teen domination. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Hackers are making personalised ransomware to target the most profitable and vulnerable

first_imgOnce a piece of ransomware has got hold of your valuable information, there is very little you can do to get it back other than accede to the attacker’s demands. Ransomware, a type of malware that holds a computer to ransom, has become particularly prevalent in the past few years and virtually unbreakable encryption has made it an even more powerful force. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original articl Citation: Hackers are making personalised ransomware to target the most profitable and vulnerable (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-hackers-personalised-ransomware-profitable-vulnerable.html Provided by The Conversation They then upload the ransomware, which encrypts valuable data and sends a ransom note. Using information such as the firm’s size, turnover and profits, the attackers will then estimate the amount the company can afford and tailor their ransom demand accordingly. Payment is typically requested in cryptocurrency and usually between 35 and 100 bitcoins (value at time of publication £100,000–£288,000).According to the police officers we spoke to, another popular attack method is “spear phishing” or “big game hunting”. This involves researching specific people who handle finances in a company and sending them an email that pretends to be from another employee. The email will fabricate a story that encourages the recipient to open an attachment, normally a Word or Excel document containing malicious code. These kind of targeted attacks are typically carried out by professional groups solely motivated by profit, though some attacks seek to disrupt businesses or infrastructure. These criminal groups are highly organised and their activities constantly evolve. They are methodical, meticulous and creative in extorting money.For example, traditional ransomware attacks ask for a fixed amount as part of an initial intimidating message, sometimes accompanied by a countdown clock. But in more targeted attacks, perpetrators typically drop a “proof of life” file onto the victim’s computer to demonstrate that they control the data. They will also send contact and payment details for release of the data, but also open up a tough negotiation process, which is sometimes automated, to extract as much money as possible.According to the police, the criminals usually prefer to target fully-digitised businesses that rely highly on IT and data. They tend to favour small and medium-sized companies and avoid large corporations that have more advanced security. Big firms are also more likely to attract media attention, which could lead to increased police interest and significant disruptions to the criminal operations.How to protect yourselfSo what can be done to fight back against these attacks? Our work is part of the multi-university research project EMPHASIS, which studies the economic, social and psychological impact of ransomware. (As yet unpublished) data collected by EMPHASIS indicates that weak cybersecurity in the affected organisations is the main reason why cybercriminals have been so successful in extorting money from them.One way to improve this situation would be to better protect remote computer access. This could be done by disabling the system when it’s not in use, and using stronger passwords and two-step authentication (when a second, specially generated code is needed to login alongside a password). Or alternatively switching to a virtual private network, which connects machines via the internet as if they were in a private network.When we interviewed cybercrime researcher Bob McArdle from IT security firm Trend Micro, he advised that email filters and anti-virus software containing dedicated ransomware protection are vital. Companies should also regularly backup their data so it doesn’t matter if someone seizes the original. Backups must be tested and stored in locations that are inaccessible to ransomware.These kind of controls are crucial because ransomware attacks tend to leave very little evidence and so are inherently difficult to investigate. As such, targeted ransomware attacks are not going to stop any time soon, and attackers are only likely to get more sophisticated in their methods. Attackers are highly adaptive so companies will have to respond just as smartly. Explore furthercenter_img Why ransomware is on the rise This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ransomware is typically delivered by powerful botnets used to send out millions of malicious emails to randomly targeted victims. These aim to extort relatively small amounts of money (normally £300-£500, but more in recent times) from as many victims as possible. But according to police officers we have interviewed from UK cybercrime units, ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly targeted at high-value victims. These are usually businesses that can afford to pay very large sums of money, up to £1,000,000 to get their data back.In 2017 and 2018 there was a rise in such targeted ransomware attacks on UK businesses. Attackers increasingly use software to search for vulnerable computers and servers and then use various techniques to penetrate them. Most commonly, perpetrators use brute force attacks (using software to repeatedly try different passwords to find the right one), often on systems that let you operate computers remotely.If the attackers gain access, they will try to infect other machines on the network and gather essential information about the company’s business operations, IT infrastructure and further potential vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can include when networks are not effectively segregated into different parts, or are not designed in a way that makes them easy to monitor (network visibility), or have weak administration passwords.last_img read more

Britain sends second warship to gulf amid tensions with Iran Sky

first_img Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards deny trying to stop British tanker in Gulf – Fars news World 11 Jul 2019 Britain says three Iranian boats tried to block its ship in Gulf World 1d ago Gibraltar says it took decision to detain Iranian tanker Related News LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is sending a second warship to the Gulf amid growing tensions with Iran after Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week, Sky News reported. AdChoices广告Sky said the destroyer HMS Duncan, which had been earmarked for deployment in the region anyway although not so soon, would sail to the Gulf in the next few days to join the frigate HMS Montrose. Britain’s Ministry of Defence had no immediate comment on the report. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more