White House Computers May Have Been Hacked

Article published by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup

Image: WSAU

Image: WSAU

According to an article issued by the Washington Post, White House computer networks may have been compromised over the past several weeks. It is believed that Hackers potentially working for the Russian government breached unclassified the government’s networks, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services.  Cybersecurity teams are currently investigating and working to contain the intrusion. U.S. officials were alerted to the breach by an ally, sources have confirmed.

White House officials (speaking anonymously) have stated that the intruders did not damage any of the systems in place and, to date, there is no evidence that the classified network was hacked. At present, the FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are all involved in the investigation. At this time, White House officials are not confirming who was behind the intrusion or how much data may have been extracted.

According to one official, “In the course of assessing recent threats, [the White House security team] identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network. [They] took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity… Unfortunately, some of that resulted in the disruption of regular services to users. But people were on it and are dealing with it.”

“Certainly a variety of actors find our networks to be attractive targets and seek access to sensitive information,” The White House official said. “We are still assessing the activity of concern.”

Over the past several weeks, security firms have been reporting cyber-espionage campaigns by Russian hackers thought to be working for the government. Targets have included NATO, the Ukrainian government and U.S. defense contractors. In the present market, Russia is regarded by the U.S. as being in the top tier of states with cyber-threat capabilities.


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8 Soft Skills That Tech Hiring Managers Look For (via Mashable)

Article published by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup. Inspired by content from Mashable.

There is a growing shortage in what is being referred to as the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is predicted that by 2020, more than 1.4 million STEM jobs will be available and there will be a 70% shortage in talent (approx. 1 million job positions).

Generally speaking, the younger the millennial, the stronger his or her affinity for technology. Young computer and software graduates can look forward to dramatically higher salaries than other fields, with companies like Facebook and Google paying starting salaries in the six-figure digits. Young professionals that want to proactively jump onto this trend are often eager to build their skill set in this area, particularly in technology.

The question that many of them are asking : what skills are necessary? Aside from basic technological and coding proficiency, what other soft skills are desired? According to Mashable, hiring managers look for these (8) crucial skills when filling roles.

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via Forbes: How to Have a Thicker Skin When Receiving Negative Feedback

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup. Inspired by content from Forbes

Let’s be honest. It is never easy to hear that you completed a task poorly, especially if you spent a great deal of time on it and are emotionally invested. That being said, negative feedback is a necessary component of business and without it you would not be able to learn and improve. So how do you build a thicker skin, and get better at receiving this sort of criticism? It isn’t always easy to wipe something off your back and look at it with a “glass half full” attitude.

According to Forbes, there are some useful techniques that you can apply to help you build a tougher skin. By applying them, you can become better at regulating your emotions, and take a more active participant in the feedback process.

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The Royal Tweet – The Queen Sends Her First Ever Message on Twitter

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor.  Follow at @TALGroup.

Well now, this is exciting. HRH Queen Elizabeth has officially sent her first tweet ever, at the age of 88. The message was sent out while she opened an information technology gallery at London’s Science Museum. Her “tweet” entered the twittersphere at exactly 11:35am and it reached the 767,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account.  Before this, the very regal Twitter account had been maintained by palace officials.

Removing her glove first, the Queen tweeted for the first time in front of 600 guests (no pressure at all). Among them included communications entrepreneurs and experts Lady Lane-Fox, Hermann Hauser, Mo Ibrahim, Professor Steve Furber and Sir Nigel Shadbolt. (via Guardian UK)

The question on everyone’s lips – what did she say? Your answer is below:

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived on Friday morning to open and tour the museum, and as part of this event, the queen was recognized for her harnessing technological advances.

The Museum’s director, Ian Blatchford, stated at the opening: “I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology. You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on 26 March 1976, when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May I now invite you to join me so that you may send your first tweet.”

The Queen’s Twitter debut closely follows that of her grandson, Prince Harry, who sent a message on the social network in May to celebrate the Invictus Games.

You can watch the queen make her first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957 below:


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Bonhams Breaks World Record For Most Expensive Computer Ever Sold

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Image: Bonhams

Image: Bonhams

According to the Bonhams press release, the privately owned auction house has broken the record for the most expensive Apple computer ever sold. On October 22, 2014 the Apple-1 computer (above) sold for $905,000 – almost twice its high estimate – making it “the world’s most valuable relic from the computer age” (Bonhams). The auction winner was a rep from the Henry Ford Museum who won the bid after battling it out with an anonymous other interested party who was bidding by phone.

Cassandra Hatton, Senior Specialist in charge of auction, has commented that “The provenance of the Apple-1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so well. We are thrilled to have broken the world record for its sale, and are even more thrilled that it is going to a wonderful new home at the Henry Ford Museum.”

The Apple-1 is the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold. It is an example of one of 50 hand-built for the ByteShope by Steve Wozniak in the summer of 1976 in Steve Jobs’ garage (or possibly, his sister’s bedroom).

Lot Details

Beautifully intact motherboard, vintage keyboard with pre-7400 series military spec chips, a vintage Sanyo monitor, custom vintage power supply in a wooden box, two vintage tape decks. The lot also includes ephemera from the Cincinnati AppleSiders, such as their first newsletter “Poke-Apple” from February 1979 and a video recording of the Steve Wozniak keynote speech at the 1980 “Applevention”.

Click here to read the full press release.


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