Newcastle University students’ data held to ransom by cyber criminals | Science & Tech News

Newcastle University is being held to ransom by cyber criminals in an attack which has been disrupting IT systems since the beginning of the month.

The cyber crime group behind the attack – known as DoppelPaymer – previously leaked documents online relating to Elon Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla.

The criminals have posted stolen files from the university online and are threatening to release more, exposing student and staff data unless they receive a ransom payment, according to a post on Twitter and their darkweb site.

Newcastle University has alerted the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, as well as the police.

In a statement on its website, the university said “it will take several weeks” to address the issues, and that many IT services will not be operating during this period.

A third party has been brought in to conduct an incident response investigation into the cyber attack,

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University of Wyoming keeps campus locked down for five more days as it analyzes more testing data | Wyoming News

The school has had a slow and steady increase in cases in recent weeks, though most of the positives have been off campus and there has yet to be a singular, large outbreak. The initial spike in cases was driven by off-campus parties, UW officials have said, which have prompted an internal investigation to determine if students broke university rules amid the pandemic.

In the release announcing the pause, Seidel said that campus was “relatively safe.” But he was critical of students off campus who hadn’t taken proper precautions.

“Unfortunately, it appears that some of our students off campus are not doing the same, based upon community observations and the relatively high number of cases among those students,” he said. “If that situation doesn’t change, it seriously jeopardizes the opportunity to implement our full phased return plan for the fall semester.”

The news Wednesday is the latest change in course

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Backed by $12.5M in federal funding, Univ. of Washington leads new data science institute

Maryam Fazel, a University of Washington electrical and computer engineering professor, will lead the multidisciplinary Institute for Foundations of Data Science (IFDS). Fazel is pictured with colleagues in this 2015 photo. (UW Photo / Patrick Bennett)

With $12.5 million in federal funding, the University of Washington will lead a cohort of institutions tackling foundational challenges in the field of data science.

The UW is teaming up with interdisciplinary researchers from University Wisconsin-Madison, University California-Santa Cruz and University of Chicago to form the Institute for Foundations of Data Science (IFDS). The effort will be led by Maryam Fazel, a UW electrical and computer engineering professor.

The institute marks the culmination of three years of work supported by the National Science Foundation as part of its Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science, or TRIPODS, program. The effort is part of the NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea project.

“As data

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DARPA Wants AI Program to Crunch Data for Commanders

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has issued a multi-year contract with Aptima Inc. and its partner Arizona State University to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence that works with, learns from and interacts with humans, according to an Aug. 17 news release.

Different from current commercial systems, the program — Adaptive Distributed Allocation of Probabilistic Tasks (ADAPT) — will assist commanders with decision-making by quickly crunching data in fast-changing battlespaces and improving cooperation between human and AI agents.

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“ADAPT will take a significant step forward in human-AI collaboration so warfighters and intelligent technology can reason and work together to make better, faster decisions than either could do on their own,” Dr. Adam Fouse, Aptima’s ADAPT program manager, said in a statement. “By learning from its human counterparts, taking into account their goals, preferences and constraints,

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How Hama Beauty Uses Data for Product Recommendations

Tari Kandemiri used to shop in-store at beauty retailers such as Ulta and Sephora in search of products for hyperpigmentation. Despite her focused efforts, she often found herself overwhelmed.

“I’d read all the labels, read reviews while standing in the store, trying to find help, but it seemed like there were so many products and nowhere I could go that could synthesize all of that information for me,” Kandemiri told Beauty Inc on a recent phone call.

The 23-year-old, who studied computer science and business at Sewanee University, began to contemplate how platforms such as StitchFix employ data to offer personalized product recommendations to consumers. That led her to build Hama Beauty, an online platform that uses more than 500,000 data points and a patented algorithm, developed by Kandemiri, to recommend beauty products to users.

Hama, which means “family and friends” in Kandemiri’s native Shona language, has drawn thousands of

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This comprehensive Microsoft Excel training package will teach you everything you need to know about data

TLDR: With the training in the Premium A to Z Microsoft Excel Bundle, you canl go from Excel novice to certified pro status.

Leave it to scientists to take the most pragmatic route to solve a problem. Geneticists were having a bear of a time using Microsoft Excel to catalog and shift through details of various human genes because the names of those genes were being mistaken by the app as dates and automatically reformatted.

Rather than suffer in silence or wait for Microsoft to adjust Excel to their needs, the entire genetics community decided instead to rename 27 human genes like March1 to less confusing, more Excel-friendly names.

That just goes to show that even in the face of major problems, using Excel is still so integral to fields like cutting edge science that they’d make changes rather than get away from the heritage app, still the industry-wide

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How to build interactive data visualizations using Plotly and Python

Python is great for data exploration and data analysis and it’s all thanks to the support of amazing libraries like numpy, pandas, matplotlib, and many others. During our data exploration and data analysis phase it’s very important to understand the data we’re dealing with, and visual representations of our data can be extremely important.

It’s common for us to work on these projects using Jupyter notebooks because they’re great, fast, simple, and they allow us to interact and play with our data. However there are limitations to what we can do, normally when we work with charts we use libraries like matplotlib or seaborn, but those libraries render static images of our charts and graphs. Many things get lost in the details, and thus we need to fine-tune our charts to explore sections of our data. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just interact with our charts by zooming

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The Doctor Behind the Disputed COVID Data

Several physicians who worked with Dr. Sapan Desai during his residency at Duke University Medical Center said it became standard practice to double check anything he said about a patient. (Pete Kiehart/The New York Times)
Several physicians who worked with Dr. Sapan Desai during his residency at Duke University Medical Center said it became standard practice to double check anything he said about a patient. (Pete Kiehart/The New York Times)

A college degree at 19. A medical school graduate with a Ph.D. at 27.

By the time he completed training in vascular surgery in 2014, Dr. Sapan Desai had cast himself as an ambitious physician, an entrepreneur with an MBA and a prolific researcher published in medical journals.

Then the novel coronavirus hit, and Desai seized the moment. With a Harvard professor, he produced two studies in May that almost instantly disrupted multiple clinical trials amid the pandemic.

One study’s findings were particularly dramatic, reporting that anti-malaria drugs like hydroxychloroquine, which President Donald Trump promoted, were linked to increased deaths of COVID-19 patients. But that study and another were retracted in June by the renowned

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How your company can limit its liability for US data collection lawsuits

This article was originally published by Built In.

As families and schools across the country adjust to the new normal of remote learning, litigants are heading to court claiming that the very technologies that make remote learning feasible may be impermissibly collecting children’s personal data.

Allegations that remote learning tools are violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act are coming from both state and private litigants. COPPA requires online providers that collect the data of children under 13 years of age to take specific measures to protect that data, including privacy policies, parental consent and reasonable data security practices.

In the remote learning context, the Federal Trade Commission has issued guidance stating that schools can consent on behalf of parents to the collection of students’ personal information, provided the information is used for a school-authorized educational purpose and is not used for any commercial purpose. For the school

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Nearly 16,000 restaurants have closed permanently due to the pandemic, Yelp data shows

Volatility has been a kiss of death for thousands of restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Abrupt closures, inconsistent reopenings, changes in public health guidance for operations and other state-mandated orders have pushed the food service industry to the brink.

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New data from Yelp revealed the stark reality of permanent closures for an alarming number of restaurants, which already ran on thin margins.

The review site’s latest Local Economic Impact Report, released Wednesday, showed that 60% of the restaurants that temporarily closed due to the pandemic have since shuttered for good.

PHOTO: Data on restaurant and retail closures amid the coronavirus pandemic from Yelp. (Yelp)

There were 26,160 total restaurant closures on Yelp as of July 10 and 15,770 of those have made the decision permanent, according to Yelp.

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