The ever-elusive substance known as dark matter has once again avoided detection as the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment, a incredibly sensitive dark-matter detector, completes its latest run. Very little is known about dark matter, other than that it is thought to make up 80 percent of the matter in the universe and has never been directly observed. This experiment was designed around detecting weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), which most physicists consider, at present, to be the main contender for what dark matter is made of. "LUX has delivered the world's best search sensitivity since its first run in 2013," Rick Gaitskell, a physicist at Brown University and co-spokesman for LUX, said in a statement. "With this final result from the 2014 to 2016 search, the scientists of the LUX Collaboration have pushed the sensitivity of the instrument to a final performance level that is four times better than the original project goals."
Nearly half (45%) of employees have accidentally included banking information in email sent to an unintended recipient outside the organization, a new study found. The Clearswift survey of 600 senior business decision makers and 1,200 employees across the UK, US, Germany, and Australia, shows that more than a quarter of users have been on the receiving end of mis-addressed sensitive information, indicating that the flow of poorly managed private information goes in both directions. Upon receiving unintended information, 31% of employees say that they would read the email, with 12% admitting they would scroll through to read the entire email chain. Once read, only 27% would delete the email from their inboxes. Only 45% of employees were familiar with any formal process or course of action for receiving an email from someone in another company in which they were not the intended recipient.
Docs.com, a free document-sharing service from Microsoft, allowed anyone to search and view documents shared by users, unbeknownst to many of those users who believed their documents were private. The issue allowed anyone, including a number of security researchers who discovered the problem, to find documents uploaded to Docs.com by Microsoft Office 365 users--including files that contained sensitive and personal information. Among the files found were documents that included passwords, accounts names, social security numbers, bank accounts, medical information and employee data from businesses--all by simply searching for those terms using the search bar on the Docs.com In response to the initial discovery made by security researcher Kevin Beaumont, Microsoft removed the search feature from the landing page for Docs.com. The bar was still accessible throughout the rest of the site, and has since returned to the homepage.
A software startup that provides independent insurance brokers with customer management software has exposed highly sensitive information on thousands of insurance policy holders. A vast cache of data was stored on Amazon S3 storage bucket by AgentRun, a Chicago, Ill.-based company founded in 2012 by Andrew Lech, a former independent insurance broker. The bucket stored thousands of files of broker clients using the company's platform, including highly sensitive personal information like insurance policy documents, health and medical information, and some financial data. The bucket wasn't protected with a password and was accessible by anyone. Andrew Lech, the company's founder, admitted the breach in an email.
There's nothing like a homemade gift to say, "Look at how much time I spent on you! I am the most thoughtful, caring person at this party." Up the ante by creating a present that is actually helpful: Make a pair of cute gloves touchscreen-sensitive. The capacitive screen on a smartphone uses electricity to sense your touch: When a small area of your electrically conductive skin touches the surface, it completes a circuit that tells the screen where your finger is. Insulating cloth, however, does not conduct electricity as well as skin does, which is why touchscreens ignore your glove-covered digit.