The next foreign adversary to hijack U.S. elections could go further than hacking emails or weaponizing Facebook. “In our simulations, one of the things that the red team actually came up with, the attack team, is to attack public infrastructure on election day,” said Roi Carmel, chief strategy officer at security firm Cybereason. “The way to make this impact doesn’t have to be attacking the Pentagon.” A multi-agency tabletop simulation scenario hosted by the company last year saw role-playing authorities forced by adversaries to shut down an election, after hackers sabotaged traffic lights, spread false propaganda about candidates and, in a futuristic twist, even hijacked self-driving cars to attack voters. … [Read more...] about ‘We’re always ready’: Would the U.S. win a cyberwar with Iran?
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Luc Besson has loved the Valerian and Laureline comics since he was a kid. Now, after wearing its influence on his sleeve in The Fifth Element, the French director has finally brought his first love to the screen. And it looks like an eye-popping mix of Star Wars (the comics pre-date George Lucas‘s space opera by more than a decade, and the influence is obvious), Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and, as Besson himself described it, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith in space.” Whew. After you watch the trailer below, read all about how Luc went about bringing his passion project to the screen. … [Read more...] about The first full trailer for Luc Besson’s “Valerian” is as wild as you’d expect
Snowden has been described by a fellow NSA worker as a “genius of geniuses.” The whistleblower’s colleague, who wished to remain anonymous, was full of admiration for Snowden, saying that he stood up for a co-worker who was being bawled out by a boss, had a copy of the U.S. constitution on his desk in order to argue against NSA policies that violated it, and wandered around in an EFF hoodie, which has a pastiche of the NSA logo on it. When Snowden’s prowess was noted by bosses, he was asked to build the front end of a new website and given administrative powers. “Big mistake in hindsight,” says the colleague. “But if you had a guy who could do things nobody else could, and the only problem was that his badge was green instead of blue, what would you do?” … [Read more...] about Judge Rules NSA Phone Data Collection Is Illegal
Given the fact that Impact isn’t even a year old yet (and that TV and film projects can take years to come to fruition), it’s hard to measure how successful pitch day has been. Of course, getting your script sold is a victory in itself, and that has certainly happened through Impact. One of the program’s most notable success stories has been Godwin Jabangwe, a cycle-one alum who, after coming to L.A. for Impact with little more than $30 in his pocket and a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (“The airline lost his suitcase,” Mitchell recalls), managed to sell his animated musical about the Shona people of his country in a four-way bidding war to Netflix for a mid-six-figure sum. Philip Tarl Denson, an Australian physics teacher, sold his TV pilot Anomaly to Legendary in a three-way bidding war. … [Read more...] about This Y Combinator for Hollywood wants to discover the next Lena Waithe
“Talk-show host could be the easiest job in the world, if you wanted it to be,” Corden says, rubbing his bleary eyes. “Monologue, desk bit, chat with a comedian, good night, and you’re done. But that’s not the sort of show I want to do. And what helps is doing all this other stuff. I know that if I didn’t seek out and do things outside of this show, I’d lose my creative mojo. And I don’t want that to happen. But it is exhausting. What I’ve come to realize is that you just have to try to be present wherever you are. You can’t think about tomorrow or next week or even this afternoon. You just have to be the best version of yourself right now. Now, keep in mind, I’m saying this as someone who gets it wrong 25 times a day. I’m just saying this is what I strive for. It’s the only way I know to have success.” He stretches back on the sofa and tries to stifle a yawn. “So don’t think I’m some … [Read more...] about James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How