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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...from 15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Cold impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite Jmc , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,06:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

NSA Installed Spyware on 50,000 Computer Networks; Twitter Beefs Up Security

Tech & Science, National & World News

A day after Twitter announced new security enhancements, the NSA was revealed to have infected tens of thousands of computers with malicious software.

A Dutch publication, NRC Handelsblad, reported yesterday that the National Security Agency has infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. This latest piece of information in a long series of stories to come from the Edward Snowden leaks on the American spying agency comes from a 2012 internal presentation on how the NSA collects information globally. The document refers to its methods as Computer Network Exploitation, defined as the secret infiltration of computer systems through the use of malware.

Though incredibly voluminous, the existence of NSA spyware is not novel or particularly surprising. Earlier reports showed that the agency had installed an estimated 20,000 digital implants by 2008, and public documents reveal that the department in charge of these operations, the TAO (Tailored Access Operations), employs over a thousand hackers.

Acting as a sort of virtual “sleeper cell,” the implants can remain in place undetected for years, and be turned off and on at will with a simple command issued remotely by the NSA. A relatively inexpensive procedure, the control of spyware can give the NSA access to information it was not previously privy too; the practice has evidently been in place from as early as 1998.

According to NRC, the transmission of NSA spyware appears to be fairly rudimentary—relying on the same sort of phishing and spamming tactics that any other malware or virus would be spread through, and installing NSA software onto unsuspecting users’ computers through what would superficially appear to be innocuous communications.

On Friday, a day prior to the latest NSA revelation, the enduringly popular social networking website Twitter announced that it has beefed up security to prevent further snooping by unwanted sources. After being the subject of sophisticated hacking attempts earlier this year and seeing that social networks are placed firmly on the NSA’s radar, Twitter has enabled “forward security” on its website. The new measure adds an extra layer of protection to communications between the site and users, making it exceptionally difficult for any unwanted intruders to decode encrypted data and steal user information.

Twitter’s security team says forward security “should be the new normal for web service owners… Our work on deploying forward secrecy is just the latest way in which Twitter is trying to defend and protect the user’s voice in that world.”

Forward security has previously been implemented by Facebook and Google as part of ongoing efforts to protect user data; as Twitter points out, it is just the latest development in “an ever-changing world” of security processes.

[Source: NRC, Twitter]

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