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People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 403 PM EDT Wed Sep 2 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... weschester...Rockland. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1006 am EDT Wed Sep 2 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... weschester...Rockland. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1006 am EDT Wed Sep 2 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... weschester...Rockland. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. 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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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