WordPress revamped with new security features

WordPress is getting some much needed new security features in its latest update, WordPress 5.2, which is rolling out now to websites around the world.

The world’s most popular content management system (CMS) is adding support for cryptographically-signed updates, a modern cryptography library, a Site Health section in the admin panel and White-Screen-of-Death (WSOD) protection.

Beginning with WordPress 5.2, the WordPress team will digitally sign its update packages using the ED25519 public-key signature system. This will allow a local installation to verify the update package’s authenticity before applying it to a local site and can even help prevent supply-chain attacks on all WordPress sites.

Chief Development Officer at Paragon Initiatives Enterprises, Scott Arciszewski explained how WordPress 5.2 will make launching attacks against the platform more difficult for cybercriminals to ZDNet, saying:

“Before WordPress 5.2, if you wanted to infect every WordPress site on [...]  read more

Just one-third of the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing

Just one-third of the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing

    <img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/17254/images/simple_style_full/Luangwa_River_James_Suter_WW248782.jpg?1557244616" /><!--HEADLINE SHADOW DESKTOP ONLY-->
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This Jewish family is traveling to literally every single country

Our goal is to become the first family to visit every country on Earth, all 195 of them! … He wants to go to Greece because he studied ancient Greece. … This past fall, during our visit to Spain, we all learned about the Sephardic …
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Slack to live stream pitch to shareholders on Monday ahead of direct listing

Slack, the ubiquitous workplace messaging tool, will make its pitch to prospective shareholders on Monday at an invite-only event in New York City, the company confirmed in a blog post on Wednesday. Slack stock is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange as soon as next month.

Slack, which is pursuing a direct listing, will live stream Monday’s Investor Day on its website.

An alternative to an initial public offering, direct listings allow businesses to forgo issuing new shares and instead sell directly to the market existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors. Slack, like Spotify, has been able to bypass the traditional roadshow process expected of an IPO-ready business, as well as some of the exorbitant Wall Street fees.

Spotify, if you remember, similarly live streamed an event that is typically for investors eyes only. If Slack’s event is anything like the music streaming giant’s, Slack co-founder and chief executive officer  [...]  read more

The Fake Faces in ‘Mission: Impossible’? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

From the agents of the Mission: Impossible franchise to Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, characters in movies and TV shows have been able to pull of some serious stunts while wearing the faces of others. But while the magic that Arya was able to use thanks to her training as No One is hard to come by, the masks used in the Mission: Impossible movies are far more tangible thank you might imagine. In fact, the Central Intelligence Agency has been using them for years.

“So you know when you go to the dentist and you have a dental impression taken? That’s what we did to your whole face, being very careful to keep your nose open so that you could breathe while this was happening,” explains former CIA disguise chief Jonna Mendez. “We could change your gender, we could change your ethnicity, we could turn you into almost anything.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that the disguises are as effective, or lifelike, as the ones you see in movies. “We couldn’t guarantee that that mask would animate,” Mendez says, pointing out the fact that they often would’t move as naturally as a person’s real face.

Just because Mission: Impossible‘s fake faces aren’t too far removed from reality doesn’t mean every action-packed espionage drama gets it right. Watch Mendez break down the disguises in The Bourne Identity, The Americans, Alias, Homeland [...]  read more