The Ambassador

The Ambassador is both warrior and diplomat. He listens to the words of those who deserve influence and guides those in his care as he guides himself. He acts not selfishly but for the betterment of all.

China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media

A picture illustration shows a WeChat app icon in BeijingChina's Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday. Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers. Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.



U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New YorkThe group, known as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, includes all major U.S. "There are no credible threats posed to the financial services sector at this time," the group said in an email to its members. FS-ISAC told members in the email that it decided not to raise its barometer of threats facing banks during a regularly scheduled conference call on Thursday.



You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years agoHave you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. The bug you see above you is one of the highlights of the CIA Museum Artifacts collection. The Dragonfly Insectothopter, as it is known, was the first insect-sized flying vehicle to ever be developed by



Here's Why Angelina Jolie Is a Movie Star

Here's Why Angelina Jolie Is a Movie StarToday Angelina Jolie got married; She was also the subject of a piece on Gawker' Defamer by Tom Scocca asking why she's considered a movie star, considering that she's mostly in crappy movies that aren't really very beloved. Scocca takes aim at some outright flops (Pushing Tin, Alexander) and some mid-sized hits (The Bone Collector, Salt), and notes that one of her biggest movies (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) probably did better because of all the publicity surrounding her relationship with Brad Pitt, and her subsequent films (The Good Shepherd, A Mighty Heart and Beowulf) did badly. "Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio—big names who appear, as Jolie does, on Forbes' lists of the highest paid actresses or actors—have histories of making hugely beloved hit movies," Scocca writes, while "Angelina Jolie's megastardom is completely independent of the substance of her movie career."



FBI Probing Cyber Attack on Major U.S. Banks

FBI Probing Cyber Attack on Major U.S. BanksComputer hackers carried out a coordinated cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks this month, a U.S. The FBI has begun investigating the case and is "working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement. In an email statement to The Wire, Greg Kazmierczak, CTO of computer security company Wave Systems, said the attackers "performed a zero-day attack to gain initial access to the network."



JPMorgan probes possible cyber attack; reports other banks hit

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday morning. The bank was taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive or confidential information, though it did not see unusual fraud activity at this time, company spokeswoman Trish Wexler said. JPMorgan disclosed the investigation after the FBI said Wednesday evening it was investigating media reports earlier in the day that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late Wednesday.



JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’

JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’JPMorgan and at least four other unnamed U.S. banks have been targeted by hackers, The New York Times and Bloomberg report, although it’s not clear what the purpose of this “sophisticated cyberattack” really was. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market The hackers apparently broke into the networks of the banks, where they managed to extract “gigabytes of data,” including checking and savings account information. Bloomberg says the attack might be politically motivated, with Russian hackers targeting U.S. banks in response to the Ukraine crisis-related sanctions against Russia, but the Times says the FBI and security experts have not reached that conclusion yet. The cyber heist might be related to economic espionage, or the hackers



FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New YorkFederal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co was the victim of a recent cyber attack, according to two people familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.



FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.


Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

People work on computers at a communal workbench at HeatSync Labs in Phoenix, in this photo made Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores offers a space where inventors and tinkerers can work on projects and share ideas. (AP Photo/Emaun Kashfi)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.