Cryptomining malware spreads; devil’s bargain; modeling the Mississippi River, and more | Homeland Security Newswire

Our picks Cryptomining malware spreads; devil’s bargain; modeling the Mississippi River, and more

Published 13 February 2018

· Cryptomining malware spread via U.S., U.K. and Australian government sites

· Microsoft vet to lead DHS cyber and infrastructure division

· Bills earmark funds for school security

· Trump budget gouges non-defense R&D by 19 percent

· “Wouldn’t it be great if we could shoot someone in the face at 200 kilometers?”’

· Devil’s bargain

· There is a light that could kill flu viruses in public spaces

· When modeling the Mississippi River, a supercomputer won’t do

Cryptomining malware spread via U.S., U.K. and Australian government sites (Nick Heath, TechRepublic)
More than 4,000 sites have been affected, according to security researcher Scott Helme, after a third-party service they used was infected with the Coinhive cryptocurrency miner.

Microsoft vet to lead DHS cyber and infrastructure division (Joseph Marks, Defense One) Christopher Krebs has been acting chief of the cyber and infrastructure protection division since August.

Bills earmark funds for school security (Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican )
Coming at a time when there seems to be another school shooting somewhere in America at least once a week, the episode has become a call to action at the Legislature.

Trump budget gouges non-defense R&D by 19 percent (Jack Corrigan, NextGov)
Meanwhile, Pentagon researchers will get an extra $13.5 billion to play with.

‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could shoot someone in the face at 200 kilometers?’ (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)
What the U.S. Air Force wants out of artificial intelligence — and an exclusive look into its next project to fuse everything.

Devil’s bargain (Eric Holthaus, Grist)
We already have planet-cooling technology. The problem is, it’s killing us.

There is a light that could kill flu viruses in public spaces (Paris Martineau, Outline)
Using light to kill contagions without killing people: tricky, but possible.

Sending foreign aid money doesn’t deter migration from poor countries, says new study (Aamna Mohdin, Quartz)
Countries across Europe have been operating under the assumption that by sending more money overseas, it will stop people migrating. The only problem? There’s little evidence to suggest that this strategy works.

When modeling the Mississippi River, a supercomputer won’t do (Adam Rogers, Wired)
The Mississippi River—it’s a big deal, OK? Sure, the Center for River Studies could have just simulated all this in a supercomputer, built from spreadsheets and algebra. And that’s typically what happens nowadays: IRL models of natural phenomena are the exception. But when you can watch in an hour how the river bottom could transform in the course of, say, a year—and directly observe the potential effects on navigation—the impact is more immediate.