“This means that espionage has also gone digital – and while we’ve seen several cases of nation-state espionage done with backdoors and trojans, we’ve seen only one documented case of a nation-state doing cyber sabotage with malware. That case is Stuxnet. During my years in this industry I’ve seen multiple mysteries, but few of them have been as interesting as the case of Stuxnet. F-Secure Labs estimates that it took more than 10 man-years of work to develop Stuxnet. Related attacks like Duqu and Flame might have taken even more. Stuxnet had a “kill date” of 24 June 2012, which means the worm has now stopped spreading. But that has little significance, as the operation had already been active for years and reached most of its targets already by 2010.”
- I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about net/for reals label Aural Sects on here before. They are London-based (I think?) specializing in Witch House for the 21st Century. An internet friend of mine helps run it. Trying to define it without simply listening to it can be a drag (as this blogger puts it). There’s elements of chopped and messed-up Hip-Hop mixed with Electro and dreamy Shoegaze type shit. It’s simultaneously peaceful and disturbing, if that helps. Anyways, a lot of the Aural Sects music is free, and almost all of it is worth looking into.
- The winners for this year’s Eisner Awards have been announced. I’m reading them for the first time… I wonder if I’ll be happy. Huh, big year for Mark Waid. His Daredevil took Best Single Issue and Best Continuing Series and he took Best Writer. Waid’s good, I’m no hater. But…??
“Majak’s photos stem from her interest in exploring minority religions in a country that is dominated by Catholicism. Through her work she has found female spiritual leaders of all ages. She has interviewed nearly all of her subjects, questioning their surroundings and relationship to their alternate spiritual findings. Each woman possesses a unique object of power, used for promoting their individual abilities and identities. They believe their spiritual work helps shift the balance between masculine and feminine forces, reclaiming power for women. Her solo photography show, at the Porter Contemporary in Chelsea, New York City, invites viewers to bring their previous conceptions about womanhood, and the occult.”
These photos fascinate me, and I’d like to have long conversations with each of these women.