Threat of a USB Cable


Everyone who's into computers surely are familiar with Universal Serial Bus or more popularly known as USB. Almost all peripherals uses USB to establish communication between USB devices and a host controller like PCs and notebooks both for Windows and Macs. USB can connect computer peripherals such as mouse, keyboards, digital cameras, printers, media players, flash drives, Network Adapters, and external hard drives. For many of those devices, USB has become the standard connection method. So can a USB device do any harm to your computer? At the recent Black Hat DC conference, teacher and student team Angelos Stavrou and Zhaohui Wang from George Mason University presented how an Android phone can be used to mount as a standard human input device (HID) when plugged into a Windows, OS X or Linux computer, potentially giving keyboard and mouse access to malware or even a remote hacker. How does it work? Stavrou and Wang gave this explanation "Say your computer at home is compromised and you compromise your Android phone by connecting them. Then, whenever you connect the smartphone to another laptop or computing device that the hacker can take over that computer also, and then compromise other computers off that Android. It's a viral type of compromise using the USB cable." The bigger worry is anti-virus application will not be able to detect the problem because the process would appear to be a normal keyboard or mouse activity. Once installed, the malware author could then retrieve files, download other malware or even take control of the system altogether. Think of the effect - if you insert a compromised Android phone via USB. Tthe computer will be affected by the malware it would then automatically contaminate any clean mobile device connected to it making the malware a viral problem. How often do you connect a USB device to our computers? As I am typing this story, I have a couple of USB devices currently connected to my computer. So the next time someone asked you if they can attach their mobile phone to your computer via USB, think it over again. Who knows - you may be the next victim of the USB threat. As a general rule, you do not allow anyone you don't know, even friends to attached their mobile phones and USB devices into you computer - unless of course if its your mom, dad and bosses. I am logging off. Stay cool and God Bless us all!

Source: USB Cables - From friend to foe


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Filipino Educated appointed as President of US School

Gabriel Esteban says, "I am honored to be asked to serve as the 20th president of Seton Hall University, a leader in higher education for the past century and a half."

Filipino educator Gabriel Esteban, 49, was named the 20th president of Seton Hall University in the U.S. last month, reports Manila Times. He served as the interim president of the school for almost six months.

Esteban is the first non-priest to head the university in New Jersey. According to Manila Times, the school's board of regents asked the board of trustees to make an exception to the university rule that requires the president to be a priest. "I am honored to be a part of this great institution and to carry on its nationally recognized leadership in Catholic higher education," Esteban said. "As an immigrant, I am extremely thankful."

According to the Seton Hall University website, Esteban previously served as the provost and chief academic officer of the school. He started heading enrolment services in 2009. "Under his leadership, Seton Hall recruited the largest new class in 30 years, more than 1,300 students, with an average increase in SAT scores of 27 points."

Before joining Seton Hall, he worked at the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Tech University, the University of Houston-Victoria and the University of the Philippines. He has a Ph.D. in Administration from the University of California, a Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies from the Chaminade University in Honolulu, and a Master of Business Administration and a degree in Math from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

SOURCE: Pinoy educator Gabriel Esteban appointed President of US University

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Boosting Metabolism

Do Intervals
Mixing in fast-paced intervals raises your metabolic rate higher than doing a steady cardio workout, and will continue to do so up to an hour after you’re done, says Kristin McGee, a trainer and Pilates instructor whose client list includes Tina Fey and Bethenny Frankel. An Australian study also found that women who did intervals while they were biking lost three times as much fat as those who worked out at a steady pace. If you’re a walker, simply walk at your normal pace for 1 to 2 minutes, then speed-walk for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the sequence 10 to 15 times.

Opt for Caffeine
It’s time to hit Starbucks. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior shows that coffee drinkers have a 16 percent higher metabolic rate than those who abstain or drink decaf joe, because caffeine increases your heart rate and stimulates your central nervous system. Spread out the cups over your entire day to keep your metabolism running at a boosted rate—just be sure to have your last cup by early afternoon so you can hit the pillow with no problems later on.

Add Some Ice
Though the increase is modest, there is some evidence that drinking cold water can cause a slight surge in metabolic rate. Since your body maintains a core temperature around 98.6°F, cold water will be brought to that temperature after being consumed and calories are burned during the warming process. Discovery Health deduced that you can burn up to 70 extra calories a day if you follow the common rule of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of cold water per day. Need another reason to up your water intake? Researchers at the University of Utah found that participants who drank half of the recommended amount of water per day (four 8-ounce glasses), not only showed signs of dehydration, they also experienced a 2% decrease in calories burned per day.

Eat a Big Breakfast
It’s time to nix the oatmeal with skim milk. Instead, start your day with a fatty breakfast, including eggs and even a piece of bacon, suggests Molly Bray, PhD, lead author of a recent study showing that a fat-filled morning meal will jumpstart your metabolism for the day faster than a lowfat, low-calorie breakfast. Another study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who eat 22 to 55 percent of their total calories at breakfast gain 1.7 pounds over four years. That’s not bad considering those who eat 0 to 11 percent of their calories in the morning gain nearly 3 pounds.

Drink Green Tea
Not only does green tea contain enough antioxidants to keep colds and the flu at bay, but it also does wonders for your metabolism, according to a study published in the journal Phytomedicine. Researchers found that people who drank the equivalent of three to five cups daily for three months shaved 5 percent off their body weight. Green tea contains ECGC, a plant compound that stimulates your metabolism, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist in private practice in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, and founder of Essential Nutrition consulting.

Don't Skimp on Dairy
Calcium-rich foods and drinks, including milk, yogurt and cheese, increase the rate at which fat turns into waste, says a study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen published in the The Journal of Nutrition. It doesn’t matter what form of dairy product you’re consuming as long as the serving size is adequate (keep it lowfat!)—either a full glass of lowfat milk or 6 ounces of yogurt is perfect. Also, the study noted that you have to actually ingest the calcium in its natural form; supplements don’t work due to differences in the chemical makeup.

Build More Muscle
Gaining lean muscle mass boosts your metabolism and makes losing weight much easier, McGee says. If you add just 5 pounds of muscle to your body, you’ll burn up to 150 more calories per day without even working out those muscles. And, you can burn an average of 600 calories per hour during your cardio workout thanks to that extra muscle mass. “Muscle burns more calories than fat does, even at rest, so any strength-training activities to build lean muscle are excellent,” McGee says. The key is to challenge all your muscles and do a full-body strength-training workout, hitting your core, arms, legs, back and chest.

Pick Up Heavier Weights
By using heavy weights at a very slow rate—twice as slow as would feel natural—you break down your muscles (you’ll know the weights are heavy enough and the workout slow enough if you start to shake after just a few lifts or squats). Researchers at Wayne State University found that when your body repairs those overworked muscles, it causes your metabolism to increase for up to three days after the workout.

SOURCE: 8 Tricks For Boosting Metabolism

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