"APT1 is among dozens of threat groups Mandiant tracks around the
world, and one of more than twenty attributed to China that are engaged
in computer intrusion activities," said Kevin Mandia, Mandiant's chief
executive officer. "Given the sheer amount of data this particular group
has stolen, we decided it was necessary to arm and prepare as many
organizations as possible to prevent additional losses."
This is a new feature I'm starting on my site as I've decided to get back into astronomy. As a young boy I was given my first telescope when I was 10. Throughout my teens I observed, when I could, and enjoyed it. Some of my fondest memories are from viewing at our home on the West Island of Montreal looking at Orion or Saturn in the frigid winter months with the crisp clear air. But then, as is the case with many people who don't make astronomy their careers, you move on to other things that dominate your life.
You may have heard about this or not. Regardless there are some important lessons here. Last week a prominent writer for Wired had his account hacked. While accounts getting hacked is not unusual what was learned from this hack was disturbing to say the least.
I know many people are lax when it comes to Internet security and passwords. But if you get hacked there is a steep price to pay. A little vigilance goes a long way. The writer who was hacked wasn't even specifically targeted other than the hacker liked his short Twitter account name. So it can happen to anyone.
For several years now I've toyed with the idea of writing a novel. Many years ago I even attended a writers festival when I lived in Vancouver. The festival itself did not inspire me, or set me on the path to be a novelist. Now though, I've decided to write my first book. Why not follow me on my journey?
I've never attempted to write anything longer than a feature piece, say up to 4000 words, which I've published online and in my magazine Space Quarterly. Those works relate to my job and are non-fiction.
However at various times the last few years I've outlined ideas for a few novels, both fiction and non-fiction. I've done little research on what it takes to be a novelist. I'm already a writer, but the transition to novelist is going to be an exhilarating, liberating and probably trying experience at times.
I'm going to have to learn the technical side of writing a novel along with managing the flow of ideas and storyline.