Posts Tagged ‘Energy’
Pennsylvania Man Indicted For Hack of Department of Energy Network
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:14 Written by Celframe Security Team Monday, 12 November 2012 12:24
A Pennsylvania man was arrested yesterday after a Massachusetts grand jury issued a four-count indictment alleging that he hacked into computer networks belonging to the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the University of Massachusetts and tried to sell access to a DoE supercomputer for $50,000 to an undercover FBI agent.
Andrew James Miller, a 23 year-old resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, was charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of computer fraud and one count of access device fraud. The indictment claims that between 2008 and 2011 Miller and unnamed co-conspirators hacked into networks belonging to the DoE, U-Mass as well as private firms including RNK Telecommunications Inc. (RNK) and Colorado advertising agency Crispin Porter and Bogusky Inc. (CPB Group).
Indictment: Andrew James Miller
After gaining unauthorized access to these systems, Miller is alleged to have installed Trojan horse programs that gave him access to the networks which he and his co-conspitrators sold online.
Miller and his co-conspirators were discovered after they attempted to sell access to the victim networks to an undercover FBI agent. Specifically, the indictment details an IRC conversation between Miller and an undercover agent in which Miller exchanges access to RNK’s servers and a list of hundreds of user names and passwords for two payments of $500.00. Payment was to be made to Andrew Miller of Lancaster, PA, via Western Union. Miller later requested two payments of $600 via Western Union in exchange for a U-Mass database dump and $1,000.00 for access to CPB Group. At one point, Miller attempted to sell the FBI access to a supercomputer belonging to the DoE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center for $50,000.
Miller could face five years in prison for the conspiracy count and one of the computer fraud counts and an additional ten years in prison for the second computer fraud count and the access device fraud count, which would then be followed by three years of supervised release and some $250,000 in restitution.
The U.K. energy consumption guide
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 04:23 Written by Celframe Web Team Monday, 11 June 2012 02:35
I’m a sucker for anything cute and bubbly, and the U.K. Energy Consumption Guide created by Epiphany is no exception. It combines a vertical scrolling site with a lot of data visualization about different types of fuel and how they’ve been used historically. Most of the charts are solid and the interaction adds an even higher level of clarity and understanding.
While I like this circle packing chart, I’m sure there will be doubters. It’s very similar to McCandless’ natural gas visualization that received a lot of flack. But generally speaking, anything that is engaging and welcoming garners a little extra time from the visitor to make sense of it.
Revealing the Energy Consumption of Each Building in New York
Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 02:24 Written by Celframe Web Team Tuesday, 29 May 2012 03:56
The remarkably detailed map [columbia.edu] developed by the Modi Research Group of the Earth Institute at Columbia University reveals the total annual building energy consumption of New York, at both the block and ‘taxlot’ level (which is nearly at building level).
The map was built using MapBox. The total energy consumption is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter of land area. The data actually was not retrieved from utility companies, but calculated via an elaborate statistical model that is based on current large-scale estimates (e.g. the average energy use by ZIP code) in addition to lower-scale, estimated parameters (like the type and size of the building). Hovering over individual blocks or lots shows more detailed information, such as the type of energy being used, for which purpose (e.g. heating and cooling, electricity or hot water) and in what quantity.
More detailed information is available here. Via NYTimes Green, WSJ Blog and Co.Exist. Thnkx Adam!