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My wife, Dr Deborah N. Black, MD, is an expert in neural feedback (NF) for improving the attention of patients with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There’s an interesting news story about the technique on National Public Radio (NPR). This approach to retraining disorderly brains monitors electroencephalographic (EEG) data as the subjects learn to focus better by playing video games or controlling the visibility of a favourite movie being played on a special DVD player or computer. There are many sites in the United Kingdom which advertise NF treatments; try search string “neural feedback adhd uk” in a search engine. For example, “Learning with neural feedback” has useful information about the technique.

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Francis Cianfrocca, a leading expert on Advanced Persistent Threats, presents an overview of the issues. What follows is Mr Cianfrocca’s work with contributions and edits from M. E. Kabay.

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) has received a great deal of attention in recent months[1] due, in large part, to a spate of highly-publicized successful attacks against the information assets of major enterprises and corporations. Much of the recent focus on APT has come as a result of the RSA breach,[2] believed to be an APT-style attack[3], which led directly to a handful of serious attacks “down-line” within several of RSA’s major enterprise customers.[4]

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Starting in 2003, employees – including editors – of the now-defunct News of the World newspaper in Britain, controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation became embroiled in a series of scandals involving bribery of police officers, illegal access to telephone voicemail, dishonestly suing truthful news organizations for libel, lying to parliamentary and congressional investigating committees, and selecting noncompliant employees as scapegoats. I have provided a couple of references at the end of this week’s column for readers seeking details.

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