‘The rules of engagement have broken’ in cyberspace, says CEO of cybersecurity giant FireEye

FireEye CEO: 'The rules of engagement have broken' in cyberspace

FireEye CEO: ‘The rules of engagement have broken’ in cyberspace   6:44 PM ET Wed, 12 Dec 2018 | 00:56

The global rules of engagement for cyberspace have unraveled in recent years as rogue nations took advantage of their ability to hack companies like Sony Pictures, FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia told CNBC on Wednesday.

“What I’ve seen over the last three years is the rules of engagement have broken,” Mandia, whose firm is partnered with more than 60 governments, told Jim Cramer in an exclusive “Mad Money” interview. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen next for many nations with a modern capability.”

The FireEye chief broke down how these unofficial rules have been eroded: in 2014, North Korean actors scrubbed the data at Sony Pictures after the studio released the controversial film “The Interview.” In 2015, Russian hackers broke into the Pentagon’s computers. In 2016, documents leaked by foreign hackers were center to a presidential election. In 2017, Iranian actors performed more cyber-intrusions on U.S. systems than ever before.

“In 2018, we’re all figuring out: where’s the boundaries? Where does it end? How do we have rules?” Mandia said.

Now, foreign governments are hiring professional cyber-actors to either mount cyberattacks on U.S. companies or scour their systems for information, adding another layer of complexity to the job of security firms like FireEye, the CEO continued.

“You can’t really expect every company to withstand a cyber-military attack. That’s probably not the bar you want to set as a nation,” he told Cramer, adding that these days, state-sponsored hackers are “people, probably in uniform, badging into a building” somewhere abroad.

Mandia said that, eventually, the question that governments around the world will have to answer is what constitutes “fair game” for espionage. Many countries already have rules around traditional espionage, but cyber-spying is a new playing field that nations will collectively have to tackle.

And, unfortunately, no one company will ever perfect incident detection, the CEO argued.

“Outside looking in, a lot of people may have the response, ‘I can’t believe they lost this information.’ Don’t forget: there are professionals on the other side,” Mandia said. “You’re not going to pitch a perfect game in security every day. You’re just not. And you’re up against some of the best hackers in the world.”


5 New Homes For Sale In The Walnut Creek Area

5 New Homes For Sale In The Walnut Creek Area

Looking for a new home, and want the latest scoop on what’s available near you? Perhaps you could use some help finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Not to fear! To keep you in the game, we here at Patch have compiled an up-to-date batch of five new listings nearby.

Here’s a list of the five newest homes to hit the housing market in the Walnut Creek area — including one with 2 beds and 2 baths for $649,900, and another with 6 beds and 4 baths for $1.5 million.

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Bathroom Fire Displaces Family In Hamden

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A bathroom fire displaced a family late Wednesday night in Hamden, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to a home in the 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue at about 11:50 p.m. on the report of a structure fire. All of the occupants were out of the home when firefighters arrived.

“Engine 3 made entry to the home and encountered a heavy smoke condition emitting from the first floor bathroom,” fire officials wrote in a press release. “The crew was able to extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher, confining the damage to the bathroom. Companies remained on scene until 12:39 a.m. checking for any fire extension and ventilating the home. (HFD responding companies E3, E2, Sq1, T1 R1, C3).”

Fire Marshal Brian Dolan has determined that the accidental fire started in the bathroom light/fan assembly. The displaced residents will be staying with family while repairs are being made, officials said.


Dream Decor: A Whimsical Pink-and-Blue Garden Wedding in Potomac

A few years after a first encounter at Cafe Milano, Rebecca Grunfeld, an attorney, and Ryan Samuel, a real-estate developer, bumped into one another at a Wizards game (her dad is team general manager Ernie Grunfeld). A few weeks later, Ryan called Rebecca to ask her out for coffee, which turned into watching the US men’s soccer team in a World Cup game at Logan Tavern, followed by an early bite at Le Diplomate. On Rebecca’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary a few years later, Ryan proposed in the home he and Rebecca had bought and renovated.

They married in an intimate ceremony at Rebecca’s parents’ house, where Rebecca’s sister-in-law officiated and Ryan’s two children (Rebecca’s “bonus babies”) read a book they made for the bride entitled Ten Things We Love About Becky. In the pool, inflatable swans adorned with floral wreaths added a whimsical touch, and reception decor included embroidered napkins, Chinese statues representing good health and happiness, and Rebecca’s mother’s china. For dinner: a family recipe for Caesar salad, beef tenderloin, penne alla vodka, and mushroom risotto. Dessert included mini cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies à la mode, plus a vanilla funfetti wedding cake with strawberry buttercream.

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Invest in winter white dishes

1 Invest in winter white dishes


Purchasing a quality dish set like the Lenox Alpine collection is an easy way to elevate your houseguests’ dining experience. The glossy finish of this rustic collection will make your home-cooked-meals pop, and the classic design is versatile enough to be used anytime of year.


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Beautiful design and materials aren’t just for giant, resort-style master bathrooms. Indulging in a quartz countertop or designer tile in your powder room won’t break the bank, and lets you experiment with out-of-the-box designs without splashing out for a full bathroom remodel.

Warm metal fixtures

Warm metals are back. Brass, oil-rubbed bronze, or gold fixtures come in a variety of modern, traditional, and transitional styles to match your preference.

Turn up the tech

The longer any technology sticks around, the more affordable it becomes to have installed in your home. In the bathroom, that means radiant underfloor heating and temperature-controlled medicine cabinets.

Floating vanities

Furniture-style vanities have been all the rage for years, but not everyone has a vintage sewing machine or credenza to repurpose, and furniture-style vanities can look clunky in a small space. A floating vanity gives your bathroom a sleek modern look without taking up much room.

Hack your storage

You don’t have to limit storage to linen cabinets or the space under your sink. There are all kinds of tricks to use up the wasted space in your small bathroom. Hang baskets behind the door or mount a ledge shelf above your vanity to take advantage of all your spare space.

Organic materials

Natural stone or wood-look porcelain tile will add a little warmth and serenity to your bathroom. Adding a plant, like aloe vera or bamboo can also give your bathroom a peaceful, spa-like feel.

Accent walls

Whether you choose to use paint, wallpaper or tile, an accent wall is a great way to liven up any bathroom. Consider using the wall behind the sink or even one of the shower walls to add something a little extra to your life.


Massive tree crashes into bedroom while couple slept in Montecito home

Tree crashes into Montecito home

MONTECITO, Calif. – Longtime Montecito residents Oscar and Linda Sepulveda had a close call during the recent storm when powerful winds and rains uprooted a massive tree that crashed from a neighbor’s yard into their bedroom.

The pine tree came down late Thursday night while the couple was asleep.

Montecito had received two and a half inches of rain coupled with 50 mph wind gusts throughout the day and into the evening.

“The whole thing started with the rain coming down,” said Oscar Sepulveda. “There was thunder and lightning. It was incredible.”

A loud crash overhead startled the couple from their sleep.

“All of the sudden, some tree branches were sticking through the ceiling hanging over our bed,” Sepulveda said.

The tree, about 70 feet tall, slammed into their home on Sycamore Canyon Drive. Three large branches punctured their roof. The branches dangling eerily from their ceiling.

One branch was just inches from the head of their bed.

“We’ve been very, very lucky,” Sepulveda said.

The couple has lived through two fires and the devastating mudslide last January.

Sepulveda said he and his wife are grateful they weren’t injured by the tree.


Invest in winter white dishes

“Dining room” means something different to everyone: maybe it’s the small nook off of your kitchen where you eat every meal, or perhaps it’s the spacious separate room you reserve for holidays. It can be easy for these rooms to fall flat—upgrading your bedroom or living room space often takes priority—but regardless of size, there’s a lot you can do to keep this part of your home fresh. Here are seven ways to take your dining room to the next level, just in time for the holidays.

1 Invest in winter white dishes


Purchasing a quality dish set like the Lenox Alpine collection is an easy way to elevate your houseguests’ dining experience. The glossy finish of this rustic collection will make your home-cooked-meals pop, and the classic design is versatile enough to be used anytime of year.

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2 Install a statement light fixture


A bold light fixture sets the mood for entertaining. (Pro tip: Make sure you choose one that can be installed with a dimmer.) This brass fixture adds a fun twist to the typical chandelier with its asymmetrical profile.

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3 Stock up on fun linens

Crate and Barrel

To complement the simplicity of your sleek white dinnerware, stock up on patterned tablecloths, runners, and napkins that you can mix and match. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, these prints will bring a festive feel to meal time.

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4 Purchase an after dinner dish set


In the colder months, after dinner coffee and tea is a must. Keep the dinner party going (and warm up your guests before they head outside) with these Alpine collection mugs.

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5 Hang an artistic mirror

Shades of Light

Open up your room by hanging a unique mirror on a wall near your dining table. Opt for one with a window frame style: this will not only make the space feel bigger, but also create the impression of extra light.

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6 Layer chairs with cozy throws


Another way to elevate your dining room is to add a cozy throw blanket or pillow to each chair. Go for a neutral hue of faux fur or cashmere for the winter.

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7 Spruce up your room with some garland

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Stray from the traditional decor this year by decorating your mantle with magnolia garland. The rich, earthy color and texture will add dimension to your space. You can even drape a strand on your dining table runner as an unexpected centerpiece.


PM to lay foundation, inaugurate projects today in all 3 regions

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Rs 6,800 crore strategic Zojila tunnel, Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel, two Ring Roads-one each in Jammu and Srinagar, Pakal Dul in Kishtwar and inaugurate Kishanganga hydro-electric projects and Tarakote Marg from Katra to Adh-Kunwari during his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He will also address SKUAST-J convention.
Accompanied by Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, the Prime Minister will cover all three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh during his visit. Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) RK Singh will join the Prime Minister in Srinagar.

Dr Jitendra Singh said: “despite just one-day visit, the Prime Minister has fulfilled his commitment of regional balance and equitable development of all three regions of the State including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh by covering all three regions during the visit”.
Security has been beefed up in Jammu ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit.
The Prime Minister will directly reach Leh where he would lay foundation stone of Zojila tunnel and address culmination programme of Kushok Bakula’s centenary celebrations. At SKICC Srinagar, he would inaugurate Kishanganga power project and lay foundation stone of Ring Road. Then he would reach Jammu and address SKUAST-J convention. Later, he will lay foundation stone of Pakal Dul hydro-electric power project in Kishtwar and Jammu Ring Road and inaugurate Tarakote Marg from Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University. Pakal Dul HE project is 1000 MW and is being constructed on river Marusudar, a tributary of river Chenab in Kishtwar district.
The Ring Road projects in Srinagar and Jammu will cost nearly Rs 3,884 crore.
The Zojila tunnel will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh as this route remains snow-bound for a large part of the year, and is ravaged by frequent avalanches.
It will also cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes, besides making the drive much safer and convenient, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
It said Modi will attend “the commencement of work on Zojila Tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at an event in Jive-tsal in Leh tomorrow”.
“He will also lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Srinagar and at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu the same day,” it said.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister had approved the  construction, operation and maintenance of this 2-lane bi-directional tunnel with Parallel Escape (Egress) tunnel between Baltal and Minamarg on the Srinagar-Leh section of  NH-1A at a total cost of Rs 6,800 crore earlier this year.
The Government said the construction of this tunnel will provide much relief to the people in the region. Due to heavy snowfall and frequent avalanches, road connection to places in the Ladakh region get disrupted for long periods, preventing even essential supplies from reaching people, shutting down businesses, affecting healthcare and education.
“The construction of the tunnel is expected to bring about all round economic and socio-cultural integration of these regions. In addition to direct jobs generated during construction, it will also lead to massive indirect and spinoff jobs due to acceleration of economic growth,” the statement said.
It added that the government is committed to development of manpower skilled for tunneling jobs in J&K. The project has strategic and socio-economic importance, and will be an instrument for the development of the economically backward districts in J&K.
The Government said the Zojila tunnel has been planned as a smart tunnel which will have latest safety features like fully transverse ventilation system, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), Tunnel Emergency Lighting, CCTV Monitoring, Variable Message Signs (VMS), Traffic Logging Equipment, Over Height Vehicle Detection, Tunnel Radio System, etc.
It will have pedestrian cross passages at every 250 meter and motorable cross passages and lay-bys at every 750 meter, the statement said, adding that it will have emergency telephones and fire-fighting cabinets at every 125 meter.
The Ring Roads at Srinagar and Jammu are aimed at reducing traffic congestion at these cities and making road travel safer, faster, more convenient and more environment friendly, the statement said.
The 42.1 Km, 4 lane Srinagar Ring Road will link Galandar in West Srinagar to Sumbal. Being built at a cost of Rs 1,860 crore, this road will provide a new route from Srinagar to Kargil and Leh, and reduce travel time, it said, adding that there will be a major bridge, three flyovers, 23 tunnels and 2 via-ducts on this route.
“The 58.25 km, 4-lane Jammu Ring Road, being built at a cost of Rs 2,023.87 crore, will link Jagati (western Jammu) to Raya Morh. There will be 8 large bridges, 6 flyovers, 2 tunnels and 4 via ducts on this route,” it said.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Srinagar the security has been put on high alert in Srinagar and authorities sealed the Boulevard road leading to SKICC where the function is to be held.
Authorities amid a thick security blanket sealed the Dalgate-Nishat main road today in view of Prime Minister’s visit. The traffic was diverted today for the security of the PM visit. The diversion of the traffic today resulted in traffic mess at various places including the Foreshore road, Hazratbal, Dalgate and other areas.
The security has been further beefed up after militants last evening decamped with three service rifles from a police post in Dalgate area of Srinagar which is few kilometers from the venue of PM’s function.
And authorities have decided to impose restrictions in Srinagar parts including Old City on Saturday as a precautionary measure.
Restrictions within the territorial jurisdictions of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj, Nishat and partially in Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations Srinagar will remain in force tomorrow.
The class work in all schools and colleges in Srinagar will also remain suspended tomorrow.
And in view of the visit of the PM visit, the Traffic Police City Srinagar has formulated route plan so that commuters travelling on the routes would not face any inconvenience.
As per the traffic plan, no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Badyari Chowk to Nishat via Boulevard and similarly no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Ram Munshi Bagh towards Grand Palace and Nishat via Gupkar.
Commuters travelling from Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat and adjacent areas towards Lal Chowk are requested to travel via Foreshore Road & Hazratbal.
Further, the commuters travelling from Dalgate, Lal Chowk and adjacent areas towards Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat shall adopt Nowpora, Khayam, Rainawari to reach their respective destinations.


Narendra Modi inaugurates Kishanganga hydropower project in Kashmir

Narendra Modi says Kishanganga hydropower project is ready to add a new dimension in the growth journey of Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated the state run NHPC Ltd’s Kishanganga hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir to the nation.

The development assumes significance given the strategic importance of the 330 megawatt (MW) project on the river Kishanganga, a tributary of Jhelum. While Pakistan had challenged the project under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960, the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled in India’s favour in 2013.

The Jhelum originates in India and flows into Pakistan, and according to the Indus Water Treaty, whoever builds the project first will have the first rights on the river water.

Jammu and Kashmir will not only get free but also sufficient power, PM Modi said in a tweet.

The project in Bandipora district will provide 13% free power to the state including 1% for local area development fund amounting to around Rs133 crore per year.

This come at a time when the projects in Jammu and Kashmir are being expedited in the backdrop of China developing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of its showpiece “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) infrastructure initiative.

This project is ready to add a new dimension in the growth journey of Jammu and Kashmir, added Modi in another tweet.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has stepped up efforts to develop the infrastructure architecture for the state which has witnessed an unprecedented cycle of violence in recent years. These projects include developing roads totaling 683.31 km in length, with an investment of Rs10,204.45 crore, constructing the marquee 14-km-long Zojila tunnel and the 6.5-km Z-Morh tunnel on Srinagar-Kargil road.

“Jammu and Kashmir is going to get development projects worth Rs25,000 crore. These projects will have a positive impact on the people of the state,” Modi said in another tweet.

The delayed Kishanganga project involved the diversion of the Kishanganga river, into an underground powerhouse near Bandipur and the discharge of the water into the Wular lake. Also, a 37 metre high concrete dam was constructed in Gurez valley of Bandipora. The projects’ total cost is estimated to be Rs5,882 crore, with the construction work at the project site started in 2009. The construction work was made difficult due to the higher risk associated with the project due to difficult geology and its proximity to the border with Pakistan.

The Indus Waters Treaty regulates the use of Indus river waters by India and Pakistan. Pakistan’s argument was that the Indian project would affect the Neelum-Jhelum project constructed by Pakistan downstream of the Kishanganga project. While Pakistan had questioned the “legality of the construction and operation of an Indian hydro-electric project” under the treaty, India has maintained that building the dam is within its rights.

India has also been critical of China developing the CPEC, cutting through Gilgit and Baltistan areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). OBOR, first unveiled by Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2013, aims to put billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, including railways, ports and power grids across Asia, Africa and Europe.