Phys .org: Algorithm finds that thousands of artificial levees are missing from US database

Phys .org: Algorithm finds that thousands of artificial levees are missing from US database. “To better understand how artificial levees affect modern rivers in the United States, it is important to have a reliable, updated database of levee locations. However, the existing National Levee Database developed in 2006 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to capture many of the nation’s smaller structures. In a new study, Knox et al used machine learning to detect the artificial levees that are missing from the database.”

Iowa State University: Engineers develop cybersecurity tools to protect solar, wind power on the grid

Iowa State University: Engineers develop cybersecurity tools to protect solar, wind power on the grid. “Solar panels and wind turbines, now projected to produce 44% of America’s electricity by 2050, present cybersecurity challenges. They have sensors, controllers, actuators or inverters that are directly or indirectly connected to the internet. They’re distributed far and wide across the country and the countryside. Many have insecure connectivity to legacy electric grid systems. They have complex physics. They’re subject to advanced persistent threats. And there will be more and more of them going online.”

Bleeping Computer: Italian city of Palermo shuts down all systems to fend off cyberattack

Bleeping Computer: Italian city of Palermo shuts down all systems to fend off cyberattack. “The municipality of Palermo in Southern Italy suffered a cyberattack on Friday, which appears to have had a massive impact on a broad range of operations and services to both citizens and visiting tourists. Palermo is home to about 1.3 million people, the fifth most populous city in Italy. The area is visited by another 2.3 million tourists every year. Although local IT experts have been trying to restore the systems for the past three days, all services, public websites, and online portals remain offline.”

GovTech: McKinsey Offers Tool to Help Explore Infrastructure Spending

GovTech: McKinsey Offers Tool to Help Explore Infrastructure Spending. “The free online tool, called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Navigator, is an interactive wheel filled with dots, where the outside of the wheel represents the current year and the innermost region represents 2027. The color-coded dots represent deadlines for programs and spending on the various projects included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The tool also contains filters to help those in the public sector — or those in the private sector interested in performing the work funded by the IIJA — narrow down projects. One could, for example, use the tool to display only competitive grants related to public transit.”

UC San Diego: A quarter of world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure at high risk of attack

UC San Diego: A quarter of world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure at high risk of attack. “About a quarter of the world’s Internet users live in countries that are more susceptible than previously thought to targeted attacks on their Internet infrastructure. Many of the at-risk countries are located in the Global South. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping, large-scale study conducted by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers surveyed 75 countries.”

Smart Energy International: Google and UK Power Networks chart AI-driven electric cable maps

Smart Energy International: Google and UK Power Networks chart AI-driven electric cable maps. “Google’s DeepMind engineers have partnered with UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity across London, the East and South East, to create digital versions of maps covering more than 180,000km of electricity cables in the UK. The work involves new image recognition software scanning thousands of maps – some of which date back decades – and using artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically remaster them into a digital format for future use.”

Route Fifty: New Online Hub to Help Cities Apply for Federal Infrastructure Funding

Route Fifty: New Online Hub to Help Cities Apply for Federal Infrastructure Funding. “The Local Infrastructure Hub is bringing together public sector groups and nonprofits to help local leaders navigate the complicated Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act application process in order to win grants. Experts will provide free coaching, data analysis and support, among other things, in developing the applications.”

GIM International: Creating a 3D Model of the Famous Budapest Chain Bridge

GIM International: Creating a 3D Model of the Famous Budapest Chain Bridge. “Two Hungarian companies designed a three-step data collection workflow to overcome the challenges in this urban surveying project, which included the use of UAVs and remote-controlled boats for Lidar and photogrammetry data. The result: a digital 3D BIM-compatible model of Budapest’s iconic bridge over the River Danube to assist in preparations for restoration and renovation work.”

Euractiv: Russian-style hackers ruin Bulgarian post office

Euractiv: Russian-style hackers ruin Bulgarian post office. “A massive hacking attack, with Russian involvement that took place on 16 April completely disrupted the Bulgarian State Post Office, which still does not function properly, the government’s IT expert Vasil Velichkov has said. The state post office counts 2,973 post offices and 9,000 employees in over 2,300 localities. The payment of pensions, postal services and the distribution of the press are among their key functions.”

Associated Press: Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database

Associated Press: Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database. “Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won’t find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation’s largest reservoirs on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Nor is there any condition listed for California’s Oroville Dam, the country’s tallest, which underwent a $1 billion makeover after its spillway failed.”

Homeland Security Today: An Overview of Russia’s Cyberattack Activity in Ukraine

Homeland Security Today: An Overview of Russia’s Cyberattack Activity in Ukraine . “The purpose of this report is to provide insights into the scope, scale, and methods of Russia’s use of cyber capabilities as part of the largescale ‘hybrid’ war in Ukraine, to acknowledge the work of organizations in Ukraine defending against persistent adversaries, and to provide strategic recommendations to organizations worldwide.”

Lieber Institute West Point: Ukraine Symposium – Military Networks And Cyber Operations In The War In Ukraine

Lieber Institute West Point: Ukraine Symposium – Military Networks And Cyber Operations In The War In Ukraine. “To date, the cyber operations in Ukraine have appeared somewhat muted. In the early hours of 24 February, as Russian troops moved across the borders into Ukraine, satellite internet connections were disrupted, recently attributed by US officials to the Russian military. A number of wiper viruses (HermeticWiper, IsaacWiper, and CaddyWiper) of varying degrees of sophistication have been unleashed at Ukrainian targets, including government departments at the start of the campaign (following an earlier wiper, WhisperGate, directed against government networks in January).”

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft says Russia hit Ukraine with hundreds of cyberattacks

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft says Russia hit Ukraine with hundreds of cyberattacks. “Microsoft has revealed the true scale of Russian-backed cyberattacks against Ukraine since the invasion, with hundreds of attempts from multiple Russian hacking groups targeting the country’s infrastructure and Ukrainian citizens. These attacks also include the use of destructive malware designed to take down critical systems and disrupt civilians’ access to critical life services and reliable information.”