Friday, December 14, 2018

How to Translate any Foreign Language Document to English Successfully using AI

  1. Get image for each page of the document in foreign language

    Scan each page in a flat-bed scanner and save as PNG image.

    If you have a PDF or Document, or online web document you can use
    Snipping Tool to capture a screen area and save it as a image.

    Click New and draw around area you wish to capture.
    Choose File -> Save As to save PNG image.

    PRO TIP: If you can open your email attached document from Outlook in Word Online or PowerPoint Online to edit, then you choose to Translate entire document or portions to any target language.

  2. Use the advanced Microsoft Azure Computer Vision API which is available to developers to using optical character recognition (OCR) and extract the recognized words.

    Use the 
    Browse button to upload image under heading "Read text in images"

    Once image changes to your upload, pressing Submit button and wait.
    The resultant text will appear to the right in the Preview tab area.
    The extracted text will be in the original language of the text. 
    The language will be auto-detect for you, no options to change.
  3. Past source language paragraphs into Bing Translate, limit 5000 words each time.

  4. Past translated paragraphs into a English document

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Equifax breach was entirely preventable according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 96 Page Report

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, following a 14-month probe, released a scathing report Monday saying the consumer credit reporting agency aggressively collected data on millions of consumers and businesses while failing to take key steps to secure such information. "In 2005, former Equifax Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Smith embarked on an aggressive growth strategy, leading to the acquisition of multiple companies, information technology (IT) systems, and data," according to the 96-page report authored by Republicans. "Equifax, however, failed to implement an adequate security program to protect this sensitive data. As a result, Equifax allowed one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Such a breach was entirely preventable."

The cause of the leak revealed - new facts

It was previously disclosed an unpatched version of Apache struts was to blame. But new in this report, Chinese attackers began a cyberattack on Equifax. The attack lasted for 76 days. The attackers dropped “web shells” (a web-based backdoor) to obtain remote control over Equifax’s network.

Attackers sent 9,000 queries on these 48 databases, successfully locating unencrypted personally identifiable information (PII) data 265 times. The attackers transferred this data out of the Equifax environment, unbeknownst to Equifax. Equifax did not see the data exfiltration because the device used to monitor ACIS network traffic had been inactive for 19 months due to an expired security certificate. On July 29, 2017, Equifax updated the expired certificate and immediately noticed suspicious web traffic.

Outcome in my humble opinion

Expect to see your private information for sale on the darknet and extortion schemes soon. 

Why is Equifax still allowed to operate?

Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser will also be able to run Chrome extensions

Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser will also be able to run Chrome extensions.

Sounds great but Chrome extensions are common hacking methods for performing malicious activity such as; 
  • hijacking your search pages
  • injecting ads
  • stealing contact information from logged in accounts
  • registering free domains for attackers
  • stealing account credentials
  • and injecting in-browser crypto-currency miners.