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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Security issues should always be taken seriously. Then again, so should consistent exercise and taking regular breaks from madness. Notwithstanding, here's the recent news in the field of security.

Half of Fortune 500s, US Govt. Still Infected with DNSChanger Trojan

More than two months after authorities shut down a massive Internet traffic hijacking scheme, the malicious software that powered the  criminal network is still running on computers at half of the Fortune 500 companies, and on PCs at nearly 50 percent of all federal government agencies, new research shows.

Source: FBI

The malware, known as the “DNSChanger Trojan,” quietly alters the host computer’s Internet settings to hijack search results and to block victims from visiting security sites that might help scrub the infections. DNSChanger frequently was bundled with other types of malware, meaning that systems infected with the Trojan often also host other, more nefarious digital parasites.

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Who Else Was Hit by the RSA Attackers?

"Almost 20 percent of the current Fortune 100 companies are on this list."

"Below is a list of companies whose networks were shown to have been phoning home to some of the same control infrastructure that was used in the attack on RSA."

Krebs On Security – Who Else?

The data breach disclosed in March by security firm RSA received worldwide attention because it highlighted the challenges that organizations face in detecting and blocking intrusions from targeted cyber attacks. The subtext of the story was that if this could happen to one of the largest and most integral security firms, what hope was there for organizations that aren’t focused on security?

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AES Suffers and Survives

Single-key AES encryption doesn't get in the news much. There was the DCI decision to put a separate keyset on the logs section of the projector, which was a clever and friendly way to handle the FIPs ultimatum.

This week there was a major announcement that are more clever ways of attacking the still noble standard. 

Check Sections 11 and 12 to understand what they aren't saying.

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Captcha Spec Knowledge

Imagine a CAPTCHA Question: In 428-4, what requires stereo pairs for channel 13? ___ This article points to an interesting adaptation of a criminal idea – not only do you need to know the language, you need to know the culture. 

Cultural CAPTCHAs — Krebs on Security

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TDL-4, The New Cool Botnet

The good news is that this botnet, TDL-4, eats other virus...it doesn't want any competition screwing up its scams. The bad news is that over 4 million computers are infected, able to deliver its problems to other computers, and very difficult to get rid of.

The lesson is, if your computer touches keys or any files that will touch a digital cinema server or theater management system (TMS), use a clean computer that is used for nothing else. No web surfing for deals on music or bulbs, no opening picture files from friends, no nothing. 

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