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APT

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Wikipedia article link

APT first attained widespread visibility when Mandiant Security described a series of network security and website breaches in January 2013. Most were about the activities of Comment Crew and were referred to as an Advanced Persistent Threat, or APT.

Annoying Persistent Threat

This Wikipedia article, titled Sexual Roleplay, also experienced a persistent threat. However, there is nothing advanced about it.

Under attack by SomethingAwful

See Section 2: Massive vandalism.

Note that none of this has any implied nor intentional association with Mandiant Security, the People’s Republic of China, The New York Times nor network security. SomethingAwful.com is an amusing website that is not always so awful. Computer and data security is on my mind a lot lately. That should resonate with anyone who reads a newspaper or watches television or uses the internet at least once a month.

A new inventory of a manuscript collection belonging to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin reveals an unprecedented level of detail for scholars of British history. That was a very long and awkward sentence!

Letter from Samuel Pepys to Sir Isaac Newton, thanking him for responding to inquiries about the hazards of dice games, 26 December 1693.

Letter to Newton

Via the Cultural Compass blog of the University of Texas,

The manuscripts include nearly 2,000 items dating from 1485 to 1844 [including] original correspondence… Represented are works and letters by notable figures in British history such as Oliver Cromwell, John Donne, Queen Elizabeth I, John Evelyn, John Locke, Samuel Pepys, and Sir Walter Raleigh. Each manuscript has been individually cataloged… As digitization is completed, the descriptions and images will be added to the Ransom Center’s publically available digital collections.

Garden sketch 17th century

Sketch of a garden for the Duke of Norfolk’s house at Albury in Surrey, 1667, by John Evelyn.