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  • Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/21/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 14 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04/19/2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California should be stripped of their positions for introducing a bill that would endanger American digital security and privacy. The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.... To say this most recent Burr-Feinstein...
  • Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    04/18/2016 3:10:27 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 04.18.2016 | Devin Coldewey
    A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair use. The order is just an item in a long list of other orders that appeared today, and adds nothing to the argument except the tacit approval of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2015 decision — itself approving an even earlier decision, that of the U.S. District Court...
  • DARPA Prepares to Unleash a Storm of "Gremlins" on U.S. Foes

    04/16/2016 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 16th, 2016 | Rich Smith
    Six months in the making, DARPA's Gremlins program is finally getting off the ground -- and that statement probably requires a bit of explaining. "DARPA" is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the "mad scientists" division of the Pentagon, responsible for funding and developing leading-edge technologies that can be employed in warfare. Respectively, "Gremlins" is one such technology. As previously revealed by DARPA, Gremlins aims to develop fleets of "low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems" (aka drones) that can be launched from other aircraft, perform their missions, and then return to land back aboard their motherships -- an acrobatic feat to...
  • Line By Line, How The US Anti-Encryption Bill Will Kill Our Privacy, Security

    04/14/2016 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 04/13/2016 | Iain Thomson
    Analysis In the wake of the FBI's failed fight against Apple, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced a draft bill that would effectively ban strong crypto. The bill would require tech and communications companies to allow law enforcement with a court order to decrypt their customers' data. Last week a draft copy of the bill, dubbed the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, was leaked, but the new version is even worse than the discussion draft.... The senators want to have their cake--by requiring tech companies to protect their customers' data--and eat it too--by insisting...
  • Smoke-filled room, meet Silicon Valley: Techies see opportunity at GOP convention

    04/07/2016 7:23:27 AM PDT · by McGruff
    LA Times ^ | April 7, 2016 | Evan Halper
    Few things scream throwback like a contested political convention, an event that calls to mind conniving party bosses, clouds of stale cigar smoke and throngs of activists in Uncle Sam hats passionately waiving homemade signs. But while some of those retro touches will surely present themselves if Republicans arrive in Cleveland for their national convention in July with no clear nominee, the X factor in the fight could be an entirely new frontier of politics: the new technology of hunting for delegates. A cottage industry of political techies already has emerged to pitch their wares to campaigns. They’re promising that...
  • GOP Senator Slams WhatsApp For Turning On Encryption (Cotton-headed nitwittery)

    04/07/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/2016 | David McCabe
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is slamming messaging platform WhatsApp for turning on end-to-end encryption for all of its users.... WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook and is particularly popular outside the United States, said on Tuesday that it would start offering encryption for its users as the default setting. That will apply to the different types of messages on the service, which include video and voice. "Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen," WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton said in a post announcing the change. "And if nothing is done, more of...
  • America's Next President Must Continue Obama’s Progress On Clean Energy

    04/06/2016 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/5/2016 | David Ignatius
    So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area--energy and the environment--where the Obama administration has made startling progress.... Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama's best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs--in addition to protecting the planet.... Here's a suggestion for any fact-based, technology-respecting candidate in either party: Promise that, if elected, you'll try to persuade Moniz to remain in place.......
  • Can Frontier regroup after its bungled Verizon FiOS takeover?

    04/05/2016 1:49:23 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 5, 2016 | Robert Trigaux
    The reviews are in. Five days after the cable TV/Internet switchover to Frontier Communications from Verizon FiOS in the Tampa Bay market, I'm giving Frontier's performance a "C-" with a strong recommendation to improve. Quickly. I know. Folks and businesses that have no Internet or TV services give Frontier an "F" while those who can't even tell there was any switchover in companies here ask "what's the problem?" while privately expressing thanks for dodging a bullet. For Frontier, spending more than $10 billion to buy Verizon's FiOS businesses in Tampa Bay, and urban parts of Texas and California is a...
  • Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10

    03/30/2016 2:30:19 PM PDT · by Scutter · 25 replies
    Hanselman.com ^ | 3/30/2016 | Scott Hanselman
    Today at BUILD in the Day One keynote Kevin Gallo announced that you can now run "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows." This is a new developer feature included in a Windows 10 "Anniversary" update (coming soon). It lets you run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools unchanged, on Windows. This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is an genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed,...
  • Rep. Speier Wants To Register Every Prepaid Phone Purchase

    03/29/2016 9:00:27 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 21 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 3/28/16 | Tim Cushing
    First, the legislators came for encrypted phones, because terrorists were apparently using encryption. (Except they weren't.) Now, they're coming for prepaid phones. Sure, customers will still be able to buy prepaid phones. They'll just have to "register" with their local retailer in order to do so. A bill proposed in congress this week would require that all users provide identification and register prepaid ‘burner’ phones upon purchase.... Even if this passes, it will do little to allow law enforcement agencies to follow up on burners recovered after attacks. Criminals and terrorists won't be presenting identification -- at least not theirs...
  • Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

    03/21/2016 6:47:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies
    UK Register ^ | 3-21-16 | Darren Pauli
    This is not the time to take your Kindle camping, people Readers will be unable to download their purchased books or buy new ones without a computer handy if they fail to update their Amazon Kindles by Wednesday. Users of Kindle models older than 2013 will need to apply an update over their device's wireless connection to install a critical fix. Those who do not will be kicked from Amazon online properties, including the book store, and their cloud library of purchased books and documents. Amazon has sent emails to user account inboxes warning to update. It has not explained...
  • Keyless system cars easy to steal, German car club finds

    03/18/2016 7:14:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2016 12:33 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    The German Automotive Club (ADAC) tested 24 different cars with the new Keyless Go technology for safety. The result: all of the cars could be stolen with one easy trick. […] In a report released Thursday, the ADAC tested 24 car models from 2015 from 19 different manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, VW, Toyota, Renault, and Ford. The results were damning. They managed to illegally open every single car and drive it away within a few seconds. “All you need to do is extend the transmission range of the key from two or three meters to a few hundred meters. The...
  • Ransomware found in ads on NYT, BBC, AOL and more won’t help the ad-blocking debate

    03/16/2016 9:29:48 AM PDT · by rarestia · 71 replies
    TheNextWeb ^ | Mar 15, 2016 | Ben Woods
    A number of high-profile and very high-traffic websites such as The New York Times (NYT), BBC, AOL, MSN, the NFL and more have all been serving up malicious adverts to unsuspecting users that ultimately results in files being held to ransom by the malware, according to Malwarebytes. Malicious ads making their way onto websites via ad networks used to be a far more common occurence but most ad networks from company’s like Google have gotten far better at rooting out the bad from the good. “Out of the blue on the weekend, we witnessed a huge spike in malicious activity...
  • Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

    03/16/2016 7:54:20 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | 15 Mar 2016 at 17:19 | John Leyden
    msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com et al hit by malware-injecting banners Top-flight US online publishers are serving up adverts that attempt to install ransomware and other malware on victims' PCs. Websites visited by millions of people daily – msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com, nfl.com, theweathernetwork.com, thehill.com, zerohedge.com and more – are accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via ad networks, warn infosec researchers.
  • In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

    03/15/2016 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 5 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | 3/13/16 | Michael D. Shear, David E. Sanger, and Katie Benner
    Three years ago, reeling from Edward J. Snowden's disclosure of the government's vast surveillance programs and uncertain how to respond, President Obama said he welcomed a vigorous public debate about the wrenching trade-offs between safeguarding personal privacy and tracking down potential terrorists. "It's healthy for our democracy," he told reporters at the time. "I think it's a sign of maturity." But the national debate touched off this winter by the confrontation between the Justice Department and Apple over smartphone security is not exactly the one Mr. Obama had in mind. Mr. Snowden's revelations produced modest changes and a heightened suspicion...
  • Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

    03/12/2016 6:36:06 AM PST · by snarkpup · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 11 Mar 2016 at 23:30 | Chris Williams
    Back doors, skeleton keys, just make it happen, nerds SXSW Amid the row between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of a mass murderer's iPhone, President Barack Obama has told the tech world to suck it up and do what the Feds want. Speaking today at hipster-circle-jerk SXSW in Austin, Texas, the United States' Commander in Chief said phones and computers cannot be unbreakable "black boxes," and that an "absolutist" view on encryption won't fly with the laws and courts of the land.
  • German court rules Facebook Like button may break law

    03/10/2016 2:46:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Mar 2016 08:42 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Facebook “Like” buttons on commercial websites break German law if users are not warned that their personal data is being shared, a court ruled on Wednesday. In a potentially significant ruling for the social media giant, the court banned a shopping website from using the function on its pages if it did not first warn customers their data was being recorded. The Fashion ID site, run by the Peek & Cloppenburg brand, was warned that it could be fined €250,000 for every breach of the order, seen by AFP. The retailer will now be forced to warn users that “liking”...
  • Watch: Romney Reads "Mean Tweets" From Trump, Trump Supporters

    03/09/2016 10:21:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 77 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Breitbart TV
    Tuesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, read aloud tweets from his critics, which include current GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and supporters of his presidential campaign
  • We’ll Bust You For The Crime You Have Not Yet Committed, But Probably Will

    03/09/2016 6:33:45 AM PST · by pilgrim · 52 replies
    technocracy.news ^ | March 8, 2016 | Faye Flam
    TN Note: This whole pre-crime mentality that is sweeping the law enforcement community is very dangerous. Believing that they have the ability to accurately predict the future is an age-old deception seen practiced with Ouija Boards, Fortune Tellers, Astrology, etc.... Computers are getting pretty good at predicting the future. In many cases they do it better than people. That’s why Amazon uses them to figure out what you’re likely to buy, how Netflix knows what you might want to watch, the way meteorologists come up with accurate 10-day forecasts. Now a team of scientists has demonstrated that a computer can...
  • Veil of secrecy lifted on Pentagon office planning ‘Avatar’ fighters and drone swarms

    03/08/2016 9:35:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8th, 2016 | By Dan Lamothe
    High over Alaska last summer, the Pentagon experimented with new, secret prototypes: Micro-drones that can be launched from the flare dispensers of moving F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets. Canisters containing the tiny aircraft descended from the jets on parachutes before breaking open, allowing wings on each drone to swing out and catch the wind. Inch-wide propellers on the back provided propulsion as they found one another and created a swarm. The experiment was run by the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, a Pentagon organization launched in summer 2012 to figure out how to best counter growing strategic threats from China and...
  • Apple CEO Clashes With GOP Senator Over Encryption At Secretive Retreat

    03/08/2016 6:13:41 AM PST · by Cyberman · 35 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 3/7/16 | Matt Fuller
    It was supposed to be a chummy weekend with GOP lawmakers and billionaires. Instead, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) got into it with Apple CEO Tim Cook over his company's refusal to help the FBI hack into iPhones. The exchange, which took place at the American Enterprise Institute's World Forum, left a number of attendees "a little uncomfortable about how hostile Cotton was," a source familiar with the back-and-forth told The Huffington Post on Monday....
  • Asteroid set to whiz past Earth next week

    03/03/2016 4:47:29 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 3 March 2016 | ABC Radio
    (NEW YORK) — A basketball court-sized asteroid is set to whiz past Earth next week — but astronomers are unsure of just how close the asteroid will come or precisely when the flyby will happen. However, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Astronomers say there’s no chance the rock will hit Earth. NASA’s team at the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) predict Asteroid 2013 TX68 will come within 3 million miles of our planet, but have also left open the possibility it could pass as close as 15,000 miles. It’s expected the flyby will happen around...
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • US Army will have laser weapons by 2023 as research bosses say killer technology is 'very close'

    03/01/2016 10:23:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18:45 EST, 29 February 2016 | By Mark Prigg
    The US Army is planning to deploy the first laser weapons in 2023, it has been revealed. Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, told the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 'I believe we're very close,' when asked how close the Army is to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons. She said the programmes would be extensively tested as the Army wants to understand the lasers' full capabilities 'before we offer it to a Soldier.' 'It's being done in a 'step-wise demonstration of capability,' she said. 'We have to...
  • Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

    02/18/2016 7:19:35 AM PST · by snarkpup · 76 replies
    The Register ^ | 17 Feb 2016 at 20:17 | Chris Williams
    Everyone is losing their mind over Apple being forced to help the FBI unlock an iPhone. Just what is going on? Relax, don't spill your almond milk latte. We'll make it crystal clear for you.
  • iPhone prank could make device unusable

    02/17/2016 2:17:17 PM PST · by for-q-clinton · 30 replies
    Wavy ^ | 17 Feb 2016 | Susan Campbell
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A digital prank making the rounds on Facebook has been ruining iPhones everywhere, and it now has Apple’s attention. The company has acknowledged that the prank is actually a bug that will prevent your phone from restarting. The message looks like an old Macintosh ad, and asks people to set their phone back to January 1, 1970 to experience a special feature that allows you to “relive the magic” of the past. Indeed, when the date is set back and you restart your phone, it will leave your phone stuck on the greeting screen. According to...
  • Jeb Bush didn't renew his domain. Laugher if you click www.jebbush.com

    02/16/2016 2:44:40 PM PST · by libsdrinkkoolaid · 35 replies
    Website ^ | 2/16/2016 | Jeb
    Want a laugh go to www.jebbush.com and see who doesn't understand technology or how to manage a domain address... and who knows how to capitalize on it.
  • Why We Are Safe

    02/10/2016 8:04:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 6th, 2015 | Windfall Films - Natgeo
    A very interesting short film on an Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine with great footage aboard. Below will be posted links that further explain the technologies.None of this is classified and all is in the public realm. Amazingly. But that is how unstoppable and capable this deterrent is.
  • Megyn Kelly Decries "Language Like Bimbo" Says Hillary Correct To Call Internet A (Shortened)

    02/05/2016 10:46:01 AM PST · by Biggirl · 101 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly was interview by show co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on a number of topics, including her dust-up with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
  • FR Help With Strange Happening!

    02/01/2016 10:45:03 AM PST · by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise · 67 replies
    Self | 02-01-2016 | Self
    When accessing the "Pings" page or any other page within FR I get a message box with the following message: ( See Below )
  • #1 Large Luxury Car In US = Tesla Model S (2015 Sales Comparison)

    01/23/2016 8:35:30 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 101 replies
    cleantechnica.com ^ | 1-15-16 | Zachary Shahan
    Thanks to RobStark on the Tesla Motors Club forum, we've got news that the Tesla Model S was the #1 best-selling large luxury car (or "premium car," as some might prefer to call the class) in the United States in 2015. As we all know, Tesla doesn't report sales/deliveries by country. However, various outlets estimate Tesla sales using a variety of methods. EV Obsession estimated 26,566 Tesla Model S sales in the US in 2015. Rob notes that the lowest estimate was 24,200. In either case, the Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, the BMW 6-Series, the...
  • Windows 10 problem - HELP!!!!!!!

    01/22/2016 4:26:40 PM PST · by Chances Are · 88 replies
    Vanity | 1/22/2016 | Chances Are
    Hey, guys! I've encountered problem with my new laptop (courtesy of the wife!) that I've not encountered before. It's got me stumped, and I can't save any files because of it. When clicking on Save or Save As, I get an immediate pop-up, "adownloader", which unapologetically says, "Cannot create file"C:\Users\Dolt\Downloads\Data\FRED\Population data\LFWA64TTUM647N:\1453506086945.DownloadFile". The filename, directory name,or volume label syntax is incorrect." Note that "Dolt" has been substituted for my user name! I cannot move past this. I've Googled it, to no avail. I'm loathe to use registry cleaners, as they often cause more problems than they solve. Can anyone out there...
  • DARPA looks to implant computer to interface directly with human brain

    01/20/2016 6:21:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 20, 2016 | U.S. Department of Defense
    A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology. The goal is to achieve this communications link in a biocompatible device no larger than one cubic centimeter in size, roughly the volume of two nickels stacked back to back. The program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), stands to dramatically enhance research...
  • The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch — And It’s None Of Your Business

    01/15/2016 2:14:18 AM PST · by hughesm1 · 40 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | 14 JAN 2016 | Derrick Broze
    The Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition concerning the Department of Homeland Security's secretive internet and cellphone killswitch program. On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret 'killswitch' protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies. EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details of the program, which is known as Standard Operating Procedure 303. EPIC writes: "On March 9, 2006, the National Communications System ('NCS') approved SOP 303, however...
  • The New Technocracy is Nearly Upon us...We Need to Chat

    01/03/2016 1:42:36 AM PST · by BRK · 27 replies
    The Mind of BRK | 3 Jan 2015 | BRK
    Well 2016 has rolled around and one of the first articles I saw was about George Hotz and his home-brew self driving car. He is claiming that his car is not programmed by rules to drive, but rather was taught to drive by watching him drive. If this is true, then we need to chat. First, every Freeper should read this article in it's entirety. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ Second, we really need to think about what this will mean to us in a future that is coming a lot faster than any of you all might think. What will it mean when...
  • Washington State AG sues major tech support provider alleging deceptive scam

    12/24/2015 1:05:18 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | December 16th 2015 | Connie Thompson
    State AG sues major tech support provider alleging deceptive scam By Connie Thompson Wednesday, December 16th 2015 State investigators just sued one of the rising stars in the tech-support industry claiming part of the operation is based on a scam. The company, called iYogi, is accused of tricking people into paying for tech support services they don't need. According to investigators iYogi engaged in a different twist on the notorious tech support scams where someone call you claiming your computer has problems. What's significant in this case is workers don't call you, you call them. And iYogi is one of...
  • Senator Tom Cotton Slams Apple CEO Tim Cook For Protecting User Privacy

    12/24/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 32 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-21-15 | Mike Masnick
    As you may have heard, last night Apple CEO Tim Cook was on 60 Minutes. The overall story really wasn't all that insightful for anyone who's been following Apple for any length of time, but what got a lot of attention was Tim Cook reiterating his position on protecting the privacy of Apple users through encryption.... Same basic stuff he's said before. Nothing new. Nothing controversial. But grandstanding Senator Tom Cotton apparently flipped out about it and pushed out a statement that shows a rather stunning ignorance of the law.... Of course, Senator Tom Cotton apparently didn't bother to read...
  • Sanders campaign suspended over Clinton data

    12/18/2015 5:13:14 AM PST · by Wolfie · 12 replies
    WCVB Boston ^ | 12/18/15
    Sanders campaign suspended over Clinton data Staffer accessed Clinton data when firewall briefly dropped The Democratic National Committee has suspended Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign from accessing its voter database after the campaign took advantage of a software error to access Hillary Clinton's confidential voter information. The suspension is a setback for the Vermont senator because the database is a goldmine of information about voters nationwide. Campaigns usually use that data to plot their next moves. The DNC database keeps the information gathered by different campaigns separated by a firewall. But the data systems vendor that runs the program dropped...
  • What's with the double/triple posts?

    12/14/2015 2:46:40 PM PST · by RobertoinAL · 45 replies
    For the past week or so I've been getting multiple posts of the same entry, and the number of replys is always #of#.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Demands That Silicon Valley Offer Backdoors to Its Encrypted Information

    12/10/2015 9:39:29 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 49 replies
    re/code ^ | 12-9-2015 | Dawn Chmielewski
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham renewed his calls on technology companies to give law enforcement entry into its encrypted information to fight terrorism. His message to Silicon Valley: "Change your business model tomorrow."... Companies like Apple and Google have bolstered encryption on smartphones because of heightened consumer privacy concerns in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations that the government had been spying on its citizens. Graham said that’s a business decision.... Apple, Google and Facebook have all been under mounting pressure to create backdoor keys that would allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications. The companies maintain that this...
  • Security Alert: Angler Exploit Kit Spreads CryptoWall 4.0 via New Drive-By Campaign

    12/07/2015 4:46:21 AM PST · by rarestia · 18 replies
    Heimdal Security ^ | December 2nd, 2015 • 11:23 | Andra Zaharia
    Our team has recently monitored and analysed a new stack of drive-by campaigns which aim to spread the Angler exploit kit by injecting malicious code into compromised web pages. Because of the mechanisms involved and the attackers’ objectives, the campaign is prone to achieve large distribution and affect a big number of PCs and their users. The campaign is carried out by installing a cocktail of malware on the compromised PC. The first payload consists of the notorious data thief Pony, which systematically harvests all usable usernames and passwords from the infected system and sends them to a series of...
  • Airbus wants to build 'shipping container' cabins that

    11/27/2015 4:56:01 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 95 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 11 2015 | Andrew Trotman
    Proposal would mean passengers wouldn't have to wait to board, and planes would spend less time on the ground...The proposal would see passengers "board" the cabin and take their seats, before it is lifted like a shipping container onto the back of the plane. It is then fixed into place and the plane operates as normal....The idea is designed to speed up the boarding process by allowing ticket-holders to take their seats before their plane is ready and in position at the airport's gate... "The period of imobilisation on the ground of the aeroplanes between two successive flights increases their...
  • ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

    11/10/2015 7:12:28 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 11-9-15 | Alexander J Martin
    Encrypted email provider ProtonMail is still being hit by a DDoS attack from what appears to be a nation state, as well as a secondary and separate lower-level assault from an identified assailant. However, the service is now operating normally, it seems. Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an encrypted webmail system able to withstand intelligence agency-level surveillance. However, since last Tuesday the company has continued to be hit by DDoS attacks from two attackers. Talking to The Register, ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen explained: "We have been attacked every day since 3 November, so we're now entering the sixth day of attacks." "There...
  • New glass almost as tough as steel [Transparent Aluminum!]

    11/04/2015 1:21:58 PM PST · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    phys.org ^ | 11/04/2015 | Staff
    Transmittance spectrum of the 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass in the UV/vis region. The inset picture shows the glass sample used for the transmittance experiment. Credit: (c) 2015 Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep15233 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with The University of Tokyo and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute has created a type of glass that is stronger than many metals. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they overcame one of the major hurdles in creating glass imbued with extra amounts of an oxide of aluminum, by using what they call aerodynamic levitation. Glass that does...
  • The Government's Threat To Internet Freedom Is Growing

    10/28/2015 4:56:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allum Bokhari
    The U.S. government is keen on internet freedom… but only in countries it doesn’t like. This September, the U.S invested another $10 million toward helping activists in authoritarian regimes circumvent state censorship of the internet. But the goverment’s attitude to web freedom within its own borders suggests that what it wants for its enemies may not necessarily be what it wants for itself.
  • Seven ways to offend your Facebook friends

    10/26/2015 4:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Joshua Rogers
    Ten years ago, if you wanted to offend people using the internet, you had to send annoying email forwards to all of your contacts. These days, however, it's as easy as getting on Facebook and broadcasting your worst self for the entire world to see. The ways to be off-putting on Facebook are endless — God only knows how many people I’ve offended over the years. So if you’re looking to make some new Facebook frenemies, you can count on a handful of repeat offenses to do the trick, starting with this one: 1. Post flattering bathroom selfies. Listen, I...
  • 3D Printing Used to Make First Real Handheld Railgun, which Fires Plasma Projectiles at 560 mph

    10/19/2015 10:56:22 AM PDT · by anymouse · 67 replies
    BGR News ^ | October 19, 2015 | Zach Epstein
    If you think the image above looks frightening, you’re right. The crazy contraption pictured in the image is the first portable railgun, a futuristic projectile launcher associated most commonly with the military or NASA. The man in the image above isn’t in the military, and he’s not a NASA engineer. Instead, he’s a civilian who used some engineering smarts, some widely available parts and a 3D printer to create a functioning weapon that can fire graphite, aluminum, tungsten and even plasma projectiles at speeds of more than 560 mph. And then there’s the best part: There are videos of this...
  • Why We Need Swarms Of Autonomous Drones

    10/19/2015 12:28:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    VT VOX ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | ClaudiaR
    Why We Need Swarms Of Autonomous Drones by ClaudiaR 12/10/2015 Most drones fly high above the terrain, connected to their human operators, alone, one by one for now. The main beneficiary of this semi-unmanned technology has been the army so far. Fly alone, identify the target, controlled from the center the get the green light to launch the missile. The autonomous drone of the future are independent and no longer alone, instead, fly and swim in groups. Just like locusts, we’ll have swarms of drones, communicating to each other and surrounding environment, like a mobile network of connected robots. Passed...
  • New details of Chinese space weapons revealed

    10/15/2015 10:05:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 Oct 2015 | Bill Gertz
    A forthcoming report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission provides new details of China’s space-weapons programs, dubbed counterspace arms, that are aimed at destroying or jamming U.S. satellites and limiting American combat operations around the world. “China is pursuing a broad and robust array of counterspace capabilities, which includes direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles, co-orbital anti-satellite systems, computer network operations, ground-based satellite jammers and directed energy weapons,” a late draft of the commission’s annual report states. “China’s nuclear arsenal also provides an inherent anti-satellite capability.”
  • PawSense Senses Your Cat At Work On Your Computer

    10/13/2015 6:40:19 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    HNGN ^ | 10-12-15 | Aditi Simlai Tiwari
    If you are one of the many long-suffering people who have gone for a coffee break and come back to a computer screen full of gibberish or a crashed system, PawSense is for you! "PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard" is how BitBoost described the product. Chris Niswander, a graduate in computer science from Arizona State University, is the creator of this path-breaking product. "One day, my sister's cat, Amos, walked across her computer keyboard...