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US senators lean on ICANN, tell it to quit squirming and open up

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 6:34pm
Letter comes as organization meets to decide changes

Two leading US senators have warned domain name overseer ICANN to stop resisting accountability changes in return for control over the internet's DNS.…

Interviews: John McAfee Answers Your Questions About His Presidential Bid

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 5:52pm
Recently you had a chance to ask John McAfee about his presidential run under the newly-formed Cyber Party. John covers a wide variety of topics from education and infrastructure, to gun control and drug legalization. Read below for his answers to your questions.

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Despite Promises, China Still Targeting US Firms

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 5:10pm
itwbennett writes: Three weeks after the U.S. and China reached their first ever cybercrime and cyberespionage agreement, a new report from CrowdStrike details intrusions from hackers affiliated with the Chinese government, indicating they almost immediately broke their word. In a blog post, CrowdStrike's Dmitri Alperovich said the first observed intrusion was detected on September 26 – one day after President Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of China for a state visit.

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Security experts split on whether China is breaking no-hack pact

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 4:34pm
The hacks go on...but are they state-sponsored?

Security intelligence firm CrowdStrike has released a report alleging that Chinese hacking crews which they claim are likely state-sponsored are still attacking the US despite a anti-economic espionage pact agreed just a month ago when the Chinese president visited the US.…

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Reviews Arrive

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 4:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, Google announced its new Nexus phones — the 5X built by LG, and the 6P built by Huawei. The phones are starting to ship, and reviews for both devices have landed. So far, they're largely positive. Ars Technica calls them the Android phones to beat, though criticizes them for having fairly large bezels and no wireless charging. Android Police says the 6P's form factor is an improvement over the Nexus 6, being slightly narrower and taller. Meanwhile, most publications report that the 5X does a good job at carrying on the legacy of the excellent Nexus 5. It's their lower end phone, and most reviews mention that it feels that way in the hand — but battery life is reportedly excellent. The Nexus 6P's battery is capable, but doesn't last as long. Fortunately, the worries about overheating with its Snapdragon 810 chip seem overblown.

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IBM shows its source code to Chinese authorities as a gesture of good faith

L'Inq - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:55pm

East-West suspicion highlighted as Chinese leader comes to UK to discuss trade

Facebook Notifies Users of Potential Nation-State Attacks

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced its plans to notify users if they are under threat from state-sponsored cyberattacks. The social media giant proposes a notification system triggered when its algorithms suspect nation-state activity. The alert will pop up on the user's Facebook page, warning them of the danger and advising them to switch on login approvals, which require the individual to enter a security code sent to them from Facebook.

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Let's talk about that NSA Diffie-Hellman crack

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:27pm
'Logjam' crypto bug researchers expand on theory in talk

Even before the leaks by former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden, rumours had circulated for years that the agency could decrypt a significant fraction of encrypted internet traffic.…

Ubuntu 15.10 Is Coming This Week & AMD's Catalyst Chokes On Its Kernel

Phoronix - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:20pm
Ubuntu 15.10 is set to be released on Thursday, but those dependent upon the AMD Catalyst proprietary graphics driver for Linux gaming or the like might want to hold off on upgrading... While there is the latest Catalyst driver packaged and it's been patched to work against the Wily Werewolf's default Linux 4.2 kernel, it doesn't seem to work reliably...

Of OpenStack and Cloud Orchestrator

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:02pm
Untangle your infrastructure and service spaghetti

Tomorrow’s computing systems will extend from legacy hardware and applications inside the company, through to virtualized, API-friendly applications still on-premise in the data centre, and further out to cloud-based systems off-premise. These in turn will divide down still further into dedicated, single-tenant cloud-based services and multi-tenant public ones.…

The Hostile Email Landscape

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:01pm
An anonymous reader writes: As we consolidate on just a few major email services, it becomes more and more difficult to launch your own mail server. From the article: "Email perfectly embodies the spirit of the internet: independent mail hosts exchanging messages, no host more or less important than any other. Joining the network is as easy as installing Sendmail and slapping on an MX record. At least, that used to be the case. If you were to launch a new mail server right now, many networks would simply refuse to speak to you. The problem: reputation. ... Earlier this year I moved my personal email from Google Apps to a self-hosted server, with hopes of launching a paid mail service à la Fastmail on the same infrastructure. ... I had no issues sending to other servers running Postfix or Exim; SpamAssassin happily gave me a 0.0 score, but most big services and corporate mail servers were rejecting my mail, or flagging it as spam: accepted my email, but discarded it. GMail flagged me as spam. MimeCast put my mail into a perpetual greylist. Corporate networks using Microsoft's Online Exchange Protection bounced my mail."

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Huawei invests $1bn in open platform and resources for developers

L'Inq - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:46pm

Chinese firm pledges transparency and compability

Google Continues Working On CUDA Compiler Optimizations In LLVM

Phoronix - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:35pm
While it will offend some that Google continues to be investing in NVIDIA's CUDA GPGPU language rather than an open standard like OpenCL, the Google engineers continue making progress on a speedy, open-source CUDA with LLVM...

Softcat CEO: No sailing off into the sunset after the IPO for me

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:25pm
Post-float plans involve more punters, staff ... and 'possibly' acquisitions

The flotation of tech reseller Softcat will make the CEO an overnight quinquagintillionaire*, but Martin Hellawell tells us he won’t be quitting the day job any time soon.…

Americans Show 'Surprising Willingness' To Accept Internet Surveillance

Slashdot - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:19pm
Researchers from BYU recently took a survey of internet users (PDF), mostly from the U.S., to determine how they balanced opinions of security and privacy. They found, perhaps surprisingly, that over 90% of users are fine with somebody snooping their encrypted traffic, so long as they were informed of the snooping. Most of them also supported legislation requiring notification and/or consent. "Most respondents also agreed that employers should be able to monitor the encrypted Internet connections of employees even without notification or consent, especially when an employee used a company computer. There was less agreement when it came to employees using personal devices; approximately a third of respondents opposed surveillance in that case." That said, "Despite accepting surveillance in a number of situations, 60 percent of respondents said that they would react negatively if they discovered that a network they currently use employed TLS proxies." The study also found 4.5% of participants were "jaded" toward the state of privacy and security on the internet, feeling that their traffic is already monitored, and that the government would circumvent whatever technologies we put in place to protect it. The researchers say this group "once cared about these issues but has lost all hope and has largely given up on ever achieving a secure world."

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

El Reg - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:01pm
Cash transaction 'coin rounding' targets euro shrapnel

Ireland is moving to eliminate diminutive 1 and 2 euro cent coins with the introduction of "coin rounding", which will see cash transactions rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents.…

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