Feed aggregator

The Internet of Compromised Things

Slashdot - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 9:25am
An anonymous reader writes: Jeff Atwood has a post about a security threat that's becoming more prevalent every day: spreading malware through a compromised router. "Router malware is the ultimate man-in-the-middle attack. For all meaningful traffic sent through a compromised router that isn't HTTPS encrypted, it is 100% game over." He links to a thorough technical analysis of how even HTTPS encrypted traffic can be subverted. Atwood provides a list of suggestions for keeping your router safe that probably won't be any surprise to people reading this site, and he further recommends only browsing on an unknown router if encryption is available. What I'm curious about are the long-term implications — is there a way forward to re-establish trust in our router infrastructure? What can the open source community do to speed this along?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

El Reg - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 9:00am
Wow, Mainwaring was right, they are ‘unthinking automatons’

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed weekender in which we recount tales of the weird and wonderful things you've been asked to do at anti-social times in decidedly out-of-the-way places.…

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

El Reg - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 7:00am
Not if it's just to dodge some taxes, anyway ...

Worstall @ the Weekend  As the result of a so far successful, but probably not worth it, piece of tax avoidance I can tell you three things. First, something that should be blindingly obvious: middle-aged men can't do long road trips with quite the ease that their younger selves could.…

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12-13

Slashdot - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 6:20am
The Perseids have been active in our skies for a couple of weeks already, but the peak of the meteor shower is coming up in just a few days. Overnight at the end of August 12th and the beginning of August 13th, observers in clear and dark conditions can expect to see up to 100 meteors per hour. The meteor shower should be particularly good this year because it occurs just a day before the new moon, so the sky should be even darker than usual. Forbes has an article on how astronomers figured out where such meteor showers were coming from: In 1833, the regular Leonid meteor shower became spectacular, with 1000 meteors per hour creating a meteor storm. For the next 32 years, the Leonids were normal and quiet again, but in 1866, another storm appeared. John Couch Adams, the British astronomer who failed to find Neptune, correctly surmised where meteor showers came from, a picture that's been spectacularly confirmed for all known meteor showers, including this week's coming Perseids!

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Opera Browser Company May Sell Itself Off

Phoronix - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 2:44am
This probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the Norway-based Opera Software is considering a sale of the company with multiple parties supposedly being interested in this web-focused Oslo outfit...
Syndicate content