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Hacks To Be Truly Paranoid About

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:28am
snydeq writes: Nothing is safe, thanks to the select few hacks that push the limits of what we thought possible, InfoWorld's Roger Grimes writes in this roundup of hacks that could make even the most sane among us a little bit paranoid. "These extreme hacks rise above the unending morass of everyday, humdrum hacks because of what they target or because they employ previously unknown, unused, or advanced methods. They push the limit of what we security pros previously thought possible, opening our eyes to new threats and systemic vulnerabilities, all while earning the begrudging respect of those who fight malicious hackers."

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Australia needs MOAR L33T WHITE HATZ, says Federal Police

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:44pm
The land of the crypto-ban has trouble filling its cyber-defence jobs

Australia needs a bunch more experts in disciplines you're barely allowed to discuss here, according to the Australian Federal Police.…

US Navy Solicits Zero Days

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:43pm
msm1267 writes: The US Navy posted a RFP, which has since removed from FedBizOpps.gov, soliciting contractors to share vulnerability intelligence and develop zero day exploits for most of the leading commercial IT software vendors. The Navy said it was looking for vulnerabilities, exploit reports and operational exploit binaries for commercial software, including but not limited to Microsoft, Adobe, [Oracle] Java, EMC, Novell, IBM, Android, Apple, Cisco IOS, Linksys WRT and Linux, among others. The RFP seemed to indicate that the Navy was not only looking for offensive capabilities, but also wanted use the exploits to test internal defenses.The request, however, does require the contractor to develop exploits for future released CVEs. "Binaries must support configurable, custom, and/or government owned/provided payloads and suppress known network signatures from proof of concept code that may be found in the wild," the RFP said.

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NVIDIA 352.21 Linux Driver Adds New GPU Support, Fixes

Phoronix - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:35pm
NVIDIA released the 352.21 Linux driver today as the latest release in their 352.xx driver series...

Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:29pm
Look what the nerd brought to a gaming conference

E3 2015  Microsoft kicked off this year's E3 gaming conference by announcing that its x86-powered Xbox One console can now play games built for the PowerPC-based Xbox 360.…

CDC: Americans Getting Heavier, Average Woman Weighs As Much As 1960s Man

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 11:00pm
schwit1 writes: New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the average American has packed on the pounds in the past 50 years. Both men and women have gained a considerable amount of weight since 1960, with the average American woman now weighing 166.2 pounds — nearly identical to what American men weighed in the 1960s. U.S. men have been getting bigger too, gaining nearly 30 pounds from the 1960s to 2010 — 166.3 pounds to 195.5 pounds today. The good news is that both sexes have gained almost an inch in height since then, so that accounts for some of the overall weight gain.

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LastPass Reporting a Security Breach, Including Authentication Hashes and Salts

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 10:17pm
hawkeyeMI writes: LastPass, the popular password manager, has been hacked. The company says that the “vast majority” of users are safe, and has posted a notice which begins: "We want to notify our community that on Friday, our team discovered and blocked suspicious activity on our network. In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed. The investigation has shown, however, that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised."

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It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 10:01pm
Server-side JavaScript tools reunited under wing of Linux Foundation

The Node.js open source project and its fork, io.js, have decided to kiss and make up, with the aid and support of the Linux Foundation.…

Remote Massachusetts Towns Welcome Broadband's Arrival

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:33pm
New submitter arnoldjm writes: This story from the Boston Globe tells of the effort to bring publicly funded fiber-optic data transmission capabilities to Western Massachusetts. The Globe Reports: "The network, financed with state and federal stimulus money, will extend broadband to 45 isolated towns where 40 percent of homes have no Internet access... Leverett [one of the towns involved] has contracted a private company to provide Internet service, which will cost subscribers $65 a month. That's about same as Comcast and Verizon FIOS customers pay in Greater Boston, but the speeds in Leverett are about 10 times faster."

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<i>Sunday Times</i> fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:17pm
Whacked hacks face flack, slap back in article scrap

The Sunday Times has apparently sent a copyright complaint to critics of its article that claimed British and American overseas spies have had their covers blown by Edward Snowden.…

LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 9:13pm
Pff, more like LostPass

Password-storing cloud biz LastPass is urging its users to change their master passwords after hackers broke into its network at the end of last week.…

Restaurateur Loses Copyright Suit To BMI

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 8:48pm
Frosty P writes: BMI claims Amici III in Linden, New York didn't have a license when it played four tunes in its eatery one night last year, including the beloved "Bennie and the Jets" and "Brown Sugar," winning $24,000 earlier this year, and over $8,200 in attorney's fees. Giovanni Lavorato, who has been in business for 25 years, says the disc DJ brought into the eatery paid a fee to play tunes. "It's ridiculous for me to pay somebody also," he said. "This is not a nightclub. This is not a disco joint . . . How many times do they want to get paid for the stupid music?"

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Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 8:05pm
dotarray writes: Mike Ybarra is head of Platform Engineering at Xbox, and today he told the gaming world all about one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets — after more than a year of saying it couldn't be done, the Xbox One really is backwards compatible, so you can play all your Xbox 360 games on your next-gen console.

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<i>Silicon Valley</i> season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 7:55pm
Ah the sweet smell of successful failure

Recap  The final episode of season two of Silicon Valley was a blast: almost literally.…

POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 7:48pm
Student competition launched

Elon Musk's private space transport company SpaceX is throwing its weight behind Musk's concept of the Hyperloop ground transport system, although it says it's not doing it to make money.…

Rethinking Security: Securing Activities Instead of Computers

Slashdot - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 7:21pm
An anonymous reader writes: Security is not a property of a technical system," says independent security consultant Eleanor Saitta. "Security is the set of activities that reduce the likelihood of a set of adversaries successfully frustrating the goals of a set of users." But software development teams that understand what users want and what adversaries they face are very rare. And security engineers forgot — or misunderstood — what their job is: not securing computers, but securing activities that lead to the realization of greater goals.

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Canada to ICANN in dot-sucks dot-rumble: Take off, you hoser!

El Reg - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 7:02pm
Knubley not bubbly about TLD price query

The Canadian government has responded to a request from domain-name overseer ICANN about the .sucks top-level domain – by shaking its head and sending a form letter.…

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