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Hacks on ciritcal infrastructure are more common than you think

L'Inq - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:46pm

54 percent of American firms have seen 'attempts to manipulate their equipment'

Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:38pm
chicksdaddy writes Connected home products are the new rage. But how do you connect your Nest thermostat, your DropCam surveillance device and your Chamberlin MyQ 'smart' garage door opener? An IoT hub, of course. But not so fast: a report from the firm Veracode may make you think twice about deploying one of these IoT gateways in your home. As The Security Ledger reports, Veracode researchers found significant security vulnerabilities in each of six IoT gateways they tested, suggesting that manufacturers are giving short shrift to security considerations during design and testing. The flaws discovered ranged from weak authentication schemes (pretty common) to improper validation of TLS and SSL certificates, to gateways that shipped with exposed debugging interfaces that would allow an attacker on the same wireless network as the device to upload and run malicious code. Many of the worst lapses seem to be evidence of insecure design and lax testing of devices before they were released to the public, Brandon Creighton, Veracode's research architect, told The Security Ledger. This isn't the first report to raise alarms about IoT hubs. In October, the firm Xipiter published a blog post describing research into a similar hub by the firm VeraLite. Xipiter discovered that, among other things, the VeraLite device shipped with embedded SSH private keys stored in immutable areas of the firmware used on all devices.

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Private equity grabs Informatica for $5.3 BEEEEEELLION

El Reg - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:28pm
Activist investor Elliot Management hums the tune, execs dance along

Data management software player Informatica is now in the hands of private equity overlords, after an eye-watering $5.3bn buy-out was signed and sealed.…

Kobo undercuts Amazon's Kindle Voyage with £110 Glo HD e-reader

L'Inq - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:13pm

Device has a 6in Carta E Ink HD touchscreen display with 1448x1072 pixels

"Brontosaurus" Name Resurrected Thanks To New Dino Family Tree

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:09pm
sciencehabit writes In, the U.S. Postal Service issued colorful dinosaur stamps, including one for Brontosaurus. Paleontologists and educators loudly protested that the correct scientific name for the iconic beast was Apatosaurus—a fact that even lay dino aficionados and many 8-year-olds took pride in knowing. But now, a dinosaur-sized study of the family tree of the Diplodocidae, the group that includes such monstrous beasts as Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, and Barosaurus, finds that USPS got it right: The fossils originally called Brontosaurus show enough skeletal differences from other specimens of Apatosaurus that they rightfully belong to a different genus. The study, published online this week in the journal PeerJ, brings the long-banished name back into scientific respectability as a genus coequal with Apatosaurus.

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Samsung and HTC: Gaze upon our EMBIGGENED numbers, pesky analysts

El Reg - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 3:01pm
Mobe makers trounce profit estimates but remain shadow of former selves

Cost-cutting and better-than-expected mobile shipments helped Samsung Electronics and HTC trash analysts' profit forecasts, according to both firms' unaudited Q1 data.…

Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:56pm
An anonymous reader writes Comedian and journalist John Oliver set out to understand US Government surveillance in advance of the June 2015 expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act. What resulted was a humorous but exceptionally journalistic interview of Edward Snowden which distilled the issues down in a (NSFW) way everyone can understand. Regardless of whether you view Snowden as a despicable traitor or an honorable whistleblower, it's worth a watch.

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Qt Installer Framework 2.0 Is Out

Phoronix - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:45pm
The Qt Company has announced version 2.0 of the Qt Installer Framework...

Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

El Reg - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:31pm
Roomba makers' robo-lawnmowers will ruin science, Stargazers tell FCC

Updated  Radio astronomers have moved to block the roll-out of an army of robotic lawnmowers in a submission to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The boffins claim that iRobot's deployment of the machines will interfere with their federally-funded radio astronomy.…

Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux is cheaper than Windows version

L'Inq - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:26pm

But more than we expected

Details Of DNF Succeeding Yum In Fedora 22 Still Being Discussed

Phoronix - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:25pm
With the upcoming release of Fedora 22, DNF is succeeding Yum as the default package manager. However, some details about this change are still being discussed...

Back To the Future: Autonomous Driving In 1995

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:15pm
First time accepted submitter stowie writes This autonomous Pontiac Trans Sport minivan that drove 3,000 miles was built over about a four-month time frame for under $20,000. "We had one computer, the equivalent of a 486DX2 (look that one up), a 640x480 color camera, a GPS receiver, and a fiber-optic gyro. It's funny to think that we didn't use the GPS for position, but rather to determine speed. In those days, GPS Selective Availability was still on, meaning you couldn't get high-accuracy positioning cheaply. And if you could, there were no maps to use it with! But, GPS speed was better than nothing, and it meant we didn't have to wire anything to the car hardware, so we used it."

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BBC waves £230m of feepayers' dosh at tech backbone deal

El Reg - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 2:02pm
Troublesome Tower model still part of the plans

The Beeb is dangling hundreds of millions of license fee payers’ pounds in front of network sellers for upgrading its plumbing and serving up connectivity services for years to come.…

iFixit slaps the Galaxy S6 Edge with lowly three out of 10 repairability score

L'Inq - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:57pm

Curved-screened handset is harder to repair than the Galaxy S5

Dell outs 1GbE and 10GbE X-Series smart-managed switches for SMBs

L'Inq - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:34pm

Commits to existing wireless solutions

Has the Bitcoin Foundation Run Out of Cash?

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:33pm
itwbennett writes The Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that promotes development of bitcoin, is 'effectively bankrupt' and has shed most of its staff, according to Olivier Janssens, a member of the foundation's board of directors. Janssens attributed the foundation's financial straits to two years of 'ridiculous spending and poorly thought out decisions,' adding that the board has tried to remedy the situation by finding a new executive director. Two other board members, however, said the foundation was not bankrupt, though in need of some kind of restructuring.

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Defiant Labio lawyer spits on black hats after 'med data' theft

El Reg - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:28pm
Rex Mundi blackmailers: Meh, cough up or we'll spaff the lot

Hacker collective Rex Mundi’s Twitter account has yet again been suspended after its latest extortion attempts.…

Enlightenment EFL 1.14.0 Alpha 1

Phoronix - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:19pm
The Enlightenment crew at Samsung have released their first alpha version of the upcoming EFL 1.14.0 library set...

New Intel Improvements In Mesa Git, Including For Old Hardware

Phoronix - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 1:05pm
There's more improvements in Mesa Git to talk about this week for Intel open-source customers, including those still on older "Gen4" graphics hardware...