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Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Techniques Keep Cryptowall Thriving

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 6:30pm
msm1267 writes: Since the Angler Exploit Kit began pushing the latest version of Cryptowall ransomware, the kit has gone to great lengths to evade detection from IDS and other security technologies. The latest tactic is an almost-daily change to URL patterns used by the kit in HTTP GET requests for the Angler landing page, requests for a Flash exploit, and requests for the Cryptowall 3.0 payload. Traffic patterns as of yesterday are almost unrecognizable compared to those of as recent as three weeks ago.

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NexGen releases goodies for next-gen software package

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 5:59pm
VM-level QoS should reduce vMotion disturbances

Reinvigorated hybrid array startup NexGen is pushing out quality-of-service (QoS) goodies for vCentre and VMware VMs, saying it will cut the need for vMotioning VMs from one server to another when performance slows.…

'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 5:45pm
Marcelo Claure in public Twitter meltdown

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has had enough of T-Mobile US chief John Legere, and he's told the world about it.…

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Passwords Transmitted As Cleartext?

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 5:42pm
An anonymous reader writes: My brother recently requested a transcript from his university and was given the option to receive the transcript electronically. When he had problems accessing the document, he called me in to help. What I found was that the transcript company had sent an e-mail with a URL (not a link) to where the document was located. What surprised me was that a second e-mail was also sent containing the password (in cleartext) to access the document. Not too long ago I had a similar experience when applying for a job online (ironically for an entry-level IT position). I was required to setup an account with a password and an associated e-mail address. While filling out the application, I paused the process to get some information I didn't have on hand and received an e-mail from the company that said I could continue the process by logging on with my account name and password, both shown in cleartext in the message. In my brother's case, it was an auto-generated password but still problematic. In my case, it showed that the company was storing my account information in cleartext to be able to e-mail it back to me. Needless to say, I e-mailed the head of their IT department explaining why this was unacceptable. My questions are: How frequently have people run into companies sending sensitive information (like passwords) in cleartext via e-mail? and What would you do if this type of situation happened to you?

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Nutanix vs VMware blog war descends into 'he said, she said' farce

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 5:29pm
There’s a way to end this, guys – just release your test results

Round two in the VMware-versus-Nutanix blog war has opened up with a full-frontal assault by a Nutanix exec, who claims Nutanix wants to be open about its performance advantages over VSAN, but is prevented from going public by VMware’s end user license agreements, or EULAs.…

Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 5:03pm
Cupertino hopes you forget to unsubscribe before the payments start?

Quick look  Apple Music is finally here. The bit-of-everything music service was debuted last month at WWDC as the headliner in CEO Tim Cook's keynote address.…

Solar Impulse 2 Breaks Three Records En Route To Hawaii

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 4:53pm
Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawaii, the single-pilot aircraft has broken the world records for longest distance and duration for solar aviation, with the record for longest ever solo flight of any kind thrown in for good measure.

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6-Way File-System Comparison On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

Phoronix - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 4:40pm
With the Linux 4.1 kernel having recently been released, I decided to conduct a fresh round of file-system comparisons on this new kernel using a solid-state drive. The file-systems tested in this article were the in-tree EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, F2FS, ReiserFS, and NILFS2 file-systems while a follow-up article will take a look at the out-of-tree contenders like Reiser4 and ZFS atop Linux 4.1.

Kelway MD: A deal with CDW is NOT around the corner

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 4:29pm
'Listen people, calm down and carry on'

Top brass at Kelway this week scotched talk on the shop floor of a pending deal with NASDAQ-listed CDW, claiming it will not be acquired outright by the US giant any time soon.…

Fedora 23: Python 3 Default Approved; Netizen Spin Rejected

Phoronix - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:57pm
At this week's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee they evaluated the latest batch of proposed features for Fedora 23...

Red Hat rolls elastic Linux under SAP's HANA

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:55pm
Server friend finds love in big, bouncy AWS cloud

Having put SAP’s HANA in-memory database on its Linux, Red Hat has gone off-premise with Amazon.…

Watching People Code Is Becoming an (Even Bigger) Thing

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:53pm
itwbennett writes: Faithful Slashdot readers may recall the story of Adam Wulf, who spent two weeks live-streaming himself writing a mobile app. The phenomenon has quickly become thing, by which we mean a business. Twitch.TV, Watch People Code (which is an offshoot of the subreddit by the same name), Ludum Dare, and, of course, YouTube, are bursting with live or archived streams of lots of people writing lots of code for lots of different things. And just this week, Y Combinator-backed startup Livecoding.TV launched. The site has signed up 40,000 users since its beta went live in February, but unlike the other sites in this space what it doesn't have (and doesn't have plans for) is advertising. As co-founder Jamie Green told ITworld: 'We have some different ideas around monetisation in the pipeline, but for now we are just focussed on building a community around live education.'

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Google Updates: Google is selling you dreams, but might mistake you for a gorilla

L'Inq - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:35pm

It's been an interesting PR Week in Google

IPT: Sorry we confused Amnesty International with Egyptian group

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:31pm
Misattribution was my snafu, not GCHQ's, sez prez

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has published its emails with claimants in a case, brought against GCHQ, apologising for and correcting an error in its findings in last week's NGO spying case verdict.…

Volkswagen Factory Worker Killed By a Robot

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:11pm
m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. This is perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparking debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?

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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

El Reg - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:03pm
But doesn't have to pay up, rules German court #2

YouTube is responsible for, yet not liable for, user-uploaded videos on its service, according to two separate court rulings in Germany this week.…

Intel reveals Ubuntu OS-powered Compute Stick priced at $110

L'Inq - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 3:01pm

Falls short in terms of specs when compared with the Windows version

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA comes to Amazon Web Services

L'Inq - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 2:38pm

It's already available in the marketplace

North America Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 2:29pm
DW100 writes: The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has been forced to reject a request for more IPv4 addresses for the first time as its stock of remaining address reaches exhaustion. The lack of IPv4 addresses has led to renewed calls for the take-up of IPv6 addresses in order to start embracing the next era of the internet.

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Apple Watch 2 rumours, release date, price and specs

L'Inq - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 2:14pm

Everything we know about Apple's second-generation smartwatch

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