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Hotel Router Vulnerability A Reminder Of Untrusted WiFi Risks - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:12 News this week that guests at hotels around the world were exposed to malicious attacks from a gaping vulnerability in a popular network routing product is a reminder of the inherent risks business travelers face in connecting to the Internet from unfamiliar Wi-Fi access points.
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EFF questions US government's software flaw disclosure policy - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:08 It's not clear if the U.S. government is living up to its promise to disclose serious software flaws to technology companies, a policy it put in place five years ago, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:07
Commissioners out of step on copyright reform, digital single market

Gaffe-prone Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger is at it again. In statements to the German press (he rarely talks to anyone else), Oetti directly mocked his boss Andrus Ansip’s desire to end geo-blocking.…

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Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation - Tue, 2015-03-31 06:04 Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment.
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Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:35
Financials out for Westcoast Holding-owned XMA, Viglen

Being a director at Viglen has become considerably more lucrative since Lord Shugs offloaded the tech supplier to Westcoast Holdings.…

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Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:08
An anonymous reader writes: We've been in a malware arms race since the 1990s. Malicious hackers keep building new viruses, worms, and trojan horses, while security vendors keep building better detection and removal algorithms to stop them. Botnets are becoming more powerful, and phishing techniques are always improving — but so are the mitigation strategies. There's been some back and forth, but it seems like the arms race has been pretty balanced, so far. My question: will the balance continue, or is one side likely to take the upper hand over the next decade or two? Which side is going to win? Do you imagine an internet, 20 years from now, where we don't have to worry about what links we click or what attachments we open? Or is it the other way around, with threats so hard to block and DDoS attacks so rampant that the internet of the future is not as useful as it is now?

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Think server vulns are IT's problem? Think again

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 05:02
Don't get caught with your cyber pants down

Regardless of the type or size of business you're part of, the way we approach security has changed forever.…

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 04:31
It’s all the tech firm's fault!

Europe’s top cop has taken to the BBC to once again slam encryption as the biggest threat to counter-terrorism and law enforcement.…

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Japan and U.S. look to extend naval missions after law change

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-31 04:20
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday.
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Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 04:05
Founder hints more acquisitions could be on the cards

Acquisition-hungry European managed services provider Claranet has drummed up £107m in a refinancing deal.…

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Big Blue to give car insurers IoT peeking powers

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 03:32
New US$3bn business unit promises connected cloudy capers

IBM has announced it will spend US$3 billion over four years on a new internet of things business unit.…

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Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 03:01
Tech specs aren't going to make it and the wearables market is smaller than PCs

The wearables market will be dominated by wrist action, according to market-watcher IDC, and will remain smaller than the PC market.…

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Mandriva: 2015:186: phpmyadmin - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:42 A vulnerability has been discovered and corrected in phpmyadmin: libraries/select_lang.lib.php in phpMyAdmin 4.0.x before, 4.2.x before, and 4.3.x before includes invalid language values in unknown-language error responses that contain [More...]
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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:30
Flaw let crims sling drive-by-downloads

Hacker Aditya Sood has disclosed two vulnerabilities in eBay that allow hackers to upload files for drive-by-download attacks.…

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Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics call off washer spat

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:23
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday they have agreed to call off all their legal disputes including a bitter months-long conflict over a set of damaged washing machines.

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Mandriva: 2015:185: dokuwiki - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:18 Updated dokuwiki packages fix security vulnerabilities: inc/template.php in DokuWiki before 2014-05-05a only checks for access to the root namespace, which allows remote attackers to access arbitrary images via a media file details ajax call (CVE-2014-8761). [More...]
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No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:15
theodp writes: In Why My MOOC is Not Built on Video, GWU's Lorena Barba explains why the Practical Numerical Methods with Python course she and colleagues put together has but one video: "Why didn't we have more video? The short answer is budget and time: making good-quality videos is expensive & making simple yet effective educational videos is time consuming, if not necessarily costly. #NumericalMOOC was created on-the-fly, with little budget. But here's my point: expensive, high-production-value videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience." When the cost of producing an MOOC can exceed $100,000 per course, Barba suggests educators pay heed to Donald Bligh's 1971 observation that "dazzling presentations do not necessarily result in learning." So what would Barba do? "We designed the central learning experience [of #NumericalMOOC] around a set of IPython Notebooks," she explains, "and meaningful yet achievable mini-projects for students. I guarantee learning results to any student that fully engages with these!"

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:05
Watch the Skies for the BLACK DRONES, eh

Amazon's relationship with Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority has apparently deteriorated so much that the web-based retailer has fled its jurisdiction for the more liberal regulatory regime of Transport Canada.…

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GitHub Under Sustained DDoS Attack

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-31 02:00

eWEEK: Since March 26, GitHub has been under attack, but users are likely not even noticing as the site continues to be highly available.

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Periscope smeared by streaming security SNAFU

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-31 01:31
Live vid titles leak from Twitter's new app for the Bong! crowd

Twitter's Meerkat-strangling live streaming app Periscope has had its first privacy SNAFU, leaking the titles (but not the content) of videos meant for private circulation only.…

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