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Rohingya refugees say traffickers in Malaysia abuse and kill

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-01-28 19:09
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia (Reuters) - Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found.
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Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profit down 36 percent on year, in line with guidance

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:53
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that October-December profit fell 36 percent from a year earlier, confirming the firm's first annual earnings decline in three years.
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:44
Advocatus Diaboli writes Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed 'Levitation' are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News. Under Levitation, analysts with the electronic eavesdropping service can access information on about 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads of files from free websites each day, the document says.

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Report: US Weapons Programs Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks (January 20 & 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

According to a report released by the US Defense Department's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore on January 20, most of the country's weapons programs contain security flaws.......

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Adobe Releases Another Emergency Patch for Flash (January 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

Adobe has released a second emergency patch for Flash Player in less than a week.......

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China Blocks VPN Systems (January 23 & 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

China appears to have blocked several Virtual Private Network (VPN) systems in that country.......

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Attack Targets Businesses That Conduct Wire Transfers (January 23, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have issued a warning about a spam scheme that netted the attackers more than US $200 million in the last three months of 2014.......

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Google Will Not Fix Flaw in Older Versions of Android OS (January 24 & 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

Google does not plan to fix a security issue in WebView in older versions of its Android operating system.......

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Court Dismisses LabMD's Challenge to FTC Breach Enforcement (January 22 & 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

The 11th Circuit Court has dismissed a challenge from LabMD to the US Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) authority to take enforcement action against the company for an alleged data breach.......

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CyberPatriot Finalist Teams Named (January 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

Twenty-eight teams have been chosen to advance to the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition.......

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Malaysia Airlines Site Breach (January 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

Malaysia Airlines has acknowledged that attackers breached its domain name system (DNS) which resulted in site visitors trying to access its website being redirected to a different website.......

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Fix for Thunderstrike Flaw in Beta Version of OS X 10.10.2 (January 24 & 26, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

A fix for a vulnerability known as Thunderstrike is now available in a beta version of Apple's operating system.......

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Sony Says Some Critical Systems Won't Be Operational Until Next Month (January 23, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:18

Sony has disclosed that some of its critical systems remain offline after last year's attacks and that they will not likely be up and running until February.......

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Docker Project Restructures to Improve Scalability, Openness

Linux Today - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:00

eWEEK: The new structure is designed to ensure the scaling of the project, as it exponentially grows in terms of contributors, code contribution and its technology partner ecosystem," Steve Francia, the new chief operator of the Docker project

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Scientists Discover How To Track Natural Errors In DNA Replication

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-01-28 18:00
BarbaraHudson writes Researchers figured out how to label and keep track of new pieces of DNA, and learned to follow the enzyme responsible for copying those pieces. Their research focused on enzymes called polymerases. These enzymes create small regions in DNA that act as scaffolds for the copied DNA. Scientists assumed that the body deletes the scaffolds containing errors, or mutations, and the standard computer models supported this theory. However, the actual research showed that about 1.5 percent of those erroneous scaffolds are left over, trapped within the DNA. After running models, scientists now believe they can track how DNA replicates and find the most likely areas where these scaffolds with errors turn up. The erroneous scaffolds usually appear close to genetic switches, those regions that turn on when genes activate. The mutations damage the switch, which results in genetic disease, as well as increasing the likelihood of cancer.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone

The Register - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:56
While China woes rumble on: Watchdog on one hand, deadbeat partners on the other

Qualcomm reported record revenues for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, but the mobile chipmaker warned investors that it's still struggling to make headway in the all-important China market.…

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

The Register - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:25
Nice little earner once he flogs it – before everyone gets real tired of gTLDs

Bruce Marler could hardly believe his luck.…

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Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:19
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:17
MojoKid writes Adobe issued a patch for bug CVE-2015-0311, one that exposes a user's browser to become vulnerable to code injection, and the now infamous Angler EK (Exploit Kit). To fall victim to this kind of attack, all someone needs to do is visit a website with compromised Flash files, at which point the attacker can inject code and utilize Angler EK, which has proven to be an extremely popular tool over the past year. This particular version of Angler EK is different, however. For starters, it makes use of obfuscated JavaScript and attempts to detect virtual machines and anti-virus products. Its target audience is also rather specific: porn watchers. According to FireEye, which has researched the CVE-2015-0311 vulnerability extensively, this exploit has reached people via banner ads on popular adult websites. It was also noted that even a top 1000 website was affected, so it's not as though victims are surfing to the murkiest depths of the web to come in contact with it.

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VMware OpenStack Customers Growing Faster than Overall Business

Linux Today - Wed, 2015-01-28 17:00

ServerWatch: 2014 was a big year for virtualization vendor VMware, but CEO Pat Gelsinger is not going to let his company rest on its laurels anytime soon.

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