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Submission + - Sony Pictures 'Paralyzed' by Hack and Data Leak in #GOP Blackmail Attack (

An anonymous reader writes: Did Sony learn nothing from the LulzSec hacks?

'Sony Pictures Entertainment employees worldwide have been ordered to disconnect their computers and not access email, after the studio was struck by a malicious hacker attack which infiltrated the company's network and threatened to publish "secrets".'


Submission + - Ask Slashdot : Is RS232 communication secure ? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I want to connect 2 computers so that they can exchange data securely.

Computer A wouldn't be connected to anything except to computer B and should be safe at all cost from remote attacks.
Computer B would be connected obviously to computer A and to the internet.

The communication between A and B would consist of encrypted data sent by a custom software written by me.
A knows how to decrypt the data, but B doesn't.

If I connect A and B with a RS232 cable, can a remote attacker take control of A if he has control of B ?
I understand that if B is compromised, the attacker can monitor the communications, corrupt them etc ... but can he take control of A ?
A colleague of mine tells me it's impossible, but I'd rather be sure.

My original idea was to create a kind of telegraph to make the 2 computers communicate throught Morse code.

Thank you for your input.
Please note that English is not my mother tongue, please forgive me for any error that I might have left out.

Submission + - US sets $1.4M to get metaphor-recognizing software system humming ( 1

coondoggie writes: "An innovative project, called Autonomous Dynamic Analysis of Metaphor and Analogy, or ADAMA, aims to build a software system that can automatically analyze metaphorical speech in five different languages by analyzing huge quantities of online data got off the ground this week when the U.S. Army Research Laboratory awarded a $1.4 million contract to the team conducting the research. The research is backed by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which develops high-risk, reward research projects for the government, and is intended to build a repository of speech metaphors from American/English Iranian Farsi, Mexican Spanish and Russian speakers. ADAMA could have immediate applications in forensics, intelligence analysis, business intelligence, sociological research and communication studies, researchers stated."

Submission + - CryTek for Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor (

Samfer writes: [...] sometime this summer likely around August, we will see the appearance online of both a Crysis 2 editor and a CryEngine 3 SDK (software development kit). This not only means that people will be able to make full blown new levels for Crysis 2 but that the CryEngine 3 will also be made publicly available to the development of non-commercial projects to the community at large. To quote, “This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC.”

Submission + - Firmware Mod Might Have Caused PSN Outage (

RedEaredSlider writes: The company has not been particularly forthcoming about the causes for the outage. But a Reddit user claiming to the moderator of PlayStation download PSX-Scene, claims to have an answer.

According to the user, who goes by the name of Chese420, Sony's decision to shut down PlayStation Network came as a result of the release of Rebug, a custom Playstation firmware. By altering some of the functionality of Rebug, hackers were able to gain access to the PlayStation Network via special development features. This in turn, allowed them to enter fake credit card information (none of which was authenticated) and, in turn, download large of amounts of Playstation content for free

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