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Submission + - GCHQ distributing malware to LinkedIn and Slashdot users

Aim Here writes: If you're reading this, it's probably too late.

The latest Edward Snowden scoop, from Der Spiegel is that GCHQ hackers have targeted Belgian telecommunications employees by spoofing social networking sites (LinkedIn and Slashdot are mentioned) in an apparent man-in-the-middle attack, and infecting their computers or devices with malware. The very fact that they consider ordinary telecom employees in a NATO country to be worth spying on is newsworthy in itself, too. The article ends with quotes from GCHQ documents suggesting that they plan to turn every mobile device into a piece of surveillance equipment.

At this rate, the most newsworthy items will soon be the revelation that some gadget or other isn't spying on you.

Submission + - SCO vs Novell: Novell wins

Aim Here writes: Breaking News: According to Novell's website, and the Salt Lake Tribune, the jury in the SCO vs Novell trial has returned a verdict: Novell owns the Unix copyrights. This also means that SCO's case against IBM must surely collapse too, and likely the now bankrupt SCO group itself. It's taken 7 years, but the US court system has eventually done the right thing...

Submission + - UK ID card service footguns with online ad 2

Aim Here writes: According to The Register, a new Flash advertisement for the controversial identity card system from the UK government's Identity and Passport service shows exactly how the card could be used by a tyrannical government. The ad shows a number of cartoon fingerprints claiming to be 'Spartacus', until the real ringleader gets singled out, presumably for crucifixion, by his identity card. One wonders how the obvious message 'Identity cards will make the world safe for slavery and government tyranny' was lost on the makers, or if the anti-cards pressure group 'No2ID' could have made better anti-card propaganda if they tried.

Submission + - Australian Police: Don't bank with Windows 1

Aim Here writes: At the New South Wales hearings into cybercrime, Detective Inspector Bruce vad de Graaf testified, on behalf of the government, that there were two rules he used for internet banking. The first was to not click on hyperlinks to a banking site. The second was to not bank using Windows. Instead, he suggests using an iPhone, or booting with a Linux liveCD, citing Ubuntu and Puppy Linux as examples.

When even the government says your product is too unsafe to use, have you lost the FUD game?

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.