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Submission + - GitHub hacked due to Rails vulnerability (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Russian hacker demonstrated that GitHub was vulnerable to a so-called mass assignment attack. Over the weekend Egor Homakov gained admin access to the Ruby on Rails repository (including write access to the code repo) and posted a bug report 1,001 years in the future. In response GitHub quietly suspended his account and made a terse post to their blog. No word yet on whether other repositories have been compromised.
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Submission + - Embattled scientists publish study linking diesel exhaust and cancer (nature.com)

ananyo writes: A landmark study involving US miners that links cancer rates to diesel fume exposure has been published after a seventeen-year legal battle with an industry group (http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/03/embattled-scientists-publish-miner-cancer-study.html). A 27 February slashdot story had reported that lawyers for the mining industry had sent threatening letters to scientific journals advising them against publishing the study (http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/02/27/1340237/lawyers-for-mining-companies-threaten-scientific-journals).
Initiated in 1998, after the first of many legal delays, the study analyzed exposures in detail for more than 12,000 workers while controlling for smoking and other risk factors. In the end, the scientists found that miners faced a threefold risk of lethal lung cancer, and underground workers who were heavily exposed to diesel fumes faced a fivefold risk. The two concluding papers from the study are available in full here (http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jnci/press_releases/silvermandjs034.pdf) and here (http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jnci/press_releases/silvermandjs034.pdf) (PDF).

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