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Submission + - Tax Authorities launch largest TAX Investigations in history (

lxrocks writes: Tax authorities in the U.S., Britain, and Australia today announced they are working with a gigantic cache of leaked data that may be the beginnings of one of the largest tax investigations in history.

The secret records are believed to include those obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that lay bare the individuals behind covert companies and private trusts in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore and other offshore hideaways.

Submission + - 15 year jail sentence for pirating movies. ( 1

Xpo3 writes: ""The RIAA has welcomed a mind-boggling jail sentence handed to a man who sold pirated movies and music. The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to six felony counts of selling counterfeit media after he sold five movies and one music CD to an undercover investigator without the permission of copyright holders. As a result he will go to jail in Mississippi for 15 years to be followed by three years of supervised release." -TorrentFreak"

Submission + - Congress Proposes Mandatory FM Radio In Gadgets (

Garrett Fox writes: Ars Technica reports a pending deal between the RIAA and Congress to "mandate that FM radio receivers be built into cell phones, PDAs, and other portable electronics". Not for any technological reason, but as a way to prop up broadcast radio. We already know Congress believes it has authority to do anything it wants...

Submission + - Study: Hackers Aren't Exploiting Software Bugs (

itwbennett writes: In its annual report on data breaches, Verizon found in 2009, there was not a 'single confirmed intrusion that exploited a patchable vulnerability.' The finding has caused Verizon to question how businesses should approach patching: 'We've observed companies that were hell-bent on getting patch x deployed by week's end but hadn't even glanced at their log files in months,' the report said. 'This kind of balance isn't healthy. Therefore, we continue to maintain that patching strategies should focus on coverage and consistency rather than raw speed.'

Submission + - Flash in the Pan: Adobe 64bit Flash Player Plugout (

colin_s_guthrie writes: It seems that with the recent security release of Flash 10.1, Adobe has pulled the 64 bit version of it's popular browser plugin that was available under a beta testing program. Many popular Linux distributions, including Fedora, Mandriva, SuSE and Ubuntu have all been shipping 64 bit editions of the their take on the GNU/Linux operating system. Users had long screamed for 64 bit compatibility and while it was possible to cajole the 32 bit version of the plugin to work in a 64 bit browser, it usually added to stability problems and most users preferred the native 64 bit version despite the fact it was in beta. So the question remains: when, if ever, will we see an official (or new beta) of the 64 bit Flash plugin?

Submission + - 'Tabnabbing' Phishing Attack Can Steal Passwords (

Stoobalou writes: A top Firefox programmer has figured out a scary new way to carry out phishing attacks, this time using browser tabs.

Aza Raskin, who was appointed Firefox's creative lead in March, has designed a JavaScript-based social engineering exploit that replaces one page with a mock-up of another while the victim is distracted elsewhere.

The attack could be used to harvest user names and passwords for banks, email accounts, or any other type of web site.

Submission + - SCO loses (finally) (

A Pressbutton writes: I have been following the incredibly long and tortuous SCO / Novel saga on this site since 2004 (ish)
The jury is in
Justice prevailed
My thanks to PJ for providing the quality research and balanced views


Submission + - Ubuntu replaces Brown UI with "Light" (

Barence writes: Ubuntu has undergone its first visual overhaul for six years, replacing its familiar brown user interface with a new 'Light' theme. The new look will make its debut in Ubuntu 10.04, and is the first fruits of founder Mark Shuttelworth's new focus on the user experience. In an announcement bathed in marketing babble, the open-source group claims the new look is designed to reflect Ubuntu's lightweight demands on system resources. "We're drawn to Light because it denotes both warmth and clarity, and [we're] intrigued by the idea that 'light' is a good value in software," Ubuntu claims. "Visually, light is beautiful, light is ethereal, light brings clarity and comfort." The Ubuntu logo has also been given an overhaul.

Submission + - AU Filtering effective, negligible impact (

Techman83 writes: At the completion of recent trials, our Communications Minisiter (Senator Stephen Conroy) further prooves how disconnected from reality he really is, stating that there will be a negligable impact on our communications. According to the Enex (Testing Labratory contracted for these trials) report "Testing revealed that the three ISPs filtering only the [Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)] blacklist had no noticeable performance degradation that could be attributed to the filter itself ... All participants in the pilot were successful in blocking 100 per cent of the ACMA blacklist. This was a requirement of the pilot,"

The reprt also found that "Testing showed that the filters used for the ACMA blacklist only were more easily circumvented than other more complex filters used to cover a wider range and volume of material." According to (of which I'm inclined to agree) EFA vice president Colin Jacobs "It damages Australia's reputation as a free and open democracy and as a technologically advanced and savvy 21st century country"

Fortunately with the Labour Party do not hold a large enough majority to push this through and require the votes of the Independents and the Greens or the Liberal Party (the other major Australian Party), who are unlikely to back this. Unfortunately they could use to paint there opposition as "Supporting Child Abuse", which has been a common attack used against his opponents.

Submission + - Facebook awarded $711 million in case against spam (

lugannerd writes: Facebook Inc., the world's most popular social-networking Web site, was awarded $711 million in damages against a spammer who gained access to users' accounts and sent phony messages.

Sanford Wallace sent unsolicited mass e-mails to users, tricking many of them into divulging their login information or redirecting them to Web sites that paid him for each visit, Facebook claimed.

The Internet

Submission + - Finland to Establish Broadband as a Legal Right ( 1

suraj.sun writes: Finland to Become the First Country to Establish Broadband as a Legal Right.

Finland! Not only they have great universal health care—including dental—great public daycare, and great public education at all levels, but now they also got broadband as a legal right provided to every citizen.

And not any crappy broadband.

The policy will be active in July 2010, when every Finn will get a one-megabit connection. But that's just an intermediate step towards their final goal: By 2015, everyone will have a 100Mbps—yes, a hundred megabits per second—available.

Gizmodo :

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!