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Submission + - Is the SATA power connector design flawed? 8

An anonymous reader writes: My computer caught fire today. I saw flames and smoke coming out. When I opened it I saw that the SATA power connector on the back of my samsung DVD drive was cooked. I looked around on the internet and found that I was not alone. A lot of other people have already reported their computer catching fire and almost all of them caught fire exactly the same way, the SATA power connector was burnt. In some cases it was an HDD and in others it was a DVD or blue ray drive but invariable the fire started at the SATA power connector.

Now I am wondering if the there is a fundamental flaw in the power connector design causing the fire? I am not sure where to complain or send feedback so that it gets aggregated and someone in the industry can take action and possibly work on changing the connector design. So I am writing on slashdot.

Submission + - New Android Malware Found in Alternative Markets Uses Root Exploit (

Trailrunner7 writes: Alternative mobile app markets have become a great place to find new games, utilities and other apps. But mostly they're great if you're looking for the latest stealthy Android malware. The newest example is a piece of malware called TGLoader that is showing up in repackaged legitimate apps and has the ability to get root privileges on victims' phones and also cost them quite a bit of money by sending SMS messages to premium-rate numbers.

The TGLoader malware has appeared in some alternative Android app markets recently, and researchers at North Carolina State University discovered and analyzed it, finding it has a wide range of capabilities. The malware uses the "exploid" root exploit to get root privileges on compromised phones, and from there it starts installing a variety of apps and Android code that are designed to perform a long list of malicious actions.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang