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Submission + - UK intrusion software export controls threaten research, pen-testing->

Bismillah writes: Britain has released it's version of the regulations under which intrusion software and malware samples may require export licenses.

The export regulations are part of what UK agreed to, under the Wassenaar Arrangement for arms control.

Interestingly enough, popping up calc.exe for PoC demos gets a specific exemption, but the rest is pretty opaque.

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Submission + - Aussie telco caught handing over user mobile numbers to websites without consent->

AlbanX writes: Australian telco Optus has been nabbed passing over its customers's mobile phone numbers to third-party websites without their knowledge.

The practice, known as HTTP header enrichment, aims to streamline the process of direct billing for customers, but they're not happy.

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Submission + - Factory reset on millions of Android devices doesn't wipe storage->

Bismillah writes: Ross Anderson and Laurent Simon of Cambridge University studied a range of Android devices and found that even though a "factory reset" is supposed to fully wipe storage, it often doesn't. Interestingly enough, full-device encryption could be compromised by the incomplete wiping too.
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Submission + - OSGeo Foundation up in arms over ESRI LAS lock-in plans

Bismillah writes: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is outraged over mapping giant ESRI's latest move which entails vendor lock-in for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data through its proprietary Optimised LAS format. ESRI is the dominant company in the geospatial data arena, with its ArcGIS mapping platform boasting with over a million users and 350,000 customers.

Submission + - Australia passes mandatory data retention law->

Bismillah writes: Opposition from the Green Party and independent members of parliament wasn't enough to stop the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition from passing Australia's new law that will force telcos and ISPs to store customer metadata for at least two years.

Journalists' metadata is not exempted from the retention law, but requires a warrant to access.

The metadata of everyone else can be accessed by unspecified government agencies without a warrant however.

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