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Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the nowhere-to-run-to-baby dept.
nandemoari writes "It seems as if the massive phishing campaign reported yesterday was not specific to Hotmail, as was initially believed. According to a report by the BBC, many Gmail and Yahoo Mail accounts have also been compromised. Earthlink, Comcast, and AOL were also affected. While the source of the latest attacks has not been determined, many are pointing to the same bug that claimed at least 10,000 passwords from Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail. Microsoft has done their part in blocking all known hijacked Hotmail accounts and created tools to help users who had lost control of their email. An analysis of the data from Hotmail showed the most common password among the compromised accounts to be '12345.' On their end, Google responded to the attacks by forcing password resets on the affected accounts."
Space

+ - Hot gas in space mimics life->

Submitted by tazsl
tazsl (1133503) writes "Electrically charged specks of interstellar dust organize into DNA-like double helixes and display properties normally attributed to living systems, such as evolving and reproducing, new computer simulations show.
But scientists are hesitant to call the dancing dust particles "alive," and instead say they are just another example of how difficult it is to define life.

Plasma life"

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Announcements

+ - Space Plasma Mimics Life->

Submitted by Serzen
Serzen (675979) writes "Space.com has an article describing how gas in space mimics life. A new computer model shows what happens when dust is injected into plasma. According to the article:

The new computer simulations suggest that in the gravity-free environment of space, the plasma particles will bead together to form string-like filaments that then twist into corkscrew shapes. The helical strands resemble DNA and are themselves electrically charged and attracted to one another.
The authors are quick to point out that no one is calling the filaments "life" just yet, but also are willing "to start the discussion ... once more of what exactly do we mean by life.""

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Software

+ - View Adult Content in Style, Porn on the Mac->

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An anonymous reader writes "Check out this nifty shareware program available for the Mac. It is specially designed for viewing adult content. Features include: voice commands for hands-free viewing, zoom with moaning sound effects, mouse gestures to resize images/videos (kind of like iPhone), auto collage using an adaptive layout algorithm that preserves relative areas. Adult content aside, the application does provide an effective way to gather and arrange media in a single browsing window."
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Intel

+ - Ask an Intel IT drone

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Jeff Moriarty
Jeff Moriarty writes "[MODERATOR: My email is jeff.moriarty@intel.com if you would like to talk about this directly. Feel free to edit the text as you see fit.]

I work in IT at Intel, am one of Intel's "official" IT bloggers, and am looking for a little abuse. Intel launched these external IT blogs late last year to open the lines of communication, and perhaps show the world we're not entirely as evil as you may have heard. Since I've been given some leeway in talking about Intel as a blogger, I thought I'd push things a bit and see what the Slashdot crew would like to know.

I've been at Intel seven years, all of it in IT, but I'm not an Intel apologist. We do great things, and we do ridiculous things. Intel IT really gets to see both sides of the coin, trying to contribute to Intel's bottom line by supporting our products, but facing the same technical and budgetary challenges as most of our customers. I'm hoping our blogs and this Q&A will help us share how we deal with those challenges. All IT related questions are fair game, as are personal questions about working at Intel, our culture, etc. Give me the Top Ten, and if I don't know the answer, I'll ask around until I find someone who does. I've got my kevlar armor on, so bring the love."
The Courts

I Was a Cybercrook for the FBI 72

Posted by Zonk
from the well-not-me-the-guy-who-wrote-the-article dept.
Hoi Polloi writes "Wired News has a series starting on internet crime. The first piece they have up covers the story of a cybercrook who specialized in credit card fraud. Caught in a sting operation in November of 2002, the man who identified himself as 'El Mariachi' on message boards would lead a double life for the next two years working for the FBI. As he reported on credit card scammers, dodged his former associates, and stopped criminals from defrauding the 2004 presidential campaign, he also tried to keep his life together. A fascinating tale that looks at the face of modern crime, and crime-stopping techniques."
Announcements

+ - An End of an Era: The Floppy Disk

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s31523
s31523 writes "For those of us who have been in the IT arena for a while, we all remember installing our favorite OS, network client, power application, etc. by feeding the computer what seemed to be an endless supply of 5.25 inch soft floppy disks. We rejoiced when the hard 3.5 inch floppy disks came out which cut our install media by 1/3. We practically did back flips when the data CD-ROM came out and declared: we will never need any other disk than this! It gives me sadness to report the beginning of the end for the floppy, computer giant PC World has announced it will no longer carry the floppy disk."

ICANN Limits Terms Of VeriSign Domain Control 111

Posted by timothy
from the sir-don't-you-want-the-rest-of-the-gold? dept.
Pinky3 points to this story on Yahoo! which says: "In the much-awaited decision, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) limited the term of VeriSign rights to the .org name to the end of 2002, and the .net name to the start of 2006. VeriSign, the operator of the world's largest domain name registries, would keep rights to the lucrative .com name through November 10, 2007, and have the right to renew this agreement for a new four-year term if it meets certain criteria." VeriSign has the .com domain locked up pretty well already, at least until 2007, and now (for Internet time at least) indefinitely. In 2011, I bet VeriSign will point out the awful mess (think of the risk!) of trying to redistribute control of .com to anyone else.

SGI Versus "Open*" and All Things "GL"? 271

Posted by Cliff
from the trademark-protection-gone-overboard dept.
One of the things I try to focus on with Ask Slashdot questions are issues involving trademarks and the big guy trying to rob the little guy out of a name, or a domain that they may have had for years. Although this was necessary to stop the domain squatters out to make a quick buck, it seems to have turned into a corporate right to harass everyone. Long before the internet was a household name, people registered domains or created project names that they didn't think would cause problems and now, years later, they are finding out how wrong they were, and how the laws can rob their project's identity. What follows is a question regarding SGI their quest to go after anyone with any name starting with "Open" or containing "GL". How long is it, before corporations begin to carve up the English dictionary and we won't be able to use a single word without following it with "(tm)"?

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