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Submission + - Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have found a way to deliver a malicious app to Android users by hiding it into what seems to be an encrypted image file, which is then delivered via a legitimate, seemingly innocuous wrapper app. Fortinet malware researcher Axelle Apvrille and reverse engineer Ange Albertini created a custom tool they dubbed AngeCryption, which allows them to encrypt the payload Android application package (APK) and make it look like an image (PNG, JPG) file . They also had to create another APK that carries the "booby-trapped" image file and which can decrypt it to unveil the malicious APK file and install it. A malicious app thusly encrypted is nearly invisible to reverse engineers, and possibly even to AV solutions and Google's Android Bouncer.

Submission + - Wood nanobattery could be green option for large-scale energy storage (

cylonlover writes: Li-ion batteries may be ok for your smartphone, but when it comes to large-scale energy storage, the priorities suddenly shift from compactness and cycling performance (at which Li-ion batteries excel) to low cost and environmental feasibility (in which Li-ion batteries still have much room for improvement). A new "wood battery" could allow the emerging sodium-ion battery technology to fit the bill as a long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery for large-scale energy storage.

Submission + - US pressuring Hong Kong to arrest Snowden while Snowden has flown to Moscow ( 2

Taco Cowboy writes:

Is the United States of America a country which still obeys the Rule of Law ?

In an irony twist, the government of the United States is reminding Hong Kong to follow the
Rule of Law while itself has violated the Constitution of the United States of America

The United States is publicly putting pressure on Hong Kong to arrest Mr. Edward Snowden.

“If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law,” said a senior administration official

In the meantime, South China Morning Post of Hong Kong also releases information regarding US's hacking on China's cellphone companies and the prestigious Tsinghua University

China is furious about the revelations, accusing the US actively engaging on illegal cyber hacking activities on other counties while publicly identifying itself as a "victim"

Latest development: The South Chinese Morning Post has reported that Snowden has aboard a plane flying to Moscow

Submission + - QANTAS wants to Monitor Frequent Flyers's home internet (

An anonymous reader writes: Australian Airline QANTAS wants to monitor recording Frequent Flyer's home internet searching and surfing. QANTAS will pass the data to US marketing partner FreeCause who are not subject to Australian privacy laws. Meanwhile the Australian Attorney-General's Department has been secretly drafting new data retention laws to log Australians' web surfing. The government claims it needs these to fight crime, yet is ignoring corruption by its own public service.

Submission + - Anonymous unleashed a "nuclear" strike on Greek Parliament

protoporos writes: Two days ahead of their promise, Anonymous have completed successfully a strike on the whole web infrastructure of the Greek Parliament, catching the Greek officials unprepared. According to an analysis (in Greek) of a Greek security news website, this is the biggest hit ever, managing to gain access to domain controllers and the credentials of all the congressmen and parliament officials! The emails of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (asamaras) and second in command E. Venizelos (venizelos) seem also to have been compromised. They have even posted pictures of gmail accounts. The attack comes as a response to the recent, totalitarian close-down of the public TV network (ERT) as detailed here. A clear mention of individual targeting as a next step is clearly mentioned.

Submission + - Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties for Duke Nukem (

jones_supa writes: Apogee Software/3D Realms alleges that Gearbox has refused to pay more than $2 million owed to 3D Realms from royalties and advances Gearbox received from publishers for Duke Nukem Forever. In a lawsuit filed June 7 in Texas district court, 3D Realms insists that its agreement with Gearbox permits it to conduct an audit of Gearbox's royalty statements, which the studio has not allowed. 'Gearbox is simply stonewalling here in an improper attempt to conceal information from 3D Realms that it is absolutely entitled to receive,' the suit alleges. The company also alleges that Gearbox has refused to pay the agreed-upon portion of revenue Gearbox received after Duke Nukem Forever was released. 3D Realms has asked for a jury trial. This suit is apparently the end result of a friendly deal gone wrong.

Submission + - All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn and violence filters (

An anonymous reader writes: TalkTalk — it would seem — has blazed an unlikely trail for Britain's big name ISPs by being the first telco to switch on network level filtering of web content. Now, after many months resisting the urge to apply such controls to their services, the other major providers — BSkyB, Virgin Media and BT — have all decided to follow suit.

Your correspondent recently chaired an Internet Service Providers' Association event at which the panel and audience discussed how effective current measures were in protecting children online. The confab proved revealing — with BT and Virgin Media publicly stating for the first time that they too would be introducing network-level filters on their services later this year.

Submission + - New All-Solid Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion (

olsmeister writes: The new all-solid battery design uses solid sulfur and lithium, and outperforms existing lithium-ion batteries with four times the energy density. The battery can maintain a capacity of 1200 milliampere-hours per gram after 300 charge-discharge cycles. More work needs to be done, but one would think this new technology could have applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars, and consumer electronics.

Submission + - Iran behind plot to sabotage USA's electricity infrastructure ( 2

Taco Cowboy writes: First we had the Chinese snooping around US firms looking for juicy industrial secrets, and now, the Iranians are stepping up the game, by launching state-sanctioned attacks on US energy firms and hope to sabotage critical infrastructure by targeting industrial control systems,

Original article at WSJ ( ) and also at NYT but they are behind paywalls

Alternate articles at The Register ( ) and at Jerusalem Post (

Iran is responsible for a wave of computer attacks on US corporations, with targets including oil, gas and electricity companies

Unlike the cyber incursions from China, the goal of the Iranian attacks is sabotage rather than espionage. The cyber attacks are seen as attempts to gain control of critical processing systems.

The attacks on oil, gas and power firms have so far concentrated on accruing information on how their systems work – a likely first step in a co-ordinated campaign that would eventually result in attacks aimed at disrupting or destroying such infrastructure

Sabotaging industrial control systems represents a greater level of sophistication on the part of the attackers and a serious risk to be managed by those energy firms involved.

Submission + - Facebook challenge after girl's death (

An anonymous reader writes: A prosecutor has opened an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a 14y Carolina Picchio who took her own life after a gang of boys circulated a video on Facebook of her appearing drunk and dishevelled in a bathroom at a party.

The Italian Parents Association has filed a criminal complaint against Facebook for allegedly having a role in the instigation of Carolina's suicide. ''This is the first time a parents' group has filed such a complaint against Facebook in Europe,'' said Antonio Affinita, the director. ''Italian law forbids minors under 18 signing contracts, yet Facebook is effectively entering into a contract with minors regarding their privacy, without their parents knowing.''

Submission + - Snags on the Road to WWW History (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting that difficulties are being encountered in Cern's effort to recreate the original World Wide Web. It appears no one kept adequate backups and passwords have been lost, (can you imagine?) The public is being asked to help and one early page from 1991 has been recovered from the Next machine of American Paul Jones. Can you help?

Submission + - Middle school students best their teachers with social engineering

lukej writes: In Ketchikan, Alaska a small group of unidentified students gained access to school owned computers by using phishing techniques on their teachers. The then used the elevated access to remotely control their peers computers.

Fortunately the school administrators seem to have a taken a realistic and pragmatic viewpoint of the situation, although no official punishment has yet been determined.

"Kids are being kids," (Principal) Robinson said, adding that he was surprised something like this had not already occurred. "They're going to try to do what they try to do. This time we found out about it."

Submission + - Do 'time crystals' exhibit perpetual motion? (

ceview writes: So this story on Wired seems to have got lots of people a bit confused. The experimental set up is incredibly delicate (Bose Einstein Condensate) so it implies this perpetual motion effect can't really be used to extract energy. What is your take on it? It can't really upend anything because at a quantum level things behave weirdly at the best of times.

The heavy details are here

Submission + - AMD details next-gen Kaveri APU's shared memory architecture (

crookedvulture writes: AMD has revealed more details about the unified memory architecture of its next-generation Kaveri APU. The chip's CPU and GPU components will have a shared address space and will also share both physical and virtual memory. GPU compute applications should be able to share data between the processor's CPU cores and graphics ALUs, and the caches on those components will be fully coherent. This so-called heterogeneous uniform memory access, or hUMA, supports configurations with either DDR3 or GDDR5 memory. It's also based entirely in hardware and should work with any operating system. Kaveri is due later this year and will also have updated Steamroller CPU cores and a GPU based on the current Graphics Core Next architecture.

Submission + - The Microbes You Inhale on the New York City Subway

An anonymous reader writes: The microbial population in the air of the New York City subway system is nearly identical to that of ambient air on the city streets. This research, published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, establishes an important baseline, should it become necessary to monitor the subway's air for dispersal of potentially dangerous microbes. Also, the combination of new methodologies in the study, including fast collection of aerosols and rapid sequencing technology, provide an efficient means for monitoring which was not previously available.

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