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Submission + - SPAM: Advances in Time-Memory Tradeoffs

ofcbn writes: "Researchers at the Information Security Group (UCL, Belgium) have developed a cryptanalytic time-memory trade-off technique called "Fingerprint Tables" that improves the well-know Rainbow Tables introduced by P. Oechslin in 2003. Rainbow tables were already quite famous in the password hacking world, having been popularized by the Ophcrack software.

In order to demonstrate the use of Fingerprint Tables, the researchers have made available a free online password cracker for Windows NTLM Hashes (Windows NT and onward). The tool cracks any password of up to seven alphanumeric characters (lower and upper case) in a matter of seconds, with a 99.97% success probability. The back-end server is a single modest desktop computer."

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Submission + - iPhone 5s impact on U.S. economy estimated at $75 billion in 2012 (

zacharye writes: Apple’s most recent smartphone launch was its biggest ever by a wide margin. The company sold more than 5 million iPhone 5 handsets during its first three days of availability, and iPhone sales across all models in the iPhone 5s debut quarter totalled 27 million units. Apple’s latest iPhone isn’t just a big deal to Apple fans, however — according to Mobile Future, a coalition of wireless companies and non-profit organizations, the iPhone 5 had a staggering $75 billion impact on the U.S. economy in 2012...

Submission + - Police make arrest in massive Quebec maple syrup heist (

An anonymous reader writes: A follow up to the previous article:

Police have made a breakthrough in the headline-grabbing heist of millions of dollars’ worth of maple syrup from a warehouse in Quebec.
Police arrested Richard Vallières, 34, and Avik Caron, 39, along with a third, unidentified, suspect. The three are to appear in court today in Trois-Rivières on charges of theft, fraud and possession of stolen property.

Submission + - Phone Hacker Gets 10 Years (

xaosflux writes: Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking celebrity e-mail accounts, including Scarlett Johansson's. Wired reports that the conviction includes charges for hacking, identity theft, and wiretapping.

Submission + - TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners (

An anonymous reader writes: A 2011 ProPublica series found that the TSA had glossed over the small cancer risk posed by its X-ray body scanners at airports across the country. While countries in Europe have long prohibited the scanners, the TSA is just now getting around to studying the health effects.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.