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+ - Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As An Accomplice->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Three years ago we wrote about how Austrian police had seized computers from someone running a Tor exit node. This kind of thing happens from time to time, but it appears that folks in Austria have taken it up a notch by... effectively now making it illegal to run a Tor exit node. According to the report, which was confirmed by the accused, the court found that running the node violated 12 of the Austrian penal code, which effectively says:

        Not only the immediate perpetrator commits a criminal action, but also anyone who appoints someone to carry it out, or anyone who otherwise contributes to the completion of said criminal action.

In other words, it's a form of accomplice liability for criminality. It's pretty standard to name criminal accomplices liable for "aiding and abetting" the activities of others, but it's a massive and incredibly dangerous stretch to argue that merely running a Tor exit node makes you an accomplice that "contributes to the completion" of a crime. Under this sort of thinking, Volkswagen would be liable if someone drove a VW as the getaway car in a bank robbery. It's a very, very broad interpretation of accomplice liability, in a situation where it clearly does not make sense."

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+ - Need to move to IPv6 highlighted as Microsoft runs out of US address space->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Microsoft has been forced to start using its global stock of IPv4 addresses to keep its Azure cloud service afloat in the U.S., highlighting the growing importance of making the shift to IP version 6. The newer version of the Internet Protocol adds an almost inexhaustible number of addresses thanks to a 128-bit long address field, compared to the 32 bits used by version 4. The IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the U.S., meaning there are no additional addresses available, Microsoft said in a blog post earlier this week. http://blog.azure.com/2014/06/... This requires the company to use the IPv4 address space available to it globally for new services, it said."
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+ - New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth->

Submitted by techtech
techtech (2016646) writes "Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form—the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth's mantle—the discovery may represent the planet's largest water reservoir. This research was published in Science "
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+ - What do you use to host your images and home movies on your own internet server?

Submitted by Tog Klim
Tog Klim (909717) writes "I have used gallery2 from http://galleryproject.org/ for years to host my images on my own server with internet access. As time goes on, some parts are breaking and it is no longer maintained. It also doesn't have some new features I would like (face tagging, etc). Gallery 3 doesn't have some of the features I use in 2, so it hasn't been an answer for me. I have looked around to find imaging hosting software that is free, runs on a linux server I own with a feature set I like (subjective), but haven't had much luck. What do other users like?"

+ - South African schools to go textbook free->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "South African education authoraties are about to embark on an ambitious plan to take their schools textbook free, using the familiar refrain of one-tablet-per-child to do so. The education minister in Gauteng (the province which covers Johannesburg and Pretoria) has announced a plan to model new schools in the area on Sunward Park, a government school which went all-digital at the start of 2012. Other schools in the state will then follow, along with a plan to extend the project nationally. There's not much in the way of detail yet in terms of costings, but the country recently came last in a WEF survey of school performance (in a particularly poorly researched survey)."
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+ - Kids with operators manual alert bank officials: "We hacked your ATM"

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Two 14-year-olds hacked a Bank of Montreal ATM after finding an operators manual online that showed how to gain administrative control. Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon alerted bank employees after testing the instructions on an ATM at a nearby supermarket. At first the employees thought the boys had the PIN numbers of customers. 'I said: "No, no, no. We hacked your ATM. We got into the operator mode,"' Hewlett was quoted as saying. Then, the bank employees asked for proof. 'So we both went back to the ATM and I got into the operator mode again,' Hewlett said. 'Then I started printing off documentations like how much money is currently in the machine, how many withdrawals have happened that day, how much it's made off surcharges. Then I found a way to change the surcharge amount, so I changed the surcharge amount to one cent.'"

+ - Who Must You Trust?->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "In ACM's Queue, Thomas Wadlow argues that "Whom you trust, what you trust them with, and how much you trust them are at the center of the Internet today."
He gives a checklist of what to look for when evaluating any system for trustworthiness, chock full of fascinating historical examples.
These include NASA opting for a simpler, but more reliable chip; the Terry Childs case; and even an 18th century "semaphore telegraph" that was a very early example of steganographic cryptography.
FTA: "Detecting an anomaly is one thing, but following up on what you've detected is at least as important. In the early days of the Internet, Cliff Stoll, then a graduate student at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in California, noticed a 75-cent accounting error on some computer systems he was managing. Many would have ignored it, but it bothered him enough to track it down. That investigation led, step by step, to the discovery of an attacker named Markus Hess, who was arrested, tried, and convicted of espionage and selling information to the Soviet KGB.""

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+ - Snowden rallies privacy advocates in New York City->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mass global surveillance “isn’t just an American problem, this is a global problem,” Edward Snowden told the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) conference in New York on Thursday. Appearing via video call from Moscow, Snowden spoke with John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in front of a crowd of hundreds gathered in downtown Manhattan. Barlow announced the launch of the Courage Foundation, an organization dedicated to financially supporting Snowden’s considerable legal battles. “I’m afraid we’ve descended to this point,” Barlow said, “But why do animals lick their genitals? Because they can. Why do governments do this? Because they can’t lick their own.” “They’re licking ours,” Snowden quipped, “and taking pictures.”"
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+ - Lavabit Mk2 ships to backers via snail mail, and to the public in 60 days->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "Famously, Lavabit is the mail system Snowden used before the company shut down amidst legal woes after the Guardian and Post stories began running last year. A new version of the code has been funded via Kickstarter. The goal is to white label and release the source code that was used to power Lavabit as a f/oss project with support for dark mail added after. The first part of that initiative has occurred: CDs went into the post yesterday along with T-Shirts. The code will be released to the public in 60 days."
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+ - Meet The Bionic Teenager From Apple's WWDC Video->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Patrick Kane was born in London with all 10 phalanges, but lost all of the fingers from his left hand at just 9 months old after contracting a virulent form of meningitis called meningococcal septicemia, which is an infection in the blood stream that’s often fatal. Kane received passive prostheses over the years, but as he entered his teenage years in 2010, he reached out to Scotland-based Touch Bionics and began the process to be fitted with the company’s robotic prosthetic technology, called “i-limb.” Now, the 17-year-old Londoner is wearing a state-of-the-art prosthesis with a wide range of grips all controlled by a unique iOS app that offers flexibility and customization but also training to optimize the device and troubleshoot it when problems arise."
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