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+ - Security, GPL and Corporates

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently I received an ADSL modem from my landline provider, I have plugged it in and began exploring what it was capable of doing.
I have found out that under it's default configuration it has more security holes than a Swiss cheese, wireless is active, receives configuration updates from a TR-069 server, UPNP is active, it also has some preconfigured bridges to some unknown preconfigured VPI,VCI and an open TCP port (besides the one that is used from UPNP) that peeked my interest.
Some of the holes that were discovered were plugged but I didn't find a way to close the open port.
I also heard some stories that the landline provider has remotely connected to some users and has fixed their modem issues although it is a great thing I prefer to do it myself and consider it a security risk.
Digging around I found out that it contains Linux kernel and what appears to be a crippled BusyBox, so I contacted my landline provider and have asked him to provide the source code for the GPLed software so I could find out the process that keeps the port open and kill it, they refused.
I am a fan of Linux and personally use it, I have notified the author of the busybox of the apparent violation but my main concern is the possible security holes in the device.
Any idea on what can be done in order to secure it?"
Idle

+ - SPAM: Research on Mind driven bit changes?

Submitted by Ep0xi
Ep0xi (1093943) writes "I've been for years capable of crashing computers with my thoughts and even
restarting them, or just making applications to crash while concentrated
and given certain situations.
Another common example is problems solved inside computers without my intervention
with my sole presence, without rebooting. allmost IT magics, so those are my earnings sometimes.
There are another serious issues of crash are based on atomic alterations to lasers inside DVDs and CDs
i think it is not magnetic based crashes but just some kind of fourth dimensional
interference which blocks the light source.
Do you have any sources about research on this areas? can you give me your
PhD theories? i'll love your comments. thanks!"
Idle

+ - SPAM: Mind driven computer crashes?

Submitted by Ep0xi
Ep0xi (1093943) writes "I've been for years capable of crashing computers with my thoughts and even
restarting them, or just making applications to crash while concentrated
and given certain situations.
Another common example is problems solved inside computers without my intervention
only with my presence, without rebooting. allmost IT magics, so those are my earnings sometimes.
There are another serious issues of crash are based on atomic alterations to lasers inside DVDs and CDs
i think it is not magnetic based crashes but just some kind of fourth dimensional
interference which blocks the light source.
Do you have any sources about research on this areas? can you give me your
PhD theories? i'll love your comments. thanks!"
The Internet

+ - Swarm: A true distributed programming language->

Submitted by
Sanity
Sanity writes "Ian Clarke, creator of Freenet, has proposed a new programming language called Swarm, the purpose of which is to be truly and transparently distributed. The idea is that you write your code as normal, but when it runs it can jump between multiple computers in a cluster — effectively distributing both the data and computation in a scalable manner. The same code can run on a single computer, or run in a distributed way across hundreds of computers in a cluster. The Swarm prototype is open source, and implemented in Scala."
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Censorship

+ - Data Retention Activists Harassed by Authorities

Submitted by AllYourDataAreBelongToUs
AllYourDataAreBelongToUs (666) writes "Activists who took part in a protest against EU data retention laws on October 11th were harassed by the Dutch authorities, allegedly due to ties with a pro-pedophile political party known as PNVD. According to the article, "the four members of the PNVD agreed to leave without causing a disturbance, however the police followed them to the station until the activists stepped onto the train". Is this the thin end of a wedge to silence concerns over data retention policies in the European Union?"
Privacy

+ - Are you a victim of knowledge rape?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last night I received a call from a company posing as a job recruiter and asked about my background that they found online. They proceeded to ask me a series of specific questions in a "How does one do this?" format that related to my years of experience in the area. Thinking that this might be a potential job opportunity, I felt obligated to answer all their questions, but realized after a while that they were not really looking for a candidate but instead were unscrupulously scouring for information in gathering estimates and software resources for a project. I was a victim of knowledge rape. Unpaid for my services, I felt that I should contact an agent or a lawyer, instead I chose slashdot.

Fellow geeks, how can we protect ourselves from this kind of abuse?"
Republicans

+ - US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls->

Submitted by asylumx
asylumx (881307) writes "Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk.""
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Security

+ - SPAM: Southamerica under packet surveillance for years.

Submitted by Ep0xi
Ep0xi (1093943) writes "It's known for all that southamerica has been under different military arms since the 60's
but lately things gotten quite worst.

Blogs, MSN chats, IRC and many other tcp services are being tracked since the beggining of year 2001

That leads to people to escape, run, run quite fast from any technology that could be surveilled remotely
and with unknown purposes in short and long time, obviously by unknown means.

Packet inspecting isn't bad for purposes of saving lives.

The surveillance is probably more complex than that because it occurs in particular blogs and msn chats
where there were no transmission of data at all to the receiver. aka, zero messages readen, zero blog visits,
or even cases where the messenger is forced to crash, and messages sent after that still are captured,
obvious sign of packet surveillance.

This is done specially for maintaining the Unitary economic model where all the cities work and send money
to the federal state and then that returns to cities. All the data is collected in a central institution
related to ultra-right newspapers (mostly orthodox jewish related) and the rest used for economic purposes
solely on the basis of making fun publicity advertisements targeted to those cities surveilled, but
ignoring all of those cities living styles.

Then all of those bad interpreted messages who do not reach the partner are distorted by local
radio transmitters and tv channels of each city, making a massive mess of a media controlled society.

The agravant is that the destination of those jokes are the christian community of americans
who buy american products.

This surveillance is fulfilled with data from drugstores, cabs and street officers to complete
the panorama of how are the lives of those surveilled human beings.

Many of those commited suicide after being recreated their private in television, mostly
because of the bad acting and misunderstood stories.

Media controlled society was a fact way before, but including "packet surveillance" in the
list of "divine interventions" makes an absolute mess of something that most of
civil rights advocates have been fighting for more than three decades.

Many concerns are related to posts in forums of people who still support
military goverments, surveillance of unarmed civil workers, gremialists
and even disabled people, blind, deaf.

Many sources say that they have been punished in many ways including
complete hardware destruction (motherboard, cpu) because
they posted against surveillance, or they tried to conform
civil groups to fight goverment and military surveillance.

The forms of punishment include from making public private data
about private talks of sexual content, to other more tough forms
of blame like directly blocking chats and emails of urgency.

Many people went into justice for this cases and got blamed for
further things of many of common civil disobediences that anyone
does in any society, like having a protest into a drugstore
because they earn 50 percent of prices.

It's surveillance taken to the sell point, and pushed to the extreme,
that's why i try to publish the way we are living in here.

Most of the surveillance is racially based, and so is the punishment,
equally inversally proportional to the need for free speech.

Some of us would like to hear from all of you.

Here are some links of surveillers:
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User Journal

Journal: IT Non-profit as a post-retirement career? 2

Journal by paganizer

I'm bored.
I retired on disability back in 2002, spending the previous 20+ years as a WAN admin, Network Engineer, Security consultant, Unix SysAdmin, Computer retail store owner, Navy Electronics Tech, etc, etc.
While sitting around playing computer games and working on open source projects is fun, it is starting to get a little old.
I've been thinking fairly seriously about starting a not-for-profit business; recycling old computers for use by cash-strapped schools, libraries and l

There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.

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