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New Standard For EU-Compliant Electronic Signatures 42

Posted by timothy
from the ja-das-war-ich dept.
An anonymous reader writes "ETSI has published a multi-part standard that will facilitate secure paperless business transactions throughout Europe, in conformance with European legislation. The standard defines a series of profiles for PAdES — Advanced Electronic Signatures for PDF documents — that meet the requirements of the European Directive on a Community framework for electronic signatures (Directive 1999/93/EC)."
The Internet

How Piracy Affected the Launch of Demigod 613

Posted by Soulskill
from the might-need-more-than-three-bullets-this-time dept.
Demigod is an RTS/RPG hybrid developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Stardock, a company notable for their progressive and lenient stance on DRM. The game was set to be released on April 14th, and shipped without any form of copy protection. Unfortunately, retailer Gamestop broke the street date and released it earlier in the week. A day after pointing this out, Gas Powered Games posted some numbers about the players hitting their servers. Roughly 18,000 connections were made from legitimately purchased copies; over 100,000 were made from pirated copies. Meanwhile, the servers, which were not yet ready for that level of traffic, buckled under the strain, resulting in poor experiences for people trying to participate in multiplayer. While some reviews were positive, others criticized the game for the connectivity issues. After another day, they were able to stabilize the servers to the point they'd planned on for the original launch.
Space

Space Sails Could Bring Used Rockets Back To Earth 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-about-a-space-hoover dept.
GordonCopestake writes "An article from New Scientist proposes that all new spacecraft have sails attached to bring them back to earth — a measure that would reduce the amount of garbage in space. From the article: 'The risk to spacecraft from a collision with space debris could be reduced by equipping launchers with a gossamer-thin "sail." The idea is to deploy the sail after the rocket has released its payload to amplify the drag of the last vestiges of the atmosphere, and so force the rocket out of orbit.'" Wired has a related story about the risks faced by the space shuttles as they share orbits with tons of drifting space debris. "... in the 54 missions from STS-50 through STS-114, space junk and meteoroids hit shuttle windows 1,634 times necessitating 92 window replacements. In addition, the shuttle's radiator was hit 317 times, actually causing holes in the radiator's facesheet 53 times."
Security

+ - Bank Card Company violates their own rules

Submitted by
FnH
FnH writes "Bank Card Company, the Belgian branch of Atos Worldline, the European leader in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions violates basic security guidelines.
They are advertising for a contest where, in order to sign up, you have to input your personal information and credit card number into a flash application on an unsecured web page. This might be excused if the flash application sent the data back over a secure channel, but this isn't the case. A quick capture using wireshark reveals that the data is sent back using a soap call over an unsecured http connection.
One would hope that the flashy registration wizard ends with a load wav berating the user for inputting such confidential data into a website without checking for the padlock or colored address bar, but alas.
How do they expect mom and dad to learn to shop safely on the internet when they are setting such a bad example themselves?"

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