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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 11 declined, 2 accepted (13 total, 15.38% accepted)

Submission + - Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry->

FudRucker writes: Mozilla has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company that sells spyware allegedly disguised as the Firefox browser to governments. The action follows a report by Citizen Lab, which identifies 36 countries (including the US) hosting command and control servers for FinFisher, a type of surveillance software. Also known as FinSpy, the software is sold by UK-based Gamma International to governments, which use it in criminal investigations and allegedly for spying on dissidents.
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Submission + - Wind-up mobile phone created by UK firm->

FudRucker writes: Tony Davies, the director of TCL, the company behind the phone, says that India and Africa in particular would be good markets, as they have very good mobile coverage but very poor power infrastructure. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/6261344/Wind-up-mobile-phone-created-by-UK-firm.html
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Software

Submission + - lazy webmasters->

FudRucker writes: "i noticed in the last few months slashdot has been adding features, like the + & — thing to vote on submissions as good or bad ( a bit diggish to me) http://imagebin.org/34369 now also i been seeing this where fonts are overlaping and it looks like cattle dung to me, what do you think slashdot readers?"
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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life->

FudRucker writes: "Watch a working model of the ancient clockwork device that some call the world's first computer.
A mysterious clockwork object made up of numerous meshed cogs that was discovered more than a century ago among the cargo of a Greek shipwreck. Brought back to life with a flash video demonstation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2008/dec/11/antikythera-first-computer"

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Operating Systems

Submission + - Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme->

FudRucker writes: "A criminal gang is using software tools normally reserved for computer network administrators to infect thousands of PCs in corporate and government networks with programs that steal passwords and other information, a security researcher has found.

The new form of attack indicates that little progress has been made in defusing the threat of botnets, networks of infected computers that criminals use to send spam, steal passwords and do other forms of damage, according to computer security investigators.

In these examples as well as a range of others, the gang infected a machine belonging to an administrator and then used Microsoft administrative tools to infect all the computers for which that person had responsibility, Mr. Stewart said."

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Space

Submission + - were going to visit the sun. ->

FudRucker writes: "June 10, 2008: For more than 400 years, astronomers have studied the sun from afar. Now NASA has decided to go there.

"We are going to visit a living, breathing star for the first time," says program scientist Lika Guhathakurta of NASA Headquarters. "This is an unexplored region of the solar system and the possibilities for discovery are off the charts.""

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Security

Submission + - FBI: China may use counterfeit Cisco routers->

FudRucker writes: "An FBI presentation states that China has counterfeited Cisco Systems network routers and may be using the equipment to penetrate U.S. government and private sector computer networks. Federal authorities in February seized some 400 counterfeit Cisco Systems knockoffs worth $76 million. The equipment included routers, switches, gigabit interface converters and WAN interface cards."
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Space

Submission + - Nasa plans landing on 40m-wide asteroid->

FudRucker writes: "It was once considered the most dangerous object in the universe, heading for Earth with the explosive power of 84 Hiroshimas. Now an asteroid called 2000SG344, a lump of rock barely the size of a large yacht, is in the spotlight again, this time as a contender for the next giant leap for mankind."
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