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

Submitted by FudRucker
FudRucker (866063) 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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+ - Wind-up mobile phone created by UK firm->

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FudRucker (866063) 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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Hardware Hacking

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

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FudRucker
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

+ - Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme->

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FudRucker
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

+ - were going to visit the sun. ->

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FudRucker
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

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

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FudRucker
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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