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Censorship

+ - Megaupload busted!->

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GPLHost-Thomas
GPLHost-Thomas writes "Kartoo and Seek.fr (French, linking also to an anti-SOPA youtube video from the Anonymous group) are reporting that the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has conducted a major (world wide) action to shut down MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing site widely used for free downloads of movies and television shows.
Justice Department indictment of MegaUpload After receiving indictments from a grand jury in Virginia for racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and other charges on Jan. 5, federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets, including servers run in Virginia and Washington, D.C."

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Virtualization

+ - Full Xen support will be in Linux 3.0-> 1

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GPLHost-Thomas writes "The very last components that were needed to run Xen as a dom0 have finally reached kernel.org. The Xen block backend was one major feature missing from 2.6.39 dom0 support, and it's not included. Posts on the Xen blog at Oracle and at Citrix celebrates this achievement milestone."
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Oracle

+ - Oracle not moving from Xen to KVM->

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GPLHost-Thomas
GPLHost-Thomas writes "In 2008, Red Hat announced that they would drop support for the Xen hypervisor with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and Fedora 12 in favor of Kernel Based Virtual Machine (KVM). [3 years later] Wim Coekaerts blog, replying to comments made on the 2.12 announcement, provides the following incite to the answer “kvm is unrelated to oraclevm. we ship xen as part of oracle vm and that's that. even if we upgrade to newer kernels for the management domain that's unrelated to kvm. we continue to improve Oracle VM, add features, make it easier and we make sure that what's under the covers is enterprise quality, stable and production capable.” There is no compelling event for Oracle to move from Xen!"
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+ - Bad password: WordPress hacked, source code stolen->

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GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "Matt Mullenweg, Automattic co-founder, in a post in his blog, wrote:

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.

And threatpost.com has comments about it:

This isn't the first time Automattic has found itself in the crosshairs. In March, the company was the target of a large denial of service attack. Wordpress installations hosted on infrastructure managed by Network Solutions were also the target of attacks in April, 2010 that redirected thousands of Wordpress blogs to malware-laden drive by download Web sites.

It is important, in the above article, to notice that it's not the open source part of wordpress that has been stolen, but some not-to-be-disclosed code. And it seems that it is the case only because of the use of weak passwords."
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+ - Skype network down for long hours today: users can->

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GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "The Skype network has been down for many users, as reported by Skype itself.


Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn't typical or expected, so we began to investigate.
Skype isn't a network like a conventional phone or IM network — instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call "supernodes" — they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can't find them immediately (for example, because they're connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

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Censorship

+ - The French 3 trikes law now effective->

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GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "The "Haute autorite pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet" (high authority for distribution of work, and protection of rights on the internet), better known as Hadopi, started last week to send request letters to main French ISPs (article in French) in order to identify subscribers. This is the first step of the "3 strikes riposte" (in French, "riposte graduee"), which will lead in the next following days to sending warning emails. Few ISP (Bouygues, Free, Orange, Numéricable) complained to the "Culture" minister about the fact they wanted to be defrayed, as the "Conseil constitutionnel" advised, and the Iliad group (the one holding Free, the 2nd largest in France after Orange) even said they wouldn't comply if they didn't get an answer to this important question. The high authority said that the 11 million euros they received this year wouldn't be enough to indemnify the ISPs, and even less for the 8.50 Euros per request the telecoms federation is claiming."
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Software

+ - Previous owner of HyperVM kills himself->

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GPLHost (Thomas)
GPLHost (Thomas) writes "The times of India reports that K T Ligesh, 32, previous owner of Lx Labs, hanged himself. What the journalist fails to notice, is that it is most probable that this is a consequence of multiple vulnerabilities that have been published about one of the key software of Lx Labs, called HyperVM, that was used as a web hosting control panel by many VPS providers. This leaves these many VPS providers in the dark, with their servers hacked (seems to me that hundreds of VPS servers have been hacked since), with most probably no hope of having the control panel fixed. Some VPS providers have even loss totally their customer's data (and might not recover from it)."
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