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Submission + - Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter (

Nemesisghost writes: A top German police officer decided to track his daughter's online activity by placing a trojan on her computer. When a friend found it, he decided to take revenge and hack him back. The friend was then able to find work emails, from which he gained access to the German police "Patras" server, which is used to log GPS & cellphone location data of suspects.

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Submission + - Hackers Get Valid Google SSL Cert ( 1

Trailrunner7 writes: A certificate authority in the Netherlands issued a valid SSL wildcard certificate for Google to a third party in July, leading to concerns that attackers may have been using the certificate to route sensitive traffic through their own servers, capturing it and compromising user data in the process. The certificate was revoked by the CA, DigiNotar, after the problem came to light Monday.

The attack appears to have been targeting Gmail users specifically. Some users trying to reach the Gmail servers over HTTPS found that their traffic was being rerouted through servers that shouldn't have been part of the equation. On Monday afternoon, security researcher Moxie Marlinspike checked the signatures on the certificate for the suspicious server, which had been posted to Pastebin and elsewhere on the Web, and found that the certificate was in fact valid. The attack is especially problematic because the certificate is a wildcard cert, meaning it is valid for any of Google's domains that use SSL.


Submission + - Panda Poop Yields Cheaper, Better Biofuels ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A new study unveiled at the American Chemical Society points to panda poop as a source of remarkably efficient enzyme-producing bacteria that are able to break down plant materials for cheaper and more efficient biofuel production. Inspired by the giant panda’s voracious appetite for bamboo, scientists began to study the fecal matter of giant pandas at the Memphis Zoo. A year of samples indicated that the pandas have a unique ability to convert lignocellulose from plant matter into energy. In fact, gut bacteria of a giant panda can convert 95 percent of the plant’s biomass into simple sugars.

Submission + - 45 Years Later, Does Moore's Law Still Hold True? (

Velcroman1 writes: Intel has packed just shy of a billion transistors into the 216 square millimeters of silicon that compose its latest chip, each one far, far thinner than a sliver of human hair. But this mind-blowing feat of engineering doesn't really surprise us, right? After all, that's just Moore's Law in action isn't it? In 1965, an article in "Electronics" magazine by Gordon Moore, the future founder of chip juggernaut Intel, predicted that computer processing power would double roughly every 18 months. Or maybe he said 12 months. Or was it 24 months? Actually, nowhere in the article did Moore actually spell out that famous declaration, nor does the word "law" even appear in the article at all. Yet the idea has proved remarkably resilient over time, entering the public zeitgeist and lodging hold like a stubborn computer virus you just can't eradicate. But does it hold true? Strangely, that seems to depend more than anything on who you ask. "Yes, it still matters, and yes we're still tracking it," said Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow and director of process architecture and integration. "Semiconductor chips haven't actually tracked the progress predicted by Moore's law for many years," said Tom Halfhill, the well respected chip analyst with industry bible the Microprocessor Report.

Submission + - Android now second biggest smartphone platform (

An anonymous reader writes: Google's initial success with its Android mobile operating system will continue — and in a very big way. That's according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which predicts that global shipments of Android-based smart phones will grow a stunning 900 percent this year.
  The second fastest-growing smart phone operating system will be Apple's iPhone, which will have a healthy 79 percent growth rate, the report predicts.

"Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers," said Strategic Analytics senior analyst Tom Kang in a statement. "Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smart phones over the next two to three years," he said.


Submission + - The Reason Why Netflix isn't on Android (

tekgoblin writes: Users have been waiting for Netflix to arrive on Android devices since it has appeared on Apple's iOS devices. Well they may have to wait quite a bit longer for a native app. What has been holding them back is the lack of security on Android devices more importantly DRM.

Submission + - Watchdog refuses to fine Google, not sure it can (

nk497 writes: The UK's data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, has finally taken action against Google after it collected Wi-Fi data with its Street View Cars. The commissioner chose not to fine Google, saying an enforcement notice — requiring Google not do it again — was enough. However, the ICO has been saying for the past ten days that a fine against Google was impossible, claiming the watchdog was only given the ability to issue monetary penalties after the Street View incident occurred. But those powers came into force on April 6, five weeks before Google admitted the Wi-Fi scrape and pulled its cars. While the ICO has since decided not to issue a fine, it's a little alarming it wasn't even sure if it could.
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Submission + - Sun Tzu's 13 lessons to combat hackers (

natecochrane writes: Australian Information Security Association national director Keith Price rewrites the art of (cyber) war. How a 2500-year-old Chinese military treatise has application in the digital world of connected computer systems. Lessons for information security officers and system administrators.

Submission + - PayPal & The 9th Circle of Customer Service He ( 1

djpretzel writes: Awhile ago PayPal classified our site, OverClocked ReMix, as a file-sharing service. I pointed out at the time that 1. all submissions were reviewed by staff and 2. technically, all websites are comprised of files at some level, which are being shared... but the shenanigans have continued. They've requested numerous policy documents — which can only be uploaded in JPG, BMP, or GIF via their website — and just recently requested a "guest account" so they can monitor content on our site. Since providing them with such an account would bypass their own acceptance of & agreement to OUR Terms of Service, I composed the following response. Are we being picked on for some reason, or is this now common? We have some ads but rely increasingly on donations to cover our hosting costs, and I have to think there are other sites out there in the same boat...

Submission + - Intel: We want American engineers ( 1

GovTechGuy writes: Silicon Valley titan Intel thinks the economic downturn and crash in Wall Street's Q rating could equal a bump in recruitment for the old guard of America's tech industry. During a conversation with Hillicon Valley Intel's director for Global Public Policy Peter Cleveland said the U.S. simply doesn't produce enough M.A. and Ph.D. students in engineering, math and the hard sciences to fill the number of jobs that open up in the tech sector every year and noted that half of the graduate degrees in those fields awarded at American universities go to foreign students.

But Cleveland also acknowledged that one of the main reasons American engineering and science graduates don't pursue higher education is the range of lucrative careers available to them outside of working in the technological industry. Wall Street has long prized engineering and math graduates, while highly qualified American computer scientists often choose the entrepreneurial or management route rather than working in a technical capacity for a larger corporation.

The continued recession may be changing that dynamic, according to Cleveland. He said the growing distaste for Wall Street has made the manufacturing and development of hardware a more attractive field for America's best and brightest.

"We produce something real, and we manufacture it in this country. It's an essential part of many products," Cleveland said. "We're not producing a derivative instrument."


Submission + - Intel says farewell to PCI bus (

KingofGnG writes: Soon another technology that in the past years dominated the always-changing universe of computer hardware will bite the dust. That’s the decision by Intel, the merciless executioner of standards which the company itself imposes on the market and that in the upcoming months will rule the end of official support for the PCI bus. Developed by the chipmaker in 1993, the PCI Local Bus standard has been implemented on all the motherboards for x86 and compatible platforms until 2004, the year when it passed on the baton to the younger and faster PCI Express technology.

Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain 431

An anonymous reader writes "In yet another bad ruling concerning copyright, a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling, and said that it's okay for Congress retroactively to remove works from the public domain, even if publishers are already making use of those public-domain works. The lower court had said this was a First Amendment violation, but the appeals court said that if Congress felt taking away from the public domain was in its best interests, then there was no First Amendment violation at all. The ruling effectively says that Congress can violate the First Amendment, so long as it feels it has heard from enough people (in this case, RIAA and MPAA execs) to convince it that it needs to do what it has done." TechDirt notes that the case will almost certainly be appealed.

Submission + - US Suspends Legal Action Against Intel (

geek4 writes: Intel and the Federal Trade Commission have suspended legal proceedings related to the lawsuit filed by the federal regulators against the chip maker while the two sides try to negotiate a settlement.

In a statement released on 21 June, Intel officials said the two sides agreed to file a joint motion to suspend the administrative trial proceedings to give the parties time to negotiate. According to Intel, the motion calls for suspending the proceedings until 22 July.

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