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Submission + - Android Master Key Vulnerability Checker now Live (

darthcamaro writes: Last week, Rain Forrest Puppy (aka Jeff Forristal) first disclosed the initial public report about an Android Master Key flaw. Code was released earlier this week for attackers to exploit the flaw — but what about users? Google has claimed that it has patched the issue but how do you know if your phone/carrier is safe? Forristal's company now has an app for that. But even if your phone is not patched, don't be too worried that risks are limited if you still to a 'safe' app store like Google Play.

The only way an Android user can be attacked via this master key flaw is if they download a vulnerable application. "It all comes down to where you get your applications from," Forristal said.

Submission + - The American Public: Edward Snowden is not a traitor (

Charliemopps writes: A new poll released Wednesday by Qunnipiac University finds that the vast majority of Americans thing that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. A mere 34% think he is a traitor 45% percent think the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey.

"The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment." — Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Submission + - DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware (

bobbied writes: Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

Submission + - Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

curtwoodward writes: Sure, developers might pull their hair out trying to keep track of all the versions of the Android operating system scattered across hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide. But a co-founder of Android says the OS's fragmentation problem is being blown out of proportion. At an event this week in Boston, Rich Miner — now a partner at Google Ventures — said some level of fragmentation is inevitable with Android's reach and the number of partners in the ecosystem. But things are getting better, he said, and in any case most consumers don't notice the difference: `This is a bit of an overblown issue, frankly.'

Submission + - Judge Rules Against Apple in E-Books Pricing Case (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Apple conspired with major publishers to fix the price of e-books, a federal judge has ruled. “The Plaintiffs have shown that Apple conspired to raise the retail price of e-books and that they are entitled to injunctive relief,” U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote wrote in a lengthy decision (PDF). “A trial on damages will soon follow.” Apple, she concluded, “is liable here for facilitating and encouraging the Publisher Defendants’ collective, illegal restraint of trade.” That conspiracy “forced Amazon (and other resellers) to relinquish retail pricing authority and then they raised retail e-book prices.” Those higher prices weren’t the result of regular market forces “but of a scheme in which Apple was a full participant.” The U.S. Justice Department had previously settled with five publishers (HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, and Macmillan) over the alleged price-fixing. Earlier this year, Macmillan CEO John Sargent claimed in a letter to authors and agents (PDF) that his company settled with the agency “because the potential penalties became too high to risk even the possibility of an unfavorable outcome.” Apple is locked in fierce battle with Amazon, which markets a highly successful portfolio of Kindle e-readers and tablets. Although Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once insisted in emails to News Corp executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert Murdoch), that Amazon’s pricing model is ultimately unsustainable, the online retailer shows no signs of flagging in its publishing-industry clout. Meanwhile the Kindle’s other major e-reader rival, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, faces low market-share and rising financial losses, and its days could be numbered. If Apple chooses to appeal the decision, it may argue that judge Cote was biased against the company from the very beginning. During a May pretrial hearing, Cote reportedly told the courtroom: “I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books.” The circumstantial evidence presented by the government, she added at the time, “will confirm that.”

Comment Re:Going nowhere (Score 2) 137

I don't object to survellance by GCHQ, I'd just like it to be targeted rather than blanket ... and carried out _within_ the framework that parliament agreed rather than finding loopholes that allow it to work _outside_ that framework.

Call me old-fasinoned, but I still believe the only way to ensure that the terrorists don't win is for the country to take it on the chin when terrorists strike and then carry on as normal. Anything else, any knee-jerk reaction, any retalliation, any security or survelliance clamp-down that dissrupts peoples day-to-day lives and the terrorists have already won, they got what they wanted. The trouble is the terrorists aren't the only ones with a vested interest in that outcome.

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters