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+ - Hacking Group Linked to Chinese Army Caught Attacking Dummy Water Plant-> 4

Submitted by holy_calamity
holy_calamity (872269) writes "MIT Technology Review reports that APT1, the China-based hacking group said to steal data from U.S. companies, has been caught taking over a decoy water plant control system. The honeypot mimicked the remote access control panels and physical control system of a U.S. municipal water plant. The decoy was one of 12 set up in 8 countries around the world, which together attracted more than 70 attacks, 10 of which completely compromised the control system. China and Russia were the leading sources of the attacks. The researcher behind the study says his results provide the first clear evidence that people actively seek to exploit the many security problems of industrial systems."
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+ - A Shot of Coffee That Gets You Drunk->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage. They heated the remnants in water at 163C for 45 minutes, separated out the liquid, and added sugar. Next, the team mixed in yeast cells, let the concoction ferment, and concentrated the sample to get a higher alcohol content. And voilà! Used coffee grounds produced a new alcoholic beverage with 40% ethanol, comparable to other hard liquor such as vodka and tequila. Taste testers described the drink as smelling like coffee and tasting bitter and pungent. Researchers noted that the taste could be improved with age and concluded that the quality was good enough for consumption. Don’t count on the caffeine to keep you awake, however; most of it disappears in the brewing process."
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+ - Android Tablets Outsell iPad For First Time->

Submitted by coolnumbr12
coolnumbr12 (2889243) writes "In the second quarter, more Android tablets shipped worldwide than Apple iPads for the first time. While Apple still sold the most tablets, its domination of the tablet market slipped from 71.2 percent a year ago to 42.7 percent. Apple sold a total of 14.6 million iPad units in Q2 2013. Coming in second was Samsung with 7.3 million tablets, and increase of 294.8 percent from the year-ago quarter. The rest — Amazon, Lenovo and Acer — also each saw drastic increases in sales."
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Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

"SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home to a two-mile linear accelerator—the longest in the world. Originally a particle physics research center, SLAC is now a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research. Six scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for work carried out at SLAC and the future of the laboratory promises to be just as extraordinary."

http://www6.slac.stanford.edu/maps_directions.aspx
Science

+ - Open Access Advocate's Arrest Inspires Release Of ->

Submitted by Stirfry192
Stirfry192 (589301) writes "Saying that he was inspired by recent news of the arrest of an activist for downloading almost five million journal articles online, a man by the name of Greg Maxwell on Thursday uploaded thousands of scientific journal articles that he says should be available to the public for free."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - The Fed Audit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."
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Canada

+ - Peter Adekeye Freed, Judge Outraged at Cisco's->

Submitted by puppetman
puppetman (131489) writes "Ars Technica has an article relating the recent release of Peter Adekeye, a former Cisco employee who was arrested in Canada on trumped-up charges that appear to have been fabricated by Cisco. Slashdot covered the story back in April, 2011, during which time Mr Adekeye was still being detained.
In the ruling, the judge squashed the US extradition request, rebuked both the Canadian and American authorities for "an appalling abuse of process", and goes as far as to say that the criminal proceeding was launched on behalf of Cisco, to mirror the civil proceedings that Mr Adekeye had launched against the powerful Cisco. The full judgement, which is quite readable and damning, can be found here."

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Displays

+ - Smart Sunglasses Block Glare Using LCD Tech-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The sunglasses of the future are right around the corner — Physicist Chris Mullin has developed a new LCD technology that could lead to “smart” eyewear that detects bright spots of light and darkens them accordingly. Working with electrical engineer Albert Titus, Mullin has created a working “Dynamic Eyes” prototype that shield sensitive eyes and makes it easier for drivers to monitor oncoming traffic. The lenses are actually LCD screens, with pixels that can be turned on and off to black out certain areas. (A light-detecting sensor at the nose bridge works with a microprocessor to “tell” certain pixels where the glare is.) So far the project has attracted the interest of the U.S. Air Force, along with the automotive, recreational, and healthcare industries."
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+ - 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Results Hacked?->

Submitted by darien.train
darien.train (1752510) writes "A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush."
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Government

+ - Anonymous & Lulz Security Write Letter to FBI -> 1

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "After announcing it had stolen 1GB of Data after hacking NATO systems today, Anonymous continued with some additional actions.

In response to an article published by NPR surrounding the recent arrest of alleged members of the Anonymous hacking group, Anonymous & Lulz Security, in a joint statement, responded with an open letter to FBI and “international law authorities,” and specifically responding to statements from FBI director Steve Chabinsky.

In the letter, the groups respond to comments by the FBI calling their actions of breaking in to websites and commiting unlawful acts unacceptable, by explaining what they find is unacceptable, and thus the reasons for their continued efforts to hack an expose governments and corporations that are “lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.”"

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Moon

+ - Mysterious Moon 'Swirls': Nature's Graffiti?->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "Etched across the surface of the moon are vast and often complex swirls in the lunar regolith. The Apollo astronauts saw them and our current orbiting lunar satellites are seeing them. But how did they get there? Is the solar wind to blame? Or is it the internal magnetic structure of the moon itself? Or is it perhaps something a little more extraordinary? Scientists, for now, don't have a clue."
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+ - NH Man Arrested for Videotaping Police.. Again-> 1

Submitted by OhPlz
OhPlz (168413) writes "Back in 2006, a resident of New Hampshire's second largest city was arrested while at the police station attempting to file a complaint against officers. His crime? He had video tape evidence of the officers' wrongdoings. According to the police, that's wiretapping.

After world wide attention, the police dropped the charges. His complaint was found to be valid, but the evidence never saw the light of day.

Well, guess what? Round two. There are differing reports, but again the police arrested Mr. Gannon and again, they seized his video camera. This time it's "falsifying evidence" because he tried to hand off the camera, most likely to protect its contents.

Once again, if the police are free to videotape us, why aren't we free to videotape them? If there's the potential of police wrongdoing, how is it that the law permits the police to seize the evidence?"

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Security

+ - Security consultants warn about PROTECT-IP Act->

Submitted by epee1221
epee1221 (873140) writes "Several security professionals released a paper (PDF) raising objections to the DNS filtering mandated by the proposed PROTECT-IP Act. The measure allows courts to require Internet service providers to redirect or block queries for a domain deemed to be infringing on IP laws. ISPs will not be able to improve DNS security using DNSSEC, a system for cryptographically signing DNS records to ensure their authenticity, as the sort of manipulation mandated by PROTECT-IP is the type of interference DNSSEC is meant to prevent. The paper notes that a DNS server which has been compromised by a cracker would be indistinguishable from one operating under a court order to alter its DNS responses. The measure also points to a possible fragmenting of the DNS system, effectively making domain names non-universal, and the DNS manipulation may lead to collateral damage (i.e. filtering an infringing domain may block access to non-infringing content). It is also pointed out that DNS filtering does not actually keep determined users from accessing content, as they can still access non-filtered DNS servers or directly enter the blocked site's IP address if it is known.

A statement by the MPAA disputes these claims, arguing that typical users lack the expertise to select a different DNS server and that the Internet must not be allowed to "decay into a lawless Wild West."

Paul Vixie, a coauthor of the paper, elaborates in his blog."

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Cellphones

+ - Verizon Tells Customer To Get A Lawyer & A Sub-> 1

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Verizon Tells Customer To Get A Lawyer & A Subpoena To Get An Itemized Bill:

A woman, who called Verizon to try to find out about the $4.19 she was being charged for six local calls, was told by Verizon reps that the only way it would provide her an itemized bill was to get a lawyer and have the lawyer get a subpoena to force Verizon to disclose the information.

Instead, the woman went to court (by herself) and a judge told Verizon to hand over the itemized bill info.

        It is a basic matter of fair business practice that a consumer should be able to contact a utility about a charge on a bill and learn what the charge is for and learn that the charge was correctly applied. The only verification that Verizon's witness could offer that a charge like [the customer's] $4.19 measured use charge was accurate and billed correctly was her faith in the accuracy of Verizon's computer system. The only way that Verizon would offer any information about a past charge in response to a consumer inquiry was to require that customer to hire a lawyer and subpoena their own usage information. By no reasonable standard could this be considered reasonable customer service.

The judge has also suggested Verizon should be fined $1,000 for its failure here, and that suggestion will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Techdirt: http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20110715/02212815101/verizon-tells-customer-to-get-lawyer-subpoena-to-get-itemized-bill.shtml"

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