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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown 68

Posted by timothy
from the semi-mulligan dept.
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes It's been a weird couple of weeks for Microsoft. On June 30 the company announced its latest malware takedown operation, which included a civil law suit against Vitalwerks, a small Nevada hosting provider, and the seizure of nearly two dozen domains the company owned. Now, 10 days later, Microsoft has not only returned all of the seized domains but also has reached a settlement with Vitalwerks that resolves the legal action. Some in the security research community criticized Microsoft harshly for what they saw as heavy handed tactics. Within a few days of the initial takedown and domain seizure Microsoft returned all of the domains to Vitalwerks, which does business as No-IP.com. On Wednesday, the software giant and the hosting provider released a joint statement saying that they had reached a settlement on the legal action. "Microsoft has reviewed the evidence provided by Vitalwerks and enters into the settlement confident that Vitalwerks was not knowingly involved with the subdomains used to support malware. Those spreading the malware abused Vitalwerks' services," the companies said in a joint statement. "Microsoft identified malware that had escaped Vitalwerks' detection. Upon notification and review of the evidence, Vitalwerks took immediate corrective action allowing Microsoft to identify victims of this malware. The parties have agreed to permanently disable Vitalwerks subdomains used to control the malware."

Comment: Re:criminal defense attorney and programmer here (Score 1) 559

by LiENUS (#47393075) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Cop executing search warrant: "it's asking for a password"

Wouldn't the cop executing the search warrant have just lost the case at this point? Seems to be dicking around on computers containing evidence outside of a forensics lab would ruin the chain of custody.

Comment: Re:Who owns them? (Score 1) 474

If Comcast was doing the Google Fiber setup, it would be more like 4tb of customer bandwidth sharing 4tb of "node" bandwidth.

Also to clear this up google fiber is more like 256GB of customer bandwidth sharing 40gb of "node" bandwidth. Google fiber is GPON and not actual dedicated ethernet links.

Comment: Re:Who owns them? (Score 1) 474

Looking at comcast's website the highest speed internet they offer is 105Mbps while the slowest docsis 3 modems are capable of 171mbps. Most isps are pushing 8 channel modems now which can pull over 300mbps. Comcast could offer at least 60mbps without affecting your speed in any meaningful way.

Comment: Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (Score 1) 323

by LiENUS (#47203845) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

I imagine that most people don't. What percentage of home APs support 802.1x, especially integrated modem/router/APs provided by local DSL, cable, or fiber ISPs?

I've never had an integrated modem/router/AP and while I suspect those don't support it all of the home routers i've purchased in the past have supported 802.1x even before I started getting mikrotik/unifi gear. It's just called WPA-Enterprise in the settings.

Comment: Re:It worked before (Score 1) 475

by LiENUS (#47012175) Attached to: Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

is $40 a reasonable price? if so www.routerboard.com. Keep in mind that site is a product listing and site and not an actual web store, check out the how to buy link at the top to actually purchase them. Those routers can do everything from round robin connections to actual BGP. Although at the $40 price point you'd have a hard time even maxing out the 100mbit ports it has but step up to the $99 model....

Science

New Shape Born From Rubber Bands 120

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the sproingees dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Physicists playing with rubber bands have discovered a new shape. In an attempt to create a spring that replicates the light-bending properties of cuttlefish ink sacs, a team of researchers suspended two rubber strips of different lengths. Connecting the bottoms of the two strips to a cup of water, the shorter band stretched to the same length as the longer one. After gluing the two stretched strips together, the researchers gradually drained the water from the cup. As the bands retracted and twisted from the reduced strain, the researchers were shocked to see the formation of a hemihelix with multiple rainbow-shaped boundaries called perversions. The team hopes their work inspires nanodevices and molecules that twist and transform from flat strips into predetermined 3D shapes on demand." There are several videos attached to the original paper, and all can be viewed without flash.

Comment: Re:LED (Score 1) 921

by LiENUS (#46438003) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

It's an absolute and indisputable fact that Google Glass does not have a recording light. It's not a matter of opinion.

And yet everyone I've run into with Google Glass I could tell if they were recording or not, bright light or not you can plainly see when they're recording. It's not a matter of opinion it's an absolute nad indisputable fact that you can in fact tell when someone with Google Glass is recording with just a casual glance. A secondary way of telling if someone with Google Glass is constantly recording is they'll never be wearing their glass. The batteries die quick in those things.

Comment: Re:Single network redistribution (Score 1) 43

by LiENUS (#46425591) Attached to: Stanford Team Tries For Better Wi-Fi In Crowded Buildings

not at all. you would plug your router that is compatible with this system into your cable modem and into a seperate port for the building network or whatever and the software defined network would route all of your vlan traffic back to your own router for it to travel out your cable modem, any traffic going to your router but for a different vlan would hit the building network and go to whoevers home router it was for.

Comment: Re:What if? (Score 2) 631

by LiENUS (#46354279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

I think you've got your analogy backwards and upside-down. The correct question would be, "Would you still trust the casino chips?"

I dont think you understand this analogy. In this analogy the dollars represent bitcoins and the chips represent mt gox's internal units. They represent bitcoins much like the casino chips represent dollars, but as we learned were not backed with actual bitcoins.

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