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+ - Half of TOR Sites Compromised, Including TORMail.->

Submitted by elysiuan
elysiuan (762931) writes ""The founder of Freedom Hosting has been arrested in Ireland and is awaiting extradition to USA.

In a crackdown that FBI claims to be about hunting down pedophiles, half of the onion sites in the TOR network has been compromised, including the e-mail counterpart of TOR deep web, TORmail"

The FBI has also embedded a 0-day Javascript attack against Firefox 17 on Freedom Hosting's server. It appears to install a tracking cookie and a payload that phones home to the FBI when the victim resumes non-TOR browsing. Interesting implications for The Silk Road and the value of Bitcoin stemming from this. The attack relies on two extremely unsafe practices when using TOR: Enabled Javascript, and using the same browser for TOR and non-TOR browsing. Any users accessing a Freedom Hosting hosted site since 8/2 with javascript enabled are potentially compromised."

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+ - Tor Network Compromised By Javascript Exploit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Half of the websites on the Tor network were compromised this weekend by a Javascript explot that left tracking cookies on users pcs, if they were running Firefox 17 with javascript enabled. The sites that were used to deliver this exploit were all hosted by Freedomhost, and the owner of the host was arrested this past week. The exploit is believed to have been posted by the FBI at this time."
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+ - Twitter, American Express Letting People Purchase Goods via Hashtag->

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Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes "What could possibly go wrong with this? American Express has announced a partnership with Twitter, giving customers the ability to sync “eligible cards” with the social network. Tweeting special product hashtags (i.e., #uselessjunk) will purchase a product via that synced card. American Express will then send a purchase-confirmation Tweet, and the usual shipping-and-handling of the product will commence. For Twitter, the partnership also holds significant advantages. If this initial foray succeeds, it could potentially evolve into a workable e-commerce model, and thus a separate stream of revenue for the social network aside from advertising. Also, research has shown that people tend to spend more money when using credit cards as opposed to cash. It’s also quite possible that a streamlined online purchase mechanism—think any number of e-commerce Websites’ “Buy Now” buttons—could compel potential customers to buy more often and in larger amounts."
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+ - North Dakota Proposes Ban on Natural Gas Flaring after One Year->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "A North Dakota lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban flaring at oil and natural gas sites after one year of that site's operation. ISS footage has revealed that now large swaths of North Dakota are illuminated at night due simply to flaring from Bakken oil and natural gas drilling. Democratic Sen. Tim Mathern, proposer of the bill, said "It’s bringing a higher quality of life to western North Dakota, it’s putting an end to waste (and) it’s addressing the issue of climate change" and "This is taking a, what I’d call, a step-wise approach in addressing health and waste." In 2011, waste from global flaring equivocated to a fourth of the United State's natural gas consumption. The major difference between this bill and current law is that no exemptions whatsoever will be made. Mathern claimed that 30 percent of natural gas is flared in western North Dakota compared to the national average which is in single digits."
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+ - Learn COBOL, Because It Will Outlive Us All-> 1

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jfruh writes "Here's an old computer science joke: What's the difference between hardware and software? If you use hardware long enough, it breaks. If you use software long enough, it works. The truth behind that is the reason that so much decades-old COBOL code is out there still driving crucial applications and banks and other huge companies. Many attempts to replace COBOL applications flopped in the 1980s and '90s, and we're stuck with them for the foreseeable future — but the Baby Boomers who wrote all that code are now retiring en masse. So if you want a successful IT career, you should probably learn COBOL."
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+ - Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Cure Dogs of Type 1 Diabetes->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have claimed a first by successfully using a single session of gene therapy to cure dogs of type 1 diabetes. The work has shown that it is possible to cure the disease in large animals with a minimally-invasive procedure – potentially leading the way to further developments in studies for human treatment of the disease."
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+ - Carpal Tunnel problem caused by left mouse button 3

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lsatenstein writes "I am a heavy user of the net, particularly slashdot and a few other blogging sites. Lately, with heavy mouse use, both with the laptop pad, and a physical mouse, I have severe carpal pains in my arm between the wrist and the elbow. It was so bad that I could not work for 3 days. I have tried everything from readjusting keyboard/mouse height to taking five minute breaks every half hour.

Is there a better mouse alternative that could relieve the forefinger from that overuse of the left mouse button? Could there be a floor button? or some other technique to stop repetitive action problems? Pain cam be compared to the most severe toothache."

+ - Tech Company to Build a Ghost Town->

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Lullabye_Muse writes "Pegasus Global Holdings is planning on creating a modern suburban town, in New Mexico with no residents. All the buildings and infrastructure will be in place, but the town will be used as a constant experiment. Initially they're going to use it mainly to test new types of green energy tech to see how it effects and mixes with older technologies in a controlled enviroment. They also plan to sell any excess energy created to surrounding communities."
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Man Accuses Cat of Downloading Child Porn 174

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-pets-go-bad dept.
bruce_the_loon writes "They have blamed viruses. They have blamed neighbors. They have accused police of planting it. In rare cases, they have admitted downloading it. This is the first time someone has accused a cat of downloading child porn onto their computer. This seems like a defense almost too stupid to be made up."

+ - Documenting a network

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Philip writes "I was appointed as a network manager to a barely functioning MS-based network three years ago. Since then, I've managed to get it up and running — even thriving — but have been guilty of being too busy with the "getting things done" side of networking to document the changes and systems that are put in place. Now I look back, I realise that there is a lot of stuff that I've done and if I get hit by a bus or throw in the towel for any reason I'm leaving behind a network that requires some significant expertise to run and I am worried that I'm the only one that will ever know how it works. Ultimately, this won't be a good reference for me if they are forever trying to work out technical details for years to come. It's likely that I would be replaced with someone with less technical expertise (read "cheaper") and so the document needs to have all sorts of details that outside consultants could understand too (no, I don't want to be the outside consultant either...).

Are there any good templates out there for documenting networks? Has anyone done it before and have some experiences to share? What did you wish your predecessor had written down about a network that you inherited?

Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - Acclaim to give away a Directorship on new game.

Submitted by
Wayne Nelson
Wayne Nelson writes "Acclaim game studios has sent out an email stating that they will let gamers help them with their new game. User input is nothing new so this time they are going to give away the position of 'A Video Game Industry Directorship' on a brand new game to the person that contributes the most. The website for this new project is

What do you think, just another ridiculous marketing scheme or is it the break that some of us have been waiting for?"


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jasonisgodzilla writes "This is more of a general question for the tech masses here at slashdot. I setup a video surveillance system at my house, due to repeated thefts. I had a break in three days afterwards, and the system recorded it as an avi file. The problem is, I try to play it back and it wont play. I've tried every common recovery app out there, and my question at this point is: "Do services or products exist that allow extraction of raw frames from hex data, derived from an avi file?" The answer to this question could go a long way in removing a thief who has been terrorizing our neighborhood for quit some time."
Intel Embedded

Journal: MvixUSA, Unicorn Bends to Pressure, Releases GPL Source Code

Journal by kjh1

After being pressured by their user base, MvixUSA, the distributor of the Mvix MX-760HD Wireless Media Center, has obtained the source code to the firmware from the Korean manufacturer, Unicorn Network Total Solution, and made it available for download on their website. The firmware is based on the uClinux kernel. This is reminiscent of the fight that the community had to go through with GamePark Holdings, Inc. to have them

Comment: Im Interested (Score 1) 18

by Lullabye_Muse (#17845478) Attached to: DIRECTV® Finds Verve in INTEL® Viiv
One I really don't mind this as its a seperate section you have to click to, and slashdot is a for profit organization. But on topic now, I just got the basic HD DVR and honestly I'm loving it, and hopefully by the time my family gets hdtv they move up to the plus and we can really integrate our home network.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.