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Submission + - 30 Year anniversary of Challenger disaster (space.com)

Martin S. writes: Thirty years ago today, NASA suffered a spaceflight tragedy that stunned the world and changed the agency forever.

When I mentioned this at work most of my collogues are too young to remember this first hand.

Submission + - MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" claim dismissed by researchers (theregister.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: The Register reports on a paper Arxiv (abstract below) by Christian Decker and Roger Wattenhofer analyse a year's worth of Bitcoin activity to reach their conclusion.

The Abstract claims

In Bitcoin, transaction malleability describes the fact that the signatures that prove the ownership of bitcoins being transferred in a transaction do not provide any integrity guarantee for the signatures themselves. This allows an attacker to mount a malleability attack in which it intercepts, modifies, and rebroadcasts a transaction, causing the transaction issuer to believe that the original transaction was not confirmed. In February 2014 MtGox, once the largest Bitcoin exchange, closed and filed for bankruptcy claiming that attackers used malleability attacks to drain its accounts. In this work we use traces of the Bitcoin network for over a year preceding the filing to show that, while the problem is real, there was no widespread use of malleability attacks before the closure of MtGox.

Submission + - NATO shrugs off 'cyber attack' (reuters.com)

Martin S. writes: A group calling itself "cyber berkut" is claiming responsibility for a DDOS attack again the NATO Website which seems to be shrugged off and operating normally.

"Berkut" appears to be a reference to the feared and (now disbanded) milita used by the government of ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich to murder protesters.

Security expert Arne Ansper called the “attacks are the digital equivalent of flag-burning”.

Submission + - Sickest email scam yet (bbc.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: The BBC is reports how emails purporting to come from NICE (UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) are informing people they have cancer and must open an attachment to find out how to proceed.

However the attachment contains malware.

Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive: “A spam email purporting to come from NICE is being sent to members of the public regarding cancer test results. This email is likely to cause distress to recipients since it advises that ‘test results' indicate they may have cancer. This malicious email is not from NICE and we are currently investigating its origin. We take this matter very seriously and have reported it to the police.” NICE is advising people who have received the email — the subject line of which is important blood analysis result — to delete it without opening it and not to click on any links.

Submission + - Top e-commerce sites fail to protect users from stupid passwords. (theregister.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: The Register reports Top UK e-commerce sites including Amazon, Tesco and Virgin Atlantic are not doing enough to safeguard users from their own password-related foibles, according to a new study by Dashlane . Who go on to detail how
* 66% accept notoriously weak passwords such as “123456” or “password”, putting users in danger as these are often the first passwords hackers use when trying to breach accounts.
* 66% make no attempt to block entry after 10 incorrect password entries (including Amazon UK, Next, Tesco and New Look). This simple policy prevents hackers from using malicious software that can run thousands of passwords during log-ins to breach accounts.

Submission + - Commercial Firefox trojan condemed by Mozilla Foundation (bbc.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: The BBC is reporting about Commercial Firefox trojan by the The Mozilla Foundation who have accused UK software group Gamma International of falsely associating one of its products with the Firefox name; after the citizenlab.org published the For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying a couple of days ago. Schneier has more to add.about FinSpy/FinFisher

Submission + - How NASA brought the Saturn-V F1 rocket engine back to life (arstechnica.com) 3

Martin S. writes: How NASA Engineers have reverse engineered the F1 engine of a Saturn V launcher, because: every scrap of documentation produced during Project Apollo, including the design documents for the Saturn V and the F-1 engines, remains on file. If re-creating the F-1 engine were simply a matter of cribbing from some 1960s blueprints, NASA would have already done so. A typical design document for something like the F-1, though, was produced under intense deadline pressure and lacked even the barest forms of computerized design aids. Such a document simply cannot tell the entire story of the hardware. Each F-1 engine was uniquely built by hand, and each has its own undocumented quirks. In addition, the design process used in the 1960s was necessarily iterative: engineers would design a component, fabricate it, test it, and see how it performed. Then they would modify the design, build the new version, and test it again. This would continue until the design was "good enough."

Submission + - Anonymous target UK government websites (bbc.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: "As Anonymous targets UK government websites in Assange protest and have little effect with the 10 Downing Street and the Home Office sites are still available at this time.

The Guardian, the British Publisher for WikiLeaks and one time ally for Assange increases its distance from him with some hard questions concerning inconvenient truths."

United Kingdom

Submission + - UK releases 'UFO' files (nationalarchives.gov.uk)

Martin S. writes: "The file contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions covering the years 1985-2007.

Read eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings, see the picture of a ‘flying saucer’ which was sent for analysis by defence experts and discover the bizarre story of ‘Mork and Mindy's' visit to East Dulwich.

Personally I found the suggestion, the Advice to RAF Air Crew regarding UFOs should be written on the toilet door."

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