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+ - Hackers Can Control Your Phone Using a Tool That's Already Built Into It->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A lot of concern about the NSA’s seemingly omnipresent surveillance over the last year has focused on the agency’s efforts to install back doors in software and hardware. Those efforts are greatly aided, however, if the agency can piggyback on embedded software already on a system that can be exploited.

Two researchers have uncovered such built-in vulnerabilities in a large number of smartphones that would allow government spies and sophisticated hackers to install malicious code and take control of the device.

The vulnerabilities lie within a device management tool carriers and manufacturers embed in handsets and tablets to remotely configure them. Though some design their own tool, most use a tool developed by a specific third-party vendor—which the researchers will not identify until they present their findings next week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The tool is used in some form in more than 2 billion phones worldwide. The vulnerabilities, they say, were found so far in Android and BlackBerry devices and a small number of Apple iPhones used by Sprint customers. They haven’t looked at Windows Mobile devices yet."

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+ - Ask SlashDot: What should the NSA be able to do without a warrant?->

Submitted by LessThanObvious
LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "We have a general consensus in the U.S. and abroad that says the NSA has overstepped their boundaries in data collection and surveillance. The costs to liberty, free speech, privacy rights as well as economic and foreign policy costs outlined in the New America Open Technology Institute July 2014 Policy Paper — "Surveillance Costs" have been broadly discussed. It seems now that there is enough political inertia post Snowden and enough economic incentive to make changes to protect U.S. competitive position and international trust relationships for real change to come about. It is also pretty much a given that an organization like the NSA with a multibillion dollar budget is not going to simply dry up and blow away.

In a world where we are trying to defend our nation and others around the globe from highly sophisticated cyber-crime, cyber-attack and serious terror threats at home and abroad, it does seem that the NSA and other agencies have a legitimate role to play. Let's imagine a world where the NSA and other agencies rewrite the rules of when and where information could be collected, allowing for adequate transparency and protections for U.S. and foreign individuals rights. How can we find the needle in a stack of haystacks if they are no longer permitted to disturb the haystack?

Now under those circumstances what should the NSA be allowed to do without a warrant?"

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Comment: Jackson should critique the black community first. (Score 4, Insightful) 514

by Morpeth (#47569271) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

This is not a racist rant, but a realistic look at some of the issues Jackson might want to address within the black community first before taking his usual stance of blaming everyone else:

72% of black kids born out of wedlock (compared to 17% for Asians). The Rev [cough] Jackson himself had an affair & fathered a child with another woman.
Double the unemployment rates of whites (roughly 5.4 to 11.5% as of last month)
Why doesn't he talk about the negative affects of hip-hop culture (glorifying violence, promoting misogynistic attitudes to an extreme, promotes wealth through any (often illegal) means)
On average, African American twelfth-grade students read at the same level as white eighth-grade students. 54% of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than three quarters of white and Asian students. [http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/tsr/too-important-to-fail/fact-sheet-outcomes-for-young-black-men/]
50% of the murders in the country are committed by black men, who comprise only 6% of the total US population. NEVER talks about, but will spend endless hours race baiting over a single case like Martin.
Look at the murder rate in Chicago, his home town (and the perps)

As a liberal myself, Jackson's race baiting and racial profiteering sickens me -- he only uses his racial politics to advance his own ego and fatten his wallet. He hasn't been a civil rights leader in decades in my opinion, he's a self serving jerk who actually promotes racism, a dependence culture and victim mentality. He's done more damage to the black community than good, but is such a smooth talker, his fans don't see it.

Comment: What I DON'T want it to do (Score 1) 427

by Morpeth (#47321633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

- broadcast my location to anyone
- store any personal information (or at least allow me to have total control over what is stored)
- be hackable
- require me to charge it like a cellphone, fuck that, I want it to last for a year+ like a regular watch
- require the presence of my phone for its functionality
- act like a Dick Tracy gadget, there's enough asshats talking out loud via Blueooth et. al.

Honestly I'm not interested in a 'smart' watch, to me I see it being mainly just another piece of tech that people will be f*cking with when they should be watching the road, or making eye contact while talking to the person in front of them.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 210

by Morpeth (#47216475) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Love the childish condescending tone. Some of us actually like to OWN what we buy. If I like a movie I will get in DVD/blu-ray because I don't have to worry about the cloud, licensing, proprietary this or that, some clause on the 37th page on the EULA etc. Shockers... I even still buy CDs for music for the same reason.

Comment: Proporionate to other UK sentencing laws? (Score 1) 216

by Morpeth (#47172653) Attached to: Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Anyone from the UK care to comment. Because I never thought of the UK as being draconian in their sentencing (if anything, a little light on some crimes).

What's the sentencing range for serious crimes like rape, aggravated assault, attempted murder, or causing serious bodily harm, etc? I mean do people get life for causing serious injury in the UK? I doubt it, so why does a football hooligan not get life for beating someone severely, but equivalently hurting someone with a computer merits life? Sounds like the UK it taking a lead from the US (and that's not a compliment)

Comment: Re:Um... McVeigh a hero? You lost me pal (Score 4, Insightful) 449

I didn't say the adults lives weren't valuable, so don't put words into my mouth. There is NO way an infant or toddler could make ANY choice or cause ANY action that could in any way be a threat to McVeigh. Hence my pointing them out. It's not a prop or news-speak, sorry you're so cynical.

While I don't in any sense condone ANYTHING he did, he could try to argue adults can make choices or actions that in some whacky way he could attempt to rationalize as a threat -- my point of bringing up the kids, is that they had ZERO, absolutely ZERO to do with whatever beef he had in his twisted mind.

Comment: Um... McVeigh a hero? You lost me pal (Score 4, Insightful) 449

I absolutely detest the state of things right now, the NSA/Snowden revelations, corporations/lobbyists running the gov't, rights being ignored, etc. BUT that said, TImothy McVeigh was a murderer... including 18 children:

Peachlyn Bradley, 3, Oklahoma City
Gabreon D.L. Bruce, 3 months, Oklahoma City
Ashley Megan Eckles, 4, Guthrie
Baylee Almon, 1, Oklahoma City
Danielle Nicole Bell, 15 months, Oklahoma City
Zachary Taylor Chavez, 3, Oklahoma City
Anthony Christopher Cooper II, 2, Moore
Antonio Ansara Cooper Jr., 6 months, Midwest City
Aaron M. Coverdale, 5 1/2, Oklahoma City
Elijah S. Coverdale, 2 1/2, Oklahoma City
Jaci Rae Coyne, 14 months, Moore
Taylor Santoi Eaves, 8 months, Midwest City
Tevin D'Aundrae Garrett, 16 months, Midwest City
Kevin "Lee" Gottshall II, 6 months, Norman
Blake Ryan Kennedy, 1 1/2, Amber
Dominique Ravae (Johnson)-London, 2, Oklahoma City
Chase Dalton Smith, 3, Oklahoma City
Colton Wade Smith, 2, Oklahoma City

Many people are angry and frustrated, but please read those names and ages and tell me again about his 'heroism'?

Comment: Voice acting... ugh (Score 1, Interesting) 111

by Morpeth (#47005027) Attached to: Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

There's a huge waste of time and money imo. No friend I've gamed with ever really gave a flying frack about fully voice acted dialogs. Though I only beta tested, since I didn't like the game, Elder Scrolls online for example -- there was SO much pointless voice acting, with well-known to famous actors (like John Cleese). How much money did they spend on that? Most people just click through thinking 'yeah... yeah... give me the #$%! quest already'. They apparently spent a small fortune developing it, and after all that, I'd still just rather play Oblivion or Skyrim.

I also think many game companies have become obsessed with 'oh shiney!' tech and forget about basic stuff, like a good, even [gasp] original storyline -- instead of the cliched, overused, derivative crap that seems to make up 90% of the titles. I've been playing a lot more games from smaller studios, that seems to be where the real innovation in game design is imo. And no, I don't mean the tech, I mean the story, the interfaces, the character concepts, etc.

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