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+ - Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have found a way to deliver a malicious app to Android users by hiding it into what seems to be an encrypted image file, which is then delivered via a legitimate, seemingly innocuous wrapper app. Fortinet malware researcher Axelle Apvrille and reverse engineer Ange Albertini created a custom tool they dubbed AngeCryption, which allows them to encrypt the payload Android application package (APK) and make it look like an image (PNG, JPG) file . They also had to create another APK that carries the "booby-trapped" image file and which can decrypt it to unveil the malicious APK file and install it. A malicious app thusly encrypted is nearly invisible to reverse engineers, and possibly even to AV solutions and Google's Android Bouncer."

+ - Kim Dotcom MEGA cloud storege acknowledge permanent customers data loss!->

Submitted by Spelta
Spelta (3886223) writes "After several opened tickets, several pre-made replies, I finally got an email from Mega customer support acknowledging that they LOST some of my data. They also hid this without ever publishing any news about it, letting their customers in the dark. Here's the email I got this morning:

— Forwarded message ---------
- From: "Mega Support"
Date: Oct 21, 2014 5:31 AM
Subject: [#NPD-912-34303]: When will be your service running smoothly?

Hello Fabio,

Thank you for your support and thank you for using MEGA!

During a power outage of one of our data centers in early 2013 we had a server issue resulting in 'Temporary' error messages and uploads / downloads dropping.

We are sorry however the particular links you have sent has been affected by this power outage resulting in some file system corruption, and a small fraction of the uploaded files was lost. Due to this major hardware failure, this file/s has become unavailable. We are working on a solution, but for now it is unfortunately uncertain whether we will succeed.

Therefore the file/s is not and will not be accessible. We are trying to resurrect as much of the damaged file system as possible and we have now stocked up on storage space to prevent this in the future.

Please be confident MEGA is taking the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again, and we offer our sincere apologies."

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+ - Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?->

Submitted by Mr D from 63
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "Some followup to the recent /. article on this topic;

Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising design for a compact nuclear fusion reactor has met with excitement but also skepticism over the basic feasibility of its approach.

Ian Hutchinson, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, says he was only able to comment on what Lockheed has released—some pictures, diagrams, and commentary, which can be found here. “Based on that, as far as I can tell, they aren’t paying attention to the basic physics of magnetic-confinement fusion energy. And so I’m highly skeptical that they have anything interesting to offer,” he says...


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+ - WSO2 Starts War Over Who Owns API Chaining

Submitted by Foofoobar
Foofoobar (318279) writes "WSO2 is refusing to budge saying (in the words of the CEO): 'API Chaining is not a set of words trade marked by you. We are free to use it any way we want' after creator of API Chaining, Owen Rubel, asked them to stop promoting their work as his own. This has led to an exchange on public forums with their CTO Paul Fremantle publicly stating they will not honor the Apache License that the works is released and copyrighted under."

Comment: Re:Battery life (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by Mr D from 63 (#48185187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
Good points on battery life. Having the hotspot and the device constantly connected to each other, and monitoring the internet for incoming calls probably will run the batteries down quickly on both devices. Mobile hotspots (I've used a Huawei 3G with great results) will often 'sleep' when not used for a certain period as well, so that should be considered.

As for VOIP service, Vonage ($$) has a nice feature that allows you to share your number between your home phone and mobile devices, and voicemail email alerts, which might be handy in such a setup.

You can stop auto updates on Android devices for the most part, but switching back and forth to auto/manual or manually implementing updates is a bit inconvenient.

+ - Israeli engineer develops rust-busting nano super paint->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "a patented nano-technology developed by Plastics Engineering Professor is poised to change the rust status quo. The Professor developed a specially treated nano-shards that when added to regular paint make it five times more rust-resistant than previously. These nano-particles prevent oxygen and dampness from penetrating the paint.
What this means is that bridges, ships, pipes and other steel-based infrastructure, which at present have to be painted once a year, can now wait five years to get a paint job. The technology will even prevent pipe explosions due to corrosion."

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Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 1) 292

by Mr D from 63 (#48164123) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales
And the laws should be changed, but they won't get changed as long as people keep fooling themselves into thinking its about keeping Tesla out. The dealers don't want a sales model that allows direct sales because then the other auto makers can cut them out. Its not about competition with other brands, its about their own manufactures cutting them out. Many folks won't even take time to try and understand why the laws were created to begin with. It had as much to do with consumer protection and price fixing as anything. Things have evolved.

But, it makes a lot of people feel better about fighting on behalf of Tesla, and they do deserve credit for aggressively pursuing change and using their popularity.

Comment: Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (Score 1) 608

by Mr D from 63 (#48164005) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
So, you don't care what you get for your money? Everything should get equal subsidy no matter the payback? I wonder if you've even seen credible numbers and how they are really spend and attributed.

For example, what you also don't see is the huge tax returns fed by nuclear. A typical unit pays over $10M/year in local property taxes, not to mention the large number of highly paid workers at each plant. A big chunk of solar subsidies goes to China and returns very little in tax's to the local communities.

And, if clean air is important, nuclear subsidies have produced many times the return for the dollar than wind and solar.

I think you care more about your vision of the ideal than about how wisely the subsidies are spent.

Comment: Re:Progressive tax on consumption?? (Score 1) 832

by Mr D from 63 (#48159881) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
There are many ways to make a consumption tax progressive, and it is progressive by nature in that those that consume more pay more.

First, eliminating tax on food and basic necessities greatly helps lower income folks. If need be you can have certain exemptions for people with lower incomes that allows them to get a return. What really matters is what is taxed and how much.

Comment: Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (Score 1) 832

by Mr D from 63 (#48159819) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
We already tax consumption at the state level. You could argue that having a higher available spending budget from not taxing labor would increase the spending power for many even after consumption tax is added, but it all depends on what is taxed and how much.

I think the greater concern for consumption tax approach is that it could driven the emergence of a huge black market. But, since that might mostly include lower end items and benefit lower income folks, it might be an acceptable flaw.

We either have to shift our approach or move to a system where lower income folks have greater capital investments, be it in retirement or other, but that approach, IMO, drives much great risk for high end corruption.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James