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Submission + - Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies (

An anonymous reader writes: Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer has contributed a Firefox patch that will block third-party cookies by default. It's now on track to land in version 22. Kudos to Mozilla for protecting their users and being so open to community submissions. The initial response from the online advertising industry is unsurprisingly hostile and blustering, calling the move 'a nuclear first strike.'

Submission + - Minix 3.2.1 Released (

kthreadd writes: Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD.

Submission + - LOIC DDoS Attack Tool Goes Mobile to Android (

wiredmikey writes: Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have become a favorite weapon of hacktivists in the past several years, and especially recently. But while such attacks are typically launched from an army of PCs, researchers have found a new app for Android that ports the infamous low orbit ion cannon (LOIC) tool over to mobile devices.

Besides the new Android version LOIC, the tool has also been ported to JavaScript to perform a denial-of-service directly from the browser. Porting the tool over to Android was made easy by the fact that it was generated using a free online service that creates Android apps with just a URL, HTML code or document file, said security researcher Carlos Castillo.


Submission + - Researchers Break Video CAPTCHAs (

Orome1 writes: After creating the "Decaptcha" software to solve audio CAPTCHAs, Standford University's researchers modified it and turned it against text and, quite recently, video CAPTCHAs with considerable success. Video CAPTCHAs have been touted by its developer, NuCaptcha, as the best and most secure method of spotting bots trying to pass themselves off as human users. Unfortunately for the company, researchers have managed to prove that over 90 percent of the company's video CAPTCHAs can be decoded by using their Decaptcha software in conjunction with optical flow algorithms created by researchers in the computer vision field of study.

Submission + - Signal picked up from Russia's stranded Mars probe (

thomst writes: The BBC is reporting that the European Space Operations Centre (Esoc) in Darmstadt reports that the contact was finally made with Russia's stranded Phobos-Grunt probe at 2025 GMT on Tuesday. ESA is now working with Russian engineers to see if contact with the spacecraft can be leveraged to diagnose why it's stuck in low-Earth orbit, and potentially even to correct the problem and launch P-G towards Mars before it misses its window altogether.

Submission + - Dennis Ritchie Passes Away (

An anonymous reader writes: After long-suffering from illness, Dennis Ritchie has died today at the age of 70.
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Submission + - FTP is 40 years old (

An anonymous reader writes: FTP celebrates its 40th birthday tomorrow. Originally launched as the RFC 114 specification, which was published on 16 April 1971, FTP is arguably even more important today than when it was born. Frank Kenney, vice president of global strategy for US managed file transfer company Ipswitch, said that the protocol we know as FTP today is ‘a far cry from when Abhay Bushan, a student at MIT, wrote the original specifications for FTP.’

According to Kenney, the standard has grown from ‘a simple protocol to copy files over a TCP-based network [to] a sophisticated, integrated model that provides control, visibility, compliance and security in a variety of environments, including the cloud.’

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