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+ - Stupid Simple Security - a Chrome plugin for safer browsing

Submitted by shmaybebaby
shmaybebaby (3525763) writes "There's this free and open source searchable repository of web vulnerabilities across the entire Internet. It's called PunkSPIDER (http://punkspider.hyperiongray.com) and it's handy for looking up the websites you frequent to see if they have any egregious vulnerabilities that could compromise your privacy and identity. Here's a Slashdot article on PunkSPIDER from last year http://it.slashdot.org/story/1... — you can see from the comments that it was, uh, kind of controversial.

But turns out, it's not even close to being the WMD that people were afraid of (that's a "weapon of mass destruction," in case you were born after the year 2000) and is actually kind of useful, particularly for the security / hacker community. People have used it for penetration testing recon, for security research, for a quick check of their own website, or just for personal use. The thing is, unless you're a security researcher who keeps PunkSPIDER open in a tab in your browser, you probably won't remember to go there and check out a website to make sure it's safe before you give them your credit card info.

To make it more accessible to the average user, the team behind PunkSPIDER released a Chrome extension that sits in your nav bar and tells you if PunkSPIDER has found any vulnerabilities on the site you're on. If it does, you get a red x, if it doesn't, you get a green check. It's stupid simple and it's free.

Here's a link to dl the extension https://chrome.google.com/webs... and here's a demo video on how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.... There are some other videos under the same account that you can watch if you want to know more about the PunkSPIDER project.

There are plans to release a Firefox plugin soon, too, which will be nice because it's arguably a more ubiquitous browser than Chrome. Still, I'm switching to Chrome now just for this extension."
Movies

Review: Green Lantern 201

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the green-lanterns-light dept.
In summers past we've seen big guns like Superman and Spider-man and Batman make big screen appearances, but this summer it's lesser known heroes like Thor and Green Lantern taking to the big screen with varying degrees of success. What follows is my brief review of the new GL film with some spoilers and commentary. You have been warned.
Movies

X-Men: First Class 226

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it-lacks-snikkt dept.
I wasn't sure what to expect from the new X-Men: First Class movie. The previous 3 films have been riddled with ups and downs. What I didn't realize is that this film was going to really be a Prequel. I thought it was going to be a bit more of a reboot, but it still tries to fit in with the previous films. Read on for a brief review which will contain some spoilers. You have been warned!
The Internet

Skype Issues Software Fix For Windows and Mac Users 61

Posted by Roblimo
from the being-borged-isn't-making-things-better dept.
jbrodkin writes "Skype has released a new version of its Windows software to fix the problem that has kept some Skype users from logging in and making calls yesterday, and plans to issue a similar update to Mac users later today, the company said. Skype, which is in the process of being sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion, previously gave users instructions on how to fix the problem, which involved deleting a 'shared.xml' file. While Windows and Mac users are being given a software fix, Linux users still have to fix the problem manually (but they can handle it). Still unknown is what caused the Skype outage. Skype said it affected only a small percentage of users, but hasn't explained the cause. Skype has at least updated its status page to reflect the outage, however. Even after issuing yesterday's fix instructions, the status page had claimed for a while that sign in and registration were 'all working normally.'"
Networking

+ - Hardware Vendor Offers Backdoor with Every Product->

Submitted by Nameisyoung007
Nameisyoung007 (1009935) writes "A support page, titled "Backdoor Password for Allied Telesis Devices" recently turned up on Google. The page, labeled ***INTERNAL ONLY*** was written to answer customer questions like "'How do I obtain a backdoor password for my Allied Telesis device?'" and includes instructions on accessing a "built in Backdoor function" on any Allied Telesis device.

Probably a good time to double check your devices, just to make sure you're not affected."

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+ - Frist attack using RSA breach ?->

Submitted by jeffviper
jeffviper (2042872) writes "Ouch.... we all knew it was a bad thing for RSA and here is the first casualty : Lockheed Martin

Lockheed responded to questions about the incident with this written statement: "We have policies and procedures in place to mitigate the cyber threats to our business, and we remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multilayered information systems security," said spokesman Jeffery Adams."

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Displays

Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost 662

Posted by samzenpus
from the way-of-the-dodo dept.
jfruhlinger writes "If you listened to tech marketing departments, you'd believe that advances in computers have been a nonstop march upwards. But is that really true? What about all the great features early hackers had in the '70s and '80s that are now hard to find or lost forever, like clicky keyboards and customizable screen height? This article looks at much beloved features that lost the evolutionary war."
Biotech

+ - Cattle Disease Rinderpest Eradicated->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Bovines rejoice, rinderpest has been eradicated worldwide. The rinderpest virus has plagued Europe, Africa and Asia for centuries causing indirect famine in countries as hundreds of millions of cattle fell victim. This is the first time in recorded history that humankind has completely eradicated an animal disease."
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Open Source

+ - DOD Releases Open Source Development Guide->

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BrandiCook
BrandiCook writes "The Department of Defense (DoD) has weighed in with its own support for open source. The DoD provides a nice analogy: “Imagine if only the manufacturer of a rifle were allowed to clean, fix, modify or upgrade that rifle. The military often finds itself in this position wit taxpayer funded, contractor developed software: one contractor with a monopoly on the knowledge of a military software system and control of the software source code.” Open technology offers increased agility and flexibility, fast delivery, increased innovation, reduced risk, lower cost and information assurance and security, the DoD asserts."
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Canada

Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Hole Under Niagara Falls 193

Posted by Soulskill
from the also-known-as-geohacking dept.
abhatt writes with news that "Big Becky," a 4,000-ton tunnel boring machine, has finished chewing through over 10 kilometers of rock underneath Niagara Falls, Ontario, a project that's been underway since 2006. "The 10.2 kilometer tunnel is 14.4 meters in diameter. Big Becky ate through 1.6 million cubic meters of rock to reach her goal. That’s enough rock, officials said, to fill the Rogers Centre in Toronto. And the cement used to line the tunnel would build a sidewalk stretching from Windsor to Quebec City. ... The project took longer and cost more because Becky ran into unexpected conditions. She’s designed to go through solid rock, but encountered a stretch of loose, crumbling material that was unsuitable for tunneling. That forced a long and expensive detour."
The Courts

A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the justice-or-justish dept.
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes to point out some unfortunate holes in a judge's recent ruling that was largely welcomed 'round these parts: "A federal judge has ruled that a Canadian adult film producer cannot subpoena the identities of ISP users that were alleged to be sharing its copyrighted movies. Regardless of whether one supports the conclusion, the judge's reasoning was pretty weak. But the real hurdle is convincing people that a non-lawyer is entitled to call out a federal judge on their logic in the first place." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.
Science

Signs of Dark Matter From Minnesota Mine 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the revenge-of-the-wimps dept.
thomst writes "Juan Collar, team leader of COGENT, an experimental effort to detect WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), recently presented a paper detailing 15 months of data collected via a pure germanium detector located deep in a Minnesota mine which seems to confirm similar results reported by a European effort called DAMA/LIBRA. The results are particularly intriguing, because they appear to show a seasonal variation in the density of WIMPs that accords with models which predict Earth should encounter more WIMPs in Summer (when its path around the Sun moves in the same direction as the Milky Way revolves) than in Winter (when it goes the opposite direction). The most interesting thing about the COGENT experiment is that the mass of the WIMP candidates it records is significantly less than most particle physicists had predicted, according to popular models. (Ron Cowen wrote an earlier article about COGENT last year that goes into a lot more detail about how COGENT works, what its team expects it to find, and why.)"

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