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Submission + - Cybercriminals has heroin delivered to Brian Krebs, then calls police (

Okian Warrior writes: "Fans” of [security researcher Brian Krebs] have shown their affection in some curious ways. One called in a phony hostage situation that resulted in a dozen heavily armed police surrounding my home. Another opened a $20,000 new line of credit in my name. Others sent more than $1,000 in bogus PayPal donations from hacked accounts. Still more admirers paid my cable bill for the next three years using stolen credit cards. Malware authors have even used my name and likeness to peddle their wares.

But the most recent attempt to embarrass and fluster this author easily takes the cake as the most elaborate: Earlier this month, the administrator of an exclusive cybercrime forum hatched and executed a plan to purchase heroin, have it mailed to my home, and then spoof a phone call from one of my neighbors alerting the local police. Thankfully, I had already established a presence on his forum and was able to monitor the scam in real time and alert my local police well in advance of the delivery.

Submission + - A Sneak Peak at the DoE's Exascale-Class Operating System (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux is at the heart of a super-tweaked supercomputer OS being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Pete Beckman, who serves as Director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute and is spearheading a DoE funded $9.75 million effort to make a Linux core speak at scale. The project, called Argo, will address traditionally non-OS-ish functions, moving middleware into the kernel and the OS ever-closer to the chip.

Submission + - BioShock Infinite DLC: Burial At Sea (

An anonymous reader writes: The New BioShock Infinite DLC called Burial at Sea Episode One is one of the most anticipated packs that is to be released for BioShock Infinite. Burial At Sea will take you back to the city of Rapture from the original BioShock but you will see it in 1958 before the Splicers took over.

Rapture will not be the same like in previous games. In this DLC they are combining the best of BioShock and BioShock Infinite to make a new even more amazing BioShock/Rapture experience. I’m excited to see everyone in Rapture before it fell apart and was destroyed.

Take a look at the new BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Trailer below to see a glimpse of the new Rapture City and the People in it.

Submission + - NSA Director Defends Surveillance to Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd

Trailrunner7 writes: NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander’s keynote today at Black Hat USA 2013 was a tense confessional, an hour-long emotional and sometimes angry ride that shed some new insight into the spy agency’s two notorious data collection programs, inspired moments of loud applause in support of the NSA, and likewise, profane heckling that called into question the legality and morality of the agency’s practices.

Loud voices from the overflowing crowd called out Alexander on his claims that the NSA stands for freedom while at the same time collecting, storing and analyzing telephone business records, metadata and Internet records on Americans. He also denied lying to Congress about the NSA’s capabilities and activities in the name of protecting Americans from terrorism in response to such a claim from a member of the audience.

Submission + - The Greatest Toy KIT in the Universe! Mad Science kickstarts a Robot Spider Tank (

Paradiso Shlee writes: Do you want to build an army of Spider Tank Robots?

From the inventor of the award winning toys. This kit lets you build your own robot! Easy enough for novices, cool enough for anyone! Who told you educational toys are boring??? Someone who's boring! That's who! Build this and learn something, or get it for your kids, and spark their imagination. Get them interested in science and awesome robots!!

Jaimie Mantzel is easily the closest we've ever come to a real life mad scientist and he's the creator of the Attacknid Combat Creatures Battling Toy Spider Robot built by WowWee. He's organised an agreement with the toy company to create a kit version that you build and decorate yourself.

Mantzel is also hard at work building a full-size spider tank in his private mountain lair.

Submission + - NSA General Shouts Back At Black Hat Heckler (

darthcamaro writes: General Keith Alexander , the man behind the NSA's prism effort delivered a keynote at the Black Hat conference today. He attempted to set the record straight claiming what they do is all lawful and is saving American lives. During the keynote, General Alexander was heckled by someone in the audience that yelled out,"You should read the constitution."

The General responded, "I have and so should you."

Submission + - Declassified Docs Show NSA Snooping Had 'Compliance' Problems (

cold fjord writes: More on the NSA controversy. The Washington Times reports, "Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on Wednesday declassified three documents that showed there have been “a number of technical compliance problems” with the government’s phone-snooping program, as the Obama administration fights to preserve what it says is a critical tool in the war on terror. The documents lay out the administration’s legal backing of the National Security Agency snooping program, and give some broad details of the operation. One of the documents is a secret court order authorizing the NSA program. ... the other documents are heavily redacted 2009 and 2011 reports to members of the congressional intelligence committees about the use of the programs, where the intelligence community acknowledges “a number of technical compliance problems” occurred in 2009. “However, neither DOJ, NSA nor the FISA court has found any intentional or bad-faith violations,” the 2011 document asserts. "

Submission + - Government Study Finds TSA Misconduct up 26% in 3 years (

rullywowr writes: CNN reports that a recent government study finds TSA misconduct has risen sharply in three years. Most have heard of the problems such as stealing however they recently report that some employees are sleeping on the job, taking bribes, and letting friends/family through the checkpoints without screening.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.