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Submission + - Brian Krebs gets "SWATted" (

RedLeg writes: ArsTechnica reports that Brian Krebs, of, formerly of the Washington Post, recently got SWATted. For those not familiar with the term, SWATting is the practice of spoofing a call to emergency responders (911 in the US) to induce an overwhelming and potentially devastating response from law enforcement and/or other first responders to the home or residence of the victim. Brian's first person account of the incident and what he believes to be related events are chronicled here.

Krebs has been prominent in the takedown of several cyber-criminal groups in the past, and has been subject to retaliation. I guess this time he poked the wrong bear.

Submission + - Copyright Alert System ( 2

samu0086 writes: As reported in Intellectual Property News, "After years of following a widely criticized policy of launching copyright infringement suits against unlawful file-sharers, content creators, owners, and advocates from the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”), the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”), and other major movie and music media conglomerates have now joined forces with major internet service providers (“ISPs”) to launch a new weapon in the battle against unlawful file-sharers – the Copyright Alert System (“CAS”). The CAS allows copyright owners to scan P2P networks for evidence that copyrighted content has been unlawfully transferred online and to identify the corresponding IP addresses. The content owner can then notify its ISP of the evidence of unlawful file transfers and the responsible IP address. The ISP can then match the IP address to its customer and send an “alert” through the CAS."

Submission + - Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft ties IE 10 to Win 8 (

deadeyefred writes: With the last vestiges of Microsoft's U.S. antitrust consent decree expiring earlier this year, the company is again tying its browser tightly to Windows. In pre-release versions of IE 10 and Windows 8, IE 10 cannot be uninstalled and is required to enable the new "Metro"-style apps.

Submission + - Payment Providers Hand Over Names of website Owner

bs0d3 writes: One problem anti-piracy groups has been facing is tracking down "pirate" site owners. They used to send a court order to the hosting provider but many owners have been giving false information to their hosting providers (made up names ect). Brein (dutch anti-piracy group) has found a new way to track down people. They are asking payment providers who are required by dutch law to confirm the identities of their customers. Apparently they don't even need a court order from some payment processors. Brein claims to have alot of success with this method and has caused many sites to go offline. However none of the sites are named, neither are the payment processors.

Submission + - Boeing uses accelerometers in 787 Dreamliner (

An anonymous reader writes: Boeing has come up with a novel solution to limit the effects of turbulence in the new 787, otherwise known as the Dreamliner. In the nose of the plane are accelerometers that monitor for a sudden drop. When one is encountered, they tell the plane flaps to adjust quickly (nanoseconds) and this drastically reduces the amount the plane drops overall. The example given is a typical plane would drop 9 feet, where as the 787 would only drop 3 feet given the same situation.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can Schools Convert VHS to DVD? 2

tspaghetti writes: I'm an IT Support tech at a school district in Maine, and we're running into a problem with old VHS tapes. As time goes on, more and more of them are deteriorating and ultimately failing. Many older educational VHS titles aren't available on DVD, so purchasing new digital copies is out of the question. Adding to the complexity is the fact that the individual teachers, not the schools, own many of the VHS tapes in question. Is there any way to legally preserve these tapes, either through conversion to DVD or some other way?

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