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Submission + - Facebook Names New Security Chief->

wiredmikey writes: Yahoo! Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Alex Stamos said on Wednesday night that he will be leaving the iconic Internet company to take on the role of Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook. Stamos took to Twitter and Facebook to announce the move, which comes just over a year after accepting his role of VP of Information Security and CISO at Yahoo in March 2014.

Stamos, who will officially join Facebook as CSO on Monday, June 29. He replaces former CSO Joe Sullivan who left the social media giant in April to take the role of CSO at Uber.

Stamos is a strong advocate of Internet privacy and security, and was a driving force behind TrustyCon, a rival event organized alongside the 2014 RSA Conference in protest of allegations that RSA accepted a $10 million payment from the NSA several years ago to use a weak number generating algorithm by default in its BSAFE toolkits.

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Submission + - Fourth Oldest Dot-com Serving Up Scareware->

netbuzz writes: Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation was this country’s first computer research and development consortium. It was also the fourth organization of any kind to register a dot-com domain name – mcc.com — having done so in 1985. MCC ceased operations in 2000, but its notable domain name remained active. Unfortunately, it recently was being controlled by scam artists pedaling fraudulent antivirus services and nicking some victims for $400 apiece — until yesterday.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Devices without CompuTrace / LoJack?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm looking to buy some hardware and I don't want to have the CompuTrace / LoJack crapware lurking in the BIOS and opening up a host of security problems as described in a 2014 press release by Kasperksy:

The network protocol used by the Computrace Small Agent provides basic features for remote code execution. The protocol doesn't require using any encryption or authentication of the remote server, which creates many opportunities for remote attacks in the hostile network environment.

I would really appreciate some input from slashdotters: Which manufacturers can I trust for buying 'clean' hardware? I'm looking to buy servers, desktop PCs, laptops and tablets.

Submission + - Put Your Enterprise Financial Data In The Cloud? Sure, Why Not->

jfruh writes: For many, the idea of storing sensitive financial and other data in the cloud seems insane, especially considering the regulatory aspects that mandate how that data is protected. But more and more organizations are doing so as cloud providers start presenting offerings that fulfill regulatory needs — and people realize that information is more likely to be accidentally emailed out to the wrong address then hacked.
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Submission + - R2-D2 Will Feature in Star Wars Episode VII->

DevotedDomains writes: The Wrap has officially confirmed that R2-D2 will feature in Star Wars Episode VII! This is the first bit of confirmed news for the highly anticipated 7th installment in the Star Wars saga in quite some time.

A deal has been closed to ensure that R2-D2 will continue his run of appearing in every single movie in the Star Wars saga.

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Submission + - The flying toaster screen saver... takes off

PuceBaboon writes: Remember that flying-toaster screen saver from way back when? Well, those peculiar people over at Flitetest.com have added to their repertoire of non/minimally aerodynamic flying objects with the successful test flight of the real thing. Of course, it wouldn't be any sort of project at all if the toaster didn't actually toast bread, but just how do you power a 700W/110v toaster, mid-flight? Check out the video to see the solution (as well as their fixes for the non-functional elevons and other problems they faced along the way).

Submission + - Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.->

antdude writes: Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary — We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."

Splash Lab has more videos and text details.

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Submission + - Bitcoin protocol vulnerability could lead to a collapse

stanga writes: Cornell researchers unveiled an attack on the Bitcoin mining protocol that enables selfish mining pools to earn more than their fair share. In a technical report the authors explain this attack can be performed by a pool of any size. Rational miners will join this pool to increase their benefits, creating a snowball effect that may end up with a pool commanding a majority of the system's mining power. Such a pool would be able to single-handedly control the blockchain, violating the decentralized nature of the increasingly successful Bitcoin.

The authors propose a patch to the protocol that would protect the system from selfish mining pools smaller than 25% of the system. They also show that Bitcoin can never be safe from selfish mining pools larger than 33% of the network, whereas it was previously believed that only groups larger than 50% of the network were a threat to the system.

The question is — can the miners operating today adopt the suggested fix and dismantle too-large pools before a selfish mining pool arises?

Submission + - One in five stars has an Earth-sized planet in its habitable zone->

cunniff writes: Remarkable statistics from the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii — 22% (+/- 8%) of stars have an Earth-sized planet in its habitable zone. From the press release, UC Berkley graduate student Erik Petigura says, "What this means is, when you look up at the thousands of stars in the night sky, the nearest sun-like star with an Earth-size planet in its habitable zone is probably only 12 light years away and can be seen with the naked eye. That is amazing,"

This, of course, raises the Fermi paradox again — if alien life is common, why haven't we seen it yet? This study will be used to spark further investigation, including proposals for space telescopes which might be able to image nearby Earth-sized planets.

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Submission + - Microsoft to Broaden its Base of Bug Bounty Submitters->

Gunkerty Jeb writes: Having found some initial success with its first foray into the bug bounty world, Microsoft is expanding the program to open up payments of up to $100,000 to incident response teams and forensics experts who come across active attacks in the wild that include new techniques that bypass exploit mitigations in place on the newest version of Windows.
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Submission + - Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go to Jail?->

ericgoldman writes: Terry Childs was a network engineer in San Francisco, and he was the only employee with passwords to the network. After he was fired, he withheld the passwords from his former employer, preventing his employer from controlling its own network. Recently, a California appeals court upheld his conviction for violating California's computer crime law, including a 4 year jail sentence and $1.5 million of restitution. The ruling provides a good cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can gain leverage over their employer or increase job security by controlling key passwords.
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Submission + - How a Market-driven Society is Unable to Fix the Climate-> 3

Lasrick writes: This is an excellent, thoughtful piece by Ted Trainer on how the very core to a market-oriented, consumer society is unable to tackle the problem of climate change. The numbers here are pretty staggering. Here's an excerpt: 'These kinds of figures show that major global problems cannot be solved unless the wealthiest countries face up to enormous reductions in per-capita resource use. However, these countries are obsessed with raising levels of production and consumption as fast as possible, and without any upper limit. The supreme, never-questioned goal is continuous economic growth. But for the world’s population to achieve Australian living standards by 2050, given an annual economic growth rate of 3 percent, total world production and consumption would have to be more than 30 times as great in 2050 as they are now.'
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Submission + - Airlines Taunted by Amazon and Alec Baldwin

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon once loaded an airplane with Kindles — all of them turned on — to prove the devices posed no threat to an airplane's communication system during take-offs and landings, according to the Washington Post, which also notes an Amazon employee ultimately chaired the FAA technical committee investigating the issue. "We've been fighting for our customers on this issue for years," one Amazon executive announced in a press release, " adding that to celebrate the FAA's new change in policy, they're offering a 15% discount today on most Kindles. The Post notes that "it's still eyebrow-raising that a company with the most commercial interest in the outcome of a panel's report would directly oversee the scientific content of that report." But the biggest winner is probably Alec Baldwin, who two years ago appeared on Saturday Night Live as a pilot who argued that the policy was "just a cruel joke perpetrated by the airline industry... and we would’ve gotten away with it, but Alec Baldwin was just too smart for us.!

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