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Comment: Re:No Funding for you then. (Score 1) 63

What does it mean that Comcast gave him money for his first election? Had Franken actually declared war on the Comcast/NBC merger while he was campaigning? GM/NBC was even his former employer at Saturday Night Live. Maybe Comcast just wanted to get on his good side at the time, like his other donors?

But the next election might be something different. And even if Comcast gave him $10k, they'll give the other guy 20k, (so 30K paid out overall) with 20K just the cost of doing business in order to pump up their real pick with a 10K advantage. Don't forget Comcast Corp has a right to Freedom of Speech and can't be sooo restricted financially.

+ - Senator Al Franken accuses AT+T of 'skirting' net neutrality rules->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "In a letter to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice, Senator Al Franken warned that letting AT&T acquire Direct TV could turn AT&T into a gatekeeper to the mobile Internet. Franken also complained that AT&T took inappropriate steps to block Internet applications like Google Voice and Skype: "AT&T has a history of skirting the spirit, and perhaps the letter" of the government's rules on net neutrality, Franken wrote."
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Comment: Re:How much is Google paying for these promotions? (Score 3, Insightful) 28

by SpzToid (#47427163) Attached to: On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

Been watching the firehose submissions as a kind of hobby for the last few hours while monitoring machine processes and I can assure you, this was not part of anything submitted. Perhaps on a slow news day, but... this post just seems so lame to begin with.

Comment: Re:Even less "hacking" than the usual unlocked doo (Score 1) 121

by SpzToid (#47426431) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

You assume every small business owner is technology savvy enough to monitor Google Maps, along with every similar web service for such malicious acts, on a regular basis. Seriously, you must be able to see you will always have a given percentage of businesses that fail to do such a task, and do it well.

Comment: This article taught me what to look for (Score 4, Interesting) 121

by SpzToid (#47426341) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Yesterday, when I read this article, I checked out a location which I'm not willing to share here. On it was exactly this type of 'theft' of location, and street-view manipulation as explained in this article. In fact I had noticed the hack before in this location, but not realized it as such.

Yesterday, when I looked and saw the display via the new GMAPs interface, I was amazed at the *quality* of the hack. A dirty, mouse-infested hotel down the street 'occupied' a very desirable corner location and cafe. Using street-view, it appeared as if the cafe was the hotel's bar. Plus they had purchased an ad to book the hotel when you clicked the PIN, and the result looked IMHO better than a professional web-page for such a purpose (because of the new GMAPs interface and presentation). The final result was a stuning, quality, hack I thought, and everyone I showed it to agreed. But I give more credit to dumb luck plus the new GMAPs interface then cleverness by the thieving hotel owner.

I used the 'suggest an edit' tool to report the manipulation to Google, and also input new, accurate information for the cafe on the corner, and other neighborhood features.

Weird thing is, today when I look via various machines inthe office, I see various displays. Some showing the old GMAPs interface, some new. Some with the dirty hotel competely removed from the map, and the cafe added. Like DNS, it seems it takes a while for GMAPs to get updated, and probably the more people that offer input the better.

+ - Alleged Hooker and Heroin Kill a Key Google exec on his Yacht in Santa Cruz->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Authorities allege model, makeup artist, and self-described "hustler" Alix Catherine Tichelman initially met 51-year-old Google executive Forrest Hayes of Santa Cruz and other Silicon Valley executives at SeekingArrangement.com for sexual encounters that fetched $1,000 or more. Last November 22, Tichelman met Hayes in-person on his white, 50-foot yacht, "Escape," in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. She brought heroin and needles into the yacht's cabin where she injected Hayes, causing him to overdose, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

It has recently become known that a security camera in the cabin showed her pack drugs and syringes into her purse, clean off a table and draw a window blind. When she stepped over Hayes' lifeless body to drink from a glass of wine, she left behind a fingerprint on the glass, which helped investigators to identify her, Clark said. The yacht's captain found Hayes dead the next morning.

Santa Cruz police said they continued to probe Tichelman's possible involvement in another suspicious death out of state, but they declined to elaborate.

Hayes joined Apple in 2005 and worked there for several years, according to a brief profile on the business networking website LinkedIn. He started working for Mountain View-based Google about a year ago and joined its secretive "X" division, which is responsible for what the company likes to call "moon shot" projects including self-driving cars and the computer headset known as Glass.

"Seeking Arrangement," is a website that aims to connect "sugar daddies" and "sugar babies." suggesting, "Financial Stability: Unpaid bills no longer have to be a concern.""

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+ - Alleged escort arrested in tech exec's fatal heroin overdose on yacht-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A 26-year-old woman accused of being a high-priced escort is under arrest after allegedly injecting a 51 year-old former tech executive with heroin on his yacht in Santa Cruz and then watching him fatally overdose as she gathered her things.

Alix Catherine Tichleman of Folsom was arrested by Santa Cruz police Friday and booked on suspicion of murder, prostitution, destruction of evidence and providing narcotics in connection with the death of the 51-year-old man, identified by KSBW-TV as Forrest Timothy Hayes, who had worked for Google, Sun Microsystems and Apple.

Police allege Hayes was a client of Tichleman, who met him one night in November on his yacht in a local harbor. Security video from the yacht purportedly shows Tichleman preparing a dose of heroin and injecting Hayes with it. He is then seen having an adverse reaction to the dose, collapsing and becoming unconscious.

Rather than trying to help or calling 911, police say, Tichleman packed up the drugs and needles and at one point stepped over the body to finish a glass of wine before leaving.

"Finally, she leaves the boat and reaches back in to lower the blind and conceal the victim’s body from outside view," police said in a statement."

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+ - Police Allege a Hooker Overdosed a Google Exec on a yacht, and walks away->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A 26-year-old woman accused of being a high-priced escort is under arrest after allegedly injecting a former tech executive with heroin on his yacht in Santa Cruz and then watching him fatally overdose as she gathered her things, closed the blinds to conceal the body, and then walked away."
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Comment: What platforms are effected? (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by SpzToid (#47373613) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

According to RSA, the malware is being delivered via email. In Brazil, when banking customers access their online banking site for the first time, they are often asked to install a security plugin. When the customer does so, a protection service is created and starts running on the PC. In addition, some shared libraries are also installed on the system and are loaded by the browser in order to help provide protection for customers during online banking operations, RSA noted.

However, the Boleto malware the company detected searches for specific versions of client side security plug-ins detects their shared libraries and patches them in real-time to dodge security. In one case, RSA analysts noticed that the malware accessed the plugin's memory area and modified a conditional JMP to a regular JMP operation, thereby thwarting the plugin's capabilities.

What platforms does this malware operate on exactly? The TFA doesn't say.

Comment: Re:Ahhh ... (Score 1) 47

by SpzToid (#47322469) Attached to: Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

I can tell you for a fact, a free Class 1 StartSSL certificate can achieve an A+ rating from ssllabs.com when/if the technical server configuration is correct, because I saw it happen just this week on a server somewhere. StartSSL seems to make a profit by allowing newbies a free, documented (but otherwise 'supported' to what extent I didn't test at all...) learning process and having to pay higher than normal revocation fees to get everything functional and correctly setup. I made this mistake once myself, and then realized it was simply cheaper to pay about $15 for a new Class 2 certificate from Dreamhost SSL than to pay StartSSL to revoke my free, erroneous-URL certificate from them. StartSSL looks like a really good operation, but you really need to know what you are doing to really save money.

Here's a really good article to help newbie NGINX admins secure their servers using free StartSSL Class 1 certificates: https://konklone.com/post/swit...

What I've learned lately in my own research in this area is there's further differentiation of certificate values, such as the green Class 3 certificates which I semi-understand require more documentation to be filed (like passport scans?) and higher fees.

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