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+ - Trolling Al Qaeda... for peace?->

Submitted by The Mister Purple
The Mister Purple (2525152) writes "There is a small initiative underway to combat Islamic militant recruiting on the Internet... by trolling them. According to this article:

The program, called Viral Peace, seeks to occupy the virtual space that extremists fill, one thread or Twitter exchange at a time. Shahed Amanullah, a senior technology adviser to the State Department and Viral Peace’s creator, tells Danger Room he wants to use “logic, humor, satire, [and] religious arguments, not just to confront [extremists], but to undermine and demoralize them.” Think of it as strategic trolling, in pursuit of geopolitical pwnage.

So does this mean that I'm promoting peace when I post YouTube comments?"
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+ - Satellite phone encryption cracked->

Submitted by The Mister Purple
The Mister Purple (2525152) writes "It appears that a team of German researchers has cracked the GMR-1 and GMR-2 encryption algorithms used by many (though not all) satellite phones, as described by this article in The Telegraph. Anyone fancy putting a cluster together for a listening party?

Mr Driessen told The Telegraph that the equipment and software needed to intercept and decrypt satellite phone calls from hundreds of thousands of users would cost as little as $2,000. His demonstration system takes up to half an hour to decipher a call, but a more powerful computer would allow eavesdropping in real time, he said.

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