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+ - Bad password: WordPress hacked, source code stolen->

Submitted by GPLHost-Thomas
GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "Matt Mullenweg, Automattic co-founder, in a post in his blog, wrote:

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.

And threatpost.com has comments about it:

This isn't the first time Automattic has found itself in the crosshairs. In March, the company was the target of a large denial of service attack. Wordpress installations hosted on infrastructure managed by Network Solutions were also the target of attacks in April, 2010 that redirected thousands of Wordpress blogs to malware-laden drive by download Web sites.

It is important, in the above article, to notice that it's not the open source part of wordpress that has been stolen, but some not-to-be-disclosed code. And it seems that it is the case only because of the use of weak passwords."
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DRM

+ - Fox, Paramount may skip YouTube due to lack of pir->

Submitted by mr100percent
mr100percent (57156) writes "Fox and Paramount have supposedly backed out of YouTube's imminent major movie service in an attempt to force action on piracy. Unofficial comments from the two claim that they won't get onboard as long as Google is indexing pirate video sites in its search engine and allowing them AdSense placement. Disney, not mentioned before, was also leaning the same direction, The Wrap said."
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Google

+ - Google slapped with fine in Bedrock lawsuit->

Submitted by kvvbassboy
kvvbassboy (2010962) writes ""A Texas jury decided to fine Google Inc. (GOOG) $5 million for infringing on Linux technology patents owned by Bedrock Computer Technologies. ... The original complaint, filed in 2009 against Google, also alleges that Yahoo, Amazon.com, PayPal, Match.com, MySpace, and AOL are all violating Bedrock's patent of the Linux code. Google visited court first, likely due to the fact that the company uses one of the hugest sets of Linux-based services." This is extremely bad news for Linux and open source software, in general."
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+ - Does wiretapping require cell company cooperation?->

Submitted by
decora
decora writes "Recently the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, accidentally admitted to wiretapping journalist Irina Khalip. Khalip is the wife of Andrei Sannikov, one of the many opposition presidential candidates who was imprisoned after the "election" in 2010. I am wondering how Lukashenko did this? Can a government tap a modern cellphone system without the company knowing? Or would it require cooperation, like when AT&T and others helped the NSA perform warantless wiretapping on Americans? "
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Google

+ - Google Pumps $6 Million into Summer of Code 2011->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Google Summer of Code 2011 is now underway. Google is providing stipends for 1,116 students to mentor with 175 open source projects.
In total, Google will be investing over $6 million dollars, into Summer of Code 2011. There are a few project omissions this time around though. Neither Fedora nor Ubuntu have any students this year."

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Security

+ - Fewer Hacked Records Does Not Mean Better Security->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "The total number of compromised records has dropped substantially over the past couple of years, but not because organizations have come up with a superior recipe for defending their networks, InfoWorld reports. Instead, attackers are continually employing more focused forms of attack, looking for company intellectual property and financial data. Moreover, the low hack rate is also indicative of increasing ambition on the part of criminals. 'Today's APT (advanced persistent threat) attacks are aimed at taking over entire companies. At that level, individual data records just aren't that interesting.'"
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Japan

+ - Call to delay nuke license process->

Submitted by
mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Nuclear engineer Arne Gundersen calls on the NRC and congress to delay nuclear plant licensing until the lessons of Fukushima can be learned. He argues that worst case accident assumptions used by the NRC and the nuclear industry are not in tune with the reality demonstrated in the latest accident."
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Youtube

+ - Copyright Law is Killing Science->

Submitted by HansonMB
HansonMB (1988686) writes "Whereas copyright tends to focus on protecting artists’ ability to make money from their work, scientists don’t use similar incentives. And yet, her work is often kept within the gates of the ivory tower, reserved for those whose universities or institutions have purchased access, often at high costs. And for science in the age of the internet, which wants ideas to spread as widely as possible to encourage more creativity and development, this isn’t just bad: it’s immoral"
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Mars

+ - Was There a Natural Nuclear Blast on Mars?->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Ever wonder why the red planet is red?

About 180 million years ago, a planet-shattering yet naturally occurring nuclear reaction may have wiped out everything on Mars, sending a shockwave that turned the planet into dry sand.

Even more incredible: A natural nuclear reaction could have occurred on our own planet — and could happen again, said Dr. John Brandenburg, a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp.

"The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium — and this pattern radiates from a hot spot [on Mars],” Brandenburg said."

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Movies

+ - Big content killing innovation->

Submitted by TAGmclaren
TAGmclaren (820485) writes "America is at risk of losing its place as the leading place to innovate — not because of China or India, but rather because of the big content industries like the music and movie industry. So says the Harvard Business Review. It's interesting to see a big business publication come down on the technology side. From the article: "despite making their living relying on it, the Big Content players do not understand technology, and never have. Rather than see it as an opportunity to reach new audiences, technology has always been a threat to them. ""
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