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+ - One Professional Russian Troll Tells All->

Submitted by SecState
SecState (667211) writes "Hundreds of full-time, well-paid trolls operate thousands of fake accounts to fill social media sites and comments threads with pro-Kremlin propaganda. A St. Petersburg blogger spent two months working 12-hour shifts in a "troll factory," targeting forums of Russian municipal websites. In an interview, he describes how he worked in teams with two other trolls to create false "debates" about Russian and international politics, with pro-Putin views always scoring the winning point. Of course, with the U.S. government invoking "state secrets" to dismiss a defamation case against the supposedly independent advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran, Americans also need to be asking how far is too far when it comes to masked government propaganda."
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+ - Big Vulnerability in Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests at Risk->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Guests at hundreds of hotels around the world are susceptible to serious hacks because of routers that many hotel chains depend on for their Wi-Fi networks. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the systems, which would allow an attacker to distribute malware to guests, monitor and record data sent over the network, and even possibly gain access to the hotel’s reservation and keycard systems.

The vulnerability, which was discovered by Justin W. Clarke of the security firm Cylance, gives attackers read-write access to the root file system of the ANTlabs devices.

The discovery of the vulnerable systems was particularly interesting to them in light of an active hotel hacking campaign uncovered last year by researchers at Kaspersky Lab. In that campaign, which Kaspersky dubbed DarkHotel"

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+ - Arizona Senator Proposes Law to Require Mandatory Church Attendance

Submitted by Pikoro
Pikoro (844299) writes "Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R), during a committee meeting, put forth a proposal to submit a law requiring mandatory church attendance.

Allen explained that without a "moral rebirth" in the country, more people may feel the need to carry a weapon.
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said.

It's a sad sign of the times when Senators have forgotten that one of the founding pillars of the United States is separation of church and state."

Comment: It's the clothing. (Score 3, Interesting) 324

by XB-70 (#49351911) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
Back in the '80s, at the Bobbin Show in Atlanta, one exhibitor hired a booth babe of ... extraordinary ... proportions.

She was clad in: a very tight-fitting (and extremely stretched) t-shirt, disco shorts, socks and roller-skates.

Competitors complained and show management advised the exhibitor that:

A) She had to stop roller-skating around the show and

B) She had to add an item of clothing.

Next day, she showed up in the identical outfit more clearly outlined by a set of suspenders!

+ - US Offers Rewards for Fugitive Russian Cybercriminals->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The State Department will pay up to $2 million for information on Roman Olegovich Zolotarev, 29 and the alleged leader of the website, and up to $1 million for information on Konstantin Lopatin, 32 and an alleged moderator on the site. The website and international enterprise was taken down by law enforcement in March 2012 and 19 people arrested for their role in crimes that are estimated to have cost at least $50 million, according to the State Department."
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+ - RSA Conference Bans 'Booth Babes"->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.” New language in its exhibitor contract, while not using the term 'booth babe," leaves no doubt as to what type of salesmanship RSA wants left out of its event. Says a conference spokeswoman: “We thought this was an important step towards making all security professionals feel comfortable and equally respected during the show.”"
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Comment: To the second point (Score 4, Insightful) 213

by XB-70 (#49265765) Attached to: Yahoo Debuts End-To-End Encryption Email Plugin, Password-Free Logins
Fuck Yahoo! This is just a sleazy way to collect phone numbers and associate them with email addresses.

What if your phone is dead/stolen and you desperately need to get a message out? You're fucked.

NOTE: They just killed Yahoo! Profiles. In short, they are collecting data for themselves while making it harder and harder for Yahoo! users to search each other out.

Comment: What about... (Score 1) 107

by XB-70 (#49230463) Attached to: Lawsuit Claims Major Automakers Have Failed To Guard Against Hackers
Where is the class action lawsuit against Microsoft for the shoddy design that has allowed innumerable hacks, data breaches and identity theft - not to mention billions of dollars and man-hours in lost productivity?

If automakers built cars that were as easily hijacked as Windows, everyone would be driving with body guards.

Comment: Here's a real situation. (Score 2, Interesting) 340

A friend, who is a lawyer, had confidential, lawyer-client privileged information on her laptop relating to a multi-million dollar business deal.

Border guards demanded that she give them her password... They told her it was either not enter the country (and forfeit the deal) or give up her password. Her issue was that she was exposing privileged information to third parties who could, potentially, have illegally profited from the knowledge contained in that laptop.

At present, borders are dangerous legal limbo. This area needs deep oversight and clear paths for travellers to have recourse to constitutional rights.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil