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+ - Something is Happening at thepiratebay.se->

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "On December 9 The Pirate Bay was raided but despite the rise of various TPB clones and rumors of reincarnations, thepiratebay.se domain remained inaccessible, until today. This morning the Pirate Bay’s nameservers were updated to ones controlled by their domain name registrar binero.se .

A few minutes later came another big change when The Pirate Bay’s main domain started pointing to a new IP-address (178.175.135.122) that is connected to a server hosted in Moldova.

So far there is not much to see, just a background video of a waving pirate flag (taken from Isohunt.to) and a counter displaying the time elapsed since the December 9 raid. However, the "AES string" looks 'promising.'"

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+ - TSA has record-breaking haul in 2014: Guns, cannons, and swords

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The TSA has gathered an impressive pile of confiscated weapons this year. In early November the agency had already discovered 1,855 firearms at checkpoints. In addition to guns, they've also collected machetes, hatchets, swords, giant scissors, brass knuckles, cannonballs, bear repellant and, this past October, an unloaded cannon. “Maybe someone has a lucky inert grenade they brought back from some war, or a nice cane was given to them and they forgot that the thing is actually a sword,” said Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security, “It’s the people that are carrying stuff like chainsaws that make me wonder.”"

+ - South Korean power plants to conduct cyber-attack drills following hack->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "South Korea’s nuclear operator has been targeted in a cyber-attack, with hackers threatening people to “stay away” from three of the country’s nuclear reactors should they not cease operations by Christmas. The stolen data is thought to be non-critical information, and both the company and state officials have assured that the reactors are safe. However, KHNP has said that it will be conducting a series of security drills over the next two days at four power plants to ensure they can all withstand a cyber-attack. The hacks come amid accusations by the U.S. that North Korea may be responsible for the punishing hack on Sony Pictures. Concerns have mounted that Pyongyang may initiate cyber strikes against industrial and social targets in the U.S. and South Korea."
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+ - Amazon "Suppresses" book with too many hyphens

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Author Graeme Reynolds found his novel withdrawn from Amazon because of excessive use of hyphens. He received an email from Amazon about his werewolf novel, High Moor 2: Moonstruck, because a reader had complained that there were too many hyphens. “When they ran an automated spell check against the manuscript they found that over 100 words in the 90,000-word novel contained that dreaded little line,” he says. “This, apparently ‘significantly impacts the readability of your book’ and, as a result, ‘We have suppressed the book because of the combined impact to customers.’”"

+ - Serious flaws in NTP (the application, not the protocol) need to be patched 3

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "A new set of vulnerabilities with the most common NTP daemon have been discovered by Google security researchers. There exist public exploits that target these flaws, so it's recommended to patch to version 4.2.8 (or switch to openntp which doesn't have the same issues) immediately. This is especially problematic for those systems that run ntpd with root privileges as a single carefully crafted packet can allow access at the privilege level of the process. This was reported by ZDNet a few days ago and I have yet to see the Ubuntu patches for this, but it looks like Red Hat are on top of things."

Comment: Re:https://thepiratebay.cr (Score 1) 184

by Zanadou (#48563857) Attached to: Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

Remove the "s" --> http://thepiratebay.cr/ . The interesting thing about this one is the chat box in lower left corner. Worth lucking for a while in there to see if any interesting info pops up.

However, it looks like none of the content has been updated since yesterday. Maybe the upstream "pool" is still AWOL, as well.

There's also http://thepiratebay.ee/ , but I'm not sure about the (more/less) authenticity of that one. It also hasn't been updated in a about 24 hours.

+ - U.K. Police Force "Accidentally" Admits It Spied on Journalists->

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "A U.K. police force has accidentally released documents revealing that it has used controversial anti-terror laws to spy on journalists who had not committed any crimes.

The Cleveland Police force (U.K.) “erroneously” sent information to The Press Gazette, a British media trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press, that indicated that the police force had used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to obtain telecoms data while searching for a journalist’s source, the Press Gazette reports—and asked the publication to delete the documents when they realised what they had done.

Press Gazette refused to do so, arguing that “there is a strong public interest in disclosing it.”"

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+ - "Outernet", a Satellite-Based Internet Delivery/Caching System

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Outernet, humbly billing itself as "Humanity's Public Library", seeks to deliver internet content to even the world poorest and under-provisioned people via a system of repurposed television broadcast satellites (DVB-S) periodically transmitting data based on "selected internet content", to either a device called "Lantern", which in turn distributes the data via an in-built wifi point, or via a DIY solution.

It's been billed in some press as "Internet from Space"; it's perhaps not quite that: it's not providing a live internet feed, just selected portions, ("like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music"), i.e. most likely a cache of Wikipedia, with other content selection open to a vote. One thing that does come to mind: this might be a relatively difficult system to censor and/or block in repressive regimes."

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