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+ - The Spy at Harriton High-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "stryde.hax delivers a detailed look into the software involved in the alleged spying incident in PA. Among the findings are a detailed interview with a high school network tech describing the operation of the spyware, forum postings by school personnel, and a reverse engineering effort of the spyware client and server. Will the school's claim that the capability was never used hold up to this new flood of primary evidence?"
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+ - Does LiMo Linux Cost $400,000?

Submitted by InvisibleLink
InvisibleLink (666) writes "With the release of Android, Linux is emerging as a powerful competitor in the mobile smartphone Arena. While the Android media firestorm rages, however, the LiMo Foundation has quietly released 18 Linux handsets from 7 different vendors onto the market running Linux. What's unique about the LiMo Linux distribution is that while Android source code is freely available, Limo access is closed and the privilege to view and distribute source is sold for $400,000 a year. No source code is publicly available, including the LiMo Linux kernel. LiMo's highly comical FAQ even allows the distribution of binaries (but not source) to third parties. I am not an lawyer nor a GPL expert, but I sense that something is fishy here. How is it possible to sell access to Linux source code for half a million dollars a year?"

+ - Do The SSL Watchmen Watch Themselves?

Submitted by StrongestLink
StrongestLink (666) writes "In an intriguing twist on the recent Comodo CA vulnerability reported here last week, security researcher Mike Zusman today disclosed that three days prior to StartCom's disclosure of a flaw in a Comodo reseller's registration process, he discovered and disclosed an authentication bypass flaw to StartCom in their own registration process that allowed an attacker to submit an authorized request for any domain. During a month which was marked by the continuing paradigm shift to SSL-verified holiday shopping, the Chain of Trust continues to run off the gears, and Bruce Schneier is even commenting publicly that SSL's site validation mission isn't even relevant. What lies ahead for the billion-dollar CA industry?"

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