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Submission + - NASA discovers most distant galaxy in known universe (

An anonymous reader writes: From "NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes (not to be outdone by the Kepler Space Telescope) have discovered the most distant galaxy identified so far in the universe... the galaxy is 13.3 billion light years away and only a tiny fraction of the size of the Milky Way. Due to the time it takes light to travel through space, the images seen from Earth now show what the galaxy looked like when the universe was just 420 million years old, according to a press statement released from NASA. The newly discovered galaxy (is) named MACS0647-JD"

Submission + - New Malware Uses Google Docs As A Proxy Server To Phone Home

An anonymous reader writes: A new Trojan variant, detected as Backdoor.Makadocs and spread via RTF and Microsoft Word document marked as Trojan.Dropper, has been discovered that not only adds a clause to target Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Yet the more interesting part is the Google Docs addition. Backdoor.Makadocs gathers information from the compromised computer (such as host name and OS type) and then receives and executes commands from a C&C server to do further damage. In order to do so, the malware authors have decided to leverage Google Docs to ensure crystal clear communications.

Submission + - Microsoft's Antivirus Flags as Malicious (

tsu doh nimh writes: Computers running Microsoft‘s antivirus and security software may be flagging — the world’s most-visited Web site — as malicious, apparently due to a faulty Valentine’s Day security update shipped by Microsoft. For several hours on Tuesday, PC users browsing with Internet Explorer on a machine equipped with Microsoft Security Essentials or Forefront and Internet Explorer saw warnings that was serving up a “severe” threat – Exploit:JS/Blacole.BW — basically that was supposedly infected with a Blackhole exploit kit. The warning prompted users to "delete" the threat, although accepting the default action appeared to cause no ill result. The episode is more embarrassing than harmful, given that Microsoft is expected to ship antivirus technology with the next version of Windows.

Submission + - Microsoft's Hand Caught in 'Supercookie' Jar (

BogenDorpher writes: Microsoft announced today that it has disabled a tracking code used on its websites that apparently could track users as part of a "supercookie" tracking scheme. Supercookies are present even after the user deletes the cookies from their browser.

Submission + - Space tourism in a helium-filled 'bloon' (

cylonlover writes: While space tourism efforts by the likes of Space Adventures and Virgin Galactic are relying on the tried and true technology of rockets to launch paying customers into space, Barcelona-based company zero2infinity proposes a more leisurely and eco-friendly ride into near-space using a helium balloon called the bloon. Designed to carry passengers to an altitude of 36 km (22 miles), an unmanned scale prototype bloon was flown to an altitude of 33 km (20 miles) last year and the company is already taking bookings for passenger flights that are expected to lift off sometime between 2013 and 2015.

Submission + - Ask slashdot: security education for PMs

Suferick writes: I am putting together a security education program aimed at project managers. Some of them are technical and some not; they work in an environment that is very security conscious but sometimes have very little clue about security. What are the most important topics I should cover?

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