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+ - Ask Slashdot: How can I prepare for the Theft of my Android Phone? 5

Submitted by Adam Jorgensen
Adam Jorgensen (1302989) writes "Last week my 4-week old Moto G phone was stolen while getting onto the train at Salt River in Cape Town, South Africa. That in itself is no big deal. Cellphone theft is a huge problem here in South Africa and I've had at least two previous cellphones stolen. The big deal this time, for me at least, was that this was the first time I've lost an Android phone to theft.

When I actually sat down and through about it, losing a fully configured Android phone is actually a big deal as it provides ready access to all kinds of accounts, including ones Google account. This could potentially allow the thief to engage in all kinds of malicious behaviour, some of which could have major implications beyond the scope of the theft.

Luckily for me it seems that the thief did the usual thing: Dumped the sim card, wiped the phone and switched it off. It's probably had it's IMEI changed by now and been sold on to some oblivious punter, possibly some oblivious punter in another country.

Still, the potential for serious issue is making me have second thoughts about replacing the phone with anything capable of doing much more than calling.

My question is this: Are there any serious solutions out there for Android that secure against theft?

By serious I mean solutions that go beyond the laughably easy to defeat "Find My Phone" and "Remote Wipe" options provided at present. Presently I'm thinking along the lines of:
  • Full encryption of phone contents
  • Some kind of "Travel Safe" mode that would lock the phone down and trigger a full wipe of not unlocked correctly (Including wiping the phone on next boot if not unlocked before being switched off/running out of battery).

So, any ideas?"

+ - Mysterious S-shape appears on weather radar

Submitted by criten
criten (986175) writes "On Wednesday the Bureau of Meteorology's doppler radar at Perth, Western Australia detected an unusual S-shape near Rottness Island. Comparison with satellite imagery showed the echo was not related to any cloud formation. A spokesman for the Department of Defence said in a statement on Thursday that the exercise was a regular training activity involving ships and aircraft designed to prepare a Navy warship for an operational deployment. But what kind of military activity could generate this radar return?"

+ - Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Inside the memory card in the cat's collar, authorities found a resentful message criticizing the police along with versions of the virus (iesys.exe) used to carry out the threat messages, which were made remotely, through other people’s computers. If you hadn’t heard about the story in the news, you'd be forgiven for confusing it with the plot of a Haruki Murakami novel.

In Tokyo District Court Wednesday, the former employee of a Japanese IT company wore a black suit, a wide smile, and pleaded not guilty to 10 charges brought against him. The Japan Times explained the string of threats were directed at “schools and kindergartens attended by the Emperor Akihito’s grandchildren,” as well as a Japan Airlines jet headed for New York. The plane had to stop midflight, costing the airline ¥9.75 million (about $93,000)."

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Comment: Re:Sounds like they won't (Score 1) 329

by ben_kelley (#38946943) Attached to: Full-Body Scans Rolled Out At All Australian International Airports

Coming up this week on Border Security:

Immigration Officer 1: ... so the passenger has presented at border control, and has refused the normal safety scan.

Immigration Officer 2: Right, so effectively endangering the safety and security of the nation?

Immigration Officer 1: Yes. That's right sir. What should we do with him.

Immigration Officer 2: Normal procedure. Plastic cuffs, scan him, put him on the next plane out.

Immigration Officer 1: Should we tase him first?

Immigration Officer 2: If you like. It has been a quiet morning, hasn't it? Yeah go for it.

Immigration Officer 1: Thankyou sir.

+ - Exploring Underwater Caves in the Bahamas Could Pr

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Texas A&M University at Galveston think they’re closer to discovering alien life forms – and they’re looking in the Bahamas.

Underwater caves hold clues to how life formed on Earth millions of years ago, housing microbes that can survive in environments with very low amounts of oxygen and light. There are tens of thousands of underwater caves across the globe, but less than 5 percent have ever been explored."

All the simple programs have been written.