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Submission + - NSA quantum compute effort disclosed 2

sumoinsanity writes: Schrödinger's cat is "probably" still in the bag as disclosed by the Washington Post. Perhaps it is both disturbing and reassuring as discussed here. The reassuring part is that PKI is still OK when done properly as the NSA desires to break it with Quantum Crypto. The disturbing bit is that it is perhaps just a matter of time before PKI succumbs and our private parts are out there for all to see :-|

Submission + - Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile Phone Business

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: BBC reports that Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy "substantially all" of Nokia's mobile-phone business for $7.2 billion in a deal that will also see Nokia license its patents to Microsoft. "We believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders," says Risto Siilasmaa, chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors. "But what definitely are surprises are the timing and the price," writes Tero Kuittinen at Forbes. "It’s a particularly stunning turn as it seemed that Nokia had finally turned the corner with its Lumia smartphone business literally just months ago." Boosted by its sub-$150 price, the Lumia 520 and its sibling models have recently enjoyed substantial momentum in South-East Asia and even at T-Mobile and AT&T in North America but it could be that the latest wave of $100-130 smartphones from Google’s Asian allies has pushed Nokia’s feature phone business into such a tail spin that immediate measures were necessary. "It is possible that the feature phone sales collapse has turned into such a red rout that Nokia felt it had to push the panic button right now."

Submission + - Google pledges not to sue open source software, unless first attacked (

sfcrazy writes: Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In it's pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google’s patents covered by the pledge to other technologies.

Submission + - U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances (

concealment writes: "The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates."


Submission + - Rather Than Fix The CFAA, House Judiciary Committee Planning To Make It Worse (

walterbyrd writes: "Adds computer crimes as a form of racketeering. Expands the ways in which you could be guilty of the CFAA — including making you just as guilty if you plan to "violate" the CFAA than if you actually did so. Ratchets up many of the punishments. Makes a very, very minor adjustment to limit "exceeding authorized access." Expands the definition of "exceeding authorized access" in a very dangerous way. Makes it easier for the federal government to seize and forfeit anything."
The Courts

Submission + - Twitter Sued $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users ( 1

redletterdave writes: "After a French civil court ruled on Jan. 24 that Twitter must identify anyone who broke France's hate speech laws, Twitter has since refused to identify the users behind a handful of hateful and anti-Semitic messages, resulting in a $50 million lawsuit. Twitter argues it only needs to comply with US laws and is thus protected by the full scope of the First Amendment and its free speech privileges, but France believes its Internet users should be subject to the country's tighter laws against racist and hateful forms of expression."

Submission + - Laser pointers produce too much energy, pose risks for the careless (

coondoggie writes: "Commercial grade green and red laser pointers emit energy far beyond what is safe, posing skin, eye and fire hazards. That was the conclusion of a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study on the properties of handheld laser devices that tested 122 of the devices and found that nearly 90% of green pointers and about 44% of red pointers tested were out of federal safety regulation compliance."

Submission + - Aaron Swartz's Estate Seeks Release of Documents

theodp writes: The Boston Globe reports that the estate of Aaron Swartz filed a motion in federal court in Boston Friday to allow the release of documents in the case that has generated national controversy over the US attorney's aggressive pursuit of a stiff sentence. The Court filing suggests that the US attorney's office is still up for jerking Aaron around a little posthumously, seeking what his lawyers termed overbroad redactions, including names and titles that are already publicly known. Swartz's family also seeks the return of his seized property. Last week, Swartz's girlfriend accused MIT of dragging its feet on investigating his suicide. Meanwhile, Slate's Justin Peters asks if the Justice Department learned anything from the Aaron Swartz case, noting that Matthew Keys, who faces 25 years in prison for crimes that include aiding-and-abetting the display of humorously false content, could replace Swartz as the poster boy for prosecutorial overreach.

Submission + - Google bars site that converts YouTube songs into MP3s (

An anonymous reader writes: Google is apparently cracking down on a popular site that converts the music from YouTube videos into MP3s. has received a letter from Google, YouTube's parent company, notifying the site operators that converting videos this way violates YouTube's terms of service, according to the blog TorrentFreak, which said it has seen the letter.
In addition, YouTube apparently has blocked's servers from accessing the site.


Submission + - LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online

jones_supa writes: A user in a Russian forum (which?) is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of almost 6.5 million account details. The user uploaded 6,458,020 SHA-1 hashed passwords, but no usernames. Several people have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list. The Verge spoke with Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, who thinks this is a real collection. He told us he is 'guessing it's some sort of exploit on their web interface, but there's no way to know.' We will have to wait for LinkedIn to report back to be sure what exactly has happened.

Submission + - Google now paying Mozilla $300 million/year (

larry bagina writes: No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox.

Submission + - Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus (

NeutronCowboy writes: Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network.

User Journal

Journal Journal: I worry about the principle of least privilege and default-deny 4

I'm currently taking a course on network security; the class is, in itself, inane, but it does contribute to my continuing to think about information security over a period of time. It seems to me that issues in information security bring to a head issues that concern me about the social impact of computer and network technology in general.

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.