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Submission + - Search for Evi Nemeth Continues (

oneiros27 writes: Although the initial search for Evi Nemeth (and some other people who didn't write Unix books) ended, family and friends of the missing crew are funding a private search effort for the crew. They've managed to get more images from DigitalGlobe of the drift area, but now need help looking through the pictures. If you've got some free time, you might be able to help save some lives.

Submission + - NASA Data Breach Predicted In Its Own Newsletter (

An anonymous reader writes: NASA suffered a major data breach on Oct 31, 2012 when a laptop with the sensitive personal information of 10,000+ employees was stolen from an employee's car in Washington, DC. As it turns out, the NASA CIO had predicted just such an event, right down to the mockup headlines in the CIO's July IT Newsletter (see page 6). It didn't quite make the front page of the NY Times, but it did get their attention. Among the employees and contractors affected by the data breach are some of the plaintiffs from the Nelson v. NASA privacy case that was decided in 2011. Among the arguments (aside from intrusive investigations) is that the government was likely to improperly release the collected data. Some of the plaintiffs were already retired from NASA when their data was lost, and others had submitted to the background investigations less than 6 months before.

Submission + - United States Government: How They Want To Take Ov 1

ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes: Fox News recently ran a report about the website, the official "Cars for Clunkers" site that allows you to trade in your old car and get money to buy a new, fuel-efficient vehicle, has a very odd Terms of Service.

When you click on the button on the official site to submit a transaction, a warning box pops up that states the following:

"This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personal, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign."

So basically, by clicking on "Continue", you've just made your personal computer, in your home, a Federal computer system, which would allow the government to spy on it!

The Courts

Submission + - EFF takes on RIAA on 'making available' theory ( 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In Atlantic v. Howell, the Phoenix, Arizona, case in which a defendant who has no legal representation has been battling the RIAA over its theory that merely 'making files available for distribution' is in and of itself a copyright infringement, Mr. Howell has received some help from an outside source. On the very last day allowed for the filing of supplemental briefs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief agreeing with Mr. Howell, and refuting the RIAA's motion for summary judgment. The brief (pdf), which is recommended reading for anyone who wants to know what US copyright law really says, points out that "contrary to Plaintiffs' arguments, an infringement of the distribution right requires the unauthorized, actual dissemination of copies of a copyrighted work." This is the same case in which the RIAA claimed that Mr. Howell's mp3's, copied from his cd's, were themselves unlawful."

Submission + - Flawed TSA website puts flyers at risk of ID theft

An anonymous reader writes: A scathing new congressional report reveals that security flaws in a TSA website put thousands of Americans at risk of identity theft. Worse, the investigation also reveals the no-bid contract to create the site was awarded to the outside firm by a TSA employee who had previously worked there. In what can only be described as poetic justice — the flaws in the website were discovered by Christopher Soghoian, the boarding pass hacker who the FBI and TSA had investigated only months before. CNET has more on the story.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato