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Security

Inside the Duqu Worm's Source Code 157

angry tapir writes "Wrapped in the code the Duqu worm uses to infect computers is the message: 'Copyright (c) 2003 Showtime Inc. All rights reserved. DexterRegularDexter.' An analysis of the worm has also revealed that Duqu, which is similar to Stuxnet and may even have been written by the same developers, may be four years old and that it generally tries to steal information on Wednesdays."

Comment Why? (Score 1) 548

Why would they do this? It has to be something they can sell or bargain with. So does this mean they'll try to lower the price they pay to Dell for preinstalling Ubuntu (if, in fact, they're actually paying for this). Or are they planning to create an adware-version of Ubuntu?

Neither seems very likely, so ... why?

M.

The Internet

Submission + - Internet is 40 today->

blirp writes: The first message ever sent over the ARPANET (sent over the first host-to-host connection) occurred at 10:30 PM on October 29, 1969. It was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline and supervised by UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock. The message was sent from the UCLA SDS Sigma 7 Host computer to the SRI SDS 940 Host computer. The message itself was simply the word "login." The "l" and the "o" transmitted without problem but then the system crashed. Hence, the first message on the ARPANET was "lo". They were able to do the full login about an hour later.
Happy anniversary!

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Comment Virtualization (Score 4, Interesting) 450

I have at least 14 virtual machines installed. Most are never used, but as long as I *can* install any OS in a VM, I do, and I check it out for a while. Then, new OS or new version.

I even try different VM's, so there's Ubuntu, Kubuntu and xUbuntu 9.04, Windows XP, Vista and 7 on VirtualBox and on VMWare... No wonder I manage to fill up even a 200GB disk.

And, in addition to video and music, each full branch of our product takes up about 1 gig...

M.

Security

A Cyber-Attack On an American City 461

Bruce Perens writes "Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes in the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. Its implications, though startling, have gone almost un-reported. So I decided to change that."

FORTH IF HONK THEN

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