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Submission + - Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to UK government (mirror.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters' social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions.

A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP's London offices.

Submission + - A nostalgic look at 1995 home PCs, games, & peripherals compared to 2015's (relativelyinteresting.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I recently stumbled upon a computer science project I did in high school (back in 1995) entitled “Technology in Society”. We were tasked with finding newspaper articles that demonstrated technology in various work spaces. Discovering a gem like this – especially after two decades have passed – is eye opening and mind boggling.

Reading through it, I drifted back to my teenage years and recalled my earliest experiences with a PC: the excitement and surprise when reading through Compton’s Encyclopedia; playing DOOM and Wolfenstein with a newly installed sound card; and browsing a primitive Web 1.0 Internet on Netscape Navigator. These experiences would form the foundation for my future career in the online, interactive space...


Submission + - EFF launches the cell-site simulator section of Street Level Surveillance today

An anonymous reader writes: EFF launches the cell-site simulator section of Street Level Surveillance today

December 10, 2015

"Digital analyzer. IMSI catcher. Stingray. Triggerfish. Dirt box. Cell-site simulator. The list of aliases used by the devices that masquerade as a cell phone tower, trick your phone into connecting with them, and suck up your data, seems to grow every day[1]. But no matter what name cell-site simulators go by, whether they are in the hands of the government or malicious thieves, there's no question that they're a serious threat to privacy[2]." (By Nadia Kayyali — remainder of article @ [1])

That's why EFF[3] is launching the cell-site simulator section[4] of Street Level Surveillance[5] today.

[1] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...
[2] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...
[3] https://www.eff.org/
[4] https://www.eff.org/sls/tech/c...
[5] https://www.eff.org/sls

"EFF's Street Level Surveillance Project[5] unites our past and future work on domestic surveillance technologies into one easily accessible portal. On this page, you'll find all the materials we have on each individual technology gathered into one place. Materials include FAQs about specific technologies, infographics and videos explaining how technologies work, and advocacy materials for activists concerned about the adoption of street level surveillance technologies in their own community. In the coming months, we'll be adding materials on drones, stingrays, and fusion centers."

[5] https://www.eff.org/sls

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Submission + - WSJ: New Education Bill to Get More Coding in Classrooms

theodp writes: The WSJ's Yoree Koh reports that computer science has been recognized as important an academic subject as math and English in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, putting it on equal footing with other subjects when state and local policymakers decide how to dole out federal funds. The law is likely to be a boon for tech companies, Koh adds, which constantly face a shortage of engineers to hire, and have backed Code.org to lobby for computer science teaching in schools. "This legislation will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy," said Microsoft in a blog post. "ESSA makes a number of significant improvements to expand access to computer science education by diverse populations in urban, suburban, and rural areas," explained the ACM. As far as CS and STEM goes, the bill calls for "increasing access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students."

Submission + - MIT Creates Tor Alternative That Floods Networks With Fake Data (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: MIT researchers create an alternative to Tor, a network messaging system called Vuvuzela that pollutes the network with dummy data so the NSA won't know who's talking to who. First tests show a 44-seconds delay, but the network can work fine and keep anonymity even it has more than 50% of servers compromised.

Submission + - DHS deployed plane above San Bernardino to scoop up all phone calls after attack (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Federal investigators looking into the San Bernardino massacre deployed a spy plane overhead after the attacks in an apparent attempt to find additional suspects.

The Department of Homeland Security is said to have put up the single engine craft over the California city and ordered it to make repeated circles overhead.

The craft would likely have been equipped with Dirtbox technology which can scan tens of thousands of phones in one go to identify suspects.

The report adds to the intrigue about whether or not there were accomplices in the San Bernardino attacks, which took place last Wednesday and were the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

Submission + - No More QA: Yahoo's Tech Leaders Say Engineers are Better Off Coding With No Net (ieee.org)

Tekla Perry writes: A year ago Yahoo eliminated its test and quality assurance team, as part of project Warp Drive, its move to continuous delivery of code. The shift wasn't easy, Yahoo tech execs say, and required some "tough parenting." But the result has been fewer errors because "when you have humans everywhere, checking this, checking that, they add so much human error into the chain that, when you take them out, even if you fail sometimes, overall you are doing better.” And the pain wasn't as great as expected. Yahoo's chief architect and SVP of science and technology discuss the transition.

Submission + - Western Digital and ownCloud Plan Self-Hosting Cloud Storage Solution for Homes 1

prisoninmate writes: Yes, you're reading it right, ownCloud and Western Digital need a few volunteers who can help them find the best solution for putting together one of the easiest to setup self-hosting cloud storage solution. They are looking for ideas to make everything as simple as possible to configure by anyone. So what you have to do? Simply, you need first to make a proposal and send it to ownCloud. The project consists of creating a self-hosted device powered by the ownCloud Server software, Western Digital 1TB hard disk drives, as well as a Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer. If the project prooves to be successful, they will start selling the devices online starting early 2016.

Submission + - The most distant object in Solar system is discovered

igny writes: A group of scientists discovered what seems to be the most distant object in Solar system so far. They proposed three possible explanations. Is that a Superearth some 300 AU away? Is that just another OORT object some 100 AU away? Or could it be a cool brown dwarf (Nemesis?) some 20,000 AU away?

Submission + - Samsung enters auto industry to make electronics for autonomous cars (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has become the latest electronics company to create a division specifically for manufacturing parts for the automotive industry. South Korea's largest smartphone maker said it will begin manufacturing electronics with a specific focus on autonomous vehicles and infotainment systems. In October, General Motors announced a strategic partnership with South Korea's LG Electronics for it to produce a majority of the key components for GM's upcoming electric vehicle (EV), the Chevrolet Bolt. Having formerly balked at the automotive electronics market as too small, consumer computer chipmakers are now entering the space with fervor.

Dutch semiconductor maker NXP is closing an $11.8 billion deal to buy Austin-based Freescale, which makes automotive microprocessors. The combined companies would displace Japan's Renesas as the world's largest vehicle chipmaker. German semiconductor maker Infineon Technology has reportedly begun talks to buy a stake in Renesas. Thilo Koslowski, a vice president at Gartner, said the industry is entering the age of "software-defined vehicles." There are easily 80 to 100 processors in a vehicle depending on their sophistication," Koslowski said. "Automotive software and hardware capabilities will become one of most sophisticated device platforms out there."

Submission + - Faraday Future selects Las Vegas as home for $1B electric car factory (bimmerfest.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Faraday Future, the newest and most unknown player in the electric car game, has selected North Las Vegas as the home for their billion dollar factory. The 3 million square foot factory will be built on 900 acres and create 4,500 jobs. Faraday Future will release more information on their Tesla fighter, 100% electric car at CES in January.

Comment Re:Okay... (Score 1) 556

Actually, a one time pad IS perfect -- provided it is generated in a truly random fashion, and your definition of perfect isn't irrational.

I don't know who's telling you that "a lot of applications use a cut and paste prime", but they're probably wrong. Every standard application and library in wide use generates new primes every time it generates a new key. If it didn't, every key it generated would be the same, and this would be caught out fast.

Far more common is that the application is lazy about testing that the prime it has generated is actually prime, and if it's not, then breaking the key is made much easier.

Submission + - Simulation pinpoints the most likely spots for life in the Milky Way (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Our home galaxy isn’t as hospitable to life as you might think. Cosmic radiation, supernova explosions, and collisions with small galaxies make much of the Milky Way too hellish for biology. But a detailed new simulation locates quiet and fertile neighborhoods, including a surprising locale: wispy streams of stars flung far beyond the main body of the Milky Way.

Submission + - Man Used Location Data in Instagram Photos to Steal Women's Underwear (petapixel.com)

sandbagger writes: The next time you hear 'it's only meta-data' you may want to look up the story of 44-year-old Arturo Galvan. The gentleman is believed to be behind 6 burglaries with 24 victims dating back to October 2015. He used the location data in instagram photos to locate the addresses of women, police allege, and then burgle their underpants and bras. Mr Galvan has posted bond in relation to the accusation.

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