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+ - Hackers can track subway riders' movements even underground by ->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill writes: Tens of millions of daily subway riders around the world can be tracked through their smartphones by a new attack, according to research from China's Nanjing University. The new attack even works underground and doesn't utilize GPS or cell networks. Instead, the attacker steals data from a phone's accelerometer. Because each subway in the world has a unique movement fingerprint, the phone's motion sensor can give away a person's daily movements with up to 92% accuracy.
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+ - Silk Road's leader paid a doctor to help keep customers safe->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Two years after the fall of Silk Road, new facts about the saga are still emerging all the time. The latest revelation is that Dread Pirate Roberts, the leader of Silk Road, paid a doctor $500 per week to offer public and private counseling to customers of the site. DoctorX, also known as Dr. Fernando Caudevilla, became famous for his free work on the site. The fact that he was eventually paid a salary is being used by lawyers for Ross Ulbricht to argue that Silk Road emphasized harm reduction and was, on the whole, a huge improvement in safety for drug users.
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+ - How The U.S. Government Is Leaving Us Vulnerable To Cyberattacks-> 1

Submitted by erier2003
erier2003 writes: An MIT study argues that weak government investment is leaving the country vulnerable to a wide range of intrusions and exploits. The solution, according to the MIT team, is twofold: completely redesign the world's computers to eliminate inherent flaws and implement a stronger method of authentication.
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+ - Meet Sonic, The ISP That Actually Cares About User Privacy

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: Unlike Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and other telecom giants, California-based Sonic has user privacy protection baked into its DNA. It is the only ISP to receive a perfect score on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Who Has Your Back?" scorecard, and it stores customers' IP addresses for a fraction of what other ISPs do. But that's only just the start.

+ - NSA's Former General Council Talks Privacy, Security, And Snowden's 'Betrayal'

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: In his first interview since retiring as general council to the NSA, Rajesh De offers detailed insights into the spy agency's efforts to find balance between security and privacy, why the NSA often has trouble defending itself in public, the culture of "No Such Agency," and what it was like on the inside when the Snowden bombshell went off.

+ - How to make your carrier unlock your smartphone

Submitted by catparty
catparty writes: After an FCC ruling, all carriers must comply with requests to unlock a phone on their network and that rule goes into effect starting today. Compiled here are the guidelines of the ruling, what makes you eligible, and how to get in touch with each carrier to go make them unlock your phone in the U.S.

+ - The Last Days Of TUAW

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: Founded in 2004, TUAW, or the Unofficial Apple Weblog, was one of the longest-running sites dedicated to covering all things Apple, and as of today, it is no more. The site still exists—insofar as navigating to its url won’t lead you to a dead page—but publishing has ceased. TUAW, as the Internet knew it for a decade, is gone. I had the privilege of writing for TUAW for a long time, and this is my goodbye.

+ - NBC's Super Bowl livestream was not as awful as it seemed->

Submitted by erier2003
erier2003 writes: As soon as the game started, the stream was choppy, with big, painful gaps in between the snap and the play. If you want to experience deafening silence, sit in a room with 10 people with the Super Bowl volume turned way up and wallow in the absolute stillness of a frozen, soundless screen. But the question remains: Did NBC botch this, or are we just whining?
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+ - Los Angeles UberX driver accused of sexually assaulting female passenger

Submitted by catparty
catparty writes: Uber's latest rider safety scandal involves a Los Angeles UberX driver who allegedly raped a female passenger after pretending to be on duty in the early hours of Sunday Feb. 1. The incident is unfolding just days after a female rider in India filed a lawsuit against Uber in the U.S. for failing to provide proper safety precautions. Sunday's incident is just the latest in a string of sexual assault charges against Uber drivers, who work as contractors for the ride sharing company.

+ - Microsoft claims Windows 10 would have prevented 2014's biggest hacks->

Submitted by catparty
catparty writes: On stage at a Windows 10 event, Microsoft VP Terry Myerson said that features in the new version of Windows would have "countered the techniques used in the recent headline making attacks."

He implies that Windows 10 could have prevented not just the Sony hack but the Lizard Squad DDoS attacks that took down Xbox Live, thought to be executed through an embedded SSH vulnerability.

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+ - U.S. Government Believed Mt. Gox Founder Mark Karpeles Ran Silk Road

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: In the trial of Ross Ulbricht on Thursday, Homeland Security agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan testified that his two-year investigation into Silk Road led squarely to Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles. “Lots of little things added up to [Karpeles],” Der-Yeghiayan testified.In a meeting with other Homeland Security agents, Der-Yeghiayan recalled saying that “we have built up quite a large amount of information that leads to this.”

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