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+ - NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli writes: "The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia."

"The newly published document shows how the agencies wanted to “exploit” app store servers – using them to launch so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to infect phones with the implants. A man-in-the-middle attack is a technique in which hackers place themselves between computers as they are communicating with each other; it is a tactic sometimes used by criminal hackers to defraud people. In this instance, the method would have allowed the surveillance agencies to modify the content of data packets passing between targeted smartphones and the app servers while an app was being downloaded or updated, inserting spyware that would be covertly sent to the phones."

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Comment: You Lose! Good day, sir! (Score 2) 65

by countSudoku() (#49746983) Attached to: Australian ISP Offers Pro-bono Legal Advice To Accused Pirates

It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You tried to sue a person for downloading a movie that they were never going to watch UNLESS they got it for free! You bumped into the Intertubes which now have to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 4, Interesting) 375

Is this "evil student" charging, or making ad revenue, for views of said photos? Is the lighting on campus somehow owned by the school district and they forgot to charge for it? Just have some CS students wipe out the principal's iPhone, and he'll have something more important to do than not understand Fair Use media.

I'd say put them under a password and then not offer them to the yearbook crew. Everyone copyright your memory! Let's copyright old cigarette butts and empty bags of potato chips! IP is IP!

Comment: The world is your oyster (Score 1) 264

by countSudoku() (#49745793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

You have some reasonable skills. I'll second the guy who said to learn Python. Shell and Perl are awesome and get the job done, but Python is super nice to work with and has a ton of features and less-ugly syntax. Anyway, management is an option as described above, but if you're like me you like to build stuff and make the solutions happen. Freshen up your resume, copy the style of other "hipster" applicants, to a certain degree, you know what I mean. Then market yourself with multiple resumes in the fields you are sharp in; web app management, sys admin, Linux. I'll bet you know enough about securing a web app to become a web-centric security person, and those security jobs are going to get hot, if you don't mind the risk involved. Yeah you could be a software dev, a web admin, a manager of all that, Linux admin, you probably know enough about networking to be a senior net admin. Don't even fret about the no college or no certs. Both of those are nice to have, but better to have the real skills to do the real work.

Personally, I'm at the top of my field and can basically ignore job come-on and target big players directly. But don't be afraid to do some contracting. There are TONS of contracting companies out there, and most of them are desperate to get anybody to work for them. Just make sure the fit is right for you. Name your salary, NEVER low-ball yourself. You have the skills to pay the bills, as the kids say. I look way younger then I am, but I don't hide my wealth of old-school knowledge. I routinely outclass much younger applicants and take the job. Usually with one interview. Take your skills and become the star that you are.

BTW, you owe me $15 for this session. See you next week! ;)

+ - Part of Antarctica Suddenly Started Melting at a Rate of 14 Trillion Gal. a Year

Submitted by merbs
merbs writes: Sometime in 2009, a long-stable, glacier-filled region in Antarctica suddenly began to melt. Fast. A team of scientists with the University of Bristol made the alarming observation by looking at data from the CryoSat-2 satellite: The glaciers around the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, which had showed no signs of change through 2008, had begun losing 55 trillion liters (14.5 trillion gallons) of ice a year. And they evidenced no signs of slowing down.

+ - Scientists Demonstrate World's Smallest Speaker-> 3

Submitted by HTpizza
HTpizza writes: Scientists at USC and The Aerospace Corporation demonstrate the world’s smallest speaker, consisting of individual suspended carbon nanotube approximately 2 m in length, 1 nm in diameter, and 10-21 kg in mass. Corresponding author Adam Bushmaker stated, “This is 10,000 times smaller than any previous electroacoustic system studied.” By applying an AC voltage, the nanotube and surrounding air molecules heat up creating a sound wave that can be detected with a commercial microphone. The acoustic signals detected correspond to -28 decibels. These results were published recently in the journal ACS Nano
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Comment: Re:even if you don't want applicances to be connec (Score 1) 166

I look forward to hacking into your $8 Internet connection to make your stupid fridge fuck your toaster and have your stupid smartphone video it and post it to your stupid facebook account

IoT is for idiots who don't realize you don't need a fucking Internet connection for a fridge. What a fucking waste of technology. I hope your fridge gets a virus and you get diarrhea

Now put a embedded system into some dildos? THEN you have some modern IoT shit, bro

Comment: Re:Criminal liability ... (Score 1) 82

Forget all that, it'll never make it in front of a judge/jury because the lobbyists will be paying off anyone who even THINKS of making a noise against their precious "too big to fail" health company who never hurt anybody ever and always brushes their teeth before bed and never says a discouraging word. How dare we want our privacy. :/

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