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Cellphones

App Store-Aided Mobile Attacks 186

Posted by kdawson
from the so-simple-a-kiddie-could-do-it dept.
Trailrunner7 sends along a ThreatPost.com piece that begins "The pace of innovation on mobile phones and other smart wireless devices has accelerated greatly in the last few years. ... But now the attackers are beginning to outstrip the good guys on mobile platforms, developing innovative new attacks and methods for stealing data that rival anything seen on the desktop, experts say. This particular attack vector — introducing malicious or Trojaned applications into mobile app stores — has the potential to become a very serious problem, researchers say. Tyler Shields, a security researcher at Veracode who developed a proof-of-concept spyware application for the BlackBerry earlier this year, said that the way app stores are set up and their relative lack of safeguards makes them soft targets for attackers. ... 'There are extremely technical approaches like the OS attacks, but that stuff is much harder to do,' Shields said. 'From the attacker's standpoint, it's too much effort when you can just drop something into the app store. It comes down to effort versus reward. The spyware Trojan approach will be the future of crime. Why spend time popping boxes when you can get the users to own the boxes themselves? If you couple that with custom Trojans and the research I've done, it's super scary.'"
Displays

The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam 532

Posted by timothy
from the say-it-ain't-so-joe dept.
An anonymous reader writes "There's a lot of things wrong with 3D movies. Avatar's 3D was well executed, but Alice's 3D was really bad, like all 2D-to-3D conversions. And yet, studios are reconverting 2D movies—including classics—into 3D to milk this fad. On top of that, the theaters are not prepared for 3D, with bad eyeglass optics and dark projections. In this article, a top CG supervisor in a prominent visual effects studio in Los Angeles calls it as it is: it's all a big scam by the movie studios."
The Internet

EU Paves the Way For Three-Strikes Cut-Off Policy 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-internet-for-you dept.
Mark.JUK writes "The European Parliament has surrendered to pressure from Member States (especially France) by abandoning amendment 138, a provision adopted on two occasions by an 88% majority of the plenary assembly, and which aimed to protect citizens' right to Internet access. The move paves the way for an EU wide policy supporting arbitrary restrictions of Internet access. Under the original text any restriction of an individual could only be taken following a prior judicial ruling. The new update has completely removed this, meaning that governments now have legal grounds to force Internet providers (ISPs) into disconnecting their customers from the Internet (i.e. such as when 'suspected' of illegal p2p file sharing)."
Security

China Expands Cyberspying In US, Report Says 186

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-do-you-got-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new report published by The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission wags a finger at the People's Republic of China for conducting Internet-borne espionage operations against United States high-tech companies. The paper, written by defense giant Northrop Grumman, provides a detailed case study of one such intrusion that moved large volumes of sensitive tech data out of a US firm in 2007. From a Wall Street Journal article, '"The case study is absolutely clearly controlled and directed with a specific purpose to get at defense technology in a related group of companies," said Larry Wortzel, vice chairman of the commission and a former U.S. Army attaché in China. "There's no doubt that that's state-controlled."' Wang Baodong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, criticized the commission as "a product of Cold War mentality" that was "put in place to pick China to pieces." He added: "Accusations of China conducting, or 'likely conducting' as the commission's report indicates, cyberspace attacks or espionage against the US are unfounded and unwarranted.'"

Comment: Re:Google != Android (Score 2, Interesting) 74

by douglas.barton (#29725053) Attached to: Android Application Development
That should have read: Mesh+P2P. The details of such could not be spelled out within this comment box.
Just as our modern "Free" internet is, a new wireless network would have to operate on a variety of technologies. A mesh would actually work out great for metro areas in terms of simple data, handset to handset, but there would have to be more powerful fixed site connections to allow continuity across the lager scope of the project. There is a Ukrainian guy who made a nice point to point with (i think) off the shelf parts. Its a Point to Point laser bridge.

Who needs net neutrality. We are the net.

These things we speak of however, are as most would say something like "out of the realm of possibility even for a group of autonomous people and their distributed development processes".

Anyone have any good links to this nature?

Comment: Re:Android is not an open platform (Score 1, Interesting) 74

by douglas.barton (#29722477) Attached to: Android Application Development
This is true, and will be the same story with the other carriers as well. Shall we see what happens when the Sprint Hero starts to hit.

Android is not open, parts of it are still locked down. Not even the SDK is open. How is it that all of the carriers all have their own flavor planned, and all of which are going to create limitations for the consumer, not empower them. This is the same system we are both talking about right? OH wait, AT&T must have a pure android flavor planned right? they are going to let you use tethering and VOIP, and incur no additional charges right? bullshite.

Google is too big, and they have revenue at heart. Google will be the killer of the FOSS spirit. I cant wait till I have the ability to view some ads on my Goobuntu box, it will be much better then that old Ubuntu system.

As if developing for this platform is truly going to benefit much more than those carriers that will continue the same process.

You might as well go dev for Microsoft's WM.

We need a middle point for us to market our wares yes, but not within the limitations created by giants such as Google and phone carriers. What strength they bring, creates a great weakness for the community.

Comment: Re:Android is not an open platform (Score 3, Informative) 74

by douglas.barton (#29722235) Attached to: Android Application Development
An excerpt from Wikipedia:
* The un-restrictive terms of Android's license have allowed corporations using Android to place restrictions on their own customers. As an example, tethering (PC or laptop internet connectivity via the cell phone) is forbidden by T-Mobile USA, and the Android Market has de-listed such applications for T-Mobile customers.[109] This also means that the apps can be carrier-specific as chosen by Google.[110]. (As a note, users can still download any application that is hosted on the internet whether or not it is in the market).
* Android uses Linux as its kernel,[111] but according to Google, it is not a conventional Linux distribution. It does not have a native X Window System, nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries like its system libraries (GNU C Library). This specific modification makes it difficult to reuse existing Linux applications or libraries on Android.[112]
* Android does not use established Java standards, i.e. Java SE and ME. This prevents compatibility among Java applications written for those platforms and those for the Android platform. Android only reuses the Java language syntax, but does not provide the full-class libraries and APIs bundled with Java SE or ME.[113]
* Because of potential security issues[114] Android does not officially allow apps to be installed on, nor run from, an SD card. Current Android products such as the HTC Dream and Magic have limited onboard memory and many users feel restricted by this lack of functionality.[115] Several unsupported modifications exist, however, to give the user this capability.[116]
* Android is criticized for its multitasking abilities and the lack of a significant driver base. For these reasons ARM and Real have expressed doubt that it will gain a major market share as a netbook OS.[117]
* Responsiveness can be poor due to the limitations of Dalvik's automatic memory management.[118]
* Developers report that it's difficult to maintain applications working on different versions of Android, because of various compatibility issues between versions 1.5 and 1.6[119].


/end excerpt


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Privacy

Corporations Now Have a Right To "Personal Privacy" 371

Posted by kdawson
from the wait-till-ai's-become-legal-persons dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Thanks to a recent ruling (PDF) by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, corporations now have a right to 'personal privacy,' due to the application of a carelessly worded definition in the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA exempts disclosure of certain records, but only if it 'could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.' But in its definitions, FOIA makes the mistake of broadly defining 'person' to include legal entities, like corporations. The FCC didn't think that 'personal privacy' could apply to a corporation, so they ignored AT&T's claim that releasing data from an investigation into how AT&T was overcharging certain customers would violate the corporation's privacy. The Third Circuit thought that the FCC's actions were contrary to what the law actually says. So now the FCC has to jump through more hoops to show that releasing data on their investigation into AT&T's overcharging is 'warranted' within the meaning of 5 USC 552(b)(7)(c) before it can release anything."
Security

Using Aluminum Oxide Paint To Secure Wi-Fi 271

Posted by Soulskill
from the prank-possibilities-abound dept.
eldavojohn writes "The BBC reports on people using aluminum oxide in their paint to block Wi-Fi signals from leaving their home or business. Aluminum oxide resonates at the same frequency as Wi-Fi signals and other radio waves, blocking data from going outside a building. It's not a flawless solution, as it may also block AM/FM signals. You or your neighbors may be unwittingly using this already, as most pre-finished wood flooring uses aluminum oxide as a protective coating."
Software

Company Uses DMCA To Take Down Second-Hand Software 488

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-i-sold-you-is-still-mine dept.
dreemteem writes "A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyrighted material. The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for sale there, and later to ban him from the site. Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright. Autodesk countered that because it licenses the software, rather than selling it outright, a licensee does not have the right to resell its products."
Medicine

Artificial Heart Recipient Has No Pulse 465

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-a-low-pitched-hum dept.
laggist writes "A heart patient in Singapore has been implanted with an artificial heart that pumps blood continuously, allowing her to live without a pulse. From the article: '... the petite Madam Salina, who suffers from end-stage heart failure, would not have been able to use the older and bulkier models because they can only be implanted in patients 1.7m or taller. The 30-year-old administrative assistant is the first recipient here to get a new artificial heart that pumps blood continuously, the reason why there are no beats on her wrist.'" The story is light on details, but an article from last year in MIT's Technology Review explains a bit more about how a pulse-less artificial heart works.

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