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Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the demo-suit-is-free dept.
An anonymous reader tips news that a lawyer in Pennsylvania has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company's handling of Xbox Live transactions is, in some cases, fraudulent. "Samuel Lassoff, of Horsham, PA, said an invoice he received earlier this month from Microsoft included charges for purchases he couldn't complete due to a balky download system — and he claimed it wasn't an accident. Microsoft 'engaged in a scheme to unjustly enrich itself through their fraudulent handling' of his account, Lassoff charged in papers filed earlier this week in US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania. ... 'Microsoft breached that contract by collecting revenues for digital goods and services which were not provided,' Lassoff said in his lawsuit."
Encryption

+ - Hacker Claims iPhone 3GS Encryption Easy to Crack-> 2

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "What Apple won't tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak it can be cracked in two minutes with a few pieces of readily available freeware.

"It is kind of like storing all your secret messages right next to the secret decoder ring," said Jonathan Zdziarski, an iPhone developer and a hacker who teaches forensics courses ( http://www.zdziarski.com/forensics_seminar/ ) on recovering data from iPhones. "I don't think any of us [developers] have ever seen encryption implemented so poorly before, which is why it's hard to describe why it's such a big threat to security."

Zdziarski said it's just as easy to access a user's private information on an iPhone 3GS as it was on the previous generation iPhone 3G or first generation iPhone, both of which didn't feature encryption. If a thief got his hands on an iPhone, a little bit of free software is all that's needed to tap into all of the user's content. Live data can be extracted in as little as two minutes, and an entire raw disk image can be made in about 45 minutes, Zdziarski said.

Wondering where the encryption comes into play? It doesn't. Strangely, once one begins extracting data from an iPhone 3GS, the iPhone begins to decrypt the data on its own, he said.

To steal an iPhone's disk image, hackers can use popular jailbreaking tools such as Red Sn0w and Purple Ra1n to install a custom kernel on the phone. Then, the thief can install an Secure Shell (SSH) client to port the iPhone's raw disk image across SSH onto a computer.

"We're going to have to go with the old imperative of 'Trust no one,'" he said. "And unfortunately part of that is, don't trust Apple."

Wired : http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/iphone-encryption/"

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Programming

0 A.D. Goes Open Source 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-on-ya dept.
DoubleRing writes "Wildfire Games has announced that it will be moving its previously closed development process for 0 A.D. to open source. All code will be released under the GPL and all art under CC-BY-SA. 0 A.D. is a historically-based RTS, and while it's not yet complete, this trailer is purportedly actual gameplay footage. With a codebase of over 150k lines of C++ code plus 25k lines in development tools, this is looking like a fairly promising entrant into the open source RTS field. The screenshots are definitely pretty, to say the least."

Comment: Top Gear Veyron goodness (Score 5, Funny) 790

by errittus (#28590871) Attached to: Bugatti's Latest Veyron, Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet?

Top Gear had an episode some time ago where they opened this beast up on the 5 mile+ straight at Volkswagen's German test facility. So damned fast - 407 kph!

From the episode: "At this speed, the tires will disintegrate in 15 minutes - That's ok, we've only got enough fuel for 12"

Comment: Utilities! (Score 1) 417

by errittus (#27758541) Attached to: US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

FTFA: "Local governments buy gas and diesel fuel for their vehicle fleets, so "What's to prevent them from competing with gas stations and convenience stores? They have landscaping departments for parks and such, so what would keep them from offering landscaping services?" "

Internet, phone, and cable services are also under the eye of the PUC, and are viewed as utilities.

Something silimar was discussed quite some time ago in Lafayette, LA

http://www.lusfiber.org/

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