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+ - Microsoft Goes Through Bloggers Hotmail Account

Submitted by fodder69
fodder69 (701416) writes "It's not just the NSA reading your email anymore, Microsoft has decided they are all for it when they want to. Fro The Guardian: "The engineer was caught after the blogger emailed Microsoft to confirm the authenticity of the leaked Windows 8 code. Investigators at the firm then reportedly looked through the blogger’s hotmail account and instant messenger chats to identify the source of the leak, and found an email from Kibaklo." Actually, no it's not "reportedly". From the actual criminal complaint, : "Microsoft's Office of Legal Compliance (OLC) approved content pulls og the blogger's hotmail account." Aside from the surprising fact that someone still uses hotmail, is anyone else concerned with Microsoft approving itself to look through your emails?"

+ - WPA2 wireless security cracked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Achilleas Tsitroulis of Brunel University, UK, Dimitris Lampoudis of the University of Macedonia, Greece and Emmanuel Tsekleves of Lancaster University, UK, have investigated the vulnerabilities in WPA2 and present its weakness. They say that this wireless security system might now be breached with relative ease by a malicious attack on a network. They suggest that it is now a matter of urgency that security experts and programmers work together to remove the vulnerabilities in WPA2 in order to bolster its security or to develop alternative protocols to keep our wireless networks safe from hackers and malware.

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+ - Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars->

Submitted by satuon
satuon (1822492) writes "Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns."
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Comment: Re:hardware backdoor possible? (Score 1) 410

by geggo98 (#44421415) Attached to: Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks
Simple. Build a "bug" into the SATA controller. When a block that should be written to disc fulfills certain criteria, simple write it to a different location according to the content of the block. Now you have a way to modify arbitrary content on disc. You can trigger this bug from remote by embedding content to a web page that riggers this "bug". When the browser on a vulnerable system tries to write this content as a file to the cache folder, it will overwrite some other parts on the disc instead (e.g. the boot sector or parts of the operating system). This can be improved on SSDs, which even analyze the fiel systems stored on them for optimization reasons. Similar bugs might be possible using the graphics chip (access to the PCI-X bus and the RAM), the chipset on the mainboard (access to all connected hardware), the USB controller (access to the PCI bus, the RAM and to connected hardware like an USB disc or a camera) and so on.

Comment: Re:However (Score 1) 505

by geggo98 (#44120741) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview
Ironically, launching Control Panel on Win8 is actually faster than on Win7 (by default). Right-click the Start button (yes it exists; it was just hidden by default) or hit Win+X, and select "Control Panel" from the menu that appears. Easy and straightforward.

Should't Win+X bring up the mobility center? Or where is the mobility center then on Win 8?

Comment: Re:TeX for Math (Score 1) 300

by geggo98 (#43390627) Attached to: Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

I think you mean LaTeXiT.

The trick with the PDF is made using Link Back. This is a framework for OS X, where applications can embed documents from other applications in their own documents. The embedded documents are still editable by the original application. It's similar to OLE on Windows, but much more lightweight. It's mainly based on PDF with some additional metadata. It's easy to implement and very nice for the user. I find it a quite elegant solution.

Comment: Re:Retina Display is good and all, but... (Score 1) 683

by geggo98 (#40292891) Attached to: Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors

I expect the system font will be a bit smaller due to the sharper text.

[...] The number of pixels required to measure a point will change with dpi but the size of the font shouldn't.

I think what he meant was: They might reduce the size of the fonts. On a sharper display, a 10 point font might be as readable as a 12 point font on a not so sharp display.

Comment: Re:Just what market needed... (Score 1) 240

by geggo98 (#38084662) Attached to: Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration
You know that the GEMA is also reading Slashdot? So just to clarify: Google Music is NOT working in Germany and there is no way to get it to work. Google has secured it with a GEO-IP filter on the register page. Because you cannot circumvent such an IP filter, there is no way to register for Google music from Germany and hence no way to use it in Germany.

Of course it will work fine for US citicens during their vaccation in Germany, because once you have registered no further filtering will happen (for now).


+ - Fukushima's fallout worse than thought->

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gbrumfiel writes "A new study posted for open peer-review suggests that the nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi released far more radiation than the Japanese government initially estimated. The study uses global radioisotope and meteorological data to calculate the size of the release from the plant. Nature News reports that, contrary to official claims, the model shows that fuel being stored in a pool at unit 4 released a significant amount of cesium-137, a long-lived contaminate that has spread across the countryside. It also says that some Xenon-133 may have early on in the accident, suggesting that the plant was already damaged before it was hit by a tsunami. Overall, it estimates that Fukushima released about twice as much cesium-137 as the government claims and half as much as Chernobyl."
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+ - Amazon Is Making 'Millions More' Kindle Fires->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From Business Insider: "Amazon is ramping up production on its new Kindle Fire tablet after seeing a huge demand, according to the company's earnings report.
In a statement, Jeff Bezos said Kindle Fire pre-orders are causing Amazon to increase capacity and produce "millions more" tablets than it had originally planned. It seems like we finally have a viable competitor to the iPad. This is the first time we've seen a tablet manufacturer talk about producing "millions" of new tablets due to high demand.""

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