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+ - Verizon May Modify Your Router Admin Login 2

Submitted by theMany
theMany (844214) writes "From an e-mail on April 24, 2011
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Dear Valued Verizon Customer,
Good news! Below please find the description of changes to the Verizon Online Terms of Service (TOS) effective 4/19/11.
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3. Home Router Password Changes. Section 10.4 was updated to clarify that Verizon may in limited instances modify administrative passwords for home routers in order to safeguard Internet security and our network, the security and privacy of subscriber information, to comply with the law, and/or to provide, upgrade and maintain service. The administrative password for your home router is used to access the “administrative” controls for the router and to make changes to your router’s internal settings. We will use reasonable means to notify Subscribers whose home router administrative passwords are changed, which may include email notice to your Primary Email Address and/or an announcement on the My Verizon portal.
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1. Does this policy bother others like it bothers me?
2. How may a user be held responsible for their TOS obligations when Verizon can essentially prevent them from administering access to the broadband from their side of the interface? For example, Verizon could prevent user control of the wireless access point to include management of passwords, encryption/type, SSID broadcast, MAC access table, etc.
3. What are the legal implications?
4. What are the privacy implications?
5. Ref the AcionTek routers used by Verizon: Is there a way to prevent modification of the admin password at the user site that requires Verizon to actually interact with a human there — first? (internal settings, board-level jumper, etc.)"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Playstation Network Hacked->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Playstation network servers were taken offline on April 20th due to a outside network attack in order to verify the security of their servers."
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Space

+ - Hayabusa capsule was retrieved Tuesday->

Submitted by h.ross.perot
h.ross.perot (1050420) writes "Hayabusa capsule was retrieved Tuesday from vast Woomera Protected area. FTA; According to JAXA the capsule is deemed intact at the moment.
I'm headed home to watch "Andromeda Strain" just for fun.

Congrats to JAXA for an amazing feat of adaptive "fly by the seat of the wire" in returning the probe to Earth!"

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Censorship

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-to-you-mrs-robinson dept.
teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, CougarLife.com had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

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