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Submission + - Why one-time passwords suck for MITM attacks (networkworld.com)

whitehartstag writes: "Black Hat 08 disclosed several SSL VPN and DNS vulnerabilities that caused several people to sit up and take notice. Some of these new exploits performed a brilliant Man-In-The-Middle attack on SSL VPN tunnels. This article walks you through how using certificates, instead of OTP tokens for second-factor authentication can increase the security of your SSL VPN against these new types of attacks."

Submission + - Vista memory protections rendered useless (techtarget.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Two security researchers have developed a new technique that essentially bypasses all of the memory protection safeguards in the Windows Vista operating system, an advance that many in the security community say will have far-reaching implications not only for Microsoft, but also on how the entire technology industry thinks about attacks. In a presentation at the Black Hat briefings, Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. will discuss the new methods they've found to get around Vista protections such as Address Space Layout Randomization(ASLR), Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and others by using Java, ActiveX controls and .NET objects to load arbitrary content into Web browsers.

Submission + - Is "green computing" IT industry suicide? (storagemojo.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "StorageMojo has published an article that challenges the current craze for "green" marketing. The thesis: the IT industry is entering a period of energy scarcity that, in other industries, has meant that revenue growth slows to a crawl, forcing consolidation. Instead of embracing "green" marketing initiatives the industry should be working with customers to drive down electricity costs by encouraging more electricity production. One quote from the article:

Green computing is almost the equivalent of battling a raging inferno through the design of smaller matches. If only [the industry] realized that by hailing their energy-efficiency activities, they merely appear content with a reputation of environmental responsibility as they proclaim their industry's doomed state.

Is the computer industry missing the real meaning of the energy crisis?"


Submission + - Why I hate Cuil (kirps.com)

Jos Kirps writes: "The Cuil search engine bot is probably the most stupid crawler I ve ever seen, is really harmful for websites and can cost both money and downtime. I can just recommend to block all of Cuils IP addresses on your server because that seems to be the only thing that really works."

Submission + - Artificial Intelligence System 100 Billion Neurons

Ovidiu Anghelidi writes: "Intelligence Realm Inc. News Release


Artificial Intelligence System
100 Billion Neurons and Beyond

Toronto, Ontario, Jul. 25, 2008 — Intelligence Realm Inc. has recently completed a simulation of 100 billion neurons, the estimated size of the human brain. The simulation used distributed computing and involved over 4000 computers,
3000 volunteers, 10000 processors, 180 TB of data and lasted for a couple of months.

This was the first simulation that bypassed the 100 billion level and used database files to store the data. The simulation is one of the first steps in a long-term project that is aiming to build a large-scale artificial intelligence
by reverse engineering the brain.

Ovidiu Anghelidi, the project leader said: "The simulation also proves that computing power is no longer a stumbling block in achieving artificial intelligence. The computational requirements for running large-scale
biophysical neural networks at the cellular level can be found in distributed computing. We acknowledge the support of thousands of participants that made this possible.

Our goal is to build a system that can perform automatic research in various fields, like mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. In the pursuit of truth such a system would be invaluable and will provide exceptional benefits to the society."

Volunteer computing is a form of distributed computing in which participants from around the world are donating spare computing time to scientific projects. Similar projects are SETI@HOME, BBC Climate Change and Folding@Home.

A technical paper that provides more information about the project can be downloaded from our web site at http://www.intelligencerealm.com/files/technical_paper.pdf.
The source code and other documentation can be downloaded from http://www.sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=196242.

Intelligence Realm Inc., a Canadian company, performs research and development in the field of artificial intelligence using inter-disciplinary approaches. Additional information about Intelligence Realm is available at


Submission + - City sued by telco over fibre network (arstechnica.com)

tsa writes: "The small town of Monticello, Minnesota, wants to build its own fibre network. The town held a referendum; 74 percent of voters agreed to fund the $25 million scheme. The city sought the needed municipal bonds, but the day before it closed on them, the local telco, Bridgewater Telephone, filed suit to stop the plan. Its claim: taking out bonds to build a fiber network is illegal."

Submission + - Antivirus XP 2008

mastertaf writes: Since this morning we have discovered that most of our clients are getting e-mails from *UPS* that informs them that there package did not reach its destination. As soon as people open it, an "antivirus" named Antivirus Xp 2008 is installed and your system get really slow. I solved the problem by installing Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/) and then blocking in our router the following two adresses (that are reported to be sending the files...):, Good luck!

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