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+ - Turkish Registrar Enabled Phishing Attacks Against Google->

Submitted by tsu doh nimh
tsu doh nimh (609154) writes "Google and Microsoft today began warning users about active phishing attacks against Google's online properties. The two companies said the attacks resulted from a fraudulent digital certificate that was mistakenly issued by a domain registrar run by TURKTRUST Inc., a Turkish domain registrar. Google said that on Dec. 24, 2012, its Chrome Web browser detected and blocked an unauthorized digital certificate for the ".google.com" domain. "TURKTRUST told us that based on our information, they discovered that in August 2011 they had mistakenly issued two intermediate CA certificates to organizations that should have instead received regular SSL certificates," Google said in a blog post today. Microsoft issued an advisory saying it is aware of active attacks using one of the fraudulent digital certificates issued by TURKTRUST, and that the fraudulent certificate could be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against virtually any domain. The incident harkens back to another similar compromise that happened around the same timeframe. In September 2011, Dutch certificate authority Diginotar learned that a security breach at the firm had resulted in the fraudulent issuing of certificates."
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Google

+ - Turkish CA Issues Fraudulent Certificate for Google.com->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Google said that late on Christmas Eve, they detected and blocked an unauthorized digital certificate that was created for the "*.google.com" domain that was linked back to Turkish certificate authority, TURKTRUST.

“TURKTRUST told us that based on our information, they discovered that in August 2011 they had mistakenly issued two intermediate CA certificates to organizations that should have instead received regular SSL certificates,” Adam Langley, Software Engineer at Google wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory on the incident and took measures to protect customers.

Because Intermediate CA certificates have the full authority of the CA, an attacker could use it to create a certificate for any website they want to impersonate. “The fraudulent certificate could be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against several Google web properties,” Microsoft’s advisory said. “This issue affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.”

Google said that it may also take additional action after looking into the issue further."

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Comment: Re:About the resolution... (Score 1) 134

by hsdpa (#30609576) Attached to: Motorola's Rumored Android Phone Focuses on Screen Size

Well, you're right. 800x480 is a very standard resolution, but we're talking about Motorola, right? ;-)
Having 854x480, you still keep one axis standard (480) which makes 800x480 applications easier to port.
Just google the different resolutions and you see which one's more popular and widely used:

resolution - hits
480x800: 365 000
800x480: 1 270 000
484x850: 73 000
850x484: 102 000
480x854: 80 200
854x480: 475 000 -- // AC

Government

Anti-Matter Created By Laser At Livermore 465

Posted by kdawson
from the billions-and-billiions dept.
zootropole alerts us to a press release issued today by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, announcing the production of 'billions of particles of anti-matter.' "Take a gold sample the size of the head of a push pin, shoot a laser through it, and suddenly more than 100 billion particles of anti-matter appear. The anti-matter, also known as positrons, shoots out of the target in a cone-shaped plasma 'jet.' This new ability to create a large number of positrons in a small laboratory opens the door to several fresh avenues of anti-matter research, including an understanding of the physics underlying various astrophysical phenomena such as black holes and gamma ray bursts." The press release doesn't characterize the laser used in this experiment, but it may have been this one.
The Internet

+ - Google Building Its Own !0 Gig Ethernet Switches->

Submitted by
1sockchuck
1sockchuck writes "Google is now building its own energy-efficient 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches for its data centers, expanding its program to use customized software and hardware to improve the power and efficiency of its back-end operations. Google already builds its own servers and power supplies, and uses customized operating system and web server software. Google's switch development was unearthed by analyst Andrew Schmitt, who says that Google's switch development efforts could have a disruptive impact on the market for 10GbE switching equipment. It also explains reports that Google has been hiring staff from Cisco."
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Social Networks

+ - 13 Year Old Girl Ended Her Life Over Myspace Relat->

Submitted by
XueCast
XueCast writes "Megan Meier, a 13 year old adolescent girl from Florida, USA, was suffering from and had been in medication for Children Clinical Depression and Attention Deficit Disorder, so the world was a much brighter place for her when she met a cute teenager boy by the name of Josh, who contacted her Myspace personal profile, and started exchanging messages with Megan for more than a month. What Megan didn't know and probably would never found out, that Josh is a fake Myspace profile made by Megan's former friends with an intention " to screw with her ". The identity of the former friends are still yet to released to the public."
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Space

+ - French Threat to ID Secret US Satellites->

Submitted by
SkiifGeek
SkiifGeek writes "Space.com has reported that the French have identified numerous objects in orbit that do not appear in the ephemeris data reported by the US Space Surveillance Network. Since the US has claimed that if it doesn't appear in the ephemeris data, then it doesn't exist, and the French claim that at least some of the objects have solar arrays, it seems that the French have found secret US satellites.

While the French don't plan to release the information publicly, they are planning to use it as leverage to get the US to suppress reporting of sensitive French satellites in their published ephemeris.

The Graves surveillance radar (the French system) and a comparable German system may form the basis of a pan-European Space Surveillance network — another system that the Europeans don't want to rely on the US for."

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Red Hat Software

Airbus 380 To Have Linux In Every Seat 332

Posted by kdawson
from the no-access-to-the-tubes-though dept.
jpatokal writes "Singapore Airlines will be rolling out the A380 superjumbo on October 26th, and a surprise awaits in the seat of every passenger: their personal Linux PC, running Red Hat. In addition to running the in-flight entertainment, passengers can also use a full copy of StarOffice, and there's a USB slot for importing/exporting documents or plugging in your own keyboard/mouse. Screen size is 10.6" (1280x768) in economy, 15.4" in business and a whopping 23" in first class (along with free noise-canceling headphones). The system is already available on current B777-300ER planes and will also be outfitted on the upcoming B787 Dreamliners."
Space

+ - Great 'cosmic nothingness' found->

Submitted by hsdpa
hsdpa (1049926) writes "BBC.com writes:

Astronomers have found an enormous void in space that measures nearly a billion light-years across.
It is empty of both normal matter — such as galaxies and stars — and the mysterious 'dark matter' that cannot be seen directly with telescopes. [...] But the void discovered by a University of Minnesota team is about 1,000 times the volume of what would be expected in typical cosmic gaps. [...] 'If you were to travel at the speed of light, it would take you several years to get to the nearest stars in our own Milky Way galaxy; but if you were to go to this hole and enter one side, you'd have to travel for a billion years before you would get to the other side,' he told BBC News.
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Spam

+ - UN website defaced->

Submitted by hsdpa
hsdpa (1049926) writes "The website was defaced at early Sunday, and the problem is yet not fixed.
The site is Ban Ki-Moon's place for statements etc. I haven't been able to find an article about the incident in English, yet.

The deface-statement reads: "Hacked By kerem125 M0sted and Gsy That is CyberProtest Hey Ýsrail and Usa dont kill children and other people Peace for ever No war"."

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Intel

Twenty Five Intel CPU Coolers Tested 123

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the unseasonably-warm-this-year dept.
Kez writes "Over recent years coolers have grown increasingly exotic in design, striving for good cooling performance and low noise even with the most power hungry of CPUs. But sometimes that comes at a price, be it straining the motherboard's socket to its limit, or the wallets of PC enthusiasts. Investigating which coolers do their job well without snapping your motherboard in two, HEXUS.net reviews 25 LGA775 coolers."
Space

+ - Monstrous Star Explosion

Submitted by hsdpa
hsdpa (1049926) writes "Scientists have detected a stellar explosion that is the brightest and most energetic ever recorded, and which could be the first evidence of a new type of supernova fueled by an antimatter engine. The "SN 2006gy" explosion occurred in a galaxy 240 million light-years away, called NGC 1260, and was 100 times more energetic than typical supernovas. It was detected in September 2006 using ground-based telescopes and NASA's Chandra X-ray space observatory. It brightened slowly for 70 days, and at its peak emitted more than 50 billion Suns worth of light-shining 10 times brighter than its host galaxy-before dimming slowly. Most supernovas reach peak brightness in days to a few weeks."
Censorship

Digg.com Attempts To Suppress HD-DVD Revolt 1142

Posted by kdawson
from the toothpaste-back-in-the-tube dept.
fieryprophet writes "An astonishing number of stories related to HD-DVD encryption keys have gone missing in action from digg.com, in many cases along with the account of the diggers who submitted them. Diggers are in open revolt against the moderators and are retaliating in clever and inventive ways. At one point, the entire front page comprised only stories that in one way or another were related to the hex number. Digg users quickly pointed to the HD DVD sponsorship of Diggnation, the Digg podcast show. Search digg for HD-DVD song lyrics, coffee mugs, shirts, and more for a small taste of the rebellion." Search Google for a broader picture; at this writing, about 283,000 pages contain the number with hyphens, and just under 10,000 without hyphens. There's a song. Several domain names including variations of the number have been reserved. Update: 05/02 05:44 GMT by J : New blog post from Kevin Rose of Digg to its users: "We hear you."
United States

+ - SF fire proves official WTC collapse explanation?

Submitted by sn00ker
sn00ker (172521) writes "As was widely reported by numerous agencies, a petrol tanker crashed into a freeway bridge in San Francisco and the subsequent fire caused a section to collapse within 25 minutes.

One of the core tenets of WTC conspiracy theory is that a simple petroleum-products fire could not cause sufficient structural weakness to have caused the towers to collapse. However, this incident seems to prove otherwise. Another nail in the conspiracy coffin, or more grist for the mill?"

If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary. -- Samuel Clemens

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