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Comment Try, try again? (Score 1, Informative) 409

If we can't contain the disease (** and keep doctors from contracting it **) in Liberia, who's bright idea is it to try to contain it in Atlanta?

I propose sending containment & treatment equipment (trial vaccines, etc.), and medical personnel to Liberia. Staying put is probably easier on the patient that a transatlantic flight.

Transporting a person with such a deadly disease doesn't seem like the best plan...

Submission + - Point of Sale Malware Suspect in Widening Retail Breach Scandal (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: Neiman Marcus became the latest, prominent U.S. retailer to admit that its network was hacked and credit card data on customers stolen. (http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/01/hackers-steal-card-data-from-neiman-marcus/) But the story isn't over. Reuters reported on Monday that at least three other, well-known U.S. retailers took place in November and December and "were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target." (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA0B01720140112?irpc=932) The common thread? Point of Sale malware like Dexter and Project Hook.

According to the Reuters report, which cited unnamed law enforcement officials and experts who were investigating the incidents, the malware used was described as a "RAM scraper," a possible reference to a feature of malware like Dexter, which uses RAM scraping to retrieve unencrypted credit card numbers from compromised point of sale systems.

The Security Ledger quotes experts from Arbor Networks who have observed a jump in Point of Sale malware with botnet like command and control features.(http://www.arbornetworks.com/asert/2013/12/happy-holidays-point-of-sale-malware-campaigns-targeting-credit-and-debit-cards/) CERT echoed those warnings in an advisory issued last week. (https://securityledger.com/2014/01/us-cert-warns-about-point-of-sale-malware/)

According to Arbor, much of the newest PoS malware uses RAM scraping to steal data before sending it out, in encrypted form, to command and control servers managed by the cyber criminal group behind the attack.

Comment Algae is better than food sources (Score 1) 242

We should really explore using non-food sources (e.g., algae) as biofuel bases. We need food to stay inexpensive and gas not to increase in price, because we're using more expensive food sources. Here's a good Q&A about algae as a source of bio fuel (http://algae.ucsd.edu/potential/algae-qanda.html).

Submission + - Cell Phones As A Radiological 'Dirty Bomb' Detection Network (ksl.com)

iinventstuff writes: The Idaho National Laboratory has built a dirty bomb detection network out of cell phones. Camera phones operate by detecting photons and storing them as a picture. The INL discovered that high energy photons from radiological sources distort the image in ways detectable through image processing. KSL TV reports that the INL's mobile app detects radiation sources and then reports positive 'hits' to a central server. Terrorists deploying a dirty bomb will inevitably pass by people carrying cell phones. By crowdsourcing cell phones, the INL has created a potentially very large, inexpensive, and randomly mobile radiation detection grid.

Comment Same As Tobacco Lawsuits (Score 5, Insightful) 177

In the US, the government sued (and continues penalizing) the tobacco industry, because their product causes "wrongful death", "injury", and causes the individual to require significant medical expenses. This product causes all of those things, so the lawsuits were justified. However, one would have thought that at least some of the $16B recovered by 2006 would have been given to the smokers who were suffering.

Instead, the government kept all of that money justifying that they would/might someday provide Medicare for those people -- despite the fact that most did not receive Medicare benefits! The State governments even announced that they were using the funds to build roads and for other projects!

This is one more demonstration that these types of groups seek to champion causes in order to perpetuate themselves, by keeping up the fight (fear), rather than relaying recovered damages back to those who were harmed. It's disgraceful.

Comment Lame Tech (Score 4, Insightful) 1165

So, a well-planned criminal just needs to hang out at the local shooting range and collect someone else's brass casings before they commit a crime. After they commit their crime, they collect their own shells, and toss out the other person's shells. When police show up, there is a positive ID on the discarded casings, because of the #. This was a good idea, but it is so very easily spoofed because it's non-deterministic and can put innocent people at risk. I'd pass...

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.