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Submission + - .Horse? .Moe? Who's Buying Weird Top-Level Domains -- And Why->

jfruh writes: When the .horse generic top-level domain was launched, it was pitched as a home for equine enthusiasts. But nobody's using or today — the highest-profile action on the TLD comes from pranksters who snapped up trademarks like for their own silly purposes. The ballad of .horse raises the question of who exactly is buying into the slew of weird top-level domains that have come out recently -- .boo, .moe, and .fly among others — and why you might (or might not) want to join them.
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Submission + - Cleaning Up Botnets Takes Years, May Never Be Completed->

itwbennett writes: That's the finding of researchers in the Netherlands who analyzed the efforts of the Conficker Working Group to stop the botnet and find its creators. Seven years later, there are still about 1 million computers around the world infected with the Conficker malware despite the years-long cleanup effort. 'These people that remain infected — they might remain infected forever,' said Hadi Asghari, assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The research paper will be presented next week at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C.
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Submission + - Fake iOS Crash Reports Can Wreak Havoc For Users->

jfruh writes: You've probably encountered at least one tech support scam, where nefarious website causes your browser to spawn a difficult-to-close dialogue box that urges you to call a pay phone number to fix a nonexistant virus. These scams can be irritating on a laptop, but on iOS they can make Safari basically unusable, with a nonintuitive series of steps required to end the trouble.
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Submission + - Magazine Publisher Spends Half A Billion Dollars On Big Data Company->

jfruh writes: Advance is best known as a publishing company, owning through various subsidiaries high-presitage print magazines like the New Yorker and Vogue, and various regional newspapers; it's also the largest shareholder in Reddit. But it just spent $500 million to buy 1010data, a data analytics firm that provides services to companies in a number of industries. Will better data about readers save publishing?
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Submission + - Counterterrorism Expert: It's Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities->

itwbennett writes: Juan Zarate, the former deputy national security advisor for counterterrorism during President George W. Bush’s administration says the U.S. government should should consider allowing businesses to develop 'tailored hack-back capabilities,' deputizing them to strike back against cyberattackers. The government could issue cyberwarrants, giving a private company license 'to protect its system, to go and destroy data that’s been stolen or maybe even something more aggressive,' Zarate said Monday at a forum on economic and cyberespionage hosted by think tank the Hudson Institute.
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Submission + - Zuckerberg Sees VR As "Obvious Next Thing" In Social Sharing->

jfruh writes: Posts on Facebook may increasingly center of video in the near future, but company founder Mark Zuckerberg is looking ahead to the next thing — and in his opinion the next thing is "immersive 3D content." This may explain the company's puzzling decision to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion.
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Submission + - Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors->

jfruh writes: Next month's Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will help you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards have been built with more safeguards against cloning; these new tools will bypass that protection by simply hacking the readers themselves.
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Submission + - Maliciously Crafted MKV Video Files Can Be Used To Crash Android Phones->

itwbennett writes: Just days after the so-called 'Stagefright' flaw, which could allow attackers to compromise devices with a simple MMS message, was revealed, researchers have found another Android media processing flaw. The latest vulnerability is located in Android’s mediaserver component, more specifically in how this service handles files that use the Matroska video container (MKV), the Trend Micro researchers said in a blog post Wednesday.
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Submission + - China's Huawei Building Fibre Optic Internet Cable In West Africa->

jfruh writes: The West African nation of Guinea will be getting its first fibre optic Internet cable by 2017, built by Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Funded by the Guinean government and Chinese banks, the cable will provide high-speed Internet access to many Guinean institutions, and may provide connectivity to neighboring countries as well.
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Submission + - Trillion-Dollar World Trade Deal Aims To Make IT Products Cheaper->

itwbennett writes: A new (tentative) global trade agreement, struck on Friday at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, eliminates tariffs on more than 200 kinds of IT products, ranging from smartphones, routers, and ink cartridges to video game consoles and telecommunications satellites. A full list of products covered was published by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which called the ITA expansion 'great news for the American workers and businesses that design, manufacture, and export state-of-the-art technology and information products, ranging from MRI machines to semiconductors to video game consoles.' The deal covers $1.3 trillion worth of global trade, about 7 percent of total trade today.
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Submission + - Study: Push Notifications As Distracting As Taking A Call->

itwbennett writes: Researchers at Florida State University have found that simply being aware of a missed call or text can have the same damaging effect on task performance as actually using a mobile phone. 'Although these notifications are short in duration, they can prompt task-irrelevant thoughts, or mind-wandering,' the researchers wrote in their paper. In further bad news for chronic multitaskers, a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut finds that 'students who multitasked while doing homework had to study longer, and those who frequently multitasked in class had lower grades on average than their peers who multitasked less often.'
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Submission + - New York Judge Rules Against Facebook In Search Warrant Case->

itwbennett writes: Last year, Facebook appealed a court decision requiring it to hand over data, including photos and private messages, relating to 381 user accounts. (Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, among other companies backed Facebook in the dispute). On Tuesday, Judge Dianne Renwick of the New York State Supreme Court ruled against Facebook, saying that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users.
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Submission + - Bug Exposes OpenSSH Servers To Brute-Force Password Guessing Attacks->

itwbennett writes: OpenSSH servers with keyboard-interactive authentication enabled, which is the default setting on many systems, including FreeBSD ones, can be tricked to allow many authentication retries over a single connection, according to a security researcher who uses the online alias Kingcope, who disclosed the issue on his blog last week. According to a discussion on Reddit, setting PasswordAuthentication to 'no' in the OpenSSH configuration and using public-key authentication does not prevent this attack, because keyboard-interactive authentication is a different subsystem that also relies on passwords.
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Submission + - What's the Oldest Technology You've Used In a Production Environment?->

itwbennett writes: Sometimes it's a matter of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it,' sometimes corporate inertia is to blame, but perhaps even more often what keeps old technology plugging away in businesses large and small is the sense that it does a single, specific job the way that someone wants it done. George R.R. Martin's preference for using a DOS computer running WordStar 4 to write his Song of Ice and Fire series is one such example, but so is the hospital computer whose sole job was to search and print medical images, however badly or slowly it may have done the job. We all have such stories of obsolete tech we've had to use at one point or another. What's yours?
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