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Submission + - Finnish IT Retailer Reveals Most Returned Products

jones_supa writes: The largest computer gear retailer in Finland,, has unveiled top 20 lists of most returned and most serviced equipment in 2015 (Google translation). To offer an alternative to Black Friday, the company is going with a theme called "Sustainable Christmas". They want to guide shoppers to make good choices, as product returns always create extra burden for the distribution chain. Is there anything that catches your eye in the lists, or something else that you would like to warn about?

Submission + - Reuse of Encryption Keys Plagues Embedded Devices and HTTPS Hosts (

jones_supa writes: Millions of IoT devices and HTTPS websites are vulnerable to private key attacks because of encryption key reuse, says SEC Consult in its most recent study. The company began its survey by analyzing 4,000 IoT devices from 70 different vendors. Their research focused on public keys, private keys, and certificates found inside the firmware. Despite the large number and the diversity of analyzed devices, 580 unique cryptographic keys were found, most being reshared among firmware images, and especially for SSH host keys and X.509 HTTPS certificates. Their second stage analysis showed that 9% of all detected HTTPS hosts on the web shared private keys, in the form of ~150 server certificates, distributed across 3.2 million hosts. They also found that the same issue was present for SSH keys, with 6% of all SSH hosts sharing private keys, in the form of ~80 SSH host keys, distributed across 0.9 million hosts. While previous research into private key reuse existed, SEC Consult puts the blame at a vendor and product level.

Submission + - Turkey Downs Intruding Russian Fighter Near Syria Border

jones_supa writes: Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 fighter near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over airspace violations. Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area. Separate footage from Turkey's Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed. A Syrian rebel group sent a video to Reuters that appeared to show one of the pilots immobile and badly wounded on the ground and an official from the group said he was dead. This is the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian military aircraft since the 1950s. The Guardian is following the developments with live updates.

Submission + - Dell Shipping Laptops With Rogue Root CA

jones_supa writes: Reddit user rotorcowboy writes:

"I got a shiny new XPS 15 laptop from Dell, and while attempting to troubleshoot a problem, I discovered that it came pre-loaded with a self-signed root CA by the name of eDellRoot. With it came its private key, marked as non-exportable. However, it is still possible to obtain a raw copy of the private key by using several tools available (I used NCC Group's Jailbreak tool). After briefly discussing this with someone else who had discovered this too, we determined that they are shipping every laptop they distribute with the exact same root certificate and private key, very similar to what Superfish did on Lenovo computers. For those that aren't familiar, this is a major security vulnerability that endangers all recent Dell customers."

Submission + - 20 Years of GIMP (

jones_supa writes: Back in 1995, University of California students Peter Mattis and Kimball Spencer were members of the eXperimental Computing Facility, a Berkeley campus organization. In June of that year, the two hinted at their intentions to write a free graphical image manipulation program as a means of giving back to the free software community. On November 21st, 20 years ago today, Peter Mattis announced the availability of the "General Image Manipulation Program" on Usenet (later "GNU Image Manipulation Program"). Over the years, GIMP amassed a huge amount of new features designed for all kinds of users and practical applications: general image editing, retouching and color grading, digital painting, graphic design, science imaging, and so on. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, there is an update of the current stable branch of GIMP. The newly released version 2.8.16 features support for layer groups in OpenRaster files, fixes for layer groups support in PSD, various user interface improvements, OSX build system fixes, translation updates, and more.

Submission + - United Nations Calls All Members To Fight ISIS (

An anonymous reader writes: All able states should join the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and redouble efforts to prevent further attacks by the militant group, the United Nations security council has declared in a unanimous vote. The 15-member council adopted a resolution on Friday that was drafted by France after a series of deadly attacks in Paris killed 130 people and were claimed by ISIS. "The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security," said the resolution. It also urges states to intensify efforts to stem the flow of foreigners looking to fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and to prevent and suppress financing of terrorism.

Submission + - Jolla Goes For Debt Restructuring (

jones_supa writes: Months after the smartphone company Jolla announced its split and intent to focus on Sailfish OS licensing, its financial situation has not improved. Jolla's latest financing round has been delayed and so they have had to file for debt restructuring in Finland. As part of that, the company is temporarily laying off a big part of its personnel. Jolla co-founder commented: "Our operating system Sailfish OS is in great shape currently and it is commercially ready. Unfortunately the development until this point has required quite a lot of time and money. To get out of this death valley we need to move from a development phase into a growth phase. At the same time we need to adapt our cost levels to the new situation. One of the main actions is to tailor the operating system to fit the needs of different clients. We have several major and smaller potential clients who are interested in using Sailfish OS in their projects."

Submission + - ISIS Help Desk Assists in Covering Tracks (

An anonymous reader writes: The ISIS terror group appears to have 5 to 6 members offering 24-hour support on how to encrypt communications, hide personal details and use apps like Twitter while avoiding surveillance. It's kind of like a "help desk," though not an actual call center hiding in the hills. It is a group of IT specialists answering questions from locations spread out all over the world, according to Aaron Brantly at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. It has been find out that the advice is largely being relayed on an ISIS channel on Telegram, a messaging app that has become popular among members of the group because it allows for special secret chats. The jihadi help desk has lengthy training manuals, and Brantly has reviewed over 300 pages of training documents and roughly 25 YouTube videos that provide tips to evade intelligence agencies and law enforcement.

Submission + - Julia Programming Language Receives $600k Donation

jones_supa writes: The Julia programming language has received a $600k donation from Moore Foundation. The foundation wants to get the language into a production version. This has a goal to create more efficient and powerful scientific computing tools to assist in data-driven research. The money will be granted over the next two years so the Julia Language team can move their core open computing language and libraries into the first production version. The Julia Language project aims to create a dynamic programming language that is general purpose but designed to excel at numerical computing and data science. It is especially good at running MATLAB and R style programs.

Submission + - Microsoft Open Sources "Visual Studio Code"

jones_supa writes: Microsoft has announced that they have open sourced Visual Studio Code. Not to be confused with the full-blown Visual Studio integrated development environment, Visual Studio Code is their more web-focused IDE based on GitHub's Atom text editor. Microsoft released the program earlier this year and they provide a native Linux version. Microsoft has opened up the source code under MIT license in GitHub and they are welcoming community contributions. The official announcement was made via the blog along with other updates made this month to Visual Studio Code.

Submission + - Finland FM Alexander Stubb: "Basically, we are the sick man of Europe"

An anonymous reader writes: How did this Nordic nation get so sickly? The decline of Nokia has hit Finland hard — at its peak in the early 2000s, the company accounted for some 4% of Finnish GDP and around 20% of the country's exports and corporate tax revenue. The travails of Finland’s large paper industry in an increasingly digital world are another drag on the economy. The EU's recent sanctions against Russia, a key Finnish trading partner, have added insult to injury. Indeed, new statistics show just how lousy Finland is performing financially. The Finnish economy is 11% smaller than its 2008 peak, making it look more like Italy or Spain. The country has also recently added political instability to the mix, with a shaky, three-party coalition government nearly collapsing this month over austerity and cost-saving reforms.

Submission + - Lidl Plans To Expand Into United States (

jones_supa writes: The highly competitive German grocery store Lidl has taken over Europe, and now it's planning to target the US. Lidl, which will start opening stores in the US in 2018, is like a cross between Walmart and Trader Joe's. The chain offers deep discounts on groceries, household appliances, clothes, and furniture. As Lidl expands into the US, "grocery retailers should definitely be concerned, especially those who are currently struggling or whose stores are more conventional," Mike Paglia, director of retail insights for Kantar Retail, told Business Insider. Walmart should be the most concerned, Paglia added. Lidl is known in Europe as a rule breaker who is willing to try new things in an agile fashion.

Submission + - Finland Releases National Emoji Collection

jones_supa writes: Finland has rolled out images of a couple in a sauna, a legendary Nokia phone (the 3310) and a heavy metal music fan as part of a set of official national emojis to be used in communication. Billing the use of national symbols for themed emojis as a world first, the government plans to publish the full set in December – for anyone in the world to download on its promotional website. "The Finland emojis were designed with a tongue in cheek approach, but I hope that they will tell the world not only about our special features but also something about our strengths," said Petra Theman, director for public diplomacy at the foreign ministry.

Submission + - UK and US Suspect That ISIS Bomb Took Down Russian Jet (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of a Russian A321 passenger jet in the Sinai over the weekend was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an affiliate of the group. The British government announced Wednesday that it had "become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device." A formal conclusion has not been reached by the intelligence communities of either country. An UK aviation team is travelling to inspect the Sharm airport to look at whether there were proper security measures at the airport and the various scenarios by which an explosive device could have made it to the Russian airliner "including a person or in cargo," according to the British transport minister.

Submission + - Highest November Temperature Ever Recorded In Finland (

jones_supa writes: Monday brought the highest November temperature ever recorded in Finland. The reading of 13.3 C was made in Jomala, an inland area of the largest island in the maritime Åland province. The municipality held the old record too: 13.0 C measured in 1999. Typically the upper range of early-November temperatures in Finland is between 4 and 7 C. The unusually mild weather is attributed to a high pressure front over the country, combined with southerly and westerly air streams – which in turn have been warmed by föhn winds blowing over the Scandinavian Mountains.

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