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Comment: A few mistakes... (Score 5, Interesting) 120 120

First mistake: They list the IP in the affadavit OUTSIDE of the logs twice as instead of as it should be. One could assume that they could have now raided the wrong server in Tailor Made's farm.

Second mistake: "root" is just an IRC nickname on AnonOPs, and this person does NOT have root access on the IRC server that was raid as falsely assumed in the affadavit. They have oper with override privileges, and that was what was logged. The raid on the server at Tailor Made Servers was made under false pretenses.

Third mistake: Those logs show... [Thu Dec 9 11:14:27 2010] - OVERRIDE: root(root@ TOPIC #loic '!lazor default targethost=api.paypal.comsubsite=/ speed=3 threads=15 method=tcp wait=false random=true checked=false message=Good_night_paypal_Sweet_dreams_from_AnonOPs port=443 stop' ... if anyone here has looked at LOIC's topic parsing, there's two mistakes the FBI made there. The first is that there's no space between and subsite=/. The second is that this person "root" is STOPPING the attacks by adding "stop" at the end of the topic. Unless they can show logs of this "root" person throwing "start" in the topic instead of stop, this person is doing exactly the opposite of "willingly and knowingly" executing commands to start a DDoS attack.

+ - UK Law Firm ACS:Law To Be Sued By Privacy Group->

jornak writes: As covered previously by Slashdot earlier this week, the group known as Anonymous released 350MB of ACS:Law's emails to The Pirate Bay when accidentally exposed by an incomplete restore of the ACS:Law site backup. To add insult to injury, the privacy group Privacy International has stated in a press release that they are planning legal action against ACS:Law.
According to Alexander Hanff, PI Advisor: "This data breach is likely to result in significant harm to tens of thousands of people in the form of fraud, identity theft and severe emotional distress." ACS:Law has breached the Data Protection Act by allowing a sensitive archive of data to be stored on a public facing web server. The law requires that "appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data."

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First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241 241

Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.