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Submission + - The Root of the Botnet Epidemic-> 2

Trailrunner7 writes: Over the course of a few days in February 2000, a lone hacker was able to bring some of the Web's larger sites to their knees, using just a few dozen machines and some relatively primitive software to cripple Yahoo, eBay, E*trade, Amazon, ZDnet and others for hours at a time. No one knew it at the time, but these attacks would come to be seen in later years as some of the earlier outbreaks of what has become a massive online pandemic. Now, nearly 10 years after those attacks, botnets are not just weapons of mass disruption for hacktivists and bored script kiddies, but serve as the foundation for the worldwide cybercrime underground and are at the heart of the massive rise in malware in recent years as well as the wave of SQL injections attacks against legitimate Web sites. "It's a huge, huge problem and it's one that has a lot of different components," said Joe Stewart, senior security researcher at SecureWorks, and an authority on botnets and online crime. "There's plenty more going on than just SQL injection and DDoS attacks that people just don't know about."
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Submission + - Intel's Six-Core 'Gulftown' Numbers Leaked->

MasJ writes: "PCLab's Polish Website prematurely published test and performance results of Intel's new 6-core 'Gulftown' CPU. Soon after, the article was taken down at Intel's request. Numbers reveal that the new CPU performs almost 50% faster than the previous Quad-Core chips in parallel processes and consumes nearly 50% less power. The 'Gulftown' chip will ship under the Core i9 name and will be Intel's first 6-core dual-socket CPU to hit the market. AppleInsider got a good look at the article before it was removed and says that the CPU will use a 32nm process and might ship as early as Q1 2010."
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Input Devices

Headband Gives Wearer "Sixth-Sense" 234

An anonymous reader writes "New Scientist reports on a headband developed at the University of Tokyo that allows the wearer to feel their surroundings at a distance — as if they had cats whiskers. Infrared sensors positioned around the headband vibrate to signal when and where an object is close. There are also a few great videos of people using it to dodge stuff while blindfolded."

"Lifesaver Bottle" Filters Viruses Out of Water 503

gihan_ripper writes "British inventor Michael Pritchard has developed a small self-contained filter system that instantly cleans water, removing all particles larger than 15nm. He said that he was inspired after seeing the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004; people had to wait for many days to get fresh water and many died from drinking contaminated water. The filter is so effective that it can purify dirty river water and even fecal matter. His bottle will shortly be available for sale from Lifesaver Systems at an expected cost of £190 (approx. $385)."

Sen. Ted Stevens Introduces "Son of DOPA" 221

DJCacophony writes "Ted 'series of tubes' Stevens has introduced a bill, going by the interim name S.49, that aims to block access to interactive websites from schools and libraries. The wording of the bill is vague enough to apply to Wikipedia, MySpace (and other social networking sites), and potentially even to blogs. The bill is apparently so similar to the failed Deleting Online Predators Act of last year that it has been termed 'Son of DOPA' by some." Stevens introduced S.49, the text of which is not yet available, on the opening day of the legislative session.

Submission + - Fox News Censorship

crhylove writes: "I was watching Fox news between 7 and 7:30 this morning, and they were talking about the proposed new 20,000 troops being sent to Iraq. They asked a reporter what he thought, and it seemed like he was trying to say that 20,000 extra troops would not help at all. There was a brief bit of fuzz, he was suddenly gone, and the main talking head said "we're having some satellite trouble.." then a different Fox reporter came on talking about what a great idea 20,000 new troops would be. Did any body else see that this morning? I'm in California, and the channel I was watching was Fox channel 6 (San Diego). Anybody got it Tivo-ed? Was this some non-Fox person pirating them for 5 seconds? Was this one of their own reporters not following the company line and getting shut off? What the hell was that?"
United States

Submission + - Study Claims Offshoring Doesn't Cost Jobs

SwashbucklingCowboy writes: "Infoworld has an article up about a survey by the Software & Information Industry Association claiming that offshoring doesn't cost American jobs.

The article quotes the executive director of the SIIA as saying "[Offshoring] was used almost entirely as a form of expansion, not as a replacement." Well, if a job is created elsewhere that could have been created in the U.S. isn't that a job lost?"
The Media

Submission + - PC World Senior Tech Editor Killed

cqwebslave writes: CNN is reporting that Rex Farrance, the Senior Technical Editor for PC World, was killed in his home. Furthermore, police think the killing was drug related.

From the article:
"A senior editor for PC World Magazine was fatally shot in his home in what authorities said Wednesday was a drug-related attack. Rex Farrance, 59, the San Francisco, California-based magazine's senior technical editor, was shot in the chest after four masked men broke into his home Tuesday evening, Pittsburg police said.&quot

Submission + - PC World Editor murdered - drug related?

tedclaymore writes: CNN is reporting an AP story that Rex Farrance, senior editor for PC World Magazine, has been shot and killed in his Pittsburg CA home. His wife was pistol-whipped as well. A Pittsburg police inspector stated that Farrance was involved in the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics, but Farrance's son denies this. The son stated that he (the son) had a prescription for medical marijuana that he was growing in the Farrance home and that the police were predisposed to treat it as illegal narcotics.
The Media

Submission + - PC World editor killed in his home

smooth wombat writes: Rex Farrance, PC World Magazine's senior technical editor, was shot dead by masked gunmen who had broken into his home on Tuesday evening. His wife, Lenore Vantosh-Farrance, was pistol whipped. She was able to call 911 but the assailants fled before the police arrived.

Investigators are suggestng the attack was drug related. From the article:

"We have substantial reason to believe that the victim and his wife were involved in the possession and, potentially, the distribution of illegal narcotics," said Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty, who declined to specify what type of drugs were involved.

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