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+ - Facebook rushes to encrypt data centre links->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Facebook's security engineering chief has promised the social network is 'aggressively' working to encrypt links between its data centers, following moves by Google to do the same. Revelations by former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden that the NSA was able to tap data center links was incidental, he told journalists today, but "proved we were wearing our tin hats correctly.""
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+ - Aussie A-G wants enforced decryption of govt intercepted user data

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "If Attorney-General Brandis gets his way in the process of revising Australia's Telecommunications Interception Act, users and providers of VPNs and other encrypted services will by law be required to decrypt government intercepted data. Because, "sophisticated criminals and terrorists."

Across the Tasman, New Zealand already has a similar law, the Telecommunications Interception and Computer Security Act. Apparently, large Internet service providers such as Microsoft and Facebook won't be exempt from the TICSA and must facilitate interception of traffic."

+ - Is this the biggest rip-off ever built on open source?-> 2

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Australia's weather bureau has racked up bills of $38 million for a water data system, based on Red Hat Linux, MySQL and Java, that was originally scheduled to cost somewhere between $2 million and $5 million. The Bureau's supplier, an ASX-listed IT services provider SMS Management and Technology, did a good job of embedding itself in the bureau, with all changes having to be made by the original consultant that built it. Smells fishy?"
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+ - Data analysts attempt to predict world's largest music vote, again->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Data analysts in the US and Australia have come up with alternative means to predict the world's largest music vote, Triple J's Hottest 100. The Warmest 100 was close to spot on last year after analysts mined data from social posts auto-generated during the voting process. This year, with that avenue shut off, they relied on data extracted using the Instagram API , among others, and hope to achieve similar results."
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+ - Revealed: The startling array of hacking tools in NSA's armoury->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "A series of servers produced by Dell, air-gapped Windows XP PCs and switches and routers produced by Cisco, Huawei and Juniper count among the huge list of computing devices compromised by the NSA, according to crypto-expert and digital freedom fighter Jacob Applebaum. Revealing a trove of new NSA documents at his 30c3 address, Applebaum spoke about why the NSA's program might lead to broader adoption of open source tools and gave a hot tip on how to know if your machines have been owned."
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+ - How Facebook ships software at warp speed->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "HipHop Virtual Machine engineer Joel Pobar has provided new insights into the software release cycle at Facebook. Among their arsenal — a tool that replays 24 hours of global activity on Facebook.com in under 45 minutes to test changes against production workloads, and another that allows a dev to switch new features into production in one country or demographic to test its uptake. It appears New Zealand is most often the first to experience new features."
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+ - SAP willing to take a hit to rebuild cloud solutions from scratch->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "SAP is willing to risk a dip in revenues to rebuild its cloud solutions around its in-memory HANA technology, even if this effort takes over 12 months and blindsides customers of its ByDesign service, which is likely to be left a step behind in any SAP upgrade. SAP has written formal letters to its largest ByDesign customers promising it will continue to provide support."
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+ - Will Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn stay with MySQL?->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "The world's largest web-scale users of MySQL have committed to one further upgrade to the Oracle-controlled database — but Facebook and Twitter are also eyeing off more open options from MariaDB and cheaper options from the NoSQL community. Who will pay for MySQL enterprise licenses into the future?"
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+ - Content filters to be installed on Aussie smartphones, Internet connections 1

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "The opposition Coalition parties which look set to win the next election in Australia, want to install content filters that are turned on by default on smartphones and Internet connections in the country.

This is part of the Coalition's official policy, and phone vendors will be expected to comply. It is possible to opt out of it though, if you prove you're over 18."

+ - Criminals use 3D-printed skimming devices on Sydney ATMs->

Submitted by AlbanX
AlbanX (2847805) writes "A gang of suspected Romanian criminals is using 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) to manufacture “sophisticated” ATM skimming devices to fleece Sydney residents.

One Romanian national has been charged by NSW Police.

The state police found one gang that had allegedly targeted 15 ATMs across metropolitan Sydney, affecting tens of thousands of people and nabbing around $100,000."

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+ - Seven ways the US Government can access your cloud data->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Law enforcement authorities within the US Government have at least seven avenues open to collecting user data from web-based service providers, according to a 90-page report published by the University of New South Wales, law firm Baker & McKenzie and industry partners. Most of these legal instruments do not require a warrant, as they might in other countries."
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+ - EU wants enshrine network neutrality in law->

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Following the example of the Dutch who enacted laws supporting network neutrality, EU is now looking at doing the same. No throttling or blocking over the top providers such as Skype and Whatsapp in the EU and there will be a service transparency requirement for ISPs so that people know what they're buying — like minimum speed. Be interesting to see how this pans out."
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+ - Open source crusade blocks Esri standards effort->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "Open source advocates have successfully waged a campaign to halt voting on a proposed geospatial standard sponsored by mapping giant Esri. Protestors claimed that designating the 'GeoServices REST API' as an industry standard would have guaranteed further dominance for Esri's industry-leading ArcGIS server and replicated existing open standards. The unfolding case smacks of Microsoft's efforts to have the OOXML format approved as an ISO/IEC standard — only in this case, it appears Esri has backed down, while the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) does some soul searching on what a standard should achieve."
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