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Submission + - Easy CSRF attack changes Menshn.com user's password, "100% secure" claim owners (theregister.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Menshn.com, a half baked twitter esq service has had security issues in the past (see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/25/menshn_security/). Now a CSRF attack allows any third party site to change a logged in Menshn.com users password has been demonstrated to 'The Register'. When this was reported the owners (current politician Luke Bozier and former politician Louise Mensch) they had the folling reactions:

"Not true at all. Menshn is 100% secure. There has never been a CSRF attack and I'm sure I know how to Google what that is," Bozier said in a Twitter message.

Mensch added: "Passwords are encrypted: HTTPS."

Again it seems the technically clueless are ignoring the "snippy geeks"

PC Games (Games)

Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming? 518

An anonymous reader writes "Despite all the excitement over Nvidia's upcoming Fermi GPU, there is still a distinct lack of DirectX 11 games on the market. This article points out that while the PC has returned to favor as a gaming platform, consoles are still the target for most developers, and still provide the major limitations on the technological sophistication of game graphics. Inside the Xbox 360 sits an ATI Xenos GPU, a DirectX 9c-based chip that bears similarity to the Radeon X1900 series of graphics cards (cards whose age means that they aren't even officially supported in Windows 7). Therein lies the rub. With the majority of PC games now starting life as console titles, games are still targeted at five-year-old DirectX 9 hardware."
Linux Business

Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking? 462

CWmike writes with a pointer to this ComputerWorld mention of an interesting application of Live CDs, courtesy of Florida-based regional bank CNL: "Recognizing that most consumers don't want to buy a separate computer for online banking, CNL is seriously considering making available free Ubuntu bootable 'live CD' discs in its branches and by mail. The discs would boot up Linux, run Firefox and be configured to go directly to CNL's Web site. 'Everything you need to do will be sandboxed within that CD,' [CNL CIO Jay McLaughlin] says. That should protect customers from increasingly common drive-by downloads and other vectors for malicious code that may infect and lurk on PCs, waiting to steal the user account names, passwords and challenge questions normally required to access online banking." (But what if someone slips in a stack of doctored disks?)
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Space Exploration Needs Extraterrestrial Ethics Screenshot-sm 162

An anonymous reader writes "Professor Andy Miah notes there's already international government policies taking hold on outer space — and a need for new ethical guidelines. 'For instance, what obligations do we owe to the various life forms we send there, or those we might discover? Can we develop a more considerate approach to colonizing outer space than we were able to achieve for various sectors of Earth?' And what rights do astronauts have? 'Could our inevitable public surveillance of their behavior become too much of an infringement on their personal privacy?' But more importantly, professor Miah notes that 'the goods of space exploration far exceed the symbolic value,' pointing out that 'A vast amount of research and development derives from space exploration ... For example, the United Kingdom's 2007 Space Policy inquiry indicated that the creation of space products contributes two to three times their value in GDP.'"

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