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Submission + - All five Star Trek Captains together ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just after half past seven on the evening of Friday 19th November, history was made at the Destination Star Trek London event at the capital's ExCel centre; when Captains Archer (Scott Bakula), Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Sisko (Avery Brooks), Picard (Patrick Stewart) and James T. Kirk (William Shatner) appeared together on a European stage for the first time.

This momentous event, which had occurred just once before, at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, USA in June, not only lived up to the expectations of fans who had dreamed of this moment for years, but exceeded them by a good light-year.

[Recap of the event at the link]

Submission + - EU Proposes Their Own "Great Firewall" ( 1

H3xx writes: The EU is proposing a region-wide firewall to be erected in order to block "illicit contents" on a continental scale. Critics say that abuses would be more than easy, given the controversies surround the Chinese counterpart. The proponents of such a firewall have been called "clueless" by critic and blogger Glyn Moody, saying, "A big hint of that cluelessness is that these people are still using the term 'cyberspace' *seriously* in 2011, as is the fact that they actually think it’s possible to create a ‘single secure European cyberspace’ with ‘virtual borders’ and ‘virtual access points'."

Submission + - RIM's Lazaridis walks out of BBC interview (

An anonymous reader writes: RIM's co-CEO Lazaridis walks out of BBC interview when asked about resolution of platform security concerns in India and elsewhere in the Middle East. The issue seemed to be that certain countries were concerned that they were unable to "legitimately" monitor BlackBerry traffic (i.e. with a warrant for whatever that is worth) due to RIM refusing to release various details about their network security. On the other hand, legitimate BlackBerry users in these countries, whether citizens or visitors, are worried about corporate espionage. Delicate issue but one would think that senior management of a company in this situation would be prepared to respond to this sort of question as opposed to walking out in a huff citing "national security" concerns. (Editorial comment: good on the journalist for asking the hard questions, makes me re-consider my RIM holdings.)

Submission + - Lone Iranian claims credit for Comodo hack (

nk497 writes: "A boastful Iranian hacker has claimed sole responsibility for the Comodo security certificate attack, saying it had nothing to to do with his Government. The 21-year-old claimed via a note on PasteBin "I'm not a group of hacker, I'm single hacker with experience of 1,000 hackers". While some researchers believed his claims, saying the media had accepted Comodo's claims the attack was from the Iranian government too easily, others said it was impossible to tell if the hacker was real, or a PR move by Iran."

Submission + - Twitter Joins the HTTPS by Default Party (

wiredmikey writes: Following a trend in allowing users to automatically utilize the secure HTTPS protocol when accessing Web based services, Twitter announced this week that it has added the option for users to force HTTPS connections by default when accessing

The reasons to utilize HTTPS when accessing any personal accounts aren't new, but an easy to use extension for FireFox called “FireSheep,” released in October 2010 spiked concern, as it enables HTTP session hijacking for the masses. Firesheep essentially enabled the average Joe to instantly hacks into common Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail and many more sites With Ease. The extension makes something that was already possible, but typically harder to do, incredibly easy. Gmail now users HTTPS by default, and Facebook as recently added the option to enable HTTPS by default. Twitter now joins the default HTTPS party.

Submission + - Hydrogen Explosion at the #3 Power Plant in Japan ( 3

AbrasiveCat writes: "New trouble at nuclear power plant in Japan. As reported by the NBC . There has been an hydrogen/oxygen explosion at the Number 3 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This has cause a wall of the plant to be destroyed. The officials are saying the reactor containment remains. This seems to be a result of previously exposing the fuel rods, which caused the creation of the hydrogen gas. There has been no increase in radiation in the area (yet.)"

Submission + - Australia creates cyberwarfare unit (

An anonymous reader writes: Australia's Federal Government computer emergency response team and other spy agencies are teaming up to create a cyberspooks unit to counter threats from other countries, the nation's chief lawmaker said last night. In a speech referencing Stuxnet and GhostNet, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the unit would protect sensitive Australian Government and business information from espionage by the nation's foes. Recently new powers were handed spymasters to deal with the enhanced security threat that the Greens party said were "excessive".

Submission + - Software Matches Police Sketches to Mugshots (

Zothecula writes: We've seen it in numerous TV shows and movies – the witness to a crime looks through a book of mug shots, then works with a police sketch artist to come up with a likeness of the nasty person they saw. After looking through hundreds of mug shots, however, it's possible that the tired-brained witness could look right at a photo of the guilty party and not recognize them. It's also possible that there is a mug shot of the criminal on a database somewhere out there, but that this particular witness will never see it. A computer system being pioneered at Michigan State University, however, could be the solution to such problems – it automatically matches faces in police sketches to mug shots.

Submission + - Egypt's Mordor becomes a torrent of leaks

Weezul writes: In what Egyptian ex-pats are calling the Egyptian Bastille Day, protesters stormed the Egyptian state security services on Saturday 5 March, freeing victims of torture there, detaining security personnel, and have started publishing secret documents on facebook and twitter.
An Egyptian Twitter poster wrote "I almost can't believe I'm witnessing this. We're inside the fortress of terror, our very own Mordor..."

Among the more amusing discoveries has been a room full of sex tapes, including Arab royals like Kuwait's Princess.
United States

Submission + - Bradley Manning Charged With Aiding The Enemy

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Washington Post reports that the army has brought twenty-two new charges — including the Article 104 offence of "aiding the enemy" that carries a potential death sentence — against Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, a former intelligence analyst accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks. The new charges, filed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, include wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it will be accessed by the enemy, that US officials have asserted could put soldiers and civilians at risk. However the prosecution has notified Manning's attorneys that it will not recommend the death penalty and the charge sheet, like the original set of accusations, contains no mention by name of the enemy to which the US military is referring. Manning's supporters reacted to the new charges with dismay. "I'm shocked that the military opted to charge Pfc. Bradley Manning today with the capital offense of 'aiding the enemy,' " says Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist, which has raised money for Manning's defense. "It's beyond ironic that leaked US State Department cables have contributed to revolution and revolt" in the Middle East, "yet an American may be executed, or at best face life in prison, for being the primary whistleblower.""

Submission + - Facebook Develops HTML5 Gaming Benchmark (

An anonymous reader writes: A couple of Facebook engineers are developing an HTML5 gaming benchmark. They write, 'Two weeks ago Bruce and I released JSGameBench version 0.1. Today marks the release of version 0.2, a much faster and cleaner version. We continue to learn both from tightening the code and from the strong HTML5 community. Version 0.2 reinforces our belief in HTML5 as a strong, horizontal platform for games and highly interactive applications across the web.'

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!