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+ - Bitcoin Exchange BitFloor Shut after Attacker Steals 24,000 BTC->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "An attacker managed to access an unencrypted backup of wallet keys and steal 24,000 BTC equaling more than a quarter of a million USD following which Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has been shutdown while the investigation of theft is going on. The attack was carried out sometime last night because of which Roman Shtylman – founder of Bitfloor suspended operations of the exchange. While we are writing this, the exchange rate of 1BTC is $10.40 US, taking the total value of the heist to $250,800 US. You can check the current rates through Preev. In a forum post, Shtylman has urged Bitcoin users that BitFloor needs their help."
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Internet Explorer

A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE 241

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-series-of-tiny-tubes dept.
MrSeb writes "With the grandiose bluster that only an aging juggernaut can pull off, Microsoft has detailed the Internet Explorer Performance Lab and its extraordinary efforts to ensure IE9 is competitive and IE10 is the fastest browser in the world. Here are a few bullet points: 128 test computers, 20,000 tests per day, over 850 metrics analyzed, 480GB of runtime data per day, and a granularity of just 100 nanoseconds. The data is reported to 11 server-class (16-core, 16GB of RAM) computers, and the data is stored on a 24-core, 64GB SQL server. The 'mini internet' has content servers, DNS servers, and network emulators (to model various different latencies, throughputs, packet loss)."

Comment: Re:Free market for the win (Score 4, Informative) 644

by neo00 (#38269140) Attached to: Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

"There still isn't a fully functional equivalent of AdBlock Plus even"
Yes there is... https://adblockplus.org/en/chrome

From the same page you referred to:

We are currently working on providing the same experience for Google Chrome as what you are used to from Firefox. Please keep in mind that we are not there yet and much work still needs to be done. There are also known Google Chrome bugs and limitations that need to be resolved.

+ - John McCarthy, creator of LISP closes his last par->

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Centurix
Centurix writes "The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died today. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph."
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Bug

Adobe To Patch Flash 0-Day Friday 113

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the flash-in-the-pan dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe is planning to patch the recently disclosed Flash Player vulnerability on Friday — just four days after it was disclosed — for users on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The vulnerability is being used in targeted attacks right now that use malicious Word documents. Adobe said it plans to push out the Flash Player patch for Google Chrome today, as part of the Chrome release channel, but Reader X users will have to wait till June for a fix."
GNOME

GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round 344

Posted by Soulskill
from the keep-it-above-the-belt dept.
jammag writes "The debate about whether KDE or GNOME is the better Linux desktop is longstanding. Yet as Linux pundit Bruce Byfield discusses, it has entered a fresh chapter now that both desktop environments have versions that are radically different from their incarnations just a few years back. Moreover, 'the differences in KDE 4.6 and GNOME 3 (the latest releases) are greater than they have ever been,' he writes. Casting aside his usual diplomacy, Byfield acknowledges that he's heard rave reviews about GNOME 3, but disagrees: 'I suspect that the majority of users are more likely to be satisfied with KDE 4.6 than GNOME 3.'"

Comment: Re:Easy to remedy (Score 5, Insightful) 147

by neo00 (#35619886) Attached to: MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations
Now explain to my grandmother, who just got her first email last week, how and why she needs to do that.

On the other hand, the oppressive governments over there will LOVE that. It's probably even better than insecure FB or Twitter since everything ultimately goes to the people's emails.
As someone from one the mentioned countries, I'd like to ask Microsoft, do you realize now you might be very well putting many people at a greater risk of being arrested or killed. People are being KILLED for expressing some of their opinions in some of these places these days.

SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT

Comment: Re:But there's no status bar (Score 1) 181

by neo00 (#35324828) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
OK, correcting myself in one point. My claim that the url popup was transparent turned out to so because of KDE Oxigen them I'm using with FF. Reverting to the default FF4b12 theme, the URL popup does hide the contents behind it.
However, the other scenario I raised about fake links is still very plausible IMHO.

Comment: Re:But there's no status bar (Score 1) 181

by neo00 (#35324726) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
A malicious page can have a fake link - text that looks like a link, shows the URL on the bottom of the page using JS when mouse is over the fake link. FF won't hide that with its own popup since it's not a real link.
I can also give more complex scenarios based on the fact that FF shows the URL transparently. (Think about floating

with transparent or no background color). In other words it doesn't hide the page contents in the back.

Comment: But there's no status bar (Score 3, Interesting) 181

by neo00 (#35319696) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs

the URL is displayed in the status bar, instead of the location bar."

The URL is actually displayed at the bottom of the page in a "pseudo-status-bar" overlaying the page contents. And guess what happens if the background of the page at that area is dark or matching the URL font color.!
Do I see phishing attacks coming soon?

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