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Comment: Raises questions? Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 69

by ozric99 (#27106347) Attached to: Google Solves Sharing Bug In Google Docs
Although I think Google handled the issue admirably, this raises questions (again) about cloud computing, as well as Google's eternal beta-status for a lot of their services.

Really? I don't use Google Apps but I don't think the act of fixing a bug in any way raises questions about the overall concept any more than Microsoft fixing a bug in Sharepoint would raise questions about closed source Windows services, or fixing a bug in KnowledgeTree would raise questions about similar open source services.

Software application has bug; bug gets fixed. Jesus people, why is this different from any other similar bug being fixed? Oh, it's Google, better get blogging.. Gotta get those ad impressions up.
The Military

Obama Helicopter Security Breached By File Sharing 408

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-getting-lazy-without-a-cold-war dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter. 'We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president's helicopter,' says Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, a security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology. Tiversa was able to track the file, discovered at an IP address in Tehran, Iran, back to its original source. 'What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., had a file-sharing program on one of their systems that also contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One,' says Boback, adding that someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, without realizing the potential problems. 'I'm sure that person is embarrassed and may even lose their job, but we know where it came from and we know where it went.' Iran is not the only country that appears to be accessing this type of information through file-sharing programs. 'We've noticed it out of Pakistan, Yemen, Qatar and China. They are actively searching for information that is disclosed in this fashion because it is a great source of intelligence.'"
The Courts

Wife of Harried Pirate Bay Witness Gets Buried in Internet Love 470

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the thanks-for-lending-us-your-hubby dept.
treqie writes "During the trial of pirate bay yesterday, a professor (Roger Wallis) took the witness stand. He told the court things that the prosecutors did not want to hear. The prosecutors then tried to discredit both him and his team's work in the area, as well as his title, it was a real spectacle. In the end, the judge asked if he wanted compensation for being there — he replied that he did not want anything, but they could send flowers to his wife. Many listening online heard, and began sending her flowers, from all over the world. As of this submission, the sum is over 40,000 SEK worth of flowers. There's even a Facebook group for it."
Networking

How a Router's Missed Range Check Nearly Crashed the Internet 196

Posted by timothy
from the pssst-don't-pass-it-on dept.
Barlaam writes "A bug by router vendor A (omitting a range check from a critical field in the configuration interface) tickled a bug from router vendor B (dropping BGP sessions when processing some ASPATH attributes with length very close to 256), causing a ripple effect that caused widespread global routing instability last week. The flaw lay dormant until one of vendor A's systems was deployed in an autonomous system whose ASN, modulo 256, was greater than 250. At that point, the Internet was one typo away from disaster. Other router vendors, who were not affected by the bug, happily propagated the trigger message to every vulnerable system on the planet in about 30 seconds. Few people appreciate how fragile and unsecured the Internet's trust-based critical infrastructure really is — this is just the latest example." Vendor A, in this case, is a Latvian router vendor called MikroTik.

Comment: Re:Is it that easy? (Score 1) 202

by ozric99 (#26817571) Attached to: MS Critical Patch Fixes 8 Vulnerabilities
Yes, many other people have that exact same setup, I know I do. The thing is, unless you configure Postfix to drop any application/ms-tnef it's totally irrelevant to this discussion considering Postfix will simply forward the offending e-mail to Exchange. This isn't about spam, and good luck if you're waiting for your AV to get updated with a fix for the as yet unknown mail.

Besides, what happens when someone combines this with, say, a flash vulnerability and causes a machine inside your network to send the attack e-mail to your Exchange server? Postfix isn't going to do a damn thing about that.

Just patch the fucking server.

Comment: Re:Here we go again..... (Score 0, Troll) 249

by ozric99 (#26681681) Attached to: Exchange Comes To Linux As OpenChange

The EU competition court has put a stop to that one and this is also how Samba got all the M$ protocol interface documentation.

Yeah, and maybe in 2009 they'll ship a product that will emulate an environment released NINE YEARS AGO. Not trying to be flamebait but really, Samba4 is pretty much a complete irrelevance these days. Samba3 was awesome back when I was using it... years and years ago.

Comment: Re:FACTS, not "truth". (Score 1) 385

by ozric99 (#26571203) Attached to: Britannica Goes After Wikipedia and Google

As far as contributing to Wikipedia is concerned, it doesn't matter whether a piece of information is true or not. The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth

That's what they say. Reality suggests otherwise. You are aware that there are entire communities on the web that exist to do nothing more than create their own realities using Wikipedia? I could point you to hundreds of huge, interwoven articles on the site that are utter fabrications. Biographies, languages, inventions, tecnhologies... All being served under the noses of the Wikipedia admins as "Wikitruth", some last longer than others. Most of the larger article subjects have been actively updated and improved over periods of years. Don't fool yourself that Wikipedia is in any way trustworthy. It's a playground for trolls.

The Courts

Activision Goes After Individual Game Pirates 216

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-gusto dept.
brunascle writes "Activision has begun suing individual pirates of console games. Edge Online is reporting that they are going after a New York resident for allegedly copying Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox 360 and other games, seeking $30,000 to $150,000 in damages for each infringement. GamePolitics has also uncovered six other lawsuits with settlements between $1,000 and $100,000, in five of which the defendant was unrepresented." Activision's lawyers specifically told GamePolitics that the lawsuit wasn't targeting file-sharers, so they probably mean that the alleged pirate was reproducing and distributing physical copies of the game. The court complaint is available here (PDF).

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