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Submission + - Big Vulnerability in Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests at Risk (

An anonymous reader writes: Guests at hundreds of hotels around the world are susceptible to serious hacks because of routers that many hotel chains depend on for their Wi-Fi networks. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the systems, which would allow an attacker to distribute malware to guests, monitor and record data sent over the network, and even possibly gain access to the hotel’s reservation and keycard systems.

The vulnerability, which was discovered by Justin W. Clarke of the security firm Cylance, gives attackers read-write access to the root file system of the ANTlabs devices.

The discovery of the vulnerable systems was particularly interesting to them in light of an active hotel hacking campaign uncovered last year by researchers at Kaspersky Lab. In that campaign, which Kaspersky dubbed DarkHotel

Submission + - How I made a space based news site and got 1 million unique views (

littlesparkvt writes: I started Space Industry News with the intent of updating the site every day after work. No big deal, I’ll find some press releases on the NASA site and re-work them a little so it would be easier for people to understand. I wanted to do this, not because space will make me a lot of money, but because I truly love the unique, crazy engineering and science ideas that take us to the farthest reaches of time and space.

Comment ironic (Score 1) 261

I think that there's a decent bit of irony in the fact that he "hacked" the voting database of the State of Florida, and then laments the ability of the United States Government to keep its data secure. Apparently while he may or may not be a decent cracker, he doesn't know the difference between state and federal government.

Ukrainian Arrested In India For TJX Data Theft 40

ComputerWorld reports "A Ukrainian national has been arrested in India in connection with the most notorious hacking incident in US history." "Sergey Valeryevich Storchark was one of 11 men charged in August 2008 with hacking into nine US retailers and selling tens of millions of credit card numbers. He was arrested in India earlier this week, according to a spokesman with India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In a statement, the CBI said they'd arrested Storchark in New Delhi on the night of May 8, as he deplaned from a flight from Goa, for layover before a flight to Turkey. US authorities had asked for his extradition via diplomatic channels. ... 'His extradition and prosecution would have been very unlikely had he reached his final destination of Ukraine,' the CBI said."

Comment Defensive firearms must be utterly reliable (Score 1) 457

Defensive firearms must be utterly reliable. This firearm, by definition, is not utterly reliable. I can see them being sued because their product didn't function at the one time it was desperately needed. I predict that it will sell a few copies, and then fizzle. However, that won't stop the anti-gun lobby and idiot Democrats from attempting to pass laws requiring that all firearms have this bug (I mean "feature).

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 5, Informative) 272

Another possible 'whoosh'... but I think it's because she's married now, and no longer has to look good for the wedding. It happens EVERY time. Woman works out like crazy for months to fit into a particular dress size, then once the wedding cake hits her gullet, the fat starts piling on. To be fair, men get fatter too, but we don't "false advertise" for the wedding.

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