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+ - Stasi 2.0 - insurance debuts gps tracked insurance->

Submitted by ubersonic
ubersonic writes: While insurance companies never seem to respect the privacy of their customers, European insurer Uniqua reached a new low with the introduction of PAYD (pay as you drive) recently. Uniqa's customers who choose the PAYD-model are going to have a NaviBox called "SafeLine" installed in their cars. The small box contains a GPS receiver and a GSM unit, which forwards once daily real-time information to a central computer. The users premiums are then calculated on the base of this data. The personal data protecting organization ARGE-Daten (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Daten, Engl.: Working group "Data Protection") is deeply concerned about the fairness of the new appliance. No one knows for what else this data might be used in the future.
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Spam

+ - Al Gore's website cracked and abused-> 1

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ape
ape writes: "Surf-by infections are common these days. Crackers use outdates blogs and forum software to enter a server and install automated browser exploits frameworks, infecting visitors with trojans and adware. Earlier today reports about Al Gore's site, climatecrisis.net (source cleaned up already), being hacked surfaced. Someone managed to place stealth links on the site, linking to cracked blogs on .edu servers. These cracked blogs in turn, redirect you to a pharmacy site, but only if your referrer is Google or ask. If you type in the UTL by hand you will be greeted by a normal blog post about pharmaceuticals. Read Symantecs full report on the incident, Computerworlds writeup or view a screenshot of the cracked sites source code. No one knows how long this links have been there, but according to Symantec the technique worked, placing those spam sites on top spot with Google for their respective keywords."
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Security

+ - Al Gore's climatecrisis.net cracked->

Submitted by
ape
ape writes: "Drive-by infections are common these days. Crackers use outdates blog and forum software to enter a server and install automated browser exploits frameworks, infecting visitors with trojans and adware. Earlier today reports about Al Gore's site, climatecrisis.net (source cleaned up already), being hacked surfaced. Someone managed to place stealth links on the site, linking to cracked blogs on .edu servers. These cracked blogs in turn, redirect you to a pharmacy site, but only if your referrer is Google or ask. If you type in the UTL by hand you will be greeted by a normal blog post about pharmaceuticals. Read Symantecs full report on the incident, or view a screenshot of the cracked sites source code. No one knows how long this links have been there, but according to Symantec the technique worked, placing those spam sites on top spot with Google for their respective keywords."
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Spam

+ - An Inconvenient Truth->

Submitted by
primadd
primadd writes: "Drive-by infections are common these days. Crackers use outdates blog and forum software to enter a server and install automated browser exploits frameworks, infecting visitors with trojans and adware. Earlier today reports about Al Gore's site, climatecrisis.net, being hacked surfaced. Someone managed to place stealth links on the site, linking to cracked blogs on .edu servers. Those cracked blogs in turn, redirect you to a pharmacy site, but only if your referer is google or ask. If you type in the url by hand you will be greeted by a normal blog post about pharmaceuticals. Read Symantecs full report on the incident, or view a screenshot of the cracked sites source code. No one knows how long this links have been there, but according to Symantec the technique worked, placing those spam sites on top spot with google for their respective keywords."
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Programming

+ - gcc basic math error, corrected.-> 1

Submitted by 12357bd
12357bd writes: Just some days ago there was a firehose entry about a serious math bug (wrong sign for some abs() expressions) on gcc for wersions 3.x to 4.1, but never reached the main /. page. Such an important information for developers should not pass without proper announcement.

The bug was detected Nov 17, and has been already fixed.

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Math

+ - Do quantum laws give rise to our classical world?->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "Quantum physics forbids that quantum mechanics works on a macro level in the classical world. Now Kofler and Brukner demonstrated that the time evolution of a quantum system, no matter how macroscopic the system is, cannot be treated in a classical sense. "Just because something is big doesn't mean it can be described by classical physics." Then referring back to the case of spin, he continues: "Arbitrarily large spins can still have a quantum time evolution and violate the Leggett-Garg inequality." Next, the two realized that coarse-grained measurements are used in realistic conditions, such as situations that we are confronted with every day, as the resolution of the apparatuses usually is limited. "If you are bound to restrict yourself to coarse-grained measurements of the spin," Kofler explains, "you get the classical Newtonian laws of motion.""
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Security

+ - Wikileaks.org Down

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks is a website running on modified MediaWiki software which allows whistleblowers to anonymously release government and corporate documents, allegedly without possible retribution. It claims that postings are untraceable by anyone attempting to do so. Since a few days ago Wikileaks published US government documents about Guantanamo Operating Procedures and Iraq equipment and was subsequently apparently taken down. The Chinese government currently attempts to censor every web site with "wikileaks" in the URL, and now it seems USA has joined them.
Space

+ - Watching earthrise from moon->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "Japan's Kaguya spacecraft has captured a stunning video of the Earth rising above the horizon and setting again as the spacecraft orbits around the Moon. Sadly earthrise cannot be viewed from the surface of the Moon. That's because one side of the Moon is permanently locked facing the Earth, so Earth stays fixed in the Moon's sky (or below the horizon on the side facing away from Earth). Download the high-definition videos from offical JAXA website."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Researchers capture exotic radioactivity on camera->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "Until now, measuring fleeting, exotic nuclei has been largely impossible. Understanding of the exotic form of radioactivity of the iron-45 isotope has thus been poor. A novel combination of advanced physics equipment and imaging technology found in most off-the-shelf digital cameras has done the trick. 'We have proven in a direct and clear way that this extremely neutron-deficient nucleus disintegrates by the simultaneous emission of two protons,' one of the researchers is quoted."
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Announcements

+ - The small line between quantum and classical world->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "On what scale do the quantum world and the classical world begin to cross into each other? How big does an "observer" have to be? It's a long-argued question of fundamental scientific interest and practical importance as well, with significant implications for attempts to build solid-state quantum computers. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and their collaborators at the University of Frankfurt, Germany; Kansas State University; and Auburn University have now established that quantum particles start behaving in a classical way on a scale as small as a single hydrogen molecule. They reached this conclusion after performing what they call the world's simplest — and certainly its smallest — double slit experiment, using as their two "slits" the two proton nuclei of a hydrogen molecule, only 1.4 atomic units apart (a few ten-billionths of a meter)."
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Math

+ - Possible backdoor found in RNG standardizedby NSA-> 1

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "Defining algorithm for random numbers is one of the hardest fields in mathematics. We all know Microsoft failed miserably, even Linux (pdf) and SSL had their fair share of troubles. But now Bruce Schneier tells us the Strange Story of Dual_EC_DRBG, one of four random number generation algorithms standardized by the NSA (pdf). While on first look just slower than the other three, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson showed at Crypto 2007 that the algorithm contains a weakness that can only be described a backdoor. Their presentation showed that the constants used have a relationship with a second, secret set of numbers that can act as a kind of skeleton key. If you know the secret numbers, you can predict the output of the random-number generator after collecting just 32 bytes of its output."
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Space

+ - Rosetta craft interpreted as interplanetary thread->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "An asteroid tracking system interpreted the Rosetta spacecraft as an incoming rock last week and issued an alert that a near-miss was looming. Three U.S. observatories spotted an unidentified object heading Earth's way. The observation prompted the Minor Planet Center at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., which coordinates the search of near-Earth objects, to issue a potential near-miss warning. The warning was retracted after astronomer Denis Denisenko in Moscow noticed the object's trajectory closely matched Rosetta's."
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Space

+ - Strange new space weather phenomen discovered-> 1

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "Something strange is happening in the atmosphere above Africa and researchers have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the phenomenon. Researchers liken the plumes to smoke billowing out of a factory smokestack — except instead of ordinary ash and dust, ion plumes are made of electrified gas floating so high above ground they come in contact with space itself. "The plumes appear during geomagnetic storms and they can interfere with satellite transmissions, airline navigation and radio communications," says Fuller-Rowell. Indeed, it is their effect on GPS signals that led to the discovery of plumes over North America just a few years ago."
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Space

+ - China launches probe in Asian race for moon->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes: "According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, China successfully launched its first lunar probe on Wednesday. The Chang'e I blasted off at about 6:05 pm on a Long March 3A carrier rocket from the No. 3 launching tower in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan Province. The mission named after a Chinese goddess who, in a popular fairy tale, lives on the Moon, carries a satellite based on China's Dongfanghong 3 telecommunication satellite platform and reportedly carries a 280-pound (127-kilogram) payload of science instruments for its planned one-year mission."
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Security

+ - Apple Adds Memory Randomization (ALSR) to Leopard

Submitted by
.mack
.mack writes: "Apple has announced plans to add code-scrambling diversity to Mac OS X Leopard, a move aimed at making the operating system more resilient to virus and worm attacks. The security technology, known as ASLR (address space layout randomization), randomly arranges the positions of key data areas to prevent malware authors from predicting target addresses. Another new feature coming in Leopard is Sandboxing (systrace), which limits an application's access to the system by enforcing access policies for system calls."

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