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+ - Snowden is a hero says Steve Wozniak ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""He is a hero to me, but he may be a traitor to other people and I understand the reasons for them to think that way. I believe that Snowden believed, like I do, that the US has a right to freedom. He had the guts to and courage to sacrifice his life for a principle,""
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+ - Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser at Pwn2own 2014->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Though IE, Chrome and Safari were all attacked and all were exploited, no single web browser was as humiliated at this year's Pwn2own hacking challenge as was Mozilla Firefox. A fully patched version of Firefox was exploited 4 different times by attackers, each revealing new zero-day vulnerabilities in the open-source web browser. When asked why Mozilla was attacked so much this year, Sid Stamm, senior engineering manager of security and privacy said:

"Pwn2Own offers very large financial incentives to researchers to expose vulnerabilities, and that may have contributed in part to the researchers' decision to wait until now to share their work and help protect Firefox users."

The Pwn2own event paid researcher $50,000 for each Firefox vulnerability. Mozilla now pays researcher only $3,000 per vulnerability."
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Comment: right...because the easter bunny is the new admin (Score 1) 155

right! and we are supposed to believe that just because they're saying so? is google going to break the law to support what they're saying?

and who protects us from google?
if they are so interested in protecting their users why not encrypt every user data with a key that only the user controls?

+ - EU secretly plans to put a back door in every car by 2020-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A secretive EU body has agreed to develop a device to be fitted to all cars allowing police to cut off any engine at will, it emerged today. The device, which could be imposed within a decade, would also allow police to track a vehicle's movements as well as immobilise it. According to The Daily Telegraph a group of senior EU officials, including several Home Office mandarins, have signed off the proposal at a secret meeting in Brussels."
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+ - The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone-> 3

Submitted by Frankie70
Frankie70 (803801) writes "The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.

An NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera."

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+ - Stranded Antarctica ship passengers to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter-> 1

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A Russian foreign ministry statement said most of the 74 people onboard will be rescued by air after icebreakers failed due to poor visibility

It is hoped most of the 74 people on the Academician Shokalskiy will be picked up by the Chinese helicopter, leaving as few as possible onboard.

A Russian foreign ministry statement, cited in an AFP report, said: “A decision has been reached to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by helicopter from China’s Xue Long ship, should the weather allow.”"

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+ - Hackable Measurement Board Runs Linux on an ARM+FPGA SoC->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Red Pitaya has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build an open source Linux-based measurement and control single-board computer. The $359 Red Pitaya can replace thousands of dollars worth of test equipment, and will initially ship with smartphone apps for oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, waveform generator, frequency response analyzer, and PID controller functions. The board is based on a Xylinx Zynq-7020 SoC, containing dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores plus an FPGA, and has expansion connectors for various add-on modules. It will be supported by an 'apps bazaar' from which users can install free apps, as well as by a repository containing its open source code and tools for developing applications."
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+ - EFF formally objects to inclusion of DRM in HTML5->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a formal objection with the W3C against the inclusion of digital rights management (DRM) for streamed media in HTML5. The W3C HTML working group is developing EME (Encrypted Media Extensions) that would bring in standardized DRM plugins for streamed media. EFF, through its full objection, has pointed out that the creation of EME and the implementation of usage controls on the web platform do not fall under the purview of the HTML working group. Further, the existing web standards already support the use cases that are not related to usage control. EFF is of the opinion that usage control like the EME, which was declared ‘in-scope’ by W3C exec team in February, effectively point to options such as paywalls, subscription models, watermarked content, etc which are already supported by existing web standards."
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+ - Open source: Its true cost and where it's going awry by Monty Widenius->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "MySQL main creator Monty Widenius: The problem is that you have companies that are heavily using open source but refuse to pay anything back because they don't have to. The more people are using it and, in these cases, abusing the whole idea of open source by not paying back either with development or money to help projects, it is actually destroying open source."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: how real is GNU/Linux malware?

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I've been using Debian for a life, and I'm not a novice at all; I install system updates almost daily, I avoid risky behaviors on Internet, and like all linux users I always felt safe. Yesterday my webcam suddenly turned on, and turned off after several minutes. I'm pretty sure it was nothing serious, but I started thinking about malware... At work I use noscript and other tools, but at home I have a more relaxed browser to be used by other family members too. Here I'm not talking about rootkits or privilege escalation (I trust Debian), I think more of normal user compromission. For example, these days many malwares come from malicious scripts in sites, even in advertising banners inside trusted sites, and this is more "cross-platform" than normal viruses. So, what about non-root user malwares? How much could this be real? And how can you diagnose it? Be assured that I will NOT install anti-virus programs or similar on my linux."

+ - Kaspersky on Huawei's in-between doors->

Submitted by dgharmon
dgharmon (2564621) writes "Eugene Kaspersky thinks Huawei's products contain “some doors, they are not back doors, but somewhere in-between”, but that overall “there is nothing really wrong with Huawei”. Th Russian security supremo is nonetheless taking steps to ensure his company doesn't experience the same less-than-welcoming reception Huawei has found in the US market."
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User hostile.