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Social Networks

Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-slower dept.
tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete Bit.ly URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."
Crime

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-the-grade dept.
A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.
Image

Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault 417 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the emergency-status-update dept.
A 12-year-old girl who was being assaulted by her mother's ex-boyfriend used some quick thinking by sending a message on her iPod to a friend's Facebook account for help. The friend was able to contact the girl's mother who then contacted the police. 42-year-old Raymond Ernest Cesmat was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail on $175,000 bail.
Image

Google Street View Shoots the Same Woman 43 Times 106 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-your-face-out-there dept.
Geoffrey.landis writes "Terry Southgate discovered that his wife Wendy appears on the Google Street View of his neighborhood not once or twice but a whopping 43 times. From the article: 'It seems as if the Street View car simply followed the same route as Wendy and Trixie. However, Wendy was a little suspicious that the car was doing something on the "tricksie" side. Several of the Street View shots show Wendy looking with some concern towards the car that was, well, to put it politely, crawling along the curb. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," Wendy told the Sun.' The next best thing to being a movie star — a Street View star!"
Firefox

Mozilla Plans Fix For Critical Firefox Vulnerability In Next Release 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the sooner-than-later dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "A month after an advisory was published detailing a new vulnerability in Firefox, Mozilla said it has received exploit code for the flaw and is planning to patch the weakness on March 30 in the next release of Firefox. Mozilla officials said Thursday that the vulnerability, which was disclosed February 18 by Secunia, is a critical flaw that could result in remote code execution on a vulnerable machine. The vulnerability is in version 3.6 of Firefox."

Comment: Re:Shashib (Score 2, Interesting) 70

by rockwood (#28819135) Attached to: Network Solutions Suffers Massive Data Breach
Nah - those that did it were eventually caught (after about a 6mo to a year) and they were terminated. Besides, even if I could do it, I wouldn't know what to do with the info afterward.

My main point is that the security holes at NetSol is akin to a block of Swiss Cheese. And in most cases the security breaches and Malware placed on their system go unnoticed for long periods of time.

Comment: Re:Shashib (Score 5, Informative) 70

by rockwood (#28818751) Attached to: Network Solutions Suffers Massive Data Breach
Shashi B,

Give me a break! - I too worked for Network Solutions as Level II support - I know all about the bullshit story lines in order to save face. iframe exploits throughout the customers sites, issues not followed through on, the denial of New Ventures having -any- affiliation with NetSol. The ease of gaining access.

In fact while I worked there, several Tech's uploaded basic http shell emulators onto their sites and all had root level access within minutes.

Your infrastructure was and still is seriously flawed and appears that it always will be - I know first hand!

I'll file this under TasteButDontSwallow

Comment: Re:Not true - I call Bullshit (Score 4, Informative) 70

by rockwood (#28818653) Attached to: Network Solutions Suffers Massive Data Breach
I call Bullshit, and with due reason. I worked for Network Solutions as Level II support - handling anything from programming to server issues.

I know for a fact that they do store credit cards - regardless of what they may or may not claim.

One billing application that allow you to search ALL historical purchases, what, when, card #, address, services etc...

The second for more recent purchases.

Primarily we used a single application - and that application gave you access to the entire database which included minor and major information, such as Name, Address, phone#, email, Your Challenge Question, the HINT tot eh challenge question, CC number, billing cycle and history, DNS, smtp, database passwords (if you host with NetSol), all email users and their passwords under that domain, ftp passwords, website passwords for the GUI designer and much much more!

If you have a domain with them that has other email address setup through the NetSol site, simply login and look at those accounts. Each of those users can change the oringial password you set for them once they log into their online mail. But you will always see the passwords as ****, but don't fret if you forgot one (or they changed it) and want to log into the email account of that user, pull up the source code - they are all in plain text (as of 1 year ago anyway).

They have certain "servers" that handle routing and other processes that are no more than a laptop - that's right, not a server - a laptop.

Oh and your cost of thousands of dollars to buy back your domain name - here is a little bit of info. Many users were irate about New Ventures grabbing doamins faster than anyone else when they expired, sometimes before it was to be released (grace period for renewal after it expired). All employees were told to let the customers know that we were not, nor were we affiliated with New Ventures. A month later at a financial meeting, it was announced that we've been making leaps and bounds in revenues and recently sold a domain name for nearly a million dollars!. A few of us started looking into this as NetSol is a registar supposedly with a set fee for domains. As it turns out New Ventures is in fact a part of NetSol - They're scamming everyone.

When I began working for NetSol, I was happy as a lark - until I got settled in and started digging into the processes, support and resolution chain and blatant lies were were telling people, I was so disappointed. I left not being able to stand the lies anymore. We'd tell people that their issue would have a resolution in 3 days, but they'd never hear from anyone. And in fact when someone would ask for someone higher up the chain of command, (ie: supervisor, etc) the supervisors would tell us to tell them they can't be transferred, get the number and the supervisor will call them in 5-10 minutes... would they be home? Issue is that they would never get a call back... only to call in again and be transferred to level II support once more and talk to yourself again, or a fellow Level II support person near you. We would all talk and discuss the deflection process. At that time their website were also riddled with iframe exploits, constantly being hacked and defaced for over a year and a half.

Unless anyone here actually works for NetSol - no one really knows what I know for a fact that goes on there. Given there history with customers and such, They've probably know about this for a long time.

Comment: Contacting him (Score 1) 130

by rockwood (#28595797) Attached to: Andreessen's Secret Plan To Find the Next Netscape
Personally I'd like to know how to contact someone like this in regards to presenting an idea. Business plans are not somethign that is easily done, and I've always been better at a verbal pitch, but gettign the opportunity to talk or coorespond via email with someone that has the power to make a decision is neearly impossible. I've emailed every address on the planet that I could find for News Corp, initially wanting to pitch the idea to them. But you don't even get a reponse back of any kind. wtf - I mean I know there are crack-pots out there, but not evryone that has an idea is going to pitch you something absurd.

Comment: Let the media host it (Score 1) 471

by rockwood (#27976387) Attached to: Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?
Post the story to a few high traffic forum site, let the viewers copy and paste it into other forums and email forwards. Next drop a few anon emails to cnn, fox etc - pointing them to these articles. Once the media grabs a hold of the story, all the website could dry up over night, but News Reports will be on it like leeches.
Handhelds

Sugar-Coated Drug-Dealing Game Approved For iPhone 73

Posted by timothy
from the just-try-calling-your-suitcase-a-bomb-at-the-airport dept.
Pocket Gamer writes "Of course, Apple wouldn't allow such a salacious games as Dope Wars on the hallowed corridors of the App Store. What Catamount's done is sugarcoat its game (quite literally) and turned it into Prohibition 3: Candy Wars — a reskinned version of the exact same game."

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