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+ - TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis-> 1

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 writes: What's next for TrueCrypt now that a two-phase audit of the code and its cryptography uncovered a few critical vulnerabilities, but no backdoors? Two alternative open source encryption projects forked TrueCrypt once its developers decided to abandon the project in early 2014, giving rise to VeraCrypt and CipherShed--and both are ready to accelerate growth, compatibility and functionality now that the TrueCrypt code has been given a relative clean bill of health.
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+ - Google reported to FTC for 'unfair and deceptive' ads in YouTube Kids->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson writes: A number of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC suggesting that Google is targeting children with "unfair and deceptive" ads in YouTube Kids for Android and iOS. A letter signed by Children Now, Consumer Watchdog, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and others says that ads are displayed in a way that would not be permitted on broadcast or cable television.

The letter makes three main complaints about the app. The first suggests that Google mixes programming and ads, while another says that the relationship between Google and the manufacturers of advertised products is not clear. The groups ask for the FTC to take action to stop the advertisements.

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+ - Your Porn Is Watching You 2

Submitted by merbs
merbs writes: Thirty million Americans regularly watch porn online. That’s a lot more than fess up to it, even in anonymous surveys: In 2013, just 12 percent of people asked copped to watching internet porn at all. But thanks to pervasive online tracking and browser fingerprinting, the brazen liars of America may not have a say in whether their porn habits stay secret. Porn watchers everywhere are being tracked, and if software engineer Brett Thomas is right, it would be easy to out them, along with an extensive list of every clip they’ve viewed.

Comment: Site Unlocked (Score 1) 23

by simplypeachy (#49394385) Attached to: How to Prepare for an IT Security Disaster (Video)

I once worked with a small web site owner to help clean up phishing sites that were on his site. We had a bit of trouble finding the last one on the server, a mix of my inexperience with web server configs and lacklustre support from his web host. Site Lock were convinced his site was 100% clean, even when the owner kept giving them the URL of the phishing site which was still working. They kept saying his site was clean, he has nothing to worry about! And to keep your site clean, why don't you pay us $LOL to help keep it secure?

Comment: Old news (Score 1) 113

by simplypeachy (#49372561) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

This article is about 15 years late. Malware via adverts/trackers has been around since before the word "phishing" was coined. If the advertising industry gave any shits about fixing this, they'd have done it by now as it's a very simple problem to fix. But surprise surprise - they don't care, and neither do the sites complicit in selling their users to the advertisers!

Comment: Re:I've done 3 or 4 cources on edx. (Score 1) 44

by simplypeachy (#49235949) Attached to: edX Welcomes 'The University of Microsoft' Into Its Fold

I tried to do their free "Introduction to Linux" course, and got as far as the second section. Before I finished it I was overwhelmed by the navel-gazing and felt it should be renamed to "Indoctrination to Linux". I tell you what, though. I sure do know that Linux powers millions of devices from hobby horses to fridge magnets to spaceships! There are millions of devices using Linux, all under the power of some head penguin wearing a mortarboard.

In all seriousness I do have a good attention span, I can grit my teeth and labour past the bullshit and as a Windows monkey I genuinely wanted to try this approach. I just couldn't hack it.

note to self: stop punning when you start the sentence with "in all seriousness".

Comment: Re:Really, really need to stop autoplaying videos (Score 1) 86

by simplypeachy (#49147049) Attached to: The Only Constant is Change

Neither can I, so I'll reply to your reply. I'm so glad that one web site in the world finally stops wasting my screen real estate. The width is actually used for content, not cruft! And once side navigation is scroll past, the comments actually take up the width of my screen. It's like someone who actually uses web sites finally designed on.

+ - DNS Hacked / Brought Back Online by CloudFlare->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro writes: Multiple reports emerged this afternoon about an attack against Lenovo, allegedly executed by the notorious Lizard Squad. It appears as though the attackers were able to hack's domain registrar and change the DNS records. Though Lenovo wasn't a customer of security vendor CloudFlare, CEO Matt Prince">said that his firm was able to jump in and fix the situation.
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