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Submission + - Lavabit forced to shut down

clorkster writes:

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

No doubt this has much to do with Snowden's use of the provider

Submission + - Tomb of Maya Holy Snake Lord Found in Guatemala

An anonymous reader writes: Archaeologists have discovered a seventh century tomb of a Maya queen in Guatemala. The tomb belongs to the Maya Holy Snake Lord, Lady K'abel, one of the most powerful queens in her kingdom during the Classic Maya civilization. A team of archaeologists led by David Freidel, co-director of the expedition from the Washington University in St. Louis, found the tomb during an excavation of the royal Maya city of El Perú-Waka' in northwestern Petén, Guatemala, based on artifacts suggesting that a higher-ranked queen is buried there.

Submission + - Apple holds the master decryption key when it comes to iCloud security, privacy (

suraj.sun writes: Ars recently attempted to delve into the inner workings of the security built into Apple's iCloud service( Though we came away reasonably certain that iCloud uses industry best practices that Apple claims it uses to protect data and privacy, we warned that your information isn't entirely protected from prying eyes. At the heart of the issue is the fact that Apple can, at any time, review the data synced with iCloud, and under certain circumstances might share that information with legal authorities.

Submission + - AT&T Microcell FAIL ( 1

CharlyFoxtrot writes: The geeks over on the fail0verflow blog took apart an AT&T Microcell device which is "essentially a small cell-tower in a box, which shuttles your calls and data back to the AT&T mothership over your home broadband connection." They soon uncovered some real security issues including a backdoor : "We believe that this backdoor is NOT meant to be globally accessible. It is probably only intended to be used over the IPSEC tunnel which the picoChip SoC creates. [...] Unfortunately, they set up the wizard to bind on, so the backdoor is accessible over the WAN interface."

Submission + - Iran blamed for major cyberattack on BBC (

Qedward writes: Iran is privately being blamed for a major cyberattack on the BBC earlier this month that blocked access to its popular Persian TV service and disrupted the Corporation’s IT using denial-of-service.

The multi-pronged March 2 attack took down much of the BBC’s email, overloaded its telephone switchboard with automatic phone calls, and blocked a satellite feed for the BBC Persian station. BBC servers were also on the end of a DDoS.

In an unprecedented tactic, the BBC has trailed a speech to be given this week to the Royal Television Society in which Director General Mark Thompson will mention the attacks in some detail while stopping short of formally naming Iran as the perpetrator.


Submission + - US congressman asks for FTC Carrier IQ investigati (

angry tapir writes: "US Congressman Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has sent a letter to the FTC asking it to investigate Carrier IQ. "I have serious concerns about the Carrier IQ software and whether it is secretly collecting users' personal information, such as the content of text messages," he said in a statement. Consumer Watchdog has called for a US government investigation of Carrier IQ, the maker of tracking software for mobile phones, and its users."

Submission + - RMS on Jobs: "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad (

Garabito writes: Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, has posted on his personal site: "As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, 'I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone.' Nobody deserves to have to die — not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing." His statement has spurred reaction from the community; some even asking to the Free Software movement to find a new voice.

Submission + - Outrageous Paypal Scam Exposed (

DarkStar1O9 writes: "This is outrageous.

Summary: After an online store owner upgraded to Paypal's Virtual Terminal Service for telephone orders, he was automatically placed into a “Rolling Reserve System” where 30% of the funds from all incoming transactions are permanently withheld from his bank account for 90 days. Under Illinois state law where the owner resides, it is illegal for money brokers to withhold transactions from the owner for more than 3 days. To expose this injustice after being ignored by management who refused to remove him from the holds, he created this diagram explaining the fraud which swiftly made it to the front page of reddit.

The article also covers other business owners who have a similar problem, something definitely must be done to bring them to justice."

Submission + - Gamers Opt Out Rescues Us From Sony and EA's Lawsu (

thewickedductaper writes: With a supreme court decision earlier this year making it legal for companies to include do-not-sue clauses in their user agreements, the only recourse for customers of companies like Sony and Electronic Arts is to opt-out of the clause via written letter. Now there's a website that does it for them.

Submission + - Microsoft To Bring Cable TV to 360 (

iONiUM writes: "From the article, '[Microsoft] announced this morning that nearly 40 television content providers--including Comcast, Verizon, and HBO in the United States--will roll out programming over Xbox Live. The company also has deals lined up with providers in the U.K., Spain, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Italy.'
This seems like yet another step forward in killing traditional cable companies."


Submission + - Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update finally goes live (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's highly anticipated and long awaited update to Windows Phone has finally arrived. Windows Phone 7.5 Mango offers over 500 new features. Start checking for updates on your phone to see if your update is ready!

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