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Comment Just my two cents (Score 5, Informative) 245

since noone here seems to bother to actually find out what was going on:

german banks do use a two factor authentication scheme:
- to log in you need your account number and a five digit pin
- to authorize a transaction after logging in, you need one out of 100 one-time-use 4 digit pins; The bank issues you 100 of those at a time, and then chooses one of them randomly when you enter a transaction ("Please enter pin number 17").

In this particular case the victim had:
- fallen for a phising website / trojan / keylogger, even after all the warnings in the german IT press (how else would the crooks get his account number and superpin)
- entered at least ten different PINs on one page, which the banksspecifically tell customers to NEVER do. all the bank pages have a big fat "We NEVER ask you for more than one pin" warning labels.

In other news: man drank nitroglycerine then went to jump around on a trampoline, widow sues maker of nitroglycerine.


KDE 4.5 Released 302

An anonymous reader writes "KDE 4.5.0 has been released to the world. See the release announcement for details. Highlights include a Webkit browser rendering option for Konqueror, a new caching mechanism for a faster experience and a re-worked notification system. Another new feature is Perl bindings, in addition to Python, Ruby and JavaScript support. The Phonon multimedia library now integrates with PulseAudio. See this interview with KDE developer and spokesperson Sebastian Kugler on how KDE can continue to be innovative in the KDE4 age. Packages should be available for most Linux distributions in the coming days. More than 16000 bug fixes were committed since 4.4."

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