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+ - Gemalto Hack Could Compromise Contactless And ID Cards 1

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana (2761029) writes "A recent article published by The Intercept reports that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) stole millions of encryption keys used in SIM cards manufactured by Gemalto. While the article focuses on the possibility that those keys could be used by the agencies to monitor communications and possibly hack mobile devices using the SIM cards, it also gives some room to the possibility that other IC security modules based on Gemalto technology could be compromised.

Gemalto not only manufacturers Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards for cellular providers, it is also the world’s largest manufacturer of contactless credit card ICs and a leading provider of identity modules used in government documents such as passports, driving licenses and ID cards."

+ - The Ghosts in the MP3s-> 1

Submitted by el_flynn
el_flynn (1279) writes "Continuing the debate about whether there's really any difference between lossless and lossy audio codecs, as well as the whole Pono debacle, Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D student at the University of Virginia, has found a way to "hear" what we're not hearing. From TFA, Ryan goes on to ask "what does the music which this codec delete sound like?", and builds a technique to recover these "lost" sounds... the ghosts in the MP3, so to speak."
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+ - Notorious 8chan board has history wiped after federal judge's doxing 1

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "On Monday, imageboard site 8chan's "baphomet" subboard, an Internet destination known for hosting aggressive "doxing" posts, received a major history wipe the day after one of its users posted the personal information of a federal judge in the Silk Road case. A follow-up post by baphomet's "Board Owner" account stated that "HW," a reference to site founder Frederick "hotwheels" Brennan, deleted "the SSN posts" and told the baphomet board founder, previously identified via an associated Twitter handle as Benjamin Biddix, to "lay low." The same day baphomet's "Board Owner" announced a "doxing for hire" service due to "running low on funds.""

Comment: Re:If he actually did all that... (Score 1) 257

by troll -1 (#48986981) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty On All 7 Counts In Silk Road Trial
...then he deserves his punishment.

Nonsense. Apart from conspiracy to commit murder he should never have been on trial. The government's case that free trade is dangerous to society and must be made illegal is untenable. If you can't put what you want into your own body then you don't live in a free society and you're kidding yourself if you think you do.

We think we are free because we can say what we want but we cannot trade in general with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Think about it. We are not free. And remember the government once told us that homosexuality and marijuana were also a danger to society.

Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the build-your-own dept.
itwbennett writes The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will — and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules, which they're calling Puzzlecluster. Drawings of the Puzzlecluster architecture show a chassis with slots for the reused modules, which can then be interconnected with others to create the cluster. Just one unit could also be used as a desktop computer."

Comment: What's the big deal? (Score 1) 484

by troll -1 (#48817055) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
If somone has a job and a place to live why shouldn't they be able to move about and work anywhere in the world? Just because a person is born on one side of a fence why should they be denied an equal opportunity? If labor is fluid the world will be a better place for it. I was born in the UK. I've lived and worked all over the world. Most people I know (here now in the US) would like the opportunity to travel and experience life abroad but silly imaginary lines prohibit them from doing so. Imagine if people in California were prohibited from working in Oregon. The whole idea of national borders is dumb. It's about time humanity started moving on to bigger things and living up to its true potential.

Comment: He is not doing it out of vanity (Score 0) 171

by troll -1 (#48578965) Attached to: Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself
This is a good thing if it brings awareness of what these guys have done. They uncoverred at lot of really very inappropriate behaviour by people in power. They have given us all a pretty good example of how power can corrpupt. They have reminded us of the importance of managing our own government more responsibly. If it wasn't for wikileaks we would all still be ignorant.

Comment: Re:Spectrum auctions are anti-capitalism (Score 3, Insightful) 66

by troll -1 (#48541527) Attached to: A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions
The spectrum is not a finite medium though. AFAIK there is nothing in physics that for a practical purpose puts a limit on information density in space. Interference is a problem because we choose to use an antiquated non-meshed infrastructue. The only reason our phones can't talk to each other directly is because of a bad network design that blocks it. There's no reason we couldn't use these long range phone frequencies so that every device could form an ipv6 semi non centrailzed meshed network that costs next to nothing to run. Why are we still doing it the old fashioned way? Let's open up the spectrum. It's not finite like the FCC says it is.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig