ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana. Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, claims that a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the temporary glitch. The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended. A local police chief says that "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen."Link to Original Source
ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "Only about a third of more than 1,000 respondents to a Network World online survey believe it's always wrong to use company or governmental equipment to host private video game sessions for groups of players.
The rest of those registering an opinion are OK with the practice, although some approve only with caveats.
Only about a third of more than 1,000 respondents to a Network World online survey believe it's always wrong to use company equipment to host private video game sessions for groups of players."Link to Original Source
ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "Hackers who breached Google and other companies in January targeted source-code management systems, security firm McAfee asserted Wednesday. They manipulated a little-known trove of security flaws that would allow easy unauthorized access to the intellectual property the system is meant to protect.
The software-management systems, widely used at businesses unaware that the holes exist, were exploited by the Aurora hackers in a way that would have enabled them to siphon source code, as well as modify it to make customers of the software vulnerable to attack. It’s akin to making yourself a set of keys in advance for locks that are going to be sold far and wide."Link to Original Source
ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "A French judge has issued a national arrest warrant for U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory, a prosecutor's office said.
French judge Thomas Cassuto, based in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, is seeking to question Landis about computer hacking dating back to September 2006 at the Chatenay-Malabry lab, said Astrid Granoux, spokeswoman for Nanterre's prosecutor's office. The laboratory near Paris had uncovered abnormally elevated testosterone levels in Landis' samples collected in the run-up to his 2006 Tour de France victory, leading to the eventual loss of his medal."Link to Original Source
ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "Computer games have a broad appeal that transcends gender, culture, age and socio-economic status. Now, computer scientists in the US think that creating computer games, rather than just playing them could boost students' critical and creative thinking skills as well as broaden their participation in computing. They discuss details in the current issue of the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing."Link to Original Source
ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes "Fox News recently ran a report about the Cars.gov website, the official "Cars for Clunkers" site that allows you to trade in your old car and get money to buy a new, fuel-efficient vehicle, has a very odd Terms of Service.
When you click on the button on the official site to submit a transaction, a warning box pops up that states the following:
"This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personal, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign."
So basically, by clicking on "Continue", you've just made your personal computer, in your home, a Federal computer system, which would allow the government to spy on it!