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Imgur Exploited To Channel Botnet Attacks At 4chan 73

An anonymous reader writes: Imgur has been compromised by attackers looking for an opportunity to direct large volumes of traffic to 4chan. A Reddit thread explains that "when an Imgur image is loaded from /r/4chan [...] imgur loads a bunch of images from 8chan, which causes a DDoS to those sites." Meaning that if a user clicks an Imgur link on /r/4chan, it automatically makes around "500 requests" for one image from imageboard

Google DeepMind's AI Beats Humans At Even More Computer Games 96

An anonymous reader writes: Google DeepMind's learning algorithm has trumped human performance in an even greater range of games from the Atari 2600. The system's performance in classic games for the 80's games console has improved steadily since it was revealed in April last year (video) and a paper released yesterday shows it besting people in 31 titles.
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OPM Says 5.6 million Fingerprints Stolen In Cyberattack 93

mschaffer writes: The Office of Personnel Management data breach that happened this summer just got a little worse. The OPM now says that 5.6 million people's fingerprints were stolen as part of the hacks. The Washington Post reports: "That's more than five times the 1.1 million government officials estimated when the cyberattacks were initially disclosed over the summer. However, OPM said Wednesday the total number of those believed to be caught up in the breaches, which included the theft of the Social Security numbers and addresses of more than 21 million former and current government employees, remains the same."

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 2) 426

Google does the same thing. Both Android devices and chromecast ignore the DNS in the DHCP negotiation and use Google DNS servers at least for netflix. This makes it more difficult to use DNS-based region modifiers like unblock-us, since you have to block and at the router.

Comment Re: Linux and Bloat (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Not true. There may be things in the kernel that could be in user space, or in a kmod, or done in a driver. Linus is concerned about the code that 100% of Linux users are required to have, not the stuff that can be easily added or removed from an install.

Comment Re:Reasonable Access (Score 1) 267

The last 2 places I worked facebook and YouTube have been required for my job. One was working on firmware for a networking appliance, the other was an Internet security application. When a user calls in with a problem I need to be able to reproduce without jumping through some idiotic IT hoops, otherwise I'm wasting my time and the user's. Oh, and 1 of those companies was a company with over 100k employees, I very much doubt IT knew about every product the company created. Are you certain no one in your company, like maybe your social media manager, has a good reason to have open Internet access?

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!