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Submission + - Robert Jordan Has Passed On->

Alaren writes: "James Oliver Rigney Jr., better known as Robert Jordan, author of the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, died Sunday afternoon. The Wheel of Time has spawned a PC game, a pen-and-paper RPG, and countless imitators. The status of the twelfth and final book in the series remains undisclosed."
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Privacy

Rick Rubin Discloses Sony Rootkit Called Home 249 249

caffeinemessiah writes "Rick Rubin, the legendary music producer, recently signed on as co-head of Columbia Records, which is owned by Sony BMG. In a recent New York Times interview (on pg. 4 of the online version), he discloses, possibly accidentally: 'It was the highest debut of Neil [Diamond]'s career, off to a great start. But Columbia — it was some kind of corporate thing — had put spyware on the CD. That kept people from copying it, but it also somehow recorded information about whoever bought the record...' Seems like the rootkit might have been a little more than your vanilla invade-your-rights-DRM scheme."
Security

Submission + - Chinese military hacks Pentagon->

teh_commodore writes: FinancialTimes online tells us of a security breach of the Pentagon at the hands of the Chinese PLA in June. Officials are calling this "the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department."

"The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale," said a former official, who said the PLA had penetratedthenetworksof US defence companies and think-tanks. Hackers from numerous locations in China spent several months probing the Pentagon system before overcoming its defences, according to people familiar with the matter.

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