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Comment: Re:Link pyramids (Score 1) 38

by workie (#31974668) Attached to: Several Link-Spam Architectures Revealed
The RescueTheWeb article is a high level discussion of link architectures that currently exist in the wild. The article wasn't trying to show samples since disclosure of which websites are breached is against the privacy policy of RescueTheWeb. These are private websites that have been breached by others and used to create these various structures. Thus, their web addresses would revel who's website were breached. I can tell you that an example 'constellation' Google look-alike search engine consists of some 26 domains of this pattern: http://googpill_.com/ where the '_' is the letters from 'a' to 'z'. When you visit these sites directly they say 'Under Construction', but when you visit them from a hacked site you get the Google look-alike. (Not all of the lettered domains appear to be working.) Follow this link to see an example: http://googpillc.com/zgyllgiaahkeiryy_idknxqkbi.py This constellation example is different than the pyramid example from the seoblackhat. The goal of this constellation, as an example, is to confuse the user into thinking they are on Google, it is not to increase page rank.
Spam

+ - Several Link Spam Architectures Revealed->

Submitted by workie
workie (1754464) writes "Using data derived from website infections, RescueTheWeb.org has found several interesting link spam architectures. One architecture is where concentric layers of hijacked websites are used to increase the page rank and breadth of reach (within search engine search results) of scam sites. The outer layers link to the inner layers, eventually linking to a site that redirects the user to the scam site. Another architecture involves hijacked sites that redirect the user to fake copies of Google, having the appearance that the visitor is still within Google, but in reality they are on a Google look alike that contains only nefarious links."
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Comment: Many people are working to help App insecurity. (Score 2, Insightful) 65

by workie (#31563252) Attached to: Google Hands Out Web Security Scanner
I just wanted to point out that many organizations and people are trying to resolve the global web-insecurity issue caused by many things including application insecurity. Google is just one participant in this effort. What is frustrating is that when Google talks people call it news. When these other organizations make contributions, nothing is heard.

+ - Algorithm Turns Lo-Res Datasets Into Hi-Res Output->

Submitted by azoblue
azoblue (842509) writes "Using a mathematical concept called sparsity, the compressed-sensing algorithm takes lo-res files and transforms them into sharp images. Compressed sensing works something like this: You’ve got a picture — of a kidney, of the president, doesn’t matter. The picture is made of 1 million pixels. In traditional imaging, that’s a million measurements you have to make. In compressed sensing, you measure only a small fraction — say, 100,000 pixels randomly selected from various parts of the image. From that starting point there is a gigantic, effectively infinite number of ways the remaining 900,000 pixels could be filled in."
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Security

+ - Survey of 58K PHP sites: 80% highly vulnerable->

Submitted by workie
workie (1754464) writes "Comparing the PHP version used by 58,000 PHP websites to the public vulnerability data at the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) reveals that 80% of the surveyed websites have the worst possible Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 10. PHP utilization data shows that website owners are not upgrading their software packages once they initially setup their website. Further data shows that nearly all versions of PHP (as well as most other software systems) are vulnerable. If all software has vulnerabilities (and it appears that they do), and no one (website owners and maintainers) are updating their software once they install it (which this data implies), then the result is that all websites that are more than one release cycle old are vulnerable."
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NASA

+ - Nasa Discovers Ice On The Moon->

Submitted by dawilcox
dawilcox (1409483) writes "Washington, Mar 2 (PTI) A NASA radar aboard India's maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 has detected craters filled with thick deposits of ice near the moon's north pole, the US space agency said today. NASA's Mini-Sar experiment found more than 40 small craters, ranging in size from one to nine miles, containing water ice."
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Google

+ - Google Asks US For WTO Block on China Censorship->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google is asking the US Government to petition the WTO to recognize China's censorship as an unfair barrier to trade. The US Trade Representative is reviewing their petition to see if they can prove that China's rules discriminate against foreign competition. At least it's something worthwhile for the US Trade Reps to do, rather than secretly negotiating ACTA."
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Science

+ - Scientists Develop Financial Turing Test->

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Various economists argue that the efficiency of a market ought to be clearly evident in the returns it produces. They say that the more efficient it is, the more random its returns will be and a perfect market should be completely random. That would appear to give the lie to the widespread belief that humans are unable to tell the difference between financial market returns and, say, a sequence of coin tosses. However, there is good evidence that financial markets are not random (although they do not appear to be predictable either). Now a group of scientists have developed a financial Turing test to find out whether humans can distinguish real financial data from the same data randomly rearranged. Anybody can take the test and the results indicate that humans are actually rather good at this kind of pattern recognition."
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IBM

+ - IBM Researcher Develops Energy Efficient Algorithm->

Submitted by jitendraharlalka
jitendraharlalka (1702444) writes "IBM Research today unveiled a breakthrough method based on a mathematical algorithm that reduces the computational complexity, costs, and energy usage for analyzing the quality of massive amounts of data by two orders of magnitude. This new method will greatly help enterprises extract and use the data more quickly and efficiently to develop more accurate and predictive models.

In a record-breaking experiment, IBM researchers used the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world — a Blue Gene/P system at the Forschungszentrum Julich in Germany — to validate nine terabytes of data (nine million million or a number with 12 zeros) in less than 20 minutes, without compromising accuracy. Ordinarily, using the same system, this would take more than a day. Additionally, the process used just one percent of the energy that would typically be required.

The breakthrough will be presented today at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference in Seattle.

"In a world with already one billion transistors per human and growing daily, data is exploding at an unprecedented pace," said Dr. Alessandro Curioni, manager of the Computational Sciences team at IBM Research – Zurich. "Analyzing these vast volumes of continuously accumulating data is a huge computational challenge in numerous applications of science, engineering and business. This breakthrough greatly extends the ability to analyze the quality of large volumes of data at rapid speeds.""

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Security

+ - Watchdog group tells you if your website is hacked->

Submitted by workie
workie (1754464) writes "The health of the Web ecosystem depends on all it's participating websites. Yet, with the high number of website application insecurities (http://www.scmagazineus.com/web-apps-account-for-80-percent-of-internet-vulnerabilities/article/129027/) and the increase in website hacking (http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=148143&WT.svl=news1_2, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/20/america-china-hacking-security-obama, and http://www.breach.com/resources/whitepapers/downloads/WP_TheWebHackingIncidents-2009.pdf), how could an average website owner know if their website is helping or hurting their customers and the Internet as a whole? Now a new non-profit entity (http://www.rescuetheweb.org/) has formed to find websites that have already been hacked, are leaking information, or are using highly vulnerable software. The entity then notifies the website owner and asks them to upgrade their website to more secure software or remove the leaked information."
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Botnet

+ - MICROSOFT TO SHUT DOWN GLOBAL SPAM NETWORK->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "Microsoft has won court permission to close down one of the ten biggest spam networks (Botnets) in the Stats. Known as Waledac, it's responsible for emailing over 651 million pieces of spam to hotmail accounts (and no doubt millions more to others). It's interesting (to me) that Waledac is being closed by Microsoft — not by an ISP. Either way, it's good news."
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Microsoft

+ - Facebook Gets News Feeds Patent->

Submitted by Techticles.com
Techticles.com (1753844) writes "Facebook gets awarded with the patent for News Feeds which is gigantic in the social networking, social computing, and digital collaboration.

Facebook definitely scored a home run on this patent which means they can start having their lawyers breathe down the necks of MySpace, Google, Twitter, and yes even Microsoft. Microsoft may not have a public social networking goliath but they are definitely utilizing news feeds and promoting it together with their social computing platform on SharePoint 2007, and now SharePoint 2010."

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