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+ - Porn site hacked as an act of Jihad?

Submitted by
LoLo
LoLo writes "On Easter Sunday, the media servers of a fairly popular porn site (yet another YouTube clone) were compromised. After gaining FTP access the intruder(s) deleted over 7500 videos. All that was left on each box was a new index.html page entitled STOP PORNO with the text "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful" and a Muslim Prayer Call video embedded in the body. Whether this porn site hack was actually the work of Muslim extremists or a pasty white kid from Philly is debatable. Considering the rash of such attacks over the Mohammed cartoons out of Denmark last year, I think it may have been the real deal."
Music

+ - Steve Jobs Calls for a DRM-free World

Submitted by
ablair
ablair writes "In a rare and revealing open letter posted to Apple's website, co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs outlines the rise of iTunes and the bargains Apple had to make along the way, and he imagines the a future that could be DRM-free if the major lables would let it be so. In the piece, called Thoughts on Music, he states "Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. [...] This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store." Jobs presents fascinating statistics to back up his assertions. News.com.com is also covering the story."
Music

+ - Free, legal music for college students

Submitted by
theundergroundjazzman
theundergroundjazzman writes "A former Napster executive intends to set up a new music provider in a bid to challenge iTunes: "Mike Bebel has a plan for inducing young people to pay for downloaded music: Give them all the songs they want for free while they're still in college, then start charging them a fee when they're out of school and gainfully employed...""
Censorship

+ - Slamdance updates, Toblo readmitted

Submitted by
Rob T Firefly
Rob T Firefly writes "In a posting on their website, the organizers of the Slamdance Guerilla Games Competition have updated their response to the controversy surrounding the blacklisting of Super Columbine Massacre RPG! (as reported previously on Slashdot here, here, and here.) They place the blame for the game's removal on the potential legal battles which could result from showing it to the public.

From the posting:
This is not a case of Slamdance lacking courage, sponsor disapproval of showing Danny's game or wanting to control freedom of expression. Simply and practically, Slamdance can't afford to take on the scope of this potential loss by showing the game to the public.
Slamdance now plans to hold a panel discussion regarding the controversy on January 21st.

In a related story Toblo, one of the seven games which was withdrawn by creators in protest of SCMRPG!'s blacklisting, has been readmitted to the festival by the school the creators attend. This was done without the consent of the creators, who have responded with their disapproval on the game's website, affirming their refusal to present or accept any awards on behalf of the game. They will, however, use their existing travel arrangements to attend the festival and Slamdance's discussion panel."
Privacy

+ - CIBC looses data on 470,000 customers

Submitted by AvgGatsby
AvgGatsby (983102) writes "CIBC Asset Management says a backup computer file containing information on almost half a million of its Talvest Mutual Funds clients has gone missing.

The company says the missing data was in a file that disappeared "while in transit between our offices." The file had personal and financial details on current and former clients of Talvest Mutual Funds, which is a CIBC subsidiary.

In addition, the privacy commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, announced that she is launching an investigation.

This is not a good way to start the year."

Comment: Some more info and removal instructions (Score 4, Informative) 95

by wpmegee (#17081400) Attached to: MySpace Phishing Attack Leads Users to Zango Adware
Lolo has written a pretty good MySpace blog entry about this, along with some removal instructions (in the comments and in my post also). One of this guy's hobbies is exposing MySpace scammers. He actually predicted about a week ago that an exploit like this would happen. Friend him if you have a MySpace. I can't tell who came up with this information first, Lolo or these guys but Lolo may have gotten there first. Either way you need to read his blog posts if you use MySpace...

Please note that you can be infected by this virus by simply viewing an infected profile. It doesn't matter what browser you use, I was using Firefox 2.0 with AdBlockPlus and a decent filterset updater and was infected. I DO NOT believe it steals your password without going to the fake login page. So if your profile gets infected you are probably fine simply removing it

Here's how to remove it:


Use the FIND command or CTRL F to find the word LOGIN.

It starts with this line of code ... I have stripped out the first "
style type="text/css"
div table td font { display: none }
div div table tr td a.navbar, div div table tr td font { display: none }
.testnav { position:absolute; top: 136px; left:50%; _top: 146px
The code was at the very end/bottom of my ABOUT ME section.

It then continues with an obvious line of code for the menu choices. I stripped out the code and the page is fine ... FOR NOW!


To truly protect yourself you need to adblock the offending Quicktime object - or better yet all .mov files.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.

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