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+ - Hacker 'Sabu' gets lenient sentence after helping US->

Submitted by k280
k280 (2593657) writes "A convicted hacker-turned-informant, who was facing in excess of 20 years in prison, has been handed a sentence of a year's supervision.

Hector Xavier Monsegur — known as "Sabu" — was arrested in 2011 on hacking charges.

He had faced a lengthy term, but instead agreed to work with US authorities to identify other hacking suspects.

The FBI said Monsegur had stopped more than 300 hacking attacks.

In a New York court, a judge sentenced him to seven months — which he has already served — and a year's supervision."

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+ - Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "An Iranian judge has summoned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer allegations that his company's apps have breached people's privacy, it was reported Tuesday. The court in Fars province ordered that Zuckerberg address unspecified "violation of privacy" claims made by Iranians over the reach of Facebook-owned apps, ISNA news agency reported.

"Based on the judge's verdict, the Zionist manager of Facebook... should report to the prosecutor's office to defend himself and make compensation for damages," Rouhollah Momen-Nasab, a senior Iranian Internet security official, told ISNA.

Access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, are routinely blocked by Iranian authorities, as are other websites considered un-Islamic or detrimental to the regime."

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+ - Apps on your Android phone can take photos without you knowing 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A researcher has demonstrated that it's possible for malicious attackers to create an Android app that will surreptitiously take pictures and upload them to a remote server without the user being aware of or noticing it. There are many apps on Play Store that aim at taking pictures without any visual indication but all of them require app activity to be visible and phone screen to be on. But he managed to create an app that does so without displaying any notification, without the presence of the app being visible (i.e. on the list of installed applications), and even without the screen being on."

Comment: Re:Who cares? Boolean opperators are broken. (Score 3, Interesting) 513

by wytten (#42833867) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

(It has already been pointed out that Google moved the old behavior into what they call "Verbatim search", found under "Search tools")
I agree with your sentiment--IMHO this is telling of changes within Google. Geeks drove Google to the top of the search engine precisely
because of the ability to locate only exactly what you want. Apparently within Google the marketers have wrested control from the techies, falling into the "more search results must be better" trap.

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+ - Adobe and Apple didn't unit test for "forward date" bugs. Do YOU?->

Submitted by llamafirst
llamafirst (666868) writes "As the year flipped to 2013, we learned that Adobe and Apple don't test for "forward date" bugs. Adobe prevented any copy of FrameMaker 10 from launching and Apple broke Do Not Disturb for the first week of 2013. Surely some more critical and safety systems also have lurking issues. Got tips for catching time/date bugs "from the mysterious future"? (also, oblig link to Falsehoods programmers believe about time)"
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+ - That link you just posted could cost you 300 Euros->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Do you like to tweet or share links to interesting news articles? According to a coalition of Irish newspapers, that makes you a pirate. The National Newspapers of Ireland has adopted a new policy. Any website which links to one of the 15 NNI member newspapers will have to pay a minimum of 300 euros, with the license fee going up if you post more links.

Note that this is not a fee to post an excerpt or some punitive measure for the copying of an entire article. No, the NNI wants to charge for links like. It's almost as if this organization has no idea how the web works. Or maybe they have found an elaborate way to commit suicide."

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Comment: My experience as a father (Score 2) 425

by wytten (#42375399) Attached to: Has Lego Sold Out?

My 15 year old stopped with the legos about 3 years ago (I will always remember the day he had $20 of birthday money to spend and ultimately chose a CD instead)
At least in our house, after one of the fancy kits got built once, the instructions were promptly lost or eaten by the dog, and all the legos ended up in 1 giant bin. Then the real fun started (the creative part)

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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