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Submission + - Carphone Warehouse says up to 2.4 Million customer accounts Hacked (

rtoz writes: British cell phone retailer Carphone Warehouse says personal details of up to 2.4 million customers may have been accessed after the company was hit by a cyber-attack.
This security breach could have included names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details.
Up to 90,000 customers may also have had their encrypted credit card information accessed.
The affected division operates the, and websites.
It also provides services to iD Mobile, TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile and some Carphone Warehouse customers.

Dixons Carphone was formed last year by the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail.
Dixons Carphone operates in many European countries including Britain, Ireland and Germany.
Carphone Warehouse said it was informing all customers who may have been affected of the breach.
It will also advise affected individuals on how to reduce the risk of further consequences arising from the data leak.

Submission + - No Immunity For Cops Who Sent A SWAT Team To A 68-Year-Old Woman's House (

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, we covered the story of Louise Milan, a 68-year-old grandmother whose house was raided by a SWAT team (accompanied by a news crew) searching for someone who had made alleged threats against police officers over the internet. Part of the probable cause submitted for the warrant was Milan's IP address.

But the police made no attempt to verify whether any resident of Milan's house made the threats and ignored the fact that the IP address was linked to an open WiFi connection.

Submission + - South Carolina Police Officer Executes Unarmed Teen For Joint (

weilawei writes: An unnamed officer from South Carolina's Seneca Police Department fatally shot 19 year old Zachary Hammond twice on July 26th, in the parking lot of a Hardee's fast food restaurant on Highway 123 in Seneca. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Covington said the officer was attempting to arrest Hammond when the teen accelerated the car and drove toward the officer, prompting the officer to shoot in self-defense.


Bland said Hammond's wounds indicate the vehicle was not moving, and the teen was shot on the rear of his shoulder and on the side of his chest. The Hammond family commissioned an independent autopsy, which found the teen's gunshot wounds indicated he was shot from behind and at close range.

Comment None of them (Score 1) 294

Stick to old fashioned measures...

Just get a copy of httpwatch/fiddler, (wireshark too if you know what you're looking at), and test several hits with a few random sites. Preferably the big sites that tend to have more capacity (news sites, apple, etc..).

Not only will you get the big picture of how long it took to load, but you can also focus on what took too long to load - if it's a network or site issue, name resolution, etc..

ICMP is also your friend (latency test).

Comment Re: What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 1) 242

Agree.. it's not for an interview, just for a cup of coffee.. you can give them the name Homer for all they care, as long as a few minutes later you know when your order is ready..

But that said, now I really want to know what your name is (that comment of it spelled in 3 different ways) :) ..

Comment Ban those handful (Score 0) 181

Why don't they just ban those handful of ISPs until they stop their dirty tricks? A message to the user saying something like "you cannot access Netflix via this ISP due to x y z." and provide a list of good ISPs. That can force the customers/users to move away from these ISPs or complain, which puts more pressure onto them sorting their shit out.

Yes it's a hit to the number of Netflix customers but in the long run it should pay ?

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