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+ - NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The NSA employs tens of thousands of people, and they're constantly recruiting more. They're looking for 1,600 new workers this year alone. Now that their reputation has taken a major hit with the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, they aren't sure they'll be able to meet that goal. Not only that, but the NSA has to compete with other companies, and they Snowden leaks made many of them more competitive: "Ever since the Snowden leaks, cybersecurity has been hot in Silicon Valley. In part that's because the industry no longer trusts the government as much as it once did. Companies want to develop their own security, and they're willing to pay top dollar to get the same people the NSA is trying to recruit." If academia's relationship with the NSA continues to cool, the agency could find itself struggling within a few years."
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+ - Facebook Tracks All Site Vistors, Violating EU Law, Report Says->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a technical analysis of Facebook’s tracking practices, researchers at the University of Leuven in cooperation with researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel found that Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who don’t have an account, and even continues to track users and non-users who have opted out of targeted ads. The problem with these practices is that the cookies are placed without consent, which under EU law is only allowed if there is a strict necessity to do so."
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+ - Pentagon Personnel Now Talking on 'NSA-Proof' Smartphones ->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work and maybe play, made by anti-government-surveillance firm Silent Circle, according to company officials.

Silent Circle, founded by a former Navy Seal and the inventor of privacy-minded PGP encryption, is known for decrying federal efforts to bug smartphones. And for its spy-resistant "blackphone."

Apparently, troops don't like busybodies either. As part of limited trials, U.S. military personnel are using the device, encrypted with secret code down to its hardware, to communicate "for both unclassified and classified" work, Silent Circle Chairman Mike Janke told Nextgov."

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+ - Like it or not, Facebook tracks your surfing behavior everywhere->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Translated from Dutch: Facebook continues to track your surfing habits, even if you indicate that it should not, or if you have an account (anymore). That can be read in a study by the University of Leuven and the university commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission. The scientists claim that Facebook thus violates Belgian and European regulations. Study here (English): http://www.law.kuleuven.be/icr..."
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+ - Lebanese Cyberspies Hit Defense, Telecom, Media Firms Worldwide->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For the past two years, a cyberespionage group that likely operates from Lebanon has hacked into hundreds of defense contractors, telecommunications operators, media groups and educational organizations from at least 10 countries, according to security researchers from Check Point Software Technologies. The researchers found evidence that the attackers started their operation in late 2012, but have managed to fly under the radar until now by carefully adapting their tools to avoid being detected by antivirus programs."
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+ - Dutch 'data center radiator' trial promises low-cost heat and cheaper hosting->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dutch utility company Enelco is collaborating with cloud-based tech startup Nerdalize to trial a nine-month scheme wherein five households will use domestically-styled data centers [http://www.nerdalize.com/] to provide indoor heating and hot water. Nerdalize CEO Boaz Leupe claims [http://www.networkworld.com/article/2901194/server-heating-startup-teams-with-energy-company-to-heat-dutch-homes.html] that if the trials are succeeded by roll-out, clients can save 55% on cloud-based hosting whilst Enelco customers could save about 400 euros ($436) annually under the scheme. In use the Nerdalize servers can output up to 8,000kWh annually. The servers perform calculations for research institutes and other clients, donate compute cycles to NFP causes when idle, and will perform 'dumb calculations' to maintain heat on demand in the event of a network outage."
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+ - Government Spies Admit that Cyber Armageddon is Unlikely

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "NSA director Mike Rogers spoke to a Senate Committee yesterday, admonishing them that the United States should bolster its offensive cyber capabilities to deter attacks. Never mind that deterrence is problematic if you can’t identify the people who attacked you.

In the past a speech by a spymaster like Rogers would have been laced with hyperbolic intimations of the End Times. Indeed, for almost a decade mainstream news outlets have conveyed a litany of cyber doomsday scenarios on behalf of ostensibly credible public officials. So it’s interesting to note a recent statement by the U.S. intelligence community that pours a bucket of cold water over all of this. According to government spies the likelihood of a cyber Armageddon is “remote.” And this raises some unsettling questions about our ability to trust government officials and why they might be tempted to fall back on such blatant hyperbole."

+ - France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A law approved in France Thursday now requires all new rooftops in commercial zones to be covered in plants or solar panels. "Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. They also retain rainwater, thus helping reduce problems with runoff, while favoring biodiversity and giving birds a place to nest in the urban jungle, ecologists say." The law was actually watered down from its original version — businesses only have to cover part of their roof."
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+ - Wall Street Journal Reporter Found Dead After Controversial OPEC Investigation->

Submitted by abhishekmdb
abhishekmdb (4015829) writes "This Wednesday, the body of Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was pulled from a New Jersey river. The 55-year-old journalist had been missing for over a year and investigators were unsure whose body they found until they were able to match the dental records with those of David Bird.

According to police, Bird was found in the Passaic River between Somerset and Morris counties, in an area where he frequently took walks. After all this time, two men were recently canoeing in that part of the river when they came across a red jacket and called police.

Just before his disappearance, Bird was investigating a supply imbalance in the oil industry, and was reporting in a way that was extremely controversial and possibly threatening to elements within that industry."

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+ - Germany Succeeded with Massive Power Drops/Surges with its Solar Grid Today->

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from Friday's 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply.

Germany, Europe's leading economy and boasting the world's biggest solar-powered installations, was at the heart of the event.

"Good preparations paid off, we were able to handle all swings in production," said Ulrike Hoerchens, spokeswoman for one of the four high-voltage grid firms, TenneT, which operates in the region with the highest share of photovoltaic units.

Solar power output has expanded sharply to 38.2 gigawatts (GW) since the region's last notable eclipse in 2003, so the country — which borders nine nations — needed to prove its power market and network handling centres could function under extraordinary conditions.

German solar output right before the eclipse totalled 21.7 GW, then dropped to a low point of 6.2 GW, followed by an addition of 15 GW again within the following hour, TenneT said.

The speed of feed-in was treble the normal maximum, which could have caused disruptions."

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