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Submission + - Why Windows hack is being blamed on Russia-linked group

bestweasel writes: BBC News summarizes the evidence for the Russian state being behind a whole host of cyber-attacks since 2007, via the Fancy Bears hacking group. There is no smoking gun but the article and those linked within it suggest evidence of Russian involvement in the language and timestamps of the malware as well as the list of targets: the Georgian, German, Romainian and Polish governments, Ukraine, Russian dissidents, NATO, the MH17 investigation team, as well as the US Democratic Party, US media and US athletes' drug testing records and more generally targets of interest to governments rather than those after money. The same hackers also shut down a French TV station and a Ukrainian power station, probably just to see if they could.

The article is based on Microsoft's accusation that the group is exploiting the still unpatched flaw in Windows but it's probably no co-incidence that this comes just after the head of MI5 warned about Russia's increased aggression.

Comment Re:I use one (Score 1) 290

(I would mod you up, but then I wouldn't be able to comment.) Those 3000 likes on a Page are less good than 3000 Friends on a profile, and for the latter a posted Status has a reach of about 10%, of which in turn if more than 10-20% hit Like it is due to mutuality and personal feelings. Or maybe booby avatars. I believe you are right in not paying FB for spiffs, it is indeed not worth it. FB (or any other single platform) is unlikely to provide a solution, one needs a planned, coordinated strategy involving many platforms, and the devil of course is in the details. "Engaging your public", "offering value", avoiding overt boring sells ... if only these can be more than catchphrases. Good luck! and of course "Half of my advertising budget goes to waste -- if I only knew which half!"

Comment Re:Can they compile from source? (Score 1) 143

Mod parent up please; I was about to give this K. Thompson reference. _ Generally, a body of results stemming from the Unsolvability of the Halting Problem indicates no nontrivial program property can be algorithmically established with full certainty, surely not absence of backdoors. Anyway I should think injecting hooks into USB and hard drive firmware beats trying to do your dirty work in a Windows environment -- even Government gumshoes shouldn't be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Comment Re:Self-policing always works! (Score 1) 179

If you want to see all posts from certain users make them Close Friends and/or create lists putting a few in each, they act as independent Newsfeeds. Pruning of your main Newsfeed is inevitable if you have a few hundred Friends or more, I don't quite like it but hey, drilling over to someone's Timeline takes just one click. As for FB politics I wouldn't take it too seriously, my Friends run the gamut from radical left to extreme right. I choose them for being smart, witty, eloquent or outrageously amusing. Or having great boobs.

Submission + - The most energetic particles in the Universe dwarf the LHC

StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to the Universe, you might think that energy really is only limited by rarity: get enough particles accelerated by enough supermassive, super-energetic sources, and it’s only a matter of time (and flux) before you get one that reaches any arbitrary energy threshold. After all, we’ve got no shortage of, say, supermassive black holes at the hearts of active galaxies. And yes, we do find cosmic rays hundreds, thousands or even millions of times the energy that the LHC can achieve. But when we think about the Universe in detail, these cosmic rays aren’t unlimited in their energy, but are rather stopped in their tracks by the most unlikely of sources: the ultra-low-energy cosmic microwave background, left over some 13.8 billion years after the Big Bang.

Submission + - This $9 computer might be more useful than Raspberry Pi (

colinneagle writes: A small team of engineers and artists that make up Next Thing Co. launched a Kickstarter campaign today for Chip, their $9 single-board computer that boasts Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a larger processor than Raspberry Pi's most powerful models.

The tiny device runs a 1 GHz R8 ARM processor, and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. In comparison, the Raspberry Pi B and B+ models feature a 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex 7 processor. The Chip comes with a built-in composite output to connect to monitors and supports adapters for VGA or HDMI. It runs Debian Linux and comes preloaded with the Scratch programming language for those who might be new to coding.

Most noteworthy, though, is the Pocket Chip – a small device with a crude-looking screen and hard-key keyboard that plugs into the Chip and makes for portable computing. It may not be an iPhone killer, but it's an impressively inexpensive mobile form factor.

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