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It looks like they were cracking passwords which were 8 or less characters with simple Alphanumerics. In other words, weak passwords. While the cloud aspect makes it vaguely interesting, is it really news?
Security

Submission + - MS advises users to switch to alternate browser 1

SteveAU writes: "Microsoft has begun flooding media outlets with information advising users to switch to an alternate browser while a serious security flaw is being patched — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7784908.stm The flaw, which effects all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, is manifested via Malware — http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Hackers-Compromise-Legit-Web-Sites-to-Target-Microsoft-IE-Flaw/ — and has infected over 6000 sites thus far.

Microsoft states: "The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference in the data-binding function of Internet Explorer. When data binding is enabled (which is the default state), it is possible under certain conditions for an object to be released without updating the array length, leaving the potential to access the deleted object's memory space. This can cause Internet Explorer to exit unexpectedly, in a state that is exploitable." http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9123338

This will no doubt do some permanent damage to IE's market share!"
Privacy

UK Gov't To Require ID Cards For Some Foreign Residents 216

craigavonite, writing "It's looking like the UK is in for biometric ID cards within the next few years, despite widespread protest from groups such as 'NO2ID,'" excerpts from an article at the BBC describing a UK identify card to be issued starting later this year: "The biometric card will be issued from November, initially to non-EU students and marriage visa holders. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the cards would allow people to 'easily and securely prove their identity.' Critics say the roll-out to some immigrants is a 'softening up' exercise for the introduction of identity cards for everyone."
Software

Submission + - Virtual circuit kit building

Frank123 writes: "When I found a free and time unlimited circuit simulation program, I had to try it out. It has a steep learning curve, has some limits compared to the commercial version, but is great for beginning experimentors. I created a free 10 circuit kit tutorial to help users scale the steep learning curve, and posted it on my web site, www.tier-2-innovation.com. Too often, people interested in science and engineering are confronted at first with dull, tedious busywork. My tutorial and the simulation program lets users enjoy easily building and testing a simple electronic circuit."
United States

Submission + - Bill proposes to ban touch screen voting (capitolenews.com)

El Cubano writes: "Senator Bill Nelson (R-FL) has proposed a bill which would ban the use of touch-screen voting machines in federal elections. From the announcement:

The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007 would require all voting machines to produce a voter-verified paper trail by next year's presidential election and provides up to $1 billion for states to use for new voting equipment. But most importantly, the bill would phase out the use of touch-screen voting machines in federal elections by 2012, a measure Browning said he supports.
This seems like exactly the sort of thing that the Slashdot crowd has been clamoring for. Time to write your congress people and tell then to throw their support behind this bill."

Biotech

Submission + - New results from Fight AIDS@Home (isgtw.org)

An anonymous reader writes: New results from the Fight AIDS@Home project allow faster and more reliable classification of molecules potentially able to bind to the HIV virus, and should speed the goal of finding new HIV therapeutics effective in the face of drug resistance. FightAIDS@Home is the first biomedical distributed computing project ever launched. It is run by the Olson Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. We provide free software that you download and install. The software uses your computer's idle cycles to assist fundamental research in discovering new drugs, building on our growing knowledge of the structural biology of AIDS.
The Almighty Buck

EA Boss Says Games Too Expensive 139

EA's John Riccitiello has been shaking things up at EA lately, with everything from layoffs to the purchase of BioWare. Now he's suggesting the company take some really drastic measures: make their games less expensive. "Riccitiello says the $31 billion gaming industry will suffer if it doesn't start to reevaluate its business model. Game executives at Sony, Microsoft and Activision must answer some tough questions in the coming years, like how long they can expect consumers to pay $59 for a video game. Riccitiello predicts the model will be obsolete in the next decade. 'In the next five years, we're all going to have to deal with this. In China, they're giving games away for free,' he says. 'People who benefit from the current model will need to embrace a new revenue model, or wait for others to disrupt.' As more publishers transition to making games for online distribution, Riccitiello says he expects EA will experiment with different pricing models."

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