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Iran Suspends Google's Email Service 436

appl_iran writes "Iran's telecommunications agency announced that it would be suspending Google's email services permanently, saying it would roll out its own national email service." From the short WSJ article that is kernel of this Reuters story: "An Iranian official said the measure was meant to boost local development of Internet technology and to build trust between people and the government." Funny way to go about that. Updated 20100211 9:54GMT by timothy: Original link swapped for a more appropriate, updated one.

Comment Re:Nooo ! (Score 1) 440

As far as my mom is concerned, there is no difference between the versions of OS X-- and why new versions of Firefox won't run anymore will baffle her.

If different versions of OS X make no difference to your mom, I doubt newer or older versions of Firefox will.

Wanna run 10.4 for years to come? Fine, just stick with Firefox 3.6 or whatever will be the last Firefox supporting it.

(typing on an iBook G4 with Leopard, and being aware of the fact that it's the last version of OS X that it will run, but might do so for a few more years).

Government

What the DHS Knows About You 402

Sherri Davidoff writes "Here's a real copy of an American citizen's DHS Travel Record, retrieved from the US Customs and Border Patrol's Automated Targeting System and obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request. The document reveals that the DHS is storing: the traveler's credit card number and expiration; IP addresses used to make Web travel reservations; hotel information and itinerary; full airline itinerary including flight numbers and seat numbers; phone numbers including business, home, and cell; and every frequent flyer and hotel number associated with the traveler, even ones not used for the specific reservation."
The Internet

Pirate Bay Archive Goes Online 94

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "With the main Pirate Bay website experiencing DNS issues, downtime and uncertainty about both the lawsuits and potential sale to GGF, a Pirate Bay clone has already gone online. True to their principles, someone at TPB put up a torrent with a 21.3 GB copy of the site as it exists today. And now that archive is alive, at BTArena.net. Linus' old adage about backing up everything by putting it on FTP and letting the world mirror it may need to be updated. Torrents are much more efficient." "Downtime" may be a nice word for it; reader Underholdning writes "The Register has a story about a Swedish court ordering ISPs to disconnect The Pirate Bay or face a massive daily fine. The reason for the shutdown was an upcoming civil lawsuit by copyright holders. As usual, Torrentfreak has an updated story. It seems like the takedown until now has been successful." Believe what you will; the site itself says they'll be back up "in a few hours."

Comment Re:Spammer's delight? (Score 2, Interesting) 248

My ISP does it like this: outbound port 25 is blocked (probably inbound too, never tried) by default, you can use only their SMTP server. But if you need it, you can ask them to open it up for you, explaining shortly why you need it. The whole thing is done online, within their website. They specifically state there that if you're sending spam, they will block it again. Disclaimer: I'm in Europe, but I think such a solution would be legal even under the net neutrality act, and still prevent large amounts of spam from infected PCs. The approach seems right: if a user doesn't know what port 25 is, they probably don't need it. :)

Comment Re:We put an OS in your browser in your OS! (Score 1) 165

The easy one is the 'ssh on 443'. In our environment, we use authenticated proxies to get to the Internet, which also are doing SSL MITM attacks, ie terminating the client's ssl session on the proxy, inspecting the traffic, and then re-encrypting it to send out.

How do you prevent the user from getting an SSL security warning? Or they just know what's going on and have to deal with it...

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