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Submission + - HP and Oracle Hug It Out, Resolve Lawsuit (

wiredmikey writes: HP and Oracle today reaffirmed their long-term strategic partnership and the resolution of litigation regarding Mark V. Hurd’s employment at Oracle. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, Mr. Hurd will adhere to his obligations to protect HP’s confidential information while fulfilling his responsibilities at Oracle. Oracle and HP share more than 140,000 customers.

“Oracle and HP will continue to build and expand a partnership that has already lasted for over 25 years,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.


Submission + - Hard Times Ahead for Apple ( 1

Finerva writes: Apple's untouchable brand has been tarnished. First came the grumbles from technophiles, underwhelmed by the iPad, although this didn't stop the gadget selling at record levels. Then came the iPhone 4's handling issue. The "loses signal if you hold it" hiccup compromised what is, ultimately, a mobile phone.

Apple then managed to compound the fault: first offering little more than a bandage for the affected area and then revealing another mistake entirely. The admission that its method for measuring what phone signal was available had been wrong all along. In all its phones.

And to cap it all, this week the German government pointed out a security failure that renders some iPhones, iPads and iPods vulnerable to hackers, a threat considered so dangerous that the German Federal Office for Information Security officially warned citizens of "two critical weak points for which no patch exists". A statement that leaves Apple's all-important reputation for perfection looking bruised.


Submission + - Hacker Wonderland: DefCon 18 in Photos (

eecue writes: DefCon, the world's largest hacker convention (previously on slashdot), wrapped up on Sunday. In its 18 years DefCon has outgrown and been kicked out of a series of hotels. This year marked the end of DefCon at the Riviera and the announcement of the convention moving to the Rio next year. I covered the gathering of hackers, feds, phreaks and geeks for Wired, take a look at the (single page) photo gallery from DefCon 18.

Submission + - Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm Begins Human Tests (

kkleiner writes: The world’s first human testing of a mind-controlled artificial limb is ready to begin. A joint project between the Pentagon and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), the Modular Prosthetic Limb will be fully controlled by sensors implanted in the brain, and will even restore the sense of touch by sending electrical impulses from the limb back to the sensory cortex. Last week APL announced it was awarded a $34.5 million contract with DARPA, which will allow researchers to test the neural prosthetic in five individuals over the next two years.

Submission + - German buys stolen data on alleged tax evaders (

Boldoran writes: From the Article:

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, signalled her government's readiness today to purchase stolen secret Swiss bank account data on 1,500 alleged tax evaders from an informant. The informant, who used to work at the Swiss arm of the British bank, HSBC, has offered to sell the data to the government for €2.5m ($3.4m) Experts say the information, which is contained on a CD, could reap up to €200m (£278m) in tax revenue.

Thomas Sutter, the spokesman for the Swiss Bankers Association, cautioned Germany over acquiring "stolen property". He said he did not believe that the German government "would want to be seen as the recipient of stolen goods".


Submission + - Botnet Targets Web With Junk SSL Connections (

snydeq writes: More than 300 Web sites are being hit with bogus SSL connections from the Pushdo botnet, including the FBI, Twitter, and PayPal. In operation for three years, the botnet, also known as Pandex or Cutwail, has mostly been used in spam campaigns but has recently been updated to cause infected computers to make SSL connections again and again, an attack that puts more of a burden on a Web site than HTTP connections.

Submission + - Ebay lets you push unconfirmed addresses to Paypal

An anonymous reader writes: CONFIRMED!


Being a long time ebay user I buy things at least monthly. Over Christmas a shipping snafu happened where some how a old old address came up in ebay and was pushed through to paypal. Being part my fault for not checking i completed the transaction. A day later i review my order and see the wrong address in ebay and quickly jump over to Paypal to see that the address is show CONFIRMED!! I go through my paypal addresses which only have one address, my true credit card billing address not this old address it accepted from ebay.

Well too late for me the package was dropped shipped so no stopping the package to redirect. So I contact ebay who confirms that the address is not my CONFIRMED Paypal address gives me a case number and tells me to give it a week or two to get returned. I attempt to do a quick change of address online to solve this but this ebay seller was awesome and got it out so fast that it ended up making it to the wrong address before the change went through. Searching around I've read cases of this happening before so i call up paypal who completely denied any possibility of a glitch in their system. The Paypal rep says "You must have accidentally changed the address and it somehow was pushed through to Paypal."

Wondering if its possible to make up any address in ebay that would push to paypal as CONFIRMED (which paypal defines confirmed as my Credit Card billing address) I go back to ebay and find a nice USB to Serial cable and precede to the check out, I get to the point of changing the address which is a muti-step process but i go through it and put in a completely wrong and incorrect address and proceed to complete the order and BAM Paypal takes the address that ISNT in their system and puts it as CONFIRMED and completes the order.

Now perhaps this is how the system is suppose to work but what does this mean? If your account get compromised the person now has the power to push any address as CONFIRMED to Paypal which give Paypal complete deniability of them doing anything wrong......

What is Paypal doing to help me? They are going after the seller because they think: "Well its never our fault and you're saying its not your fault so it must be the sellers fault!" be continued.......

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