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Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Comment Re:What contract? (Score 1) 103

They can modify it all they want but it is no longer Ubuntu. It has a different kernel, different drivers, and handles virtualisation very differently.

If a user had scripts running on Ubuntu and then migrated over to the new service provider, those scripts would likely stop working. These companies are using the Ubuntu name because the experience will be similar, however, there will be confusion where the user expects the experience to be identical.

Better would be to call it "Based on Ubuntu" or "Ubuntu-esque" or "VPSbuntu".

Submission + - 6 seconds: How hackers only need moments to guess card number and security code (telegraph.co.uk) 1

schwit1 writes: Criminals can work out the card number, expiry date and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have found.

Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around security features put in place to stop online fraud, and this may have been the method used in the recent Tesco Bank hack.

According to a study published in the academic journal IEEE Security & Privacy, that meant fraudsters could use computers to systematically fire different variations of security data at hundreds of websites simultaneously.

Within seconds, by a process of elimination, the criminals could verify the correct card number, expiry date and the three-digit security number on the back of the card.

Mohammed Ali, a PhD student at the university's School of Computing Science, said: "This sort of attack exploits two weaknesses that on their own are not too severe but, when used together, present a serious risk to the whole payment system.

Submission + - Delete yourself from many Internet Sites by pressing this button (thenextweb.com)

schwit1 writes: The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time, and it isn't weird to sometimes feel like you want to leave — there's wasn't an easy way out, until now.

Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, which offers a way to wipe your entire existence off the internet in a few clicks.

When logging into the website with a Google account it scans for apps and services you've created an account for, and creates a list of them with easy delete links.

Every account it finds gets paired with an easy delete link pointing to the unsubscribe page for that service. Within in a few clicks you're freed from it, and depending on how long you need to work through the entire list, you can be account-less within the hour.

Can we get this for government databases too?

Comment Re:Muh Rights (Score 2, Insightful) 197

... the race of the person being advertised to should not be a criteria that is even available for selection by the advertiser.

Okay. I'll bite.

If I am selling tickets to the BET Awards, I could save considerable money by excluding Caucasians in the marketing campaign.

If I am selling holiday packages to Vietnam, I would want to not advertise to the Vietnamese.

If I am selling flights to Thailand, I know the main markets are White-Americans, White-Australians and Asian-Australians, and Russians

And in this case, if I was advertising a property in a neighbourhood that is not popular with Hispanic people according to the demographic study conducted, why would I spend hundreds or thousands of dollars advertising to them?

Marketing 101: Identify your target market

Submission + - Blood donors exposed in Australia's largest data breach (itwire.com)

davidmwilliams writes: In an incredible display of ineptitude by its website partners, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has seen 550,000 individual donor and donor applicant personal details exposed.

These details were not brute-forced out of a system, there was no SQL injection or heavy server attack. Rather, the web devs had directory browsing enabled on the web server, then saved their 1.7Gb MySQL backup to the web server. That's it.

Worse, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service didn't discover this by themselves. A person who found the data made it known to them. It's plausible others made this same discovery but did not disclose it.

Submission + - Poll: Should Samsung update old phones an extra year?

tacarat writes: Since people can't update their phones to the newer model, should Samsung provide an extra year of meaningful firmware and security updates?
1) Yes
2) No
3) I switched manufacturers
4) Cowboy Neal

Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (icann.org) 1

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...

http://iamnotavirus-wink.exe

Submission + - Secton 230 of the CDA under threat. (mercurynews.com)

whoever57 writes: The CEO of Backpage was recently arrested for "pimping". It is likely that the charges will not stick because of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), under which publishers are protected from liability for the postings of their users. However, this could just be the first shot in the battle to weaken section 230. . This could endanger other sites, such as Craigslist, and ultimately, any site with user-written content.

Submission + - Man sues Yahoo for gender discrimination. (huffingtonpost.com)

whoever57 writes: Gregory Anderson was fired by Yahoo in November 2014. Now he has filed a lawsuit alleging that Yahoo discriminated against men. He alleges that the discrimination originated from Mayer, and ran through review, hiring and firing processes. The complaint states that one executive, Kathy Savitt, hired women almost exclusively to management positions in the Media division.
Mr. Anderson also alleges that Yahoo violated employment laws regarding mass layoffs.

Submission + - Man arrested for 'jailbreaking' iPhones (nhk.or.jp)

An anonymous reader writes: Japanese police have arrested a hacker for illegally removing software restrictions on Apple's iPhones and selling the devices.

Daisuke Ikeda, who is 24 and from Toyama City, is suspected of what's called "jailbreaking" and infringing Apple's intellectual property rights.

Police say Ikeda removed software restrictions imposed by iOS, iPhone's operating system, and sold five such devices on an online auction site around April. They say the suspect has admitted the allegation.

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