AmiMoJo writes: Hundreds of thousands of user account details for porn site xHamster are being traded on the digital underground. The database of nearly 380,000 users includes usernames, email addresses, and what appears to be poorly-hashed passwords. The database includes some 40 email addresses belonging to the US Army, and 30 related to various US, UK, and other countries’ government bodies. The hashes in the database have been created with the long-aging algorithm MD5. Hackers can trivially crack these hashes, and plenty of websites exist where anyone can quickly look up the plaintext of an already-cracked hash.
AmiMoJo writes: Investigators at major insurers in Japan have started using portable digital devices when assessing damage. They say a new generation of technology can help settle claims more promptly. Workers at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa have started wearing high-tech eyeglasses, when they investigate damage to homes and household goods. A camera is embedded in the units. This means claim adjusters don't have to visit accident sites in person. They can remotely instruct field staff to take and transmit the needed images.
AmiMoJo writes: "Technology has changed our universe," said Melania Trump on Thursday. "But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They are hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and can force them to hide and retreat... It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied, or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground. And it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet." She ended by promising to make cyberbullying one of her "main focuses" in the White House.
AmiMoJo writes: If you can't get to some of your favorite websites today, it's may not have a thing to do with your browser or ISP. The blame likely goes to GlobalSign, a Belgium-based security certificate provider. The company fouled up a clean-up of some of their root certificates links. This resulted in many "secure" websites showing up as being insecure and, depending on your web browser, unavailable.
The bad news is GlobalSign customers need to replace their SSL certificates. The really bad news is those same corrupt certificates are now on end-user systems. There they will block the affected sites for as long as week.
AmiMoJo writes: More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found. The research indicates the Republican candidate would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts — known as bots — had not been active. But it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues". The report has yet to be peer-reviewed. The investigation was led by Prof Philip Howard, from the University of Oxford, and is part of a wider project exploring "computational propaganda".
AmiMoJo writes: In its continued quest to keep the Internet piracy-free, the RIAA has seized the domain name of yet another MP3Skull site. However, it appears that their most recent target has nothing to do with the original service. Earlier this year a Florida federal court issued a permanent injunction which allowed the RIAA to take over the site’s domain names. Despite the million dollar verdict MP3Skull continued to operate for several months, using a variety of new domain names, which were subsequently targeted by the RIAA’s legal team. Now MP3Skull.onl, an unrelated YouTube converter, has also been seized.
AmiMoJo writes: Like something out of a Monty Python sketch, the a Twitter bot called "Liz" with the handle @arguetron has been engaging in long running debates using simple AI. Its author points out that "So many arguments, especially on a place like Twitter, are almost content-neutral. You can swap one argument out for another and the context is almost irrelevant." That’s why @arguetron’s conversations look so much like arguments a real person might have with a persistent troll.
AmiMoJo writes: Samata Ullah from Cardiff faces six terrorism charges, including "preparation of terrorism..."by researching an encryption programme, developing an encrypted version of his blog site, and publishing the instructions around the use of [the] programme on his blog site." Another charge against Ullah is that he provided "instruction or training in the use of encryption programmes". His is also charged with having a USB flash drive containing an OS. The "encrypted" blog site seems to be using HTTPS. The police's own site does not support HTTPS.
AmiMoJo writes: Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post doctored images to humiliate others could face prosecution in England and Wales. Inciting people to harass others online, known as virtual mobbing, or posting their personal details (doxing), could also result in court action under new Crown Prosecution Service guidance. The director of public prosecutions stressed this did not mean prosecutors could "stifle free speech". Ms Saunders said context will be an important factor in decisions — for example "if you're offensive, the legislation would say you have to be grossly offensive, and that's quite a high test". "Grossly offensive" has a specific meaning in UK law.
AmiMoJo writes: John McAfee, the creator of the eponymous antivirus computer software system, sued Intel Corp. for the right to use his name in new ventures after the chip maker bought his former company. Intel bought McAfee in 2010 and eventually renamed it “Intel Security.” McAfee has since joined digital gaming company MGT Capital Investments Inc. as chairman and chief executive, with plans to rename the company “John McAfee Global Technologies Inc.” McAfee says Intel warned him that any use of his name will infringe on the company’s trademarks that it acquired with the McAfee deal in 2010, according to his complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court.
AmiMoJo writes: The "Gamergate" controversy which roiled the world of video gaming has hit a new level. The name was coined as a row over whether Western gamers were mostly male and anti-women. Now, a similar row is rocking South Korea. On the face of it, the slogan "Girls do not need a prince" doesn't seem that controversial. But when the actress, Kim Jayeon, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing the garment, she generated a storm and lost herself a job. She was the voice of one of the characters in a South Korean online game called "Closers". Fans inundated Nexon, the company which produced the game, with complaints. Many of the complaints, according to female activists, were offensive and anti-women. The manufacturer quickly bowed to the protesters and sacked the actress. It told the BBC that she would be paid in full for her work but her voice would not be used on the game.