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Submission + - All Home Routers are Hackable! 4

Anonymous writes: The GNUCITIZEN guys have posted a very interesting research. It seems that all Wireless/Home Routers are remotely exploitable. From the article:

When the victim visits the malicious SWF file, the [a 6 step attack] will silently execute in the background. At that moment the attacker will have control over the service the portforwarding rule was assigned for. Keep in mind that no XSS is required, it is a matter of visiting the wrong resource at the wrong time. Also, keep in mind that 99% of home routers are vulnerable to this attack as all of them support UPnP to one degree or another.

I repeat myself far too much, but I guess I have another opportunity to mention that adding a portforwarding is only one of the many things someone can do to your router. The most malicious of all malicious things is to change the primary DNS server. That will effectively turn the router and the network it controls into a zombie which the attacker can take advantage of whenever they feel like it. It is also possible to reset the admin credentials and create the sort of onion routing network all the bad guys want. We hope that by exposing this information, we will drastically improve the situation for the future. I think that this is a lot better than keeping it for ourselves or risking it all by given the criminals the opportunity to have in possession a secret which no one else is aware of.

Submission + - Trent Reznor: ISP tax for free music needed? (

cayenne8 writes: Interesting article and interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. Recently, Trent bankrolled and produced a collaboration with musician Saul Williams on the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust.

Like the band Radiohead, they wanted to experiment with releasing the album sans a record label attachment, and make it available over the internet for download......asking for $5 as a volunteer price tag.

Trent was disappointed in that only about 18% of people paid for the music.

In an interview with Trent, he was asked what would be a better way....he said that with so many people considering music to be "free" today that another revenue method may be needed:

"I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a — if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'"

I guess he didn't consider that not EVERYONE with an ISP connection downloads music...


Submission + - Hubble finds double Einstein ring (

Einstein Duble writes: A very rare phenomenon found with the Hubble Space Telescope may offer insights into dark matter, dark energy, the nature of distant galaxies, and even the curvature of the Universe, according to an international team of astronomers who are reporting at the 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas. The team led by Raphael Gavazzi and Tommaso Treu of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found the double Einstein ring as part of the ongoing Sloan Lens Advanced Camera for Surveys (SLACS) program.

Submission + - Master Boot Record Rootkit Seen in the Wild

NextGrob writes: "Two years ago, researchers at eEye presented a Black Hat paper on BootRootkit, an NDIS backdoor/proof-of-concept for technology that custom boot sector code can use to subvert the Windows kernel as it loads. This week, anti-virus vendors spotted an in-the-wild malware attack using a Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkit that was partially copied from the eEye code. The rootkit, which hits Windows XP and Vista targets, takes control of the system by overwriting the MBR with its own code, making it very difficult to find and remove while the hijacked operating system is running."

Submission + - Sony to distribute content in DivX format

Verunks writes: Sony Pictures Television announced that online retailers will soon be able to offer Sony content for download in DivX format. The news came as part of a partnership with DivX, Inc. that will also let those files be playable on DivX Certified devices. A spokesperson for DivX, Kristina Weise, told Ars that this would offer consumers high-quality Hollywood content in DivX for the first time ever, and that the deal would cover "all titles in the Sony Pictures Television library."
Data Storage

Submission + - ISP loses 300 000 customers e-mails (

lobStar writes: One of northern Europe's largest ISPs, Swedish Telia, has lost more than two weeks of e-mails for 300 000 of its customers in a server crash on 3 January. And the backups were corrupt since 15 December. Ooops. Customers are offered a 200 SEK ($30) gift certificate as compensation, but are not satisfied. Swedish authorities are now looking into the matter.

Submission + - Sysadmin gets 30 months for planting logic bomb ( 1

cweditor writes: "A former Medco Health systems administrator was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $81,200 in restitution for planting a logic bomb on a network that held customer health care information, Computerworld reports. The code was designed to delete almost all information on about 70 company servers. This may be longest federal prison sentence for trying to damage a corporate computer system, although Yung-Hsun Lin faced a maximum of 10 years."

Photoshopping Gets Harder to Detect

Frosty Piss writes "We all know by now that you can't trust magazine covers and advertisements for skin-care products. The power of Photoshop is startling when you see it in action, and realize how much the representations of reality we see all around us are distorted and "improved" according to whatever the current standards of blemish-free beauty are. While we learn how to detect the tell-tale smudges, spots of flat color, inconsistencies in lighting, and pixelated artifacts left behind by digital manipulation, Dr. Ariel Shamir has developed a technique called Seam Carving that will make detection of Photoshopping much more difficult in the near future. As shown in this video, it's astonishing and almost disturbing how easy and fast it is to distort distances or remove objects entirely with this new tool."

Submission + - Asus EeePC sold out across Australia (

WirePosted writes: "The word from our ear on the ground is that the Asus EeePC sub-notebook, which made its Australian debut in the Myer department store chain on 2 December, was sold out completely across stores in the major capitals by Sunday."

Submission + - KDE 4 to be relelased on Jan 11th

VincenzoRomano writes: "It's official! KDE 4.0 will be released on next January 11th. The release itself doesn't sound very firm, as "the developers are confident to be able to release a more polished and better working KDE" and not the long awaited prime time release.
At the very first Alpha release on march 11th, the release date had been forecasted to October 2007, and then shifted to the end of the year with the second Beta.
Despite this, the promises for the fourth version are quite interesting and maybe deserve a "stay tuned"."

Feed Apple's iPhone a tougher sell in Europe? (

Although official numbers aren't yet out, the first few weeks of Apple's foray into Europe have been somewhat rockier than its U.S. debut, with smaller crowds, confusing pricing options, and toothless exclusivity for its carriers.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone available on all networks in Germany

teslar writes: The Spiegel tells us (in German), that as a result of Vodafone's court order, T-Mobile is now selling the iPhone unlocked and without a contract at a bargain price of 999 Euros — 600 Euros more than it costs on contract. People who have bought their iPhone on or after the 19th of November can have it be unlocked for free. However, the deal is only temporary until the legal situation is clear — T-Mobile is appealing the decision and is threatening to sue Vodafone for damages.

Submission + - Memory test - Firefox vs Firefox 3.0 b 1 (

DaMan writes: ZDNet pick up on yesterday's Firefox 3 beta 1 review by comparing the memory usage of Firefox 2 against the latest beta. The results from one of the tests is quite interesting.

- Loading 12 pages into the browser and wait 5 minutes — 103,180KB
- Loading 12 pages into the browser and wait 5 minutes — 62,312KB

It's also interesting to see how IE7 performs:

"Just to give us a baseline, I repeated the 12 page test using Internet Explorer 7 and found that the browser used 89,756KB."

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