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Submission + - Apple now relaying all FaceTime calls due to lost patent dispute (arstechnica.com)

Em Adespoton writes: Before the VirnetX case, nearly all FaceTime calls were done through a system of direct communication. Essentially, Apple would verify that both parties had valid FaceTime accounts and then allow their two devices to speak directly to each other over the Internet, without any intermediary or "relay" servers. However, a small number of calls—5 to 10 percent, according to an Apple engineer who testified at trial—were routed through "relay servers."

At the August 15 hearing, a VirnetX lawyer stated that Apple had logged "over half a million calls" complaining about the quality of FaceTime [since disabling direct connections].

Submission + - Facebook to include profile photos in its facial recognition database? (sophos.com)

Em Adespoton writes: Facebook has published a summary of the updates it's proposing to make to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities which shows a large volume of rewriting.

Most of the changes are minimal, but one area has caught people's attention — photo tagging.

Facebook has highlighted how it plans to use members' profile pictures as an identification tool to allow their friends to tag them in photos.

NakedSecurity's Lee Munson has more details, including comments from Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan on why this is a "good thing".

Submission + - Ivetva ynhapurf Tynff-obggbzrq cynar (virgin.com)

Em Adespoton writes: Ivetva unf erpragyl perngrq gur grpuabybtl erdhverq gb cebqhpr gur jbeyq’f svefg tynff-obggbzrq cynar. Guvf grpuabybtvpny vaabingvba pbvapvqrf jvgu gur fgneg bs Ivetva Ngynagvp Nvejnlf’ svefg rire qbzrfgvp freivpr gb Fpbgynaq. Gurl ubcr gb gevny gur tynff obggbz grpuabybtl jvgu bgure Ivetva nveyvarf va gvzr naq unir nfxrq bgure Ivetva pbzcnavrf gb fhccbeg guvf vaabingvir gevny naq ynhapu gurve arj qbzrfgvp Fpbggvfu ebhgr.

Submission + - The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet (cloudflare.com)

Em Adespoton writes: "Had any network issues over the last week? CloudFlare, an AnyCast, Anti-DDoS network provider writes, "Our direct peers quickly filtered attack traffic at their edge. This pushed the attack upstream to their direct peers, largely Tier 1 networks. Tier 1 networks don't buy bandwidth from anyone, so the majority of the weight of the attack ended up being carried by them. While we don't have direct visibility into the traffic loads they saw, we have been told by one major Tier 1 provider that they saw more than 300Gbps of attack traffic related to this attack. That would make this attack one of the largest ever reported.""

Submission + - Study finds Lost USB keys have 66% chance of malwa (sophos.com)

Em Adespoton writes: "Sophos studied 50 USB keys bought at a major transit authority's Lost Property auction.

        The study revealed that two-thirds were infected with malware, and quickly uncovered information about many of the former owners of the devices, their family, friends and colleagues.

        Disturbingly, none of the owners had used any sort of encryption to secure their files against unauthorised snoopers."

Submission + - Targeted attacks steal credit cards from hospitali (sophos.com)

Em Adespoton writes: "SophosLabs, the security research division of Sophos, Inc, has been tracking an increase in targeted attacks against hospitality and educational organizations. Active malware has been discovered that steals credit card data directly from memory for later retrieval by the criminals involved. This activity appears to go back as far as 2009, just like the Stuxnet/Duqu threat."

Submission + - Can we fix SSL Certification? (sophos.com)

Em Adespoton writes: "At DEFCON this year, Moxie Marlinspike gave an excellent presentation entitled "SSL And The Future Of Authenticity." It shows how broken the current SSL certification model is, and proposes a replacement. Naked Security adds to the issue, pointing out that with Moxie's method, does it even matter if you can trust your certificate notaries?
What do you think?"

Submission + - Palin's hacker imprisoned, against Judge's wishes (sophos.com) 1

Em Adespoton writes: "It was a computer security story that made headlines around the world, involving the private emails of a woman who could have become Vice President of the United States. And now, it's ended with a young man sent to a federal prison, hundreds of miles from his family home.

David C Kernell, the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo email account, is reported to have been sent to jail despite a judge's recommendation that he should not be put behind bars."


Submission + - Keep the Government's hands off our Timbits!

Em Adespoton writes: "Following the recent expose done by CBC's investigative reporting show, '22 Minutes', the Canadian public has become aware of a bill being pushed through parliament to create a national timbit registry.

Gordon Lightfoot, representative of the Assembly of Native Canadians, was said to hold that, "even considering such a bill was ludicrous, as it would destroy the current goodwill and respect painstakingly developed over the last two centuries between the government and native Canadians."

Political Rights Activist Brian Mallroony added that he would sooner "swallow a timbit whole than register it with the government," as such a thing goes against the very basis of the values upon which our country is based.

Others across the nation have commented that they would continue to purchase and distribute timbits without registering them with the government, if such a law came into effect.

"The Canadian Native population has long depended on hunting and gathering in harsh environments in order to survive. Over the centuries, they have perfected their tools to achieve the greatest sustenance with the least amount of effort. Today, these generations of refinement have resulted in traditional Canadian Timbits, which are cheap and relatively easy to produce and yet when used skillfully, can sustain a large tribe.

"The problem is that the use of timbits in Canada has become so widespread that their use is beginning to threaten traditional Canadian food sources. In order to combat this, the Canadian government is considering instituting a Timbit Registry, so that anyone who posesses timbits must register them with the government prior to transporting, using, or selling them.

"This proposed solution is drawing fire from the Canadian native community, who view timbits not only as an integral part of their way of life, but also as a status symbol. They feel that this proposal is purely an attempt to isolate the native Canadian communities by denying them access to timbits for traditional use and social recreation."

Having arrived at a stalemate in the Timbit talks, the government is now asking the international community for their suggestions on how to peacefully nullify the impact of timbits on the environment at large, while reaffirming the native culture that celebrates the timbit as an integral part of day to day life. Please feel free to use this forum to help hammer out the details so we can present the government of Canada with a well thought out, unified statement.


Submission + - US to construct Hi-Tech "Fence" on Canadia

Em Adespoton writes: "The Globe and Mail and others are reporting that the US Border Patrol and the DHS have announced plans for fully monitored borders between not just the US and Mexico, but also the US and Canada.

"We're looking at making it a guarded border," David Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, told reporters yesterday as the Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a high-tech surveillance system to stop illegal crossings across the borders with Mexico and Canada.

Secretary Chertoff added in his press briefing that "there are some limits — frankly, legal limits because of the procurement rules which come in a very fat book that prohibit my getting into too much detail. So we'll give as much detail as the law allows us to about the specifics. I will say that what we've been looking for is, in particular, proven technology. We want to get high-tech in the very best of the 21st century, but we're not interested in performing science experiments on the border. What we want to do is use tools that have been proven in other contexts to have the ability to perform and to have the durability we need in the border. And so that was a very important guiding principle and what we laid down as our requirement.""

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