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Submission + - IE6 Finally Falls Below 5% Market Share

An anonymous reader writes: The third quarter of 2013's browser war is now over. The latest market share numbers from Net Applications show Internet Explorer was the biggest winner last month, and that its most hated version finally fell below the 5 percent mark. IE7 was down 0.17 percentage points to 1.37 percent and IE6 slipped a huge 1.22 percentage points to 4.86 percent.

Submission + - Another 100 Gigabit DDoS Attack Stikes - This Time Un-Reflected (

darthcamaro writes: In March of this year, we saw the first ever 100 Gigabit DDoS attack which was possible due to a DNS Reflection Amplification attack. Now word is out that a new 100 Gigabit attack has struck, using raw bandwidth and without any DNS Reflection.

"The most outstanding thing about this attack is that it did not use any amplification, which means that they had 100 Gigabits of available bandwidth on their own," Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan said. "The attack lasted nine hours, and that type of bandwidth is not cheap or readily available."

Submission + - Data Broker Hackers Also Compromised NW3C (

An anonymous reader writes: Security blogger Brian Krebs exposes the hackers behind National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). It is the same bad guys who compromised LexisNexis and other data brokers also reported by Krebs last week.
Do you think IC3 will file a crime complaint in their compromised system about them being compromised, I would.

Submission + - The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Google might have big plans to wire America with high-speed broadband, but at least one carrier isn’t willing to let Google Fiber have a free run: AT&T has announced that it will deploy a “100 percent fiber” network in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds of up to 1GB per second. That location is auspicious, given how Google’s already decided to make Austin the next city to receive Google Fiber. Whereas Google plans on connecting Austin households to its network in mid-2014, however, AT&T promises to start deploying its own high-speed solution in December. But there’s a few significant catches. First, AT&T’s service will initially roll out to “tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin” (according to a press release), which is a mere fraction of the city’s 842,592 residents; second, AT&T has offered no roadmap for expanding beyond that initial base; and third, despite promises that the service will roll out in December, the carrier has yet to choose the initial neighborhoods for its expansion. Could this be a case of a carrier freaking out about a new company's potential to disrupt its longtime business?

Submission + - Facebook extends Graph Search to include posts, updates, comments

An anonymous reader writes: Since its launch earlier this year, Facebook Graph has slowly been filled with information about users. First came the interests they had, the locations they visited, the photos they took. Facebook announced that from now on, Graph Search will include posts, status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments (still only for US English users). These new changes are being rolled out slowly to a small group of people who currently have Graph Search and Facebook says they will take in consideration the users' feedback before extending the changes to all Graph Search users.

Submission + - Patients' Heartbeat Could Work as Anti-Hacking Password for Implants ( 1

Zothecula writes: Remotely hacking a pacemaker or insulin pump should be impossible, but sadly it isn't. It puts the millions of people who use wireless medical implants at potential risk. Researchers at Rice University believe they have a solution: a touch-based device that will use a person's own heartbeat as a password to permit or deny access to their implant.

Submission + - Cassini probe sees plastic ingredient on Titan moon (

Ron024 writes: The Cassini probe has detected propene, or propylene, on Saturn's moon Titan. It is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than our home world, says the US space agency (Nasa). The discovery, made by Cassini's infrared spectrometer, is reported in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Submission + - Cybercrime Service Providers Arrested in Europe

An anonymous reader writes: The European Cybercrime Centre at Europol has supported Spanish National Police in arresting two Ukrainian criminals in Madrid who sold cybercriminals access to a huge number of compromised computer servers for anonymizing their Internet activities. They are also suspected of laundering the illicit proceeds of police ransomware. The criminals ran an online shop where the compromised machines were ‘sold’ to 450 of their cybercriminal ‘customers’ who were able to choose the location (country) of their preferred servers.

Submission + - Snowden Shortlisted as One of Three for EU's Sakharov Award 1

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports Snowden has been shortlisted as one of three for this year's Sakharov Prize — EU's top human rights award. Quoting BBC:

"Mr Snowden was nominated by Green politicians in the European Parliament for leaking details of US surveillance."

"Mr Snowden's nomination recognised that his disclosure of US surveillance activities was an "enormous service" to human rights and European citizens, the parliament's Green group said."

Submission + - Google's offer may settle the EU antitrust case (

Phoeniyx writes: The EU competition chief has indicated that the most recent offer by Google in how it displays Internet search results may settle the EU antitrust case. According to the article:

Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told lawmakers in the European Parliament on Tuesday he believed the company's offer made it easier for web users to see results from Google's rivals in Internet searches.

The question is, if I am using Google to search for results, why in the world would I want to see results from "Google's rivals"? Is this article misleading or is there something wonky in what the EU is forcing on users?

Submission + - Shutdown could test IT security at federal agencies (

An anonymous reader writes: A government shutdown that lasts more than a few days could test the ability of federal agencies to protect their information systems against security threats. Several agencies, over the past few days, have released contingency plans showing that they will have to heavily scale down their IT teams to maintain, manage and protect IT infrastructure during a shutdown.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs , for instance, said it will furlough more than 40%, or 3,267, of its 8,026 IT employees in the event of an appropriations lapse. Those remaining will be responsible for functions such as network maintenance and protection, information security and for keeping the data center and enterprise infrastructure running.

Submission + - Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds (

schliz writes: People aged over 65 make poorer financial decisions and inconsistent choices than younger individuals with the same IQ, an international research group has found.

The study had 135 healthy participants aged 12-90 make a series of decisions: for example, choosing between gaining $5 and the chance to win $20 in a lottery. On average, over-65s earned 26-39% less than all other age groups, including adolescents — a finding that could partially explain their susceptibility to problem gambling and scams.

Submission + - SPAM: Chrome Browser Now Directly Opens Microsoft Office Documents

An anonymous reader writes: Chrome browser (Windows and Mac versions) now has features built in to allow users to open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in the browser. These features, including the sandboxing for security reasons, are taken directly from Chrome OS.
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