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Submission + - Mysterious sudden demise of world's most dangerous exploit kit Angler is solved (

mask.of.sanity writes: On June 7, Angler, possibly history's most advanced financially-driven exploit kit went silent and nobody knew why. Now Kaspersky's lead intelligence researcher has revealed it was the progeny of some 50 arrested hackers known as the Lurk group. The report is the culmination of some six years of research and bookends the mysterious demise of one of the biggest threats to end users on the internet.

Submission + - Russians Hacked Arizona Voter Registration Database -Official (

alir1272 writes: Russians were responsible for the recent breach of Arizona’s voter registration system, the FBI told state officials in June.

Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said on Monday that FBI investigators did not say whether the hackers were working for the Russian government or not, the Washington Post reported. He said hackers gained access after stealing the username and password of an election official in Gila County, rather than compromising the state or county system.

Comment Re: Row row row your boat (Score 2) 300

Exactly the opposite. Streams took easy to read and understand for loops used by every language on earth and replaced it with gibberish that you need to work through to understand, and is far more difficult top debug as there's no damn place to put a break point or print statement. They're banned everywhere I've heard of

Submission + - IRS doesn't tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their SSNs (

schwit1 writes: The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.

Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway.

As a result most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.

“Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified,” the inspector general said.

And we should put the federal government in charge of healthcare?

Submission + - FBI Director says prolific default encryption hurting government spying efforts (

SonicSpike writes: FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year.

Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium.

The remarks reiterated points that Comey has made repeatedly in the last two years, before Congress and in other settings, about the growing collision between electronic privacy and national security.

"The conversation we've been trying to have about this has dipped below public consciousness now, and that's fine," Comey said at a symposium organized by Symantec, a technology company. "Because what we want to do is collect information this year so that next year we can have an adult conversation in this country."

The American people, he said, have a reasonable expectation of privacy in private spaces — including houses, cars and electronic devices. But that right is not absolute when law enforcement has probable cause to believe that there's evidence of a crime in one of those places, including a laptop or smartphone.

"With good reason, the people of the United States — through judges and law enforcement — can invade our private spaces," Comey said, adding that that "bargain" has been at the center of the country since its inception.

He said it's not the role of the FBI or tech companies to tell the American people how to live and govern themselves.

"We need to understand in the FBI how is this exactly affecting our work, and then share that with folks," Comey said, conceding the American people might ultimately decide that its privacy was more important than "that portion of the room being dark."

Submission + - SETI has observed a "strong" signal that may originate from a Sun-like star ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz (which is very unlikely to be naturally-caused) coming from HD164595, a star nearly identical in mass to the Sun and located about 95 light years from Earth. The system is known to have at least one planet.

If the signal were isotropic, it would seem to indicate a Kardashev Type II civilization.

While it is too early to draw any conclusions, the discovery will be discussed at an upcoming SETI committee meeting on September 27th.

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 1) 112

Thanks for the info about the NIST 800 !

Thinking a little more about maybe the security should only apply to commercial products that connect to the internet? That way Joe Blow can add his home test device(s) on the internet without being bogged down by interfaces that no one will use.

But guess we'lll have to wait and see which business and government is going to go with this.

Comment Re:Odd, this "free range" environment... (Score 1) 112

I've worked at both as well. I'll take the open any day of the week. People are more accessible, you feel less like interfering if you talk to someone. Frequently you'll overhear a discussion that your input on is important. I feel an individual might get more done in some circumstances of private offices, but the team gets more done in an open one. And that's what's important. Especially if you're a team lead I would never choose an office over an open desk.

Submission + - 'I'm blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master' (

David Rothman writes: David Fauxcheaux, a blind freelance audiobook reviewer for Library Journal, tried out text to speech on the new $80 basic Kindle.

In a TeleRead post reflecting his personal opinions, not necessarily LJ's, he warns of a Catch 22 for blind people.

"Just how can we benefit from the built-in audio VoiceView tutorial and related guidance in the already-loaded users’ guide if we don’t know how to use the screen reader in the first place?" he asks. "You must drill down too far in the menus to reach text-to-speech features.

"Unfortunately," Faucheux says, "this typifies Amazon’s seeming lack of understanding and empathy in considering the needs of blind people."

He goes on in detail to suggest fixes, such as Braille manuals from a publisher specializing in them.

Meanwhile Amazon continues to fail sighted people in need of accessibility features such as an all-text boldface option.

That isn't the only harm from Amazon's pathetic range of typographical options. The problem is one reason why "difficult" literary fiction isn't doing as well on ereaders as it could.

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 1) 112

LOL. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at the truth of that.

I agree that far too often security is an afterthought. "Gee, is it no wonder you got rooted?"

As much as I hate government interference maybe we need the FCC equivalent for Internet Security?
i.e. All devices on the internet much support encryption of X bits.

Although with the government's retarded stance on encryption (e.g. with the false justification that only criminals use encryption) that might be a hard sell.

Submission + - F-104 Starfighters to launch CubeSats from Florida (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an interesting story about how a famous 1950s jet is being repurposed for use in 2018. From TFA: "The F-104s will fly over the Atlantic Ocean, their pilots taking the jets to around 60,000ft, the jets climbing at an acute angle to give the rockets the right trajectory to leave the pull of the Earth’s gravity." A good read for fans of space and aeronautics.

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 2) 112

Interesting point about making the devices display only!
Though I'm not sure I'd want an alarm system where someone can query it for "current active people detected." :-)
At least the "damage" would be minimal if it couldn't accept remote commands.

I would have far less qualms about IoT if they adopted something like SSH public+private key.
I guess the question is "How much security is good enough for IoT" ?

(Obviously any at this point is a step up from none.)

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