thefickler writes: Known for having a media director that obsessively stalks critics, Overstock.com's IP address range has now been banned from editing on Wikipedia. Longtime Wikipedia staffer, David Gerard, posted this on the Administrators' Noticeboard Tuesday afternoon:
"I've just blocked 126.96.36.199/21, which is an IP range (a) owned by Overstock.com (b) widely used by them for spamming, COI editing and attempted intimidation of administrators dealing with them. I strongly suggest against unblocking this range under any circumstances"
thefickler writes: Social engineering attacks are showing a strong rise this Summer. The latest trick is manipulating YouTube users to infect their PCs with a Trojan known as the Fake Codec. For most media, a certain codec is required to encode and decode a digital stream such as audio or video. When a user tries to view a video that requires a specific codec, they'll usually get the message, "Codec not found" or "The proper codec to play this media is not installed." Some sites will usually direct you to another website to download the codec; however, an increasing trend in late August is for hackers to direct users to download a fake codec, which will in turn install malicious software on the user's machine.
Sam Allen writes: It appears that Scaled Composites' new SpaceShipTwo design is so well regarded
by Northrop Grumman that it decided to buy
100 percent of the company. Does this
mean that Northrop Grumman will put more capital behind the venture to make public space flight
happen sooner, or is it merely performing a CYA maneuveur? Burt Rutan has a vision
and I doubt that he would sell out unless it would make that vision happen quicker.