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Submission + - Fake GSM Base Station Trick Targets iPhones (

mvar writes: While his Black Hat DC Conference demonstration was not flawless, a University of Luxembourg student on Wednesday did show that it's possible to trick iPhone users into joining a fake GSM network. Ralf-Philipp Weinmann showed how to cobble together a laptop using open-source software OpenBTS and other low-cost gear to create a fake GSM transmitter base station to locate iPhones in order to send their owners a message. A number of iPhone users in the room expressed surprise that they had gotten a message asking them to join the network. "You want to get phones not just used by the teenage crowd but executives," said Weinmann, adding that it is possible to "have complete control of the phone." Part of the reason these fake GSM network attacks are possible is because the code base used in smartphones such as the iPhone, which is Infineon-based, goes back to the 1990s.

Submission + - How do I crack IPTV encryption? ( 1

judhaz writes: I've used MythTV ( for several years, with great success, even with HD content through DVB-C ( and a digital capture card. Now, the housing cooperative has decided to move to fiber-optics and IPTV ( Great for fast Internet, but a huge drawback when it comes to TV as the stream is encrypted. And I cannot choose another cable company as I am not allowed to put up a dish or external antenna, and the other cable companies are no longer providing signals to us (I have asked them).

Obviously, I am pretty darn unhappy not being able to use my multimedia center any more. Although there is support for IPTV in MythTV, my provider is encrypting every single channel with some proprietary encryption, and probably pairing to the STB. The key must be inside the box, as there is no smart card involved. The box is a Motorola VIP1960, running Busybox ( which is GPL, but since I am only renting the box, I have not received any license text, and have no ssh/telnet access to the box.

That doesn't stop me from wanting to crack this encryption, and somehow provide decrypted IPTV to my MythTV box. Legally, I am at my full right to do this in my country (Norway, you may remember Jon Lech Johansen aka DVD-Jon ( But before I start fumble around with tcpdump and other tools I am not very familiar with, I thought I'd ask here at /., as I assume that either a) someone will convince me it is impossible, b) someone have already done something similar, and can provide some details, where to start etc. or c) a fruitful discussion will eventually crack the DRM encumbered IPTV!


Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian Translator Created 189

DrJackson writes "A new online translator that can translate Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian and Egyptian hieroglyphics (1 of the 3 types anyway) has been developed. This is the first time I ever saw a translator for cuneiform. Something like this would be great for translating interesting historical records like the Amarna Letters."

Submission + - Irregularities reported in OOXML ISO process (

Basile Schaeli writes: Irregularities are being reported in national standardisation bodies of several EU member states that are deciding how to vote on OOXML. Participants found issues in the voting process in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands.

Submission + - Intel joins OLPC (

vivin writes: "BBC news is reporting that Intel has joined the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) initiative. "The agreement marks a huge turnaround for both the not-for profit One laptop per Child (OLPC) foundation and Intel.", the article says. Earlier, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of OLPC said Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative. The agreement means that Intel will be working alongside Google, Redhat and rival chip-maker AMD. There are no plans to replace the processor (AMD's) powering the laptop to one made by Intel. But apparently, the server used to backup the laptops will have Intel technology at their core."
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Submission + - Warner Bros. and Imeem Reach Settlement

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Warner Music Group Corp. said Thursday it had settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against the social networking Web site imeem by agreeing to license its music and video content to the site for a slice of its ad revenue. Under the agreement, imeem Inc. can carry music and videos from all of the record company's artists, who include Madonna, Linkin Park and Red Hot Chili Peppers."

Miyamoto Speaks, Nintendo Ditching the Hardcore? 314

After Nintendo's very ... different ... press conference, you may be wondering what's going on. In a roundtable discussion with Nintendo, folks like Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto discussed Zelda, Mario Galaxy and WiiFit , giving some context to the message the company had on Wednesday. The balance board begged the question from the people there, is Nintendo ditching the hardcore? According to the Nintendo folks, not at all: "Aonuma believes that control can be pick-up-and-play, but that doesn't necessarily mean a game overall has to be easier. But he still states that his 'goal was always to appeal to...a vast audience.' One attendee pushed the issue further, asking if all Zelda games from now on are going to cater to the more casual crowd--will we ever again need a strategy guide to complete a Zelda game? Aonuma says that judging by Japanese sales so far, accessible 'stream-lined play has been effective,' but he wants to see how Western audiences react to the new Zelda before making a final decision on future games' difficulty levels. Aunoma also hopes to venture into new territory and create a wholly original game at some point in his career." For a lengthy treat, check out Kotaku's series of interview clips with Mr. Miyamoto.

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