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Submission + - Maxthon Web Browser Sends Sensitive Data to China

wiredmikey writes: Security experts have discovered that the Maxthon web browser collects sensitive information and sends it to a server in China. Researchers warn that the harvested data could be highly valuable for malicious actors.

Researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and Poland-based Exatel recently found that Maxthon regularly sends a file named to a server in Beijing, China, via HTTP. Further analysis (PDF) revealed that contains an encrypted file named dat.txt. This file stores information on the operating system, CPU, ad blocker status, homepage URL, websites visited by the user (including online searches), and installed applications and their version number.

Interestingly, In 2013, after the NSA surveillance scandal broke, the company boasted about its focus on privacy and security, and the use of strong encryption.

Submission + - New Russian Bomber to Be Able to Launch Nuclear Attacks From Outer Space (

schwit1 writes: The Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy is developing a hypersonic strategic bomber capable of striking with nuclear warheads from outer space, Lt. Col. Aleksei Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

A trial model of Russia's nuclear-capable outer space strategic bomber will be developed by 2020, according to its developer. Russian commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), Colonel General Sergei Karakayev, had earlier reported that the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy has already developed and tested an engine for the experimental aircraft.

The engine is expected to be showcased at the Army-2016 International Military Technology Forum, which is set totake place on September 6-11 in the Moscow Region.

Comment Re:This series has run its course anyway.. (Score 1) 173

I don't watch the TV show, but in the comics, this was addressed. Short answer:(and I hope you realize I am now a target of potential lawsuit for revealing this plot point!!) Islands are now full of zombies too, because many people had that idea, but some brought contaminated people with them, thinking they could save them before they turned(family members, loved one, etc).

Comment Re:It's already scheduled, not caused by "X" (Score 1) 564

From what I see, it schedules the upgrade, and you have to opt out by going into some other settings to cancel.

It's not that the "X" activates the upgrade - at that point, it's too late.

Still, it's very shady not to give users an obvious choice on the popup, let alone not making it an "opt in" choice.

All of my machines are running Windows 10... shrugs... at this point, all the bitching is basically all about the point of the matter. Win 10 runs fine on the machines I've installed it on (several laptops, 9 or 10 desktops, some 10+ years old). Unless you have some particularly specific niche software or hardware (that can't run in Win7, therefore, not in Win10, since the drivers are mostly the same), people really shouldn't have too many complaints.

I'd be more concerned if Microsoft was pushing people to Win8 and the crappy fail that was the Metro Start Screen. Win10 dialed it back and makes more sense in the case of a desktop/mobile hybrid OS. Still, the exec who is pushing this sort of tactic needs to be fired ASAP.

I upgrade 2 out of 3 of our coputers to 10. But the last one is our HTPC with Windows 8 + Media Center on it. Media Center doesn't exist on windows 10 and never will so the last thing I want on that computer is the upgrade. Having to go through all this non-sense to avoid the "upgrade" is unacceptable. We're not dealing with a shady company from Ukraine or India here, this is Microsoft for crying out loud! This is insane. I am totally p*ssed at M$ right now.

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