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Comment Re:dongle (Score 1) 635

This isn't true in most cases, the algorithim is known as it is present in the memory of the cracker's computer. A debugger (typically OllyDbg or Immunity Debugger) will be used and the algorithim identified and replicated in the form of a keygen.

The dongle method moves that algorithim to an external component, if that component is simply returning a serial or some such it is easy enough to patch. However if critical functionality exists on the dongle, then the cracker would have to emulate this or otherwise fill in the missing functionality in the compiled binary. This is no small task (but has been done before).

So a dongle that contains core functionality and only accepts signed code and has an encrypted update mechanism will be quite robust in terms of protection offered. However when you have a 10k price on your product, it opens the door for commercial piracy ventures to move in, these guys have no problem cloning hardware and will be selling your software for 5k a peice instead of 10.

So yeah, dongles can work well at stopping non-commercial piracy.

Comment Re:yea, this is clear, but what about.... (Score 1) 236

As a researcher at a university I can safely say that 1 through 3 don't happen anymore. As for 4 & 5, managing those students is harder than doing the work yourself. We have to give those students the opportunity however (even though we almost always end up re-doing the work ourselves).

Submission + - EyePhone: Control your phone with your eyes only (

An anonymous reader writes: Look at the app on your phone display and wink and you are set — that is the vision of the EyePhone. There has been significant work on using eye tracking for the PC in the office but now a group at Dartmouth have developed a system that allows you to
select and start apps on your mobile phone solely using your eyes. The system called EyePhone breaks new ground because
it addresses the challenge of using eye tracking while on the move and under different context conditions (e.g., in door/ out door).
The Dartmouth team developed algorithms that use learning techniques on the phone to deal with some of these mobility and context problems. Check out the demo of the EyePhone:


Submission + - New Phishing Attack Exploits Tabbed Browsing (

Trailrunner7 writes: A researcher has developed a new type of phishing attack that takes advantage of the way that browsers handle tabbed browsing and enables an attacker to use a script running in one tab to completely change the content in another tab. The attack, demonstrated by Aza Raskin of Mozilla, could be used for highly targeted attacks against customers of a specific bank, Webmail service or credit-card company. The new tabbed browsing phishing technique relies on a user visiting a site controlled by an attacker, which includes a malicious script.

Submission + - Nokia Instant Community project announced (

Lanxon writes: At its research centre in Tampere, Finland, Nokia has announced the Nokia Instant Community — a project that enables users of its phones to create instant, ad hoc social networks to interact with people geographically nearby to them, reports Wired, who tested the project. It's a two-fold system, combining an open development platform with applications that sit on top of it. When (and if) released, developers will be able to build social applications that utilise Nokia's Instant Community APIs to build any kind of social tool — from chat room and Twitter-like apps, to file-sharing — to run on compatible Nokia phones.

Submission + - Florida Governor Sued For Copyright Infringment (

Kilrah_il writes: Florida governor, Charlie Crist, used the Talking Heads' song "Road to Nowhere" in his campaign against his Republican opponent, Marco Rubio. Apparently, he forgot to ask the record company for permission. Warner Bros. contacted him and he promptly stopped using the song, but Talking Heads' frontman, David Byrne, isn't satisfied and is suing him for "one-million dollars" (insert Austin Powers joke here). "[The lawsuit] is not about politics... It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for." What do you think the RIAA will say about this?

Submission + - Google Wi-Fi Spy Was Deliberate, Says AU Minister (

bennyboy64 writes: Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has accused Google of deliberately collecting payload data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. 'Google have admitted to doing this and claim it was a mistake in the software code, meaning that it was actually quite deliberate, the code was collecting it," Conroy said in Parliament. The minsiter has been waging war on Google ever since it opposed his plans to censor the internet.

Submission + - Australia to lead next cyber-crime wave (

An anonymous reader writes: One of the scary things about that new proposed fast broadband access in Australia is the spam and distributed attacks that will come out of it. Every single user connected to the Internet with an ultra-fast broadband link will have a giant bulleye on their back as scammers and virus peddlers try to get their malwares onto their machiens. Will the internet ever be the same again? The security experts are already worried.

Submission + - Secret Messages Coded Into DNA Of Venter Bacteria (

kkleiner writes: There are four hidden messages coded into the DNA of the world's first synthetic bacteria that was recently created by the Craig Venter Institute. Hidden within is: an explanation of the coding system used, a URL address for those who crack the code to go visit, a list of 46 authors and contributors, and a series of famous quotes. The presence of these watermarks verifies that M. mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 truly is synthetic and demonstrates the precision and power of JCVI’s new techniques in synthetic biology.

Comment Re:Actually yes -- in some cases (Score 2, Informative) 1049

Because it allows you to change ISP without issue. I've had my email addresses professional & personal for over a decade. I would hate to have to have to ask everyone to update their contacts whenever I swaped ISPs.

You can do this for less than the $40, I get mine from and host the email with google apps, but they include free email forwarding if you'd rather just keep receiving mail at your ISP address.

The advantage is portability. I know people who are still paying ~$10 a month to some ISP to keep forwarding their email. You don't want to be in that situation.

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