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Submission + - Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court (

Pigskin-Referee writes: A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges.

Oleg Y Nikolaenko, 23, a resident of Moscow, faces charges that he forged email spam messages in violation of the US CAN-SPAM Act, following his arrest in Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel last month.

Prosecutors allege that the Russian was responsible for pumping out a staggering 10 billion spam messages per day, touting penis pills and counterfeit goods using the infamous Mega-D botnet network.

Nikolaenko entered a not guilty plea. He was denied bail after prosecutors successfully arguing he presented a flight risk if released.


Submission + - 4G: is it worth the hype? (

crimeandpunishment writes: Cell phone companies are about to bombard us with advertising for the next big thing: 4G access. The first 4G phone, Spring Nextel's EVO, comes out this week. But just how big is 4G? Is it fast enough to warrant the hype, or are consumers better off waiting a while? Associated Press technology writer Peter Svensson looks at the difference between 4G and 3G technology.

Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation" 222

FishRep writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal. The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using a popular file-share service called Winni, used by up to 200m people. It targets those downloading illegal copies of games in the Hentai genre, an explicit form of anime. Website Yomiuri claims that 5,500 people have so far admitted to being infected. The virus, known as Kenzero, is being monitored by web security firm Trend Micro in Japan. Masquerading as a game installation screen, it requests the PC owner's personal details. It then takes screengrabs of the user's web history and publishes it online in their name, before sending an e-mail or pop-up screen demanding a credit card payment of 1,500 yen (£10) to 'settle your violation of copyright law' and remove the webpage."
Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone 161

Developer Fabien Sanglard has written a code review for id Software's iPhone port of Doom. It's an interesting look into how the original 1993 game (which he also reviewed to understand its rendering process) was adapted to a modern platform. "Just like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom was rendering a screenframe pixel per pixel. The only way to do this on iPhone with an acceptable framerate would be to use CoreSurface/CoreSurface.h framework. But it is unfortunately restricted and using it would prevent distribution on the AppStore. The only solution is to use OpenGL, but this comes with a few challenges: Doom was faking 3D with a 2D map. OpenGL needs real 3D vertices. More than 3D vertices, OpenGL needs data to be sent as triangles (among other things because they are easy to rasterize). But Doom sectors were made of arbitrary forms. Doom 1993's perspective was also faked, it was actually closer to an orthogonal projection than a perspective projection. Doom was using VGA palette indexing to perform special effect (red for damage, silver for invulnerable...)."

Submission + - Many Cybercrimes Go Unreported (

An anonymous reader writes: More than half of the 500 respondents of the 2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey believe they are more prepared to prevent, detect, respond to or recover from a cybercrime incident compared to the previous year. However, only 56% of the participants have a plan for reporting and responding to a cybercrime. The public may not be aware of the number of incidents because 72% of the insider incidents are handled internally without legal action or the involvement of law enforcement. However, cybercrimes committed by insiders are often more costly and damaging than attacks from outside.

Submission + - Tracking browsers without cookies or IP addresses? ( 1

Peter Eckersley writes: The EFF has launched a research project called Panopticlick, to determine whether seemingly innocuous browser configuration information (like User Agent strings, plugin versions and, fonts) may create unique fingerprints that allow web users to be tracked, even if they limit or delete cookies. Preliminary results indicate that the User Agent string alone has 10.5 bits of entropy, which means that for a typical Internet user, only one in about 1,500 (2 ^ 10.5) others will share their User Agent string.

If you visit Panopticlick, you can get an reading of how rare or unique your browser configuration is, as well as helping EFF to collect better data about this problem and how best to defend against it.

Submission + - Conspiracy to Infringe Copyrights

LoanGuy writes: Is conspiracy to infringe copyrights considered a crime of dishonesty?
I was convicted of conspiracy to infringe copyrights many years ago and I work in the mortgage industry and maintain a loan originators license. There has been no problem until I received a letter from the Department of Finacial Institutions requesting a surrender my license. They stated that "The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (S.A.F.E. Act) requires that all residential mortgage loan originators must be either state-licensed or federally-registered by July 1, 2010. In order to be licensed with a state, loan originators must meet several minimum qualifications. One of the required qualifications is that a loan originator has never been convicted of a felony involving fraud, dishonesty, breach of trust or money laundering. Conspiracy to Commit Copyright Infringement is a crime of dishonesty"

Bing Censoring All Simplified Chinese Language Queries 214

boggis writes "Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist, is calling for a boycott of Microsoft's Bing. They have censored search requests at the request of the Chinese Government (like certain others). The difference is that Bing has censored all searches done anywhere in simplified Chinese characters (the characters used in mainland China). This means that a Chinese speaker searching for Tiananmen anywhere in the world now gets the impression that it is just a lovely place to visit."

RFID Fingerprints To Fight Tag Cloning 59

Bourdain writes with news out of the University of Arkansas, where researchers are looking for ways to combat counterfeit RFID tags. Passive tags typically wait for a reader to transmit a signal of the appropriate strength and frequency before sending their own transmission. The scientists found that the amount of power required to trigger this varies quite a bit from one tag to the next, especially when many different frequencies are sampled. This and other physical characteristics give the tag its own "fingerprint" that is independent of the signal information stored in its memory, which the researchers say will facilitate the detection of cloned tags.

Submission + - The Pirate Bay closes its door (

sopssa writes: The Pirate Bay is finally closing its doors. 'Today marks the end of an era, as The Pirate Bay team announces that the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker is shutting down for good. Although the site will remain operational for now, millions of BitTorrent users will lose the use of its tracker and will instead have to rely on DHT and alternative trackers to continue downloading. — Aside from this shutdown, there is also another major development quietly under discussion. TorrentFreak has learned that behind the scenes the Pirate Bay operators are talking to other BitTorrent site owners to encourage them to follow suit and completely ditch torrents in the future.'

Submission + - Democratizing medical imaging data with free s/w (

An anonymous reader writes: Democratizing Medical Imaging Data is the Mission for Our Free Software, Says FiatLux Imaging

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 16 — Medical software company FiatLux Imaging, Inc., located in Redmond, WA, has announced the availability of FiatLux Visualize(TM) Free, advanced 2D/3D visualization software for CT and MRI imaging data. The free software is available via download from There is no charge for download or use and no trial periods.

"There is tremendous unrealized potential in medical imaging data," stated Quentin Dewolf, CEO of FiatLux Imaging.

"Medical scanners generate huge amounts of data every day, yet the vast majority of that data is unseen by the people who need it the most. If it were, we believe referring physicians could make better decisions, patients could gain insight into their conditions, and the expense and inconvenience of duplicate scans could be avoided."

Dewolf continued, "As the use of Tablet PCs, netbooks, and smartphones in healthcare accelerates, software must play catch-up. These multi-million dollar medical scanners could be generating useful images in rich multimedia reports. Instead, the typical output is a text file. Our children do their school reports using images, sound, and video in multimedia formats. We want to bring that capability to healthcare. Any doctor should be able to view a patient'(TM)s heart from any angle, for example."

FiatLux Imaging bases its business model on the democratization of medical imaging data. The company believes that much more information -" and insight — can be mined from CT and MRI data when simple, intuitive tools for advanced visualization are available to the people making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. Most referring physicians rely on a text report from a radiologist who may be in another city, state or even another country.

"Making advanced visualization available to anyone who is interested is the most important contribution we can make," stated Dewolf.

"We are offering this software for free because we believe that democratizing medical imaging data is important to healthcare reform and because it is the fastest way to build a user community. We plan to add valuable features based on the input of those users. Many features will remain free and some will be available for a fee. We believe this 'freemium' approach will work in healthcare as it has worked in consumer and commercial software."

FiatLux Visualize(TM) Free is the only free advanced visualization software for CT and MRI imaging data that runs on virtually any modern Windows PC/laptop/notebook/tablet — including Windows 7 — and is cleared by the FDA for clinical use in the United States. FiatLux Visualize(TM) Free is a fully-featured 2D/3D visualization application — not a demo or "lite" version. The software provides an easy-to-use means of reformatting and viewing DICOM-compatible imaging data. For a video of FiatLux Visualize(TM) Free, visit

The free software is useful for any healthcare professional. Medical students and residents will find FiatLux Visualize(TM) Free invaluable for studying anatomy, identifying pathology, and reviewing cases. Even patients will be able to use the software to learn about their clinical conditions and be better informed when talking with their physician.

FiatLux Imaging, founded in 2007, is dedicated to transforming medical imaging data into insight...for anyone.

FiatLux Imaging and FiatLux Visualize are trademarks of FiatLux Imaging, Inc.

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