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Submission + - Security at Automobile Dealerships.

An anonymous reader writes: I am in the IT security field and recently purchased a car, one of the salesmen used his laptop to enter all of my information in for the credit and many other things. While I was waiting on the car purchase to finish I walked out to my car to do some work. I looked for a customer access point and found, it was named linksys. I hopped onto it because they had a sign saying free internet access, I got interested and snooped a little around. Upon investigation I found that all kinds of customer data was being pushed through the air unencrypted, including what could be used for identity theft. Hidden under some very archaic software called Reynolds and Reynolds, with the only "encryption" being used was telnet over TVI955. In less than 30 minutes I had seen administrator screens usernames and passwords and customer information with never entering any type of password. This scared me and I put a fraud alert on my credit file, how common is this and why don't we see any more situations like this. I destroyed all the data that I saw instantly but this could be disastrous for someone.

Submission + - Scientists genetically engineer synthetic cell (

s2theg writes: Scientists have created the first man-made genetic organism from the dna up.

From the article:

"Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday."

Submission + - MechWarrior 4 bittorrent Infected with Trojan 4

societyofrobots writes: Yesterday I saw on the MekTek site that users were reporting the MechWarrior 4 game was infected with a virus and causing 'data loss'. MekTek theorized it was a false alarm.

Today Norton AV started detecting various instances/names of this trojan in various locations on my laptop:

Scanning MW4Mercs.exe revealed the same trojan, verifying the bittorrent is in fact infected with a trojan. uTorrent detected over 7000 people downloading the game within the first 3 days, so thats quite a lot of infections . . .

Comment Re:Ignorance abounds indeed (Score 1) 559

Except that we must rethink our expectations of privacy. Nobody has ever expected everything they do to be private, but a lot of people are surprised to learn that some aspect of their life which is not public may be revealed by seemingly unimportant aspects that are public. The well known example of determining sexual orientation from a person's "friend list" on Facebook is a good example -- public information can be used to reveal information that a person may be actively trying to keep private.

Yes, in a technical sense, this data is all public. It used to be the case that we knew we could separate our public lives from our private lives, but efforts like this undermine our ability to assume such a separation.

Submission + - New Genetic Framework Could Help Explain Drug Side ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: "In a major step toward predicting adverse drug reactions, systems biologists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City have integrated genetic, cellular and clinical information to find out why certain medicines can trigger fatal heart arrhythmias."

Submission + - Is The "Lost" iPhone Apple's Next-Gen iPhone? (

andylim writes: Is it possible that the iPhone which Gizmodo purchased from a tipster isn't the next-gen iPhone? Recombu thinks so. Citing the loss of a prototype last year and a twitpic taken in February of what looks to be the same prototype iPhone as the one Gizmodo bought in April, Recombu asks, "Would Steve Jobs really launch a product that could have been in competitors' hands for more than half a year?" It's an interesting theory, which could be completely wrong but it does raise doubts as to whether or not what we've seen leaked will be the same thing that Steve Jobs pull out on stage later this year.

Submission + - McAfee kills SVCHost.exe ( 1

Kohenkatz writes: A McAfee Update today (DAT 5958) incorrectly identifies svchost.exe, a critical windows executable as a virus and tries to remove it, causing endless reboot loops.

Submission + - Volcano rules for remote connections (

Barence writes: With the ongoing Icelandic volcano eruptions, tens of thousands of people will be stuck in the wrong part of the world. PC Pro's Steve Cassidy has advice for those looking to establish remote connections back home. His Volcano Rules include avoiding voice-based communications and hotel internet systems, and setting up ad-hoc remote connections by signing up for a free trial of a service such as LogMeIn and getting a colleague back in the office to install the software on your work PC. "But remember to change all the passwords both local to your PC and remote, to the service you’ve used, after you finish the session," Cassidy warns.

Submission + - Cameras catching crooks AND cops (

crimeandpunishment writes: Is it police brutality caught on video, or just police officers trying to do their job? Video from their own dashboard cameras, along with cell phones and other sources is putting the focus on the cops, not the criminals. And it raises the question of whether this is exposing bad behavior that police have gotten away with for years, or if a brief clip of video from an incident puts police unfairly in the spotlight.

Submission + - Apache Cassandra 0.6.0 Released

pastababa writes: Apache Cassandra was first open sourced by Facebook, later became an Apache top-level project. It was deployed by some very big names. It is being use by some of of the largest social networking site. digg, twitter, reddit switched to Cassandra because it can be run on large server clusters and is capable of taking in very large amounts of data at a time.

Apache Cassandra is a decentralized, Elastic Cassandra highly scalable second-generation distributed database. It is meant to run on a cluster of nodes, but will run equally well on a single machine. Cassandra uses Thrift for its external client-facing API.

As reported by, although the version number released was 0.6.0, Apache Cassandra 0.6.0 is considered a stable release that is well tested and reasonably free of serious problems, or at least the problems are known and well documented.

Apache Cassandra is a free open source software licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Submission + - EU test flights to assess impact of volcanic ash o (

chrb writes: The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull has led to flights being cancelled across the E.U.. With travel chaos ensuing and the airlines losing an estimated $200 million dollars per day, E.U. authorities are coming under increasing pressure to re-open the airways. Test flights conducted on Saturday were apparently successful, with no problems encountered during flight. Following the test flights, Peter Hartman, CEO of KLM, said "We hope to receive permission as soon as possible after that to start up our operation and to transport our passengers to their destinations." Evidence possibly opposing this move comes from the Finnish Defense Forces, which released photos and a statement after F-18 Hornets flew threw the ash cloud, stating "Based on the pictures, it was discovered that even short flights in ash dust may cause significant damage to an airplane's engine". Is it safe to resume flights so soon, or should planes remain grounded until the ash cloud has dissipated?

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