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Submission + - Buggy Domain Validation Forces GoDaddy to Revoke Certs (

msm1267 writes: GoDaddy has revoked, and begun the process of re-issuing, new SSL certificates for more than 6,000 customers after a bug was discovered in the registrar’s domain validation process.

The bug was introduced July 29 and impacted fewer than two percent of the certificates GoDaddy issued from that date through yesterday, said vice president and general manager of security products Wayne Thayer.

“GoDaddy inadvertently introduced the bug during a routine code change intended to improve our certificate issuance process,” Thayer said in a statement. “The bug caused the domain validation process to fail in certain circumstances.”

GoDaddy said it was not aware of any compromises related to the bug.

Submission + - Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue Over PTSD (

An anonymous reader writes: When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software giant told them to just take more smoke breaks, a new lawsuit alleges. Members of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team had “God-like” status, former employees Henry Soto and Greg Blauert allege in a lawsuit filed on Dec. 30. They “could literally view any customer’s communications at any time.” Specifically, they were asked to screen Microsoft users’ communications for child pornography and evidence of other crimes. But Big Brother didn’t offer a good health care plan, the Microsoft employees allege. After years of being made to watch the “most twisted” videos on the internet, employees said they suffered severe psychological distress, while the company allegedly refused to provide a specially trained therapist or to pay for therapy. The two former employees and their families are suing for damages from what they describe as permanent psychological injuries, for which they were denied worker’s compensation. “Microsoft applies industry-leading, cutting-edge technology to help detect and classify illegal images of child abuse and exploitation that are shared by users on Microsoft Services,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an email. “Once verified by a specially trained employee, the company removes the image, reports it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and bans the users who shared the images from our services. We have put in place robust wellness programs to ensure the employees who handle this material have the resources and support they need.” But the former employees allege neglect at Microsoft’s hands.

Submission + - Hamas 'Honey Trap' Dupes Israeli Soldiers (

wiredmikey writes: The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas militants pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official said Wednesday. Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.

Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications which enabled Hamas to take control of their phones, according to the official.

Submission + - Is Using Big Data to Influence Elections Right Up There With Fake News, Hacking?

theodp writes: While the use of hacking and fake news to influence the 2016 Presidential election have been widely-decried, the ethics of using Big Data to make a President — a practice embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike — has received less scrutiny. Inspired by the Obama team's pioneering use of Big Data to defeat Romney in 2012, both the Clinton and Trump campaigns used data analytics to mess with voters' heads, tailoring messages to make their candidate look better and the other candidate look worse. And, as DAWN pointed out, the data scientists who wield increasing influence over election outcomes have their own political agendas. Reflecting on the 2012 election, Obama for America Chief Scientist Rayid Ghani, whose family lived in London while he worked in the U.S., recalled what drove him to help the Obama campaign: "At this point I really don’t know what I am," he said. "It's less about country than about the larger world. For me it was a really easy decision, 'Is Obama better for the world than (Mitt) Romney?' Absolutely."

Submission + - Poll topic: What's your ISP data cap?

RogueWarrior65 writes: There have been several articles in 2016 written about ISP data caps and cable-based ISP's using them as a way to a) protect their TV revenue and b) make money in the wake of net neutrality. So what's your ISP's monthly data cap? 300GB, 400GB, 500GB, 600GB, 1TB, Unlimited? Post in comments details about where people live. Are data caps lower in rural areas?

Submission + - How A Centuries Old Tradition Gave Rise To China's Everything App (

An anonymous reader writes: WeChat introduced mobile pay in 2013, a year before its Red Packets, but it’s the latter—with its seductive blend of social networking, gaming, and gambling—that got users on board with the concept of sending money electronically. Today, out of WeChat’s 700-plus million active users, nearly 300 million have added their bank information to WeChat Pay, enabling them to withdraw from and add money to their virtual wallets. That’s contributed to the most bustling mobile payments economy in the world: In 2015, China’s mobile transactions surged to $235 billion, surpassing the U.S. for the first time. According to iResearch, China’s mobile payments market is estimated to be worth 15.7 trillion yuan in 2016—28 times the $62.5 billion forecast by eMarketer for the U.S. in 2017—and 28.5 trillion yuan in 2018.

Silicon Valley (and Wall Street) are desperate to emulate that success in the U.S. But a direct copy of Red Packets—and China's mobile payments ecosystem in general—might not work elsewhere.

Submission + - The 67 dumbest moments in tech 2016 ( 2

harrymcc writes: Over at Fast Company, we rounded up the year's dumbest, silliest, and/or most embarrassing moments--covering ground from the year's big news (Trump's tweets, Yahoo's leaks) to the mememorably strange (Facebook accidentally telling users they were dead) to odd little items you might have missed when they happened (in September, a tech writer confidently declared that the Samsuing Galaxy Note 7 was definitely not going to be banned from air travel).

Submission + - CannyFS: FUSE filesystem making rm -rf faster than ever

cnettel writes: Doing I/O over a large directory tree is far slower than handling the same amount of data in a single file. This is due to the latency for individual requests, even if data is laid out sequentially. In theory, many tasks could be done in parallel, but many common tools are purely serial in their I/O.

CannyFS is a new GPLed FUSE-based file system wrapper that will immediately return from operations such as writing to or creating new files, while queuing them. In effect, standard tools such as tar, rm, and unzip suddenly launch I/O in parallel. Especially over high-latency SAN, NAS, or WAN mounts using NFS or sshfs, this can give huge time reductions. Test the proof-of-concept code, or read the paper on arXiv.

Submission + - Popular Smart Toys Violate Children's Privacy Rights? (

Orome1 writes: My Friend Cayla and i-Que, two extremely popular “smart” toys manufactured by Los Angeles-based Genesis Toys, do not safeguard basic consumer (and children’s) rights to security and privacy, researchers have found. According to the findings by researchers from Scandinavian tech consultancy Bouvet, which was contracted to test the toys on behalf of the the Norwegian Consumer Council, there are many wrong things about these two interactive, Internet connected toys: lack of security, illegal user terms, sharing of kids’ secrets, asking for potentially sensitive information, subjecting kids to to hidden advertising, and more.

Submission + - Broadband Reaches Rural Scotland Via TV White Space

An anonymous reader writes: TV ‘white space’ freed up by the move to digital has allowed for a wider broadband extension into rural areas of Scotland. Residents of the remote Isle of Arran will be the first to benefit from the wireless spectrum capacity. The island has long struggled with poor broadband connection – a huge problem when supporting its main industry, tourism. The initiative will be rolled out by domain name company Nominet and telco Broadway Partners. The firms claim that the Arran service will be the first commercial offering of its type in Europe [paywall]. There will be two package options; the first delivering speeds of up to 25Mbps, and the second offering 35Mbps.

Submission + - The News Is Now Literally a Video Game (

mirandakatz writes: A team that worked on BuzzFeed has turned its attentions toward, once again, changing how young people consume the news—this time, through 8-bit games called things like "Thoughts and Prayers" and "Trump's Pussy Grabber." The GOP Arcade is their first experiment, focusing specifically on the 2016 election, but now they're looking ahead toward a new venture that'll be something like The Onion meets The Daily Show, in game form. Will it take off?

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