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Submission + - WikiLeaks Supporters Likely Behind Dyn DDoS Attacks, Assange Possibly In Danger (

MojoKid writes: The Internet took a turn for the worst turn this morning, when large parts of the DNS network were brought down by a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) targeting DNS provider Dyn. If you couldn't access Amazon, Twitter, and a host of other large sites and on-line services earlier today, this was why. Now, if a couple of additional tweets are to be believed, it appears supporters of WikiLeaks are responsible for this large scale DDoS attack on Dynamic Nework Services Inc's, Dyn DNS service. WikiLeaks is alleging that a group of its supporters launched today's DDoS attack in retaliation for the Obama administration using its influence to push the Ecuadorian government to limit Assange's internet access. Another earlier tweet reassures supporters that Mr. Assange is still alive, which — along with a photo of heavily armed police posted this morning — implies that he may have been (or may still be) in danger, and directly asks said supporters to stop the attack.

Submission + - IBM Exec Claims Macs Cost Far Less To Maintain Versus Windows PCs (

MojoKid writes: Which is more expensive to own, a Windows PC or a Mac? Conventional wisdom says Macs typically cost more than comparable Windows PCs, but if you look beyond the initial price and also factor in time and money spent maintaining each system, do things change? IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service Fletcher Previn came to the conclusion that Macs are by far the better buy after analyzing post-sales costs. While speaking at the Jampf Nation User Conference this week, Previn broke it down like this. The initial cost of purchasing a Mac system runs anywhere from $117 to $454 more than a similarly configured Windows PC, but over a four-year span that follows, IBM saves between $273 (MacBook Pro 13 versus Lenovo T460) up to a whopping $543 (MacBook Pro 13 versus Lenovo X1 Yoga) on Mac maintenance costs.

Submission + - Intel Haswell Processor Flaw Could Allow Malware To Bypass Security Safeguards (

MojoKid writes: There is a reported flaw present in processors based on Intel's Haswell microarchitecture that could allow attackers to effectively sidestep security roadblocks and install malware onto systems. The method works on most operating systems, including Windows 10, and unless a fix is issued it could lead to more prominent malware attacks. Security researchers developed a bypass for Intel's Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) technology present on Haswell processors and demonstrated the technique at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture in Taipei, Taiwan, this week. ASLR is a built-in defense against against a common form of attack that attempts to install malware by exploiting vulnerabilities in an OS or program. It was discovered that by exploiting a flaw in the part of a Haswell CPU known as the branch predictor, they could load a small application that identifies the memory addresses where specific parts of code are loaded. Armed with that information, traditional memory-based malware techniques are once again effective, allow attackers to mess with a system as if ASLR was disabled.

Submission + - Samsung SSD 960 Pro NVMe SSD Launched, Fastest Consumer SSD In Benchmarks (

MojoKid writes: Samsung announced its latest, consumer-class NVMe M.2 based SSD 960 Pro solid state drive a few weeks back but today marks the official launch of the product. Samsung's new drive is an absolute beast with peak transfer speeds in the 3.5GB/s range and ultra-high endurance ratings too. The Samsung SSD 960 PRO NVMe M.2 series tested here will be offered in three capacities: 512GB, 1TB, and a beefy 2TB. All of the drives have the same M.2 (2280) "gumstick" form factor and offer peak read bandwidth of 3.5GB/s with 2.1GB/s writes, while their max IOPS ratings vary at higher queue depths, as do endurance ratings, which start at 400TBW (Terabytes Written) and scale to 1200TBW for the 2TB drive. At about $.63 — $.65 per GiB, they aren't the cheapest NVMe drives on the market (the 512GB drive drops in at $329) but the new SSD 960 Pro is definitely the fastest consumer SSD currently as benchmark testing clearly proves out.

Submission + - WikiLeaks Transmits Cryptic Hashes As Assange's Internet Link Is Cut (

MojoKid writes: If you follow WikiLeaks on Twitter, you may have noticed a series of cryptic tweets consisting of strings of numbers and letters. These are hashes that appear to be related to another WikiLeak post on Twitter claiming its co-founder, Julian Assange, is without Internet access after his connection was "intentionally severed by a state party." That action has reportedly activated WikiLeaks' "appropriate contingency plans" in response. The announcement surfaced several hours after the site posted the aforementioned cryptic hash posts, three in all with references to Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the UK FCO (United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office). Each tweet contained a 64-character hash, which led to rumors that Assange was dead and that the strings of characters were "dead man's keys" or a "dead man's switch," codes to reveal classified secrets in the event of his death. That doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, those hashes, which are preceded by "pre-commitment" labels, are unique codes that can prove the legitimacy of documents leaked in the future that contain the same hashes. Any changes to the documents would alter the 64-character code assigned to them.

Submission + - Apple Begins Sales Of Unlocked SIM-Free iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus (

MojoKid writes: It has been a month since Apple started selling its flagship iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, though up until now, you couldn't buy a SIM-free version that's factory unlocked. However, now you can. The caveat is that you have to purchase the SIM-free model direct from Apple, either from one of its retail locations or from its web store. Pricing for an unlocked iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus runs the same as models that are tied to a specific wireless carrier. Apple's SIM-free models support both CDMA and GSM networks and are compatible with all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., those being Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. They also have the ability to roam internationally on GSM networks in over 200 countries.

Submission + - SPAM: FBI agents dismayed by failure to charge Clinton

Okian Warrior writes: The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved claiming that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.

“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by

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Submission + - "Clinton Is Not the Tech Privacy Candidate. Not Your Privacy Anyway." (

Nova Express writes: The lengths Hillary Clinton has gone to in order to protect her own tech privacy are well documented. Protecting the tech privacy of ordinary American privacy? Not so much. "Amid the dump of hacked emails from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta are bits and pieces of discussion that help indicate her mindset on citizen privacy and the use of encryption to protect data." When asked to come out for privacy, the Clinton campaign demurred. "When a top politician appears to take an uninvolved stance in a conflict between the executive branch and private citizens or companies, don't mistake it as neutrality. It's deference to authority. As a candidate running to be in charge of the executive branch, 'staying out of it' is really approval for the Department of Justice to push the issue to see what would happen."

Submission + - SPAM: CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

schwit1 writes: The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.

The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vice President Joe Biden told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that "we're sending a message" to Putin and that "it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact."

When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, "Hope not."

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Submission + - Press Burying Sins of Hillary Clinton (

bongey writes: Following on the heels of Glenn Greenwalds article of medias Russian echo camber to deflect the content of the wikileaks email.
The WSJ has came out blasting their peers for burying the Clinton stories(paywalled sorry). Today president Obama proposed that
  to "rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to" , essentially Obama wants to to have truth system.

Submission + - Enter The Floppotron: Floppy And HDD Band Rips Metallica Classic Enter Sandman (

MojoKid writes: Most folks love the creativity behind taking old-school computer equipment, like floppy drives and other devices that emanate audible tones, and harnessing their internal bits generate musical bliss in full geekery. In this particular case, it's not just floppy drives that were used, but some hard drives and even a scanner or two. The "Floppotron," as its creator calls it, is comprised of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard disks and 2 scanners, to be exact. The result is downright wonderful as this old school computer hardware band shreds through Metallica's heavy metal classic, Enter Sandman.

Submission + - Apple MacBook Refresh Could Bring E-Ink Enabled Keyboard (

MojoKid writes: Apparently Apple has been working on some unique upgrades to its MacBook line and not just underneath the hood. One of the bigger feature upgrades could actually be in the keyboard. As previously rumored, the new MacBook Pro is likely to sport a secondary touchscreen display at the top of the keyboard. It will sit in place of where the Function keys used to reside and display different graphics and icons, depending on the program that's up and running. However, according to an anonymous reddit user named "Foxconninsider," Apple's also planning to launch a new version of its Magic Keyboard, one that takes advantage of E-Ink technology. Similar technology was developed by a start-up company named Sonder, the same company Apple is in the process of acquiring. The tipster describes is each key having its own E Ink display. That means individual keys and/or entire rows can change based on whatever app is loaded. In any event, we should know more soon—Apple's expected to announce new MacBook products later this month.

Submission + - Samsung Unveils Cylindrical ArtPC Pulse With 360-Degree Audio, Radeon Graphics (

MojoKid writes: If you're looking for an upscale Windows PC with a cylindrical design reminiscent of the Mac Pro, you might want to check out Samsung's quietly unveiled ArtPC Pulse. It's equal parts form and function and looks like a concept PC with a design that's about as far removed from the industrial looking beige boxes of yesteryear as you can get. It does have some premium components in the build starting at $1,200, and sports a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (Skylake) clocked at 2.4GHz paired with 8GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM memory and AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics with 2GB of onboard memory. A 256GB NVMe solid state drive handles storage chores. It's definitely an eye-catching design, and at 5.5 x 5.5 x 12.2 inches (LxWxH), its footprint is very compact. The ArtPC Pulse also has a 360-degree omni-directional speaker design that is built so that, regardless of where you place the machine, you should be able to hear audio in all directions.

Submission + - Maserati Chief Says Tesla Ain't Seen Nothing Yet With EV On The Way (

MojoKid writes: Luxury automaker Maserati has avoided the whole electric vehicle (EV) craze that's been driving product design at its competitors, but not anymore. The mandate from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is to build a Maserati EV as quickly as possible, so that's what engineering boss Roberto Fedeli is now focusing on, though they won't have anything ready before 2019. Fedeli is well aware that Maserati will be last to market with an EV model, but he isn't concerned with that, nor is he intimidated by what Tesla is doing. While acknowledging that Tesla is kicking out some 50,000 EV cars a year, he compared the execution and quality of Tesla's products to that of a German OEM in the 1970s. "Their solutions are not the best," Fedeli said.

Submission + - LG V20 With Android Nougat Shines In Reviews Putting LG Back On The Handset Map (

MojoKid writes: LG introduced the V20 back in early September as one of the first phones to hit the market with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Nougat offers a refined version of Android Doze sleep modes, the In Apps global search function and native split screen mode, but as reviews of the LG V20 are just hitting the web, it's apparent LG delivered something unique with the V20 beyond just Nougat. In addition to its replaceable 3200 mAh battery, the LG V20's HiFi Quad DAC is not just a gimmick and actually makes an appreciable difference in audio fidelity when coupled with good source material and quality headphones. Also, the V20's camera array, which is comprised of two wide angle cameras (front and rear-facing) and a third rear facing 16MP shooter with OIS, competes with the likes of Samsung's and Apple's latest offerings while offering unique shot modes like multi-shot composition with all three cameras combined. The V20 is also well-built, with tolerances and materials that are far superior to what LG offered in the not so well received G5. Performance-wise, with a Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM and a relatively clean Android Nougat installation, the V20 also scores in the top tier of current Android flagship handsets. One of the few shortcomings of the V20 may be price, as early announcements from carriers like AT&T place the phone at around the $800 mark currently, though that does include a pair of high-end Bang and Olufsen earbuds to go with it.

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