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Submission + - Israeli ISPs forced to block gambling sites (

jonklinger writes: Around two days ago, Israeli ISPs began to block access to certain websites from Israel. The list of the websites is considered confidential, and included, by media reports two websites related to gambling. The issue in matter began around two months ago, when the Israeli police, alongside the tax authorities arrested 28 suspects who were suspected in collaborating with two websites: Stan James and Victor Chandler. Following a brief period of time, the police approached the Israeli ISPs in request to block access to those sites claiming it has the authority to do so by clause 229 to the Israeli Penal Code. I wrote a brief post with links to the story and review of the Israeli law.

Submission + - Goodbye, Google Wave (

MotiB writes: "Google Wave has reached its end of life. In a post at its official blog, Google has announced that "Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked", and therefore no further development of the Wave as a standalone product will be made. The site itself will remain active until the end of the year, and technologies that were developed as part of the Wave product will be integrated in other Google projects. Is this another sign that Google is reallocating resources in favour of its own gaming social network?"

Submission + - Microsoft Favoured Marketing over Privacy (

MotiB writes: "WSJ reports on Microsoft attempts to change a privacy feature default value to off in IE8. This feature was defaulted to be active in IE8 beta version. Since having the privacy feature enabled would cause advertisers not to track users effectively, there was strong opposition inside MS for the feature. Eventually the feature was set to be off by default."

Submission + - Google Multiple Sign-in FINALLY Available (

siliconbits writes: Google is rolling out multiple sign-in which is available through the account page "After clicking on the "change" link, Google informs that this is an advanced feature and that it will only work for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, Google Reader, Google Voice, App Engine and Google Code. When multiple sign-in is enabled, a drop-down is displayed next to your email address at the top of the page, so you can quickly switch to a new account." Now you can read your messages from two or more Gmail accounts by opening Gmail in multiple tabs.

Submission + - Apple is a new religion, new study suggests ( 2

MotiB writes: "Fox news is reporting on a new study, suggesting Apple has become a new religion. "It's not a matter of rationality, it's a matter of faith" continues the report.
  "...explains why fans still believe when the leader of the Church of Apple, Steve Jobs, blames consumers for the poor reception of the company's cell phone (clearly, users are holding their phones incorrectly). In fact, they flock to buy the device despite its serious design flaws.""


Submission + - BlackBerry Services To Be Halted In UAE (

WrongSizeGlass writes: Bloomberg is reporting RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services will be suspended in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East’s business hub, starting October 11th due to security concerns. RIM faces similar restrictions in India. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement on state-run Emirates News Agency. “In their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the U.A.E.,” it said. A senior Indian government official said, "Though RIM has been fully cooperating ever since the matter was taken up with it in 2008, reports of the company's move to set up a server in China forced us to look at it in a different way."

Submission + - Hacker builds $1,500 cell-phone tapping device (

suraj.sun writes: A security researcher created a $1,500 cell phone base station kit (including a laptop and two RF antennas) that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear. Most of the price is for the laptop he used to operate the system.

The device tricks the phones into disabling encryption and records call details and content before they are routed on their proper way through voice-over-IP.

The low-cost, home-brewed device, developed by researcher Chris Paget, mimics more expensive devices already used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies — called IMSI catchers — that can capture phone ID data and content. The devices essentially spoof a legitimate GSM tower and entice cell phones to send them data by emitting a signal that's stronger than legitimate towers in the area.

Encrypted calls are not protected from interception because the rogue tower can simply turn it off. Although the GSM specifications say that a phone should pop up a warning when it connects to a station that does not have encryption, SIM cards disable that setting so that alerts are not displayed. Even though the GSM spec requires it, this is a deliberate choice on the cell phone makers, Paget said.


Submission + - Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords 2

Kohenkatz writes: "I have Verizon FIOS at home and my Verizon-supplied Actiontec router had the password "password1" that the tech assigned to it when he set it up three years ago. I received an email from Verizon that said "we have identified that your router still had a password of either password1 or admin1 and we have changed it to your serial number." I checked and it actually had been changed. I believe this to be in response to the Black Hat presentation ( about the hackability of home routers. I am upset about this because Verizon should not have any way to get into my router and change the settings, especially because I own the router, not them! I looked in the router's settings and I see port 4567 goes to the router and is labeled "Verizon FIOS Service". Is this port for anything useful other than Verizon changing settings on my router? What security measures does Verizon have to protect that port from unauthorized access?"

Submission + - Israeli court approves classifieds aggregation (

MotiB writes: Last week, Tel Aviv District Court ruled in favor of a jobs aggregation website that copied classifieds from a newspaper. The aggregator ( ) was accused in collecting "wanted" ads from Maariv newspaper and its online site ( ), displaying them to its users, and charging them only when they wanted to contact the job provider. The ruling was unique, since "Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen said the issue at hand was whether pre-Internet business models, involving the publication of paid-for ads in the press, should be protected, or whether market forces created by new technologies should be allowed to prevail. She found for the market forces." ( ). Also quoted "The parties agreed that Alljobs wasn't copying the ads verbatim, but was using the content. Alljobs argued that any rights to the information belonged to the advertisers themselves, who benefited." The judge said that the ad content and verbatim is the ad publisher copyright, and it is within his best intreset to get a widespread publication for its ad.

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