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Submission + - 'Very Major Breach' at IMF 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "the NY Times reports that the International Monetary Fund, still struggling to find a new leader after the arrest of its managing director on charges of sexually assaulting a chamber maid in a New York hotel, was hit by what computer experts describe as a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown. Because the fund has been at the center of economic bailout programs for Portugal, Greece and Ireland — and possesses sensitive data on other countries that may be on the brink of crisis — its database contains potentially market-moving information including communications with national leaders as they negotiate, often behind the scenes, on the terms of international bailouts that are, in the words of one fund official, “political dynamite in many countries.” A cyber security expert told Reuters the infiltration had been a targeted attack, which installed software designed to give a nation state a "digital insider presence" at the IMF. "The code was developed and released for this purpose," said Tom Kellerman, who has worked for the Fund. Bloomberg quoted an unnamed security expert as saying the hackers were connected to a foreign government — however such attacks are very difficult to trace.“This was a very major breach,” says one official, who said that it had occurred over the last several months, even before Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French politician who ran the fund, was arrested."

Submission + - Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps (

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes of the growing unease among consumers around mobile data privacy, and how this distrust will impact mobile app development. 'When every week seems to bring another news story about a data breach resulting in the theft of customer data, customers are growing increasingly jealous of their privacy. Given the unique nature of the data to be found on smartphones, it's only natural that they have begun to view mobile apps with a skeptical eye. If you're developing apps that use customers' mobile data, you need to do more than recognize these realities. You need to develop a policy that places secure, ethical, and appropriate handling of user data at the core of your application development process.'"

Submission + - Real-life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit ( 1

BigSes writes: A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger." Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled "go" and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.

Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom? Wait, I'm betting that has already happened.


Man Forced To Eat Own Beard Screenshot-sm 16

They take lawnmower sales serious in Kentucky. Nobody knows this better than Harvey Westmoreland who was forced to eat his own beard at gunpoint after an argument about a lawnmower. "Troy offered to buy it from me for $250 dollars. I paid twenty bucks for it. He thought I was trying to cheat him. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, there were knives and guns and everything just went haywire. (Then) they cut my beard and forced me to eat it," he said.

Submission + - Google to kill off YouTube ripping tools ( 5

Thelasko writes: YouTube is apparently testing a new system that allows you to pay money to download videos from its site. To prevent users from downloading the videos with the variety of tools available for free, YouTube is cracking down. Specifically on an offering from TechCrunch.

Submission + - SPAM: Data Theft: Hacker sentenced to 20 years 1 writes: Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping to organize massive credit and debit card thefts from national retailers such as BJ’s Wholesale Club, Barnes & Noble, OfficeMax and TJX. The sentencing judge described the case as “the largest and most costly example of computer hacking in US history”.

While the 28-year old Miami native pleaded guilty to charges associated with theft, US District Judge Patti Saris compared him with a “double agent” since he was working as a paid Secret Service informant while committing the crimes. “I’m guilty not only of exploiting computer networks, but personal relationships,” said Gonzalez. “I plead for leniency so that I can one day prove to [my family] that I love them, just as they love me.”

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Submission + - Australia bans small breasts ( 6

mariushm writes: The Australian Sex Party (ASP) said Wednesday that the Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. It comes just a week after it was found that material with depictions of females ejaculating during orgasm are now Refused Classification and Australian Customs directed to confiscate it.

The National Classification Code dictates that anything that describes or depicts a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not) in a way that is likely to cause offense to a reasonable adult is Refused Classification.

Submission + - Criminal Background Check ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever wondered how can we perform a criminal background check of a person if we feel somebody is suspect of some terror or criminal activity?

Submission + - How Google's Nexus One censors cuss words ( 3

tugfoigel writes: The built-in voice-to-text feature on Google's new Nexus One phone replaces rude utterances with hash marks.

Some of you who have been basking in the beauty of your new Nexus One Googlephone may not have tried out all of its delightful features.

And what I am about to tell you may lead you to utter some naughty words. Please, go ahead. I have heard them all, in several different languages. And I respect the vehemence of the vernacular.

However, your Nexus One will not be so charmed by the vigor of your tongue. It will, dare I utter the word when referring to a product from the newly emancipated Google, censor you.

You see, the pungently polite people at Reuters were playing with their Nexus One when they noticed something about its built-in voice-to-text feature.

Every time they said something naughty into the phone, the naughty word came out as "####"--and not just "f---." It even censored the "S" part of BS.

Reuters immediately called Google and screamed at them: "What the #### are you miserable ############# playing at?"

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