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Submission + - JBoss security incident (jboss.org)

jbatista writes: The JBoss community announced on April 19th that their free Atlassian JIRA instance was targeted by a supposedly previously unknown XSS attack, "which allowed administrative access to the JIRA instance on April 11th, 2010, and subsequently user credentials from a backend database, containing passwords hashed without a random salt." Further details are provided in their announcement. In the meantime, jboss.org account owners (forums, etc.) should be receiving PGP-signed emails providing two links, one for the announcement (the first one leads to an inexistent page, so see the link above) and one for the lost password page in order to change their account password.

Submission + - Making sense of CPU and GPU model numbers (pricewatch.com)

b4dc0d3r writes: How do you make sense of the various model numbers or naming schemes for CPUs, graphics cards, and the related chipsets? All I want is something that will run Oblivion and output full 1080 video to a TV. Last time I built my own computer I just went to Pricewatch, made a few easy choices, and everything came to my door. Do I really have to research the difference between Core i5, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D, Semperon, Athlon, Phenom... and that's just the processor. Is there a reference somewhere? Sure Wikipedia has some info, but I'm in for a lot of reading. In short, how the hell do you buy a computer these days?

Submission + - Energizer Bunny's software infects PCs (computerworld.com.au)

swandives writes: Researchers at US-CERT have warned the software that accompanies the Energizer DUO USB battery charger contains a Trojan that gives hackers total access to a Windows PC. The product was sold in sold in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia starting in 2007.

Upon installation, the software creates the file "Arucer.dll," a Trojan that listens for commands on TCP port 7777. Upon instructions, the Trojan can download and execute files, transmit files stolen from the PC, or tweak the Windows registry. Uninstalling the software disables the automatic execution of the Trojan. And users can also remove Arucer.dll from Windows' system32 directory, then reboot the machine, to remove the file.

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Submission + - Cleveland Police fail to pay music copyright fees (gazettelive.co.uk)

JagsLive writes: A POLICE force that launched a crackdown against music piracy may itself be breaching music copyright laws, it has emerged. But Cleveland Police chiefs today claimed they would rather spend public cash on fighting crime than paying for music rights. Music licensing authority the Performing Rights Society (PRS) claims many forces have no licence to allow the playing of music in their stations. A PRS licence is required by law in many cases when music is played outside a domestic home. The licence fee — which for a whole police force could run from several hundred to thousands of pounds a year — is applicable to music played on a television, radio or CD player, music played in areas such as staff canteens or social areas, and during a presentation or social event. Cleveland Police is among dozens of forces that have not paid up. Last year the force made headlines across the world when it swooped on a Middlesbrough house to crack a suspected international music piracy scam worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. It is alleged the website, called Oink, involved a private file sharing site with a worldwide membership of 180,000 people. It is said to have allowed the uploading and downloading of pre-release music. The high-profile raid sent shock waves around the internet world. Now Cleveland Police may itself have fallen foul of music copyright laws. ( GazetteLive : http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2008/09/23/no-licence-for-police-84229-21874228/ ) ( theRegister : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/24/cleveland_police_prs_oink/ )

Submission + - Report: NBC wanted a cut of iPod revenue (news.com)

mytrip writes: "I will say this: NBC's Jeff Zucker has got serious stones.

According to a report in the venerable entertainment industry trade rag Variety, Zucker, president and CEO of NBC Universal, asked Apple for a cut of iPod revenue as part of the failed negotiations between the two companies over a contract extension for the right to sell NBC's shows on iTunes. (Thanks, Valleywag.) If that's true, wow.

A source familiar with NBC Universal's negotiations confirmed that the company asked for a slice of iPod revenue but only after Apple refused to budge on variable pricing.

"Apple sold millions of dollars worth of hardware off the back of our content and made a lot of money," Zucker reportedly told The New Yorker's Ken Auletta during a benefit for former football powerhouse Syracuse University. "They did not want to share in what they were making off the hardware or allow us to adjust pricing.""


Submission + - Small Galaxies Made Almost Entirely of Dark Matter (space.com)

Raver32 writes: "Small, ultrafaint "hobbit" galaxies recently found hovering around our Milky Way are comprised almost entirely of dark matter, a new study confirms. Dark matter is a mysterious substance scientists think accounts for most of the mass in the universe but that is invisible to current instruments. The finding, to be detailed in the Nov. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal, could help resolve a cosmic accounting problem that has long vexed astronomers and also explain how such small galaxies form. According to the "Cold Dark Matter" model, which explains the growth and evolution of the universe, large galaxies such as our Milky Way should be surrounded by a swarm of up to several hundred smaller "dwarf" galaxies. However, until recently, only 11 such companion galaxies have been found. To explain this so-called Missing Dwarf Galaxy problem, theorists have suggested that the majority of dwarf galaxies contain very few, if any, stars and are instead made up mostly of dark matter."

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