RNLockwood writes: Yet again data are stolen from poorly protected sites and the latest (known to me, that is) is KickStarter. PC World, among others, has the sad story.
"The crowdfunding website Kickstarter said Saturday it had been hacked and that user names, encrypted passwords and other data had been accessed.
Kickstarter said it was informed of the hack Wednesday by law enforcement officials and that it had now closed the breach and strengthened its security.
“Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one,” CEO Yancey Strickler said in an email to users.
The data accessed also included email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers, Strickler wrote. No credit card data was accessed, he said.
RNLockwood writes: Ars Technica published an article about password hackingin which the author explained how he learned to hack passwords using the most simple tools available to a neophyte. Hacker who do this for profit use lists of hashed passwords and user name that have been 'liberated' from companies and sold or posted at certain websites. Longer passwords grow exponentially harder to crack than short ones(it takes much, much, longer) but computing power increases much more slowly. At my work we have several passwords and the one with the most stringent requirements must be exactly 12 characters long, have upper and lower case, etc., must be changed every two months, and can't be repeated for a 24 password cycle. It's difficult to create acceptable passwords that both meet the requirements and can be remembered.
RNLockwood writes: Political.com reports that several petitions to secede from the Union have been created at the White House site, We The People, for many states; all since Obama's re-election. Texas and Louisiana lead the list with Texas needing only 7,000 more signatures to qualify for a White House response, probably less now as more Americans have become aware of the petitions. (Probably there is no mapping to post election racist tweets Post Election Racist Tweets Map )
If the petitions spark the state legislatures to petition congress and the nation agrees to allow Louisiana and Texas to secede the we will save a LOT of money. For instance the Corps of Engineers will no longer be spend tax dollars to prevent flooding in Louisiana. Think of the savings if all the Federal buildings, bases, and facilities in Texas are closed! The residents of those states can take charge of their problems without federal interference at last. Since the citizens and businesses won't be paying Federa taxes, money saved will be used to create jobs, prosperity will follow, and show how just right Romney and Bush really were.
IMHO this is an experiment worth trying!! Slashdotters, get busy and sign as many of those petitions as you can.
RNLockwood writes: The Register reports that Trend Micro has detected a trojan, that they call Pushu-AC, that removes root kits only to install a back door.
"The Pandex Trojan stops previously installed rootkits from working by removing their hooks into system calls. Pandex then installs its own rootkit component..."
Read about "virus writers at war" by Trend Micro
Free is good, right?
"The brain is a recording device," explained RIAA president Cary Sherman. "The act of listening is an unauthorized act of copying music to that recording device, and the act of recalling or remembering a song is unauthorized playback."
"In order to avoid engaging in unauthorized copyright infringement, consumers will now be required to immediately forget everything they've just heard — a skill already mastered by U.S. President George Bush."