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Submission + - Kremlin Turns to Typewriters to Avoid Information Leaks (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Forget about disconnecting computers from the Internet to lower the risk of attack and data compromise, Russian officials are going a step further in order to protect confidential communications. The Federal Guard Service, which is in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin, is buying several old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks that could stem from computer systems.

Pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia said the state service was looking to purchase 20 typerwriters because using computers to prepare top-secret documents may no longer be safe. Unlike printers, every typewriter has its own individual pattern of type so it is possible to link every document to a machine used to type it, Izvestia said. "This purchase has been planned for more than a year now," a source at the service, known by its Russian acronym FSO, said on Thursday.

Submission + - Russian Federal Guard Service (FSO) "upgrades" to electric typewriters (telegraph.co.uk)

Razgorov Prikazka writes: The Russian Federal Guard Service (FSO), who are in charge of protecting high level politicians like president Putin (amongst others), are "upgrading" to electric typewriters for writing sensitive documents with. They have found out that computers pose a security risk and this is their answer to it.
On first sight this seems like a very pragmatic and cost-efficient thing to do. However, the FSO has its roots in the KGB and those were the one's who placed keystroke loggers on the popular IBM Selectric electric typewriter 40 years ago! (http://www.qccglobal.com/news/first-keystroke-logger.php)
So how much safer does this make them?

Submission + - Russia claims Snowden did not cross their border. (bbc.co.uk) 1

Razgorov Prikazka writes: The BBC reports that the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated: [Snowden] had not crossed the Russian border. "We are in no way involved with either Mr Snowden, his relations with US justice, nor to his movements around the world," Mr Lavrov said. Correspondents say Mr Lavrov's comments suggest that Mr Snowden remained airside after landing in Moscow, and so has technically never entered Russian territory.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23045790
So where is Snowden now? The Dutch comic "Fokke & Sukke" have a tip for Snowden: If you dont want to be tried at an American court there is only one place to go: Guantanamo Bay. http://foksuk.nl/

Android

Submission + - T-Mobile Security Flaw Allowed Eavesdropping of Wi-Fi Calls, Texts (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: A vulnerability discovered by researchers at UC Berkeley enabled attackers to eavesdrop on and modify calls and text messages sent using T-Mobile's "Wi-Fi Calling" feature.

According to Jethro Beekman and Christopher Thompson, both UC Berkeley graduate students, when an affected Android device connected to a server via T-Mobile's Wi-Fi Calling feature, it did not correctly validate the server's security certificate, exposing calls and text messages to a "man-in-the-middle" (MiTM) attack.

In short, by executing a MiTM attack, and using decrypted SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) dialog, an attacker could record all incoming and outgoing calls and text messages. “[An attacker] could record, block and reroute SIP traffic. The attacker could change it by faking a sender or changing the real-time voice data or message content. He could fake incoming traffic and he can impersonate the client with forged outgoing traffic,” the report, released Tuesday, said.

Beekman and Thompson said they notified T-Mobile of their discoveries in December 2012, and worked with the mobile operator to confirm and fix the problem. As of March 18, all affected T-Mobile customers have received the security update fixing the vulnerability, the researchers said.

This is not the first time TLS/SSL issues have come to the forefront of mobile world. Last October, researchers from two universities in Germany published a paper (PDF) that exposed the state of SSL within Android applications, which revealed that many applications failed to properly implement SSL, leaving millions of users exposed to basic Man-In-The-Middle attacks.

Censorship

Submission + - Cubans evade censorship by exchanging computer memory sticks (mcclatchydc.com)

concealment writes: "But Sanchez said underground blogs, digital portals and illicit e-magazines proliferate, passed around on removable computer drives known as memory sticks.. The small computer memories, also known as flash drives or thumb drives, are dropped into friendly hands on buses and along street corners, offering a surprising number of Cubans access to information.

“Information circulates hand to hand through this wonderful gadget known as the memory stick,” Sanchez said, “and it is difficult for the government to intercept them. I can’t imagine that they can put a police officer on every corner to see who has a flash drive and who doesn’t.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/09/185347/cubans-evade-censorship-by-exchanging.html#.UTvnWoAWD64.reddit%23storylink=cpy"

EU

Submission + - European Union wants to ban porn (falkvinge.net)

Razgorov Prikazka writes: "The European Union made a report with the title: "Eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU". This sounds rather nice at first glance, until you reach point 17:"Calls on the EU and its Member States to take concrete action on its resolution of 16 September 1997 on discrimination against women in advertising, which called for a ban on all forms of pornography in the media and on the advertising of sex tourism"
The keyword here is media. This is broadly defined and includes the internet, SMS, email, television and many more. In the broad terms used it might even be banned to send a erotic picture of yourself to your partner."

The Internet

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Moving All Traffic To North Korea (ibtimes.com) 1

casac8 writes: "The Pirate Bay torrent site has been booted from Norway and is moving its traffic to North Korea, where it has been granted virtual asylum.
"Today we can reveal that we have been invited by the leader of the republic of Korea, to fight our battles from their network," an official TPB press release issued Sunday from Pyonyang, the capital of the North Korea, stated.
"This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high.""

NASA

Submission + - Sun annihilated NASA's new radiation belt (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "NASA's Van Allen Probes mission this week found a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth. Previous observations of these radiation structures called Van Allen belts showed two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding Earth. The new belt interestingly appears transient as NASA said they observed for four weeks before a powerful interplanetary shock wave from the sun annihilated it."

Submission + - Electroluminescent plastic bulbs to replace CCFLs? (bbc.co.uk)

hattig writes: US researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs. The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology. It is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them. The developer is promising cheap, hard-to-break, mercury-free, highly efficient bulbs from 2013.
Security

Submission + - UN to Seek Internet Kill Switch Next Month (thenewamerican.com)

helix2301 writes: "The United Nations and a wide swath of its autocratic member regimes were drafting a plan to give a little-known UN agency control over the online world. Among the most contentious schemes: a plot to hand the International Telecommunications Union a so-called “kill switch” for the Internet that critics say would be used to smash free speech."
Science

Submission + - D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The dungeon is pitch black—until the dungeon master blazes a torch, confirming your worst fears. A Beholder monster lurches at you, its eyeballs wriggling on tentacular stems. As you prepare to wield your Vorpal sword, where do you focus your gaze: at the monster's head or at its tentacle eyes? Such a quandary from the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons may seem like a meaningless trifle, but it holds within it the answer to a tricky scientific question: Do people focus their gaze on another person's eyes or on the center of the head? In fact, a father-son team has used D&D monsters to show that most people will look to another creature's eyes, even if they’re not attached to a head.
Transportation

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What tech for a sailing ship? 2

Razgorov Prikazka writes: There is a lot of technology involved in sailing these day's. EPIRB, FHV-DSC, GPS, NAVTEX, Inmarsat, fishfinders/depth sounders, different kinds of radar (with MARPA or ATA) you name it and there are dozens of manufacturers out there willing to provide, all of them with a range of different products. Right now I am planning a round-the-world-trip and my ship (an 18 meter skerry-cruiser sailing yacht) is in its early construction phase, so I need to shop for some hi-tech gear and basically I got lost in all the possibilities.
What kind of hardware would you recommend as necessary for a trip of this kind? What would you have installed in your ship in order to have a safe trip?

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