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Submission + - US National Vulnerability Database Down Following Malware Infestation (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The US government's National Vulnerability Database (NVD) maintained by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offline since a few days because of malware infestation. The public facing site has been taken offline since last Friday because traces of malware were found on two of the web servers that house the NVD. A post on Google+ containing an email from Gail Porter details the discovery of suspicious activity and subsequent steps taken by NIST. As of this writing the NVD website is still serving a page not found message.
Patents

Submission + - SAS Statement on Abusive Patent Litigation (house.gov)

walterbyrd writes: "In none of the cases where SAS has been sued for patent infringement is the plaintiff an operating company that makes anything, sells anything, produces anything or employs anyone (other than a bunch of lawyers). All of these cases involve what I call “patent trolls” – which others more demurely call Non-Practicing Entities, or Patent Assertion Entities — as plaintiff. It is a problem that is only becoming worse for companies like SAS for one simple reason: it is a business model that is incredibly cheap to pursue, remarkably profitable to the pursuers, and disproportionately damaging to the victims."
Movies

Submission + - SPAM: The+Game+Inc.+The+true+story+-The+Movie

An anonymous reader writes: The Game Inc. the true story is about a african american muslim man single parent who decides to defraud banks as an answer to the financial problems he was having taking care of three boys of which two have the blood disorder sickle cell anemia.
Seeking executive producers for this project and slate of others.
424-250-8275
thegamein2003@oo.com

Link to Original Source
The Internet

Submission + - U.S. Refuses to Sign ITU Treaty Over Internet Provisions

An anonymous reader writes: The United States said today that it will not sign an international telecommunications treaty thanks to the inclusion of Internet-related provisions. According to the BBC, the U.K. and Canada have also pledged not to sign the treaty in its current form, while delegates from Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Kenya also have reservations.
Australia

Submission + - Julian Assange Runs For Office in Australia (theage.com.au)

mpawlo writes: "Mr Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has, according to The Age, confirmed his intention to run for the Australian Senate in 2013. He will also form a Wikileaks political party. I had to check, but yes, Mr Assange is still in political asylum at the embassy of Ecuador in London. I also had to the check the date, but it's not April Fools' Day, or perhaps it is according to the new Mayan Calendar..."
United Kingdom

Submission + - UK organisation set up to encourage IPv6 adoption, closes (6uk.org.uk)

Sesostris III writes: In April 2010, with £20,000 of government money, 6uk was set up to encourage the adoption of the IPv6 protocol in the UK. In December 2012 the board resigned en-masse in protest at official indifference to its work.

"The biggest organisation we needed to join 6UK was the government" the former director, Philip Sheldrake, is quoted as saying. Without government support "There's no material incentive for any organisation to go for IPv6". Government interest can be gauged by the fact that no government website currently sat on an IPv6 address.

The UK is among the nations that have done the least to move to IPv6, and lags behind other nations in adopting the new protocol. In contrast, governments like that in the US are encouraging adoption of the new protocol by mandating IPv6 compliance in contracts.

Power

Submission + - DOE wants 5X improvement in batteries in 5 years (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The U.S. Dept. of Energy has set a goal to develop battery and energy storage technologies that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper within five years. DOE is creating a new center at Argonne National Labratory, at a cost of $120 million over five years, that’s intended to reproduce development environments that were successfully used by Bell Laboratories and World War II’s Manhattan Project. “When you had to deliver the goods very, very quickly, you needed to put the best scientists next to the best engineers across disciplines to get very focused,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, on Friday. The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research isn’t designed to seek incremental improvements in existing technologies. This technology hub, according to DOE’s solicitation, “should foster new energy storage designs that begin with a 'clean sheet of paper' — overcoming current manufacturing limitations through innovation to reduce complexity and cost.” Other research labs, universities and private companies are participating in the effort.
Firefox

Submission + - Firefox 20 Will Finally Fix Porn Mode (ehsanakhgari.org)

darthcamaro writes: Unlike every other major browser vendor, Mozilla today does not allow users to have their private porn mode browser window open at the same time as a regular browser window. That's now set to change. This is a flaw that has been in Bugzilla since 2008 and has been the subject of heated discussion for years.
Privacy

Submission + - "Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A court in Hamburg, Germany, has granted an injunction against a user of the anonymous and encrypted file-sharing network RetroShare . RetroShare users exchange data through encrypted transfers and the network setup ensures that the true sender of the file is always obfuscated. The court, however, has now ruled that RetroShare users who act as an exit node are liable for the encrypted traffic that’s sent by others.
Politics

Submission + - Anonymous Publishes Names And ID Numbers Of Spanish Riot Police (pastebin.com)

Aloriel writes: "In Spain policemen have to have their ID numbers visible so they can be identified, but they usually remove them or hid them under the vests so they have complete impunity during demonstrations. After the demonstrations against the public budget cuts many people got injured, and detained, even press (police hitting a cyclist demonstrator, police kicking the head of a detainee, police hitting kids,
woman that will lose vision in one eye due to a police shell). Since it is completely impossible to identify those who misbehave, Anonymos has decided to publish a list of few policemen members of the riot police, and promised to publish more if the police violence doesn't stop."

China

Submission + - Foxconn Sees New Source Of Cheap Labor: The United States (forbes.com) 1

hackingbear writes: Foxconn is planning to build manufacturing plants in the U.S., probably in cites such as Detroit and Los Angeles. “Since the manufacturing of Apple’s products is rather complicated, the market watchers expect the rumored plants to focus on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier.” Nice to think they will be hiring herebut still a fascinating insult to U.S. manufacturing prowess, dontcha think – the idea that actually making Apple products is a little too complicated for Americans to handle (Or maybe they won't be able to hire enough workers sitting 8 hours a day screwing really tiny screws into iPhone 5; despite of the higher unemployment rate, laborers here may not be as desperate as the millions of migrant workers looking for work in China.) Foxconn chairman Terry Guo, at a recent public event, noted that the company is planning a training program for US-based engineers, bringing them to Taiwan or China to learn the processes of product design and manufacturing.
Power

Submission + - Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine Boasts Impressive Efficiency, Low Cost (gizmag.com) 1

Zothecula writes: Tunisian green energy startup Saphon Energy has created a new bladeless wind turbine which draws inspiration from the design of a ship’s sails, and promises to convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity at up to double the efficiency – and half the cost – of a typical wind turbine.
Security

Submission + - Google security engineer issues Sophos warning (cso.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Google security engineer Tavis Ormandy discovered several flaws in Sophos antivirus and says the product should be kept away from high value information systems unless the company can avoid easy mistakes and issue patches faster. Ormandy has released a scathing 30-page analysis (PDF) “Sophail: Applied attacks against Sophos Antivirus”, in which he details several flaws “caused by poor development practices and coding standards”, topped off by the company’s sluggishly response to the warning he had working exploits for those flaws. One of the exploits Ormandy details is for a flaw in Sophos‘ on-access scanner, which could be used to unleash a worm on a network simply by targeting a company receiving an attack email via Outlook. Although the example he provided was on a Mac, the “wormable, pre-authentication, zero-interaction, remote root” affected all platforms running Sophos. (Ormandy released the paper as an independent researcher, not in his role as a Google employee.)"

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