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Submission + - SPAM: Hacker develops multi-platform rootkit for ATMs

alphadogg writes: One year after his Black Hat talk on Automated Teller Machine security vulnerabilities was yanked by his employer, security researcher Barnaby Jack plans to deliver the talk and disclose a new ATM rootkit at the computer security conference.

He plans to give the talk, entitled "Jackpotting Automated Teller Machines," at the Black Hat Las Vegas conference, held July 28 and 29. Jack will demonstrate several ways of attacking ATM machines, including remote, network-based attacks. He will also reveal a "multi-platform ATM rootkit," and will discuss things that the ATM industry can do to protect itself from such attacks, he writes in his description of the talk, posted this week to the Black Hat Web site.[spam URL stripped]

Jack was set to discuss ATM security problems at last year's conference, but his employer, Juniper Networks, made him pull the presentation after getting complaints from an ATM maker that was worried that the information he had discovered could be misused.

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Submission + - Why are processor wafers round? (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Why are processor wafers round? After all, it doesn't really make a lot of sense when those wafers are sliced and diced into square processor cores. It means the cores around the outer edges of the wafer are incomplete, creating waste. The answer is actually very simple: as Intel fellow Jose Maiz succinctly puts it, "nature wants to build them round".
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Submission + - Dutch Study-Illegal File Sharing Helps Sell Music (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: A study conducted by the Dutch University of Amsterdam has found that illegal copyright file sharing by Internet users appears to be less harmful than previously thought and could even be beneficial to sales of music, film and video game media. Music sharers ended up being just as likely to buy music as other non-file sharing people (68% of file sharers also purchase music). However, file sharers were found to spend extra money on merchandise and go to concerts significantly more frequently. As for films, file sharers turn out to buy significantly more DVDs than non-file sharers. On average, file sharers and non-file sharers go to the cinema equally often. Game sharers also buy games, and significantly more frequently too.

The study reports that 63% of music file sharers went out to buy the music they first got for free online. Their main reasons for buying are loving the music – a key motive for over 80% – or wishing to support the artist (over 50%). Owning the CD sleeve and booklet are mentioned by a third of eventual buyers, as well as the higher quality of the CD. 48% of film sharers will buy a previously downloaded film at a later date, citing such reasons as liking it a lot or wanting the extra features the DVD offers. The study concludes by saying that, conversely, only a small fraction of the content exchanged through file sharing networks comes at the expense of industry turnover. It claims that this renders the overall welfare effects of file sharing robustly positive.


Submission + - New evidence Mars rocks contain ancient fossils (washingtonpost.com)

azoblue writes: NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life last week, reaffirming and offering support for its widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on Mars.

Submission + - XKCD Color Survey Has Interesting Results (xkcd.com)

dragoncortez writes: Randall Munroe has posted the results of his color survey and his analysis is both thorough and surprising. It turns out that men and women name colors pretty much the same as a general rule, although women prefer flower-sounding color names, while men prefer such manly sounding color names as "penis" and "dunno." It also turns out that "nobody can spell 'fuchsia'”.

Submission + - Konica Minolta launch Developer Support Program

Anonymous Coward writes: "Konica Minolta have just released their SDK for creating applications that interface directly with most of their standard office MFP range at no cost to almost anyone that signs up for it. The SDK is a package of assemblies for the .NET Platform (including official Mono support), however the interface specifications (with WSDL files) are also available for anyone wishing to use the communication protocol directly and a few Java samples are available for this purpose. Also included are sample applications (mostly in C# but a little VB.NET also) and documentation.
The licensing appears fairly permissive, however is only free as in beer, not free as in speech. There are no direct restrictions preventing use of the assemblies in GPL works however.
Currently, the SDK is only released through Konica Minolta Europe's Developer Support Program, and according to the sign-up page, you shouldn't access it if you live outside of Europe (however, with most non-obvious email addresses, who knows where you are?). Additionally, the registration form requires a company name, so it is expected you at least work somewhere...
The Developer Support Program also includes specification documents for other developer related topics unrelated to this SDK specifically such as PDL and MIB specifications.
The Developer Support Program is free to sign-up, however for direct support from Konica Minolta, a charged subscription is required (there's a moderated discussion forum for non-paying users though)

Ever wanted the Konica Minolta MFP in your office to do exactly what you tell it? Here's your chance!"

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