_KiTA_ writes: Following up from a story in 2014, Truecrypt, popular disk encryption system, was revealed to be one of the ones exploited in the CIA's "Fight Club" rootkit installer exploit bundle. This appears to validate the concerns many had in 2014 when TrueCrypt appeared to have seen oddities in sourcecode and website management, as well as confirm the cryptic warning placed on the TrueCrypt website at that time.
Fight Club is an exploit entrypoint used to install Ricky Bobby, a rootkit which gives CIA operatives full remote access to any Windows devices, bypassing all known security software. Other programs used as entrypoints for Fight Club include VLC Player, WinRAR, Notepad++, and of course, Adobe Reader. All these exploits were leaked into the wild by CIA contractors sharing them among themselves and others but concealed from the companies involved.
The full Wikileaks dump on Vault 7, part 1, is available online. A reddit user has created several infographics of the various projects discovered so far here.
_KiTA_ writes: Open Source Pioneer Eric S. Raymond has revealed explosive allegations on his blog, claiming that he has a source with evidence that the Ada Initiative, a tech initiative designed to support women in open source, has been attempting to frame Linus Torvalds and other high profile members of the Linux and Open Source community for sexual assault. Linus has been noted for never being alone at conferences as of late, apparently this is a defensive move due to repeated attempts to "scalp" him — getting him alone and then immediately pushing a fake claim of sexual harassment or assault to either have him arrested or pulled off Linux development.
_KiTA_ writes: Asheron's Call, one of the longest running modern era MMOs at 15 years, will have one final monthly update on March 4th, whereupon the game (alongside Asheron's Call 2) will be placed in Mothball — going free to play for existing accounts, with only bugfix and balance updates to be expected.
However, at the same time, Turbine's going out with a bang — adding a Disgaea-like character reincarnation system, LOTRO style evolving weapons, and a fanservice-filled bonus dungeon for the remaining (and returning) faithful players.
_KiTA_ writes: Popular Wiki TVTropes recently underwent a purge after a troll complained to Google about content on the wiki. Any works that may possibly discuss risque content, including the recent hit animeAstarotte's Toy and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita were part of the purge of works that had "pedophile overtones."
Most worryingly, the site made a special effort to prevent Google AdSense ads from being displayed on those particular pages, which means that Google is now claiming that even pages that do not have Google Ads directly on them are fair game for blocking your entire domain from advertisement hosting and Google Indexing.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Google has forced TVTropes (and others) to purge their website of unpalatable material, it is actually the latest in a in people using Google AdSense to harass websites they do not agree with, with an apparent focus on websites discussing Japanese media.