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Crime

FBI Denies It Held iPhone UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec 216

judgecorp writes "The FBI has denied the UDID codes released yesterday came from an agent's laptop, as claimed by the AntiSec hacker group. The FBI says it does not hold such data, and the attack never happened. However, the agent named by AntiSec is real, and some of the published UDID codes have been found to be genuine. So where did they come from?"
Government

Submission + - FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings for Cigarette Packs (usatoday.com) 2

suraj.sun writes: The FDA is proposing that all cigarette packs and advertisements include highly graphic images ( http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm ) like corpses and diseased lungs to underscore the negative health consequences of smoking.

"Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says in a news release. "The health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes."

The proposed graphics include a diseased lung, a graveyard, a corpse in a casket, discolored and disfigured teeth as well as such textual warnings as: Cigarettes Can Cause Fatal Lung Disease and Smoking Can Kill You.

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposed graphics and warnings through Jan. 9. 2011.

USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/11/fda-proposes-graphic-images-and-warnings-for-cigarette-packages-and-ads/1

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/ucm231346.htm

The Military

WikiLeaks Publishes Afghan War Secrets 966

A number of readers submitted word on the massive WikiLeaks release of Afghanistan war documents. "The data is provided in CSV and SQL formats, sorted by months, and also was rendered into KML mapping data." WikiLeaks provided the documents in advance to the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and the UK's Guardian — the latter also has up a video tutorial on how to read the logs. From the Times: "A six-year archive of classified military documents... offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal. The secret documents... are a daily diary of an American-led force often starved for resources and attention as it struggled against an insurgency that grew larger, better coordinated and more deadly each year. The New York Times, the British newspaper The Guardian, and the German magazine Der Spiegel were given access to the voluminous records several weeks ago on the condition that they not report on the material before Sunday. The documents — some 92,000 reports spanning parts of two administrations from January 2004 through December 2009 — illustrate in mosaic detail why, after the United States has spent almost $300 billion on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001."
Google

Google Reportedly Ditching Windows 1003

Reader awyeah notes a Financial Times report that Google is ditching the use of Windows internally. Some blogs have picked up the FT piece but so far there isn't any other independent reporting of the claim, which is based on comments from anonymous Googlers. One indication of possibly hasty reporting is the note that Google "employs more than 10,000 workers internationally," whereas it's easy enough to find official word that the total exceeds 20,000. "The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google's Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google. ... 'We're not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,' said one Google employee. ... New hires are now given the option of using Apple's Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. 'Linux is open source and we feel good about it,' said one employee. 'Microsoft we don't feel so good about.' ... Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from 'quite senior levels,' one employee said. 'Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,' said another employee."
News

Submission + - Baidu Hacked by Iran

Uber Banker writes: Baidu is suddenly unavailable, with sources all over China confirming this. It seems that China’s most popular search engine, with a market share of over 77% has been hacked by Iranian hackers. At present, the website is unavailable, but we have found a screenshot from Twitter users Budi Putra and doubleaf. It seems that the website has been DNS hacked by Iranian Cyber Army, the same guys that hacked Twitter a few weeks ago.
Idle

Submission + - Academia not amused by Neanderthal lawsuit 3

tcpiplab writes: "The civil class action suit "H. neanderthalensis v. H. sapiens, et al" (where collection from any positive judgment will be held in trust pending DNA verification of co-defendants based on percentages of h. neanderthalensis DNA and mDNA) has gained "pre-litigation" status at the Permanent Court of International Justice, sometimes called the World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands.
          Litigants seek to be awarded "reparations, to be held in trust, in kind or property" for what they claim was the "coordinated dislocation, displacement and extinction [of] H. neanderthalensis at the will of and supervision of H. sapiens" from mainland Europe, where H. neanderthalensis was the "primary occupant and predator...prior to the African exodus and subsequent and consequent incursion by H. sapiens."
          "We're proving a point here, striking a blow for victims of Speciesism, currently at a historical high point. We're sending a message to future generations that extragenus branching is not mutation and is not justification for destruction of a subspecies or sister-species", said Dr. Hans Guerder, advocate general for Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Law & Justice, based in Hamburg, Germany.
          Controversy, incredulity, and Internet parodies have dogged the group since their 2005 filing at The World Court in The Hague. The very idea that such a potentially massive financial judgment, â100 Billion — however remote the possibility of an award — has attracted numerous special interest groups as well as criticism from governments, academia, and even the normally quiet world of paleoarcheology.
        Herbert Schuman, professor of archeology and geological history at UniversitÃt Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany is not amused, "This is an affront to an important and serious evolutionary avenue of research and historical investigation. The idea that there exists a pecuniary value to life, the life of any species, prior to monetization of property, let alone the invention of money, is outrageous and a wasteful distraction from the real funding challenges that [Neanderthal] research and exploration is facing today. It's an insult."
          But Dr. Schuman may have to wait a long time for the furor in the scientific and legal communities to fade away. The newly emerging bioancestry market, where anyone can mail a cheek swab containing their DNA to a company who will research the geographic and ethnic origin of their heritage, has been growing at an estimated 800% per year.
          Dr. Guerder's office is already receiving calls from potential "plaintiffs".
--
Berlin Free Legal Journal, Thursday, 17 September, 2009"
Idle

Submission + - Apple gets pwned by DVD-Jon's guerilla marketing (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Techcrunch has an article today about the ultimate real-life Apple hack. DVD-Jon's company doubleTwist put up a huge ad on the wall outside of the Apple Store in San Francisco.

The ad invites passersby to try "The Cure for iPhone Envy", which they can use to access their "iTunes Library on any device. In Seconds". It's clearly a message that Apple doesn't want anything to do with. We're hearing that Apple employees are currently scratching their heads as to how this appeared.

Apparently the window technically belongs to BART, the Bay Area's commuter transit system. doubleTwist got in touch with an ad agency that BART deals with and leased the window, giving them the chance to plaster their ad just below the Apple logo in its full glory. This is apparently the first time the window has been used for this purpose (before it just sat bare). And because everything was done legally, Apple's going to have a hard time getting rid of it.


Security

Alarm Raised On Teenage Hackers 213

Arno Igne writes to tell us that the number of underage participants in "high-tech" crimes has risen steeply in recent history. Reporting children as young as 11 swapping credit card details and asking for hacks, many are largely unskilled and thus more likely to get caught and arrested. "Communities and forums spring up where people start to swap malicious programs, knowledge and sometimes stolen data. Some also look for exploits and virus code that can be run against the social networking sites popular with many young people. Some then try to peddle or use the details or accounts they net in this way. Mr Boyd said he spent a lot of time tracking down the creators of many of the nuisance programs written to exploit users of social networking sites and the culprit was often a teenager."
Wii

Nintendo's Homebrew-Blocking Update Hacked 157

ElementC writes "Team Twiizers, the group behind almost all of the Wii Homebrew scene, has released an update to the Homebrew Channel (and installer) that allows for installation on a Wii with the most recent update installed. While the team still recommends against installing the Nintendo update, those who accidentally updated or purchase games that require the update are no longer left out to dry. This update to the Homebrew Channel also adds SDHC support, a feature Nintendo has not implemented in vanilla Wiis. The community has also created an app that updates just the Wii Shop Channel — allowing users to purchase Wiiware and Virtual Console games without losing their homebrew. It took the team only two days to get the fix out."

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