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Submission + - FBI Agent Posing As Journalist To Deliver Malware To Suspect Was Fine, Says DOJ (vice.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In 2007, an FBI agent impersonated an Associated Press journalist in order to deliver malware to a criminal suspect and find out his location. According to a newly published report from the Department of Justice, the operation was in line with the FBI's undercover policies at the time. Journalistic organizations had expressed concern that the tactic could undermine reporters’ and media institutions’ credibility. The case concerned a Seattle teenager suspected of sending bomb threats against a local school. FBI Special Agent Mason Grant got in touch with the teen over email, pretending to be an AP journalist. After some back and forth, Grant sent the suspect a fake article which, when clicked, grabbed his real IP address. Armed with this information, the FBI identified and arrested the suspect. The Associated Press, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and other journalistic organizations condemned the move. They pointed out that an FBI agent posing as a reporter could create distrust between legitimate journalists and sources, and also raised issues with the way the malware was distributed through a fake news story. The new Department of Justice report noted that, today, this activity would require greater authorization, under an interim policy on impersonating members of the media that was adopted by the FBI this June. Now, for the agency to pretend to be a journalist as part of an undercover operation, an application must be made by the head of an FBI field office to the agency's main headquarters, reviewed by the Undercover Review Committee, and then approved by the deputy director, after discussion with the deputy attorney general.

Submission + - Skype Fixes Chat Notifications: Get Them Only On The Device You Are Using

An anonymous reader writes: Skype today announced a new feature called active endpoint that ensures you only receive chat notifications on the device that you are currently using. The Microsoft-owned company says the new functionality is rolling out “over the next few weeks,” and all you have to do is make sure that your devices have the latest versions of Skype. In other words, if you’ve ever used the communication app on multiple devices and been frustrated by getting multiple sounds and vibrations for every single message, you’ll be happy to learn that will soon be an annoyance of the past.

Submission + - Second federal 'kill-switch' bill introduced targeting smartphone theft (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: A second federal bill that proposes "kill-switch" technology be made mandatory in smartphones as a means to reduce theft of the devices was introduced Monday. The kill switch would allow consumers to remotely wipe and disable a stolen smartphone and is considered by proponents to be a key tool in combating the increasing number of smartphone robberies. The Smartphone Theft Prevention Act was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 4065 by Jose Serrano, a New York Democrat, as a companion to a Senate bill that was introduced Feb. 13. The two follow a similar law proposed by officials in California last month.

Submission + - Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault (sky.com)

schneidafunk writes: FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea."

Submission + - The ultimate drug- the wire is here (geekosystem.com)

way2trivial writes: Many science fiction stories (Daniel Keys Moran anyone?) include the idea of wireheads/the ability to apply electricity directly to the brain in order to produce a unbeatable high...

It's here... ever been jealous of a mouse?
Who could possibly resist, once it was implanted?
perfect substance abuse-- dial it up to eleven.....

"Researchers from the University of Illinois and University of Washington have developed a wireless implant that uses LEDs thinner than a human hair to produce light, stimulating their test subjects to create dopamine, "

Submission + - NASA, Boeing flaunt high-tech wing that could alter future aircraft design (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: NASA and Boeing this week showed off new technology that could go a long way toward reducing the size, weight and drag of future, greener aircraft. NASA and Boeing said they recently completed tests of technology they call Active Flow Control, which places small, computer controlled devices known as actuators on the surface of a wing that then blow air in a sweeping motion along the span of the aircraft's surface.

Submission + - Oracle shareholders vote against Ellison's compensation package (again) (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: A majority of Oracle shareholders have once again voted against the company's executive pay practices, including for CEO Larry Ellison. The vote at Oracle's annual shareholder meeting is nonbinding, and follows complaints from some large shareholders and their representatives who say Ellison is overpaid compared to his peers. Ellison is paid US$1 in salary, receiving the rest of his pay in stock options. In Oracle's past fiscal year, that totaled $76.9 million. Shareholders voted against Oracle's executive pay practices at last year's meeting as well.

Submission + - Understanding Disaster Recovery as a Service (computersight.com)

barbiecoe writes: Chances are you probably use the cloud every day. It is a convenient way to store files and send information to one another. What you may not know is that this technology can be life saving—at least from the perspective of a company that has experienced a devastating blow to its servers. When disasters strike, whether a tornado, an earthquake, or anything else that causes destruction, the way you handle your IT will make the difference between getting back on your feet or throwing in the towel.
Security

Submission + - BackTrack Goes Pro with Kali Linux (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Offensive Security, the company behind one of the best hacking distributions out there – BackTrack, has announced the availability of Kali Linux — a new penetration testing and security auditing distribution. Dubbed by Offensive Security as an enterprise ready professional version of BackTrack, the distribution has been developed in collaboration with Metasploit makers Rapid7. The collaboration has ensured that Rapid7 will be extending official Metasploit support to Kali. A total of 300 tools such as Aircrack-ng, John the Ripper, Metasploit framework, Nmap and Wireshark have been included in Kali Linux.
AMD

Submission + - AMD Richland: Minor Trinity refresh (blogspot.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: The AMD Richland has been lifted and now details on this new processors are starting to emerge. The new AMD Richland processors are a refresh of the Trinity CPUs released around 11 months ago.
Science

Submission + - Humans Have Been Responsible for Greenhouse Gases Since the Roman Empire (medicaldaily.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: At this point, greenhouse gas emissions, and humans' culpability for them, are as close to a fact as science can get. Researchers had assumed that humans' role in creating greenhouse gases began in during the Industrial Revolution. But Celia Sapart, from the Netherlands' Utrecht University, and her colleagues have found evidence that humans have played a role in the creation of greenhouse gas emissions since the time of the Roman Empire.
What's more, they believe that their findings may mean that scientists should rethink climate change models that did not take human involvement into consideration before the nineteenth century.

Space

Submission + - New study shows Universe still expanding on schedule 1

The Bad Astronomer writes: "A century ago, astronomers (including Edwin Hubble) discovered the Universe was expanding. Using the same methods — but this time with observations from an orbiting infrared space telescope — a new study confirms this expansion, and nails the rate with higher precision than done before. If you're curious, the expansion rate found was 74.3 +/- 2.1 kilometers per second per megaparsec — almost precisely in line with previous messureents."
Digital

Submission + - Time Warner Cable patents method for disabling fast-forward function on DVRs (fiercecable.com) 1

antdude writes: "FierceCable reports "Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has won a U.S. patent for a method for disabling fast-forward and other trick mode functions on digital video recorders.

The patent, which lists Time Warner Cable principal architect Charles Hasek as the inventor, details how the nation's second largest cable MSO may be able prevent viewers from skipping TV commercials contained in programs stored on physical DVRs it deploys in subscriber homes, network-based DVRs and even recording devices subscribers purchase at retail outlets...""

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