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Submission + - GPRS Can be Hacked Easily Claims German Researcher (

hypnosec writes: A German technology researcher on Wednesday showed global mobile makers and technology firms how General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) can easily be tapped, intercepted, and decrypted with an average mobile phone and a few applications. According to the New York Times, Karsten Nohl, a computer engineer and a mobile security researcher demonstrated the fellow researchers gathered to attend Chaos Communication Camp, a Berlin-based hackers event how to intercept the voice or data messaged sent across mobile devices over the GPRS easily owing to weak protection provided by mobile network carriers for data information. Nohl in collaboration with his colleague Luca Melette tapped the information within a radius of five kilometers using a seven year old inexpensive mobile phone from Motorola.

Submission + - Why Companies Knowingly Ship Insecure Devices (

wiredmikey writes: A recent survey which included responses from 800 engineers and developers that work on embedded devices, revealed that 24% of respondents knew of security problems in their company’s products that had not been disclosed to the public before the devices were shipped. But just what that means in terms of attitudes towards security may be more complex than it seems.

Additionally, just 41% said their company has “allocated sufficient time and money to secure” its device products against hacks and attacks. Despite this, 64 percent felt that when engineers call attention to potential security problems, “those problems are addressed before the device is released.”

So what exactly does this illustrate about the state of security in the development process? The answer, some say, is a jumbled collage of business pressures, bug prioritization and varying attention to security.


Submission + - Man-Made Organisms to Compete with Nature (

An anonymous reader writes: A Presidential Commission charged with recommending safeguards against man-made organisms devouring natural resources has decided nothing needs to be done, except keep an eye on things (what it calls "prudent vigilance"). Meanwhile, researchers are forging ahead with plans to create killer microbes that attack human cancer cells, but of course stop and volunteer to die when the cancer is gone. Sound like a movie script? Where will this end? You decide.

Submission + - Microsoft Patches 1990s-Era 'Ping of Death' (

CWmike writes: "Microsoft on Tuesday issued 13 security updates that patched 22 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, Office and other software, including one that harked back two decades to something dubbed 'Ping of Death.' While other patched vulnerabilities we more serious, one marked 'CVE-2011-1871' brought back memories for nCircle's Andrew Storms. 'This looks like the Ping of Death from the early-to-mid 1990s,' he said. 'Then, when a specially-crafted ping request was sent to a host, it caused the Windows PC to blue screen, and then reboot.' Two decades ago, the Ping of Death was used to bring down Windows PCs remotely, often as a way to show the instability of the operating system. 'People would say, 'You're stupid to put your machines on the Internet.'' said Storms. 'My suspicion is that if this catches fire and someone writes a small attack tool and releases it, you could see [Windows PCs] blue screened at your local coffee shop,' Storms said."

Submission + - New Nano Batteries Smaller Than A Human Hair (

techtribune writes: If we could take the weight of our current batteries in EV-powered cars and shrink them down a million times we could obtain gas mileages better than anyone could ever dream. The researchers at Rice university have shown off some micro or nano batteries that could revolutionize the battery industry in a few years. The new microscopic battery pack created by Rice researchers pack a lot of power in a minuscule battery pack. At only 150 nanometers in size the battery pack is hundreds times smaller and thinner than a human hair.

Submission + - Shagbook: Facebook Should Not Be A Trademark (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is known for going after any company that uses the word “book” in its name, having already filed suit against,, and most recently UK adult dating website Shagbook is accusing Facebook of trademark bullying, says the term facebook is generic, and is even arguing that Facebook’s trademark should never have been granted.

Submission + - Will lazy, careless computers save us from us? (

HansonMB writes: Can lazy machines cruising a synthetic internet defend against sloppy humans?

Researchers at the University of Southern California led by Jim Blythe hope so. They’ve devised a system to test computer-security networks by having machines themselves mimic man’s mistakes. These “seemingly innocuous actions” – users downloading files, or IT personnel ditching security features that can bog down machines – can leave networks exposed to nefarious activity.


Submission + - Latest Android Flaw Facilitates Phishing Attacks (

hypnosec writes: A newly discovered flaw in Google’s Android mobile operating system could allow hackers to launch phishing attacks in order to steal banking credentials. Researchers at security firm Trustwave have revealed that the flaw allows hackers to create a fake log-in page which can be used to steal user names and passwords when users visit a banking website. According to the company, the flaw resides in Android’s ability to put forward one application to the front of active processes instead of giving out alerts at the notification bars. The company also said that flaw could be exploited to serve pop-up ads.

Submission + - Housing Crash Getting Worse in U.S.? (

katelyndunn writes: "An article just recently released by Market Watch states that the housing crash is showing signs of getting worse, depending of course on where you live. However, in some areas, like our very own SWFL area that were hit hardest a few years back, are showing signs that the area is recovering."

Submission + - PayPal hands over 1,000 IP Addresses to the FBI ( 3

tekgoblin writes: "PayPal was attacked by Anonymous last year when they had blocked the Wikileaks accounts transactions. Now PayPal has finally come up with enough evidence to strike back at Anonymous with the help of the FBI. PayPal has come up with a list of over 1,000 IP Addresses left behind when they were attacked by Anonymous."

Submission + - FBI defend raids on Texas Datacenter. ( 1

Aryden writes: Wired Reports: "The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.

The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge."

Submission + - Apple installs Safari by default again

Thundersnatch writes: It appears that Apple is once again making its Safari 5 web browser and MobileMe software install by default via Apple Software Update on Windows, even if users had previously deselected these options in their preferences. They've been down this road before and faced significant backlash. If Microsoft did something like this people would be calling for a DOJ investigation.

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