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Submission + - UK seeks next generation of code breakers (bbc.com)

AHuxley writes: The BBC is reporting on a new plan to shape the UK's intake of code breakers.
500 students will be educated at a boarding school to help with the UK's future cybersecurity needs.
The support will come from a private non-profit consortium.
Maths, computer science, economics, and physics will be part of the curriculum alongside cybersecurity.
The hope is that the UK can find more cybersecurity professionals due to a shortage of critical talent.
Aptitude tests and coding skills will help sort applications.

Submission + - WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing persistent backdoors in websites (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: Up to a quarter of all websites on the internet could have been breached through a since-patched vulnerability that allowed WordPress' core update server to be compromised. The shuttered remote code execution flaw was found in a php webhook within api.wordpress.org that allows developers to supply a hashing algorithm of their choice to verify code updates are legitimate.

Submission + - Brain Cancer Patients Live Longer by Sending Electric Fields Through Their Heads (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: The big problem with treating glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain tumor, is that nothing really works. Surgeons cut out the tumor as soon as it's detected and blast left-behind cells with radiation and chemo, but it always comes back. Most glioblastoma patients live only one or two years after diagnosis.

The Optune system, which bathes the brain tumor in an AC electric field, is the first new treatment to come along that seems to extend some patients' lives. New data on survival rates from a major clinical trial showed that 43% of patients who used Optune were still alive at the 2-year mark, compared to 30% of patients on the standard treatment regimen. At the 4-year mark, the survival rates were 17% for Optune patients and 10% for the others.

The catch: Patients have to wear electrodes on their heads around the clock, and they're wired to a bulky generator/battery pack that's carried in a shoulder bag.

Submission + - SPAM: Assange says WikiLeaks to expose Google

schwit1 writes:
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised to release information on subjects including the U.S. election and Google
  • Assange said WikiLeaks plans to start publishing new material starting this week, but wouldn't specify the timing and subject
  • He warned that the so called 'October Surprise' will expose Google
  • Assange did not reveal what type of information would be leaked about the tech giant, but his 2014 book could provide a clue
  • In it, he wrote: '(Eric) Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures...'

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Submission + - Lawsuit: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Led An Illegal Purge Of Male Employees (mercurynews.com)

Tasha26 writes: It seems like there is only bad news for Yahoo this week. On top of 1 billion breached account, Verizon only just been told about it and secretly scanning customer emails on behalf of NSA, there is now news of a gender discrimination lawsuit against Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

According to a media executive fired from Yahoo last year "Marissa Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of an employee performance-rating system to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees." In addition to Mayer, 2 other female executives, Kathy Savitt and Megan Liberman, were identified in the lawsuit for discriminating against male employees.

Comment Is this all caused by UPnP? (Score 1) 279

I've read a few of these stories lately and while personally I run a Mikrotik router with a separate access point I thought the vast majority of shitty consumer routers still had a basic firewall that blocked all incoming connections by default? Plus for those that don't presumably all these IoT device would need NAT on your typical home network to be accessible externally so does anyone know if UPnP is required for these exploits to work? I realize this only applies to external port scans but I'd assume that's how most botnets find target devices rather than because of outgoing connections to the vendor's server that may be compromised.

Comment Re:Inherently Insecure (Score 1) 237

1. A solution that uses a central server only for the purpose of establishing the IP address of your chosen call recipient, then allows all communication to that recipient to happen directly, point-to-point. There is no need to route call traffic through central servers (unless you want to listen in). Ahem. Skype.

I'm not so sure with mobile devices that's as easy as it sounds. I'm not aware of the situation in other countries but in Australia you normally sit behind NAT and don't get a publicly routable IP address. I once inquired with with a carrier if it was possible to get one so I could VNC into an embedded system using a dynamic DNS arrangement and the answer was it was only available as an add-on option for corporate accounts, and that meant having a minimum of 500 phone services.

Comment Re:Canon here I come (Score 1) 272

I don't really know anything about (semi-)professional photography, but I always assumed objectives from different manufacturers were compatible. Can't you use your old glass with the new, different camera?

Just as a bit of additional background modern lenses and flashes may do a bit more than you'd imagine. I'm a Canon user but say I attach a 70-200 zoom lens the auto-focus motor is in the lens so if say tracking a moving vehicle in servo mode there's a constant stream of information flowing between the camera and lens to try and hold it in focus. The current focal length also gets reported back as I zoom in and out, and if a compatible flash is attached it will mechanically move reflectors to direct the most flash power into a smaller area that will still cover the scene.

Those are proprietory protocols but have been reverse-engineered by 3rd party lens manufacturers. Occasionally though the OEM will begin using some new feature / protocol that was always present in their lenses and it's not uncommon to hear that a 3rd party lens needs to go back to the factory for a firmware update to work with a newly released camera.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 381

However, if I *did* see surveillance cameras around here, I'd just continue to go about my business as usual, because I'd be pretty sure nothing I was planning on doing is the sort of thing they're looking for, anyway

Thursday, December 6th, 2:45 pm, suspect failed to come to a complete stop before turning right. $125 ticket issued.

We must be a step ahead here in Australia. Only last night I was watching a current affairs program that showed a frame used from 'security' footage used by a local council to book a lady for illegal parking. Only problem was she was clearly in the car, brake lights were on and she had merely stopped on a bend because of traffic congestion. It wasn't blocking an intersection and there was nothing she could have legally done at that point to avoid the situation because of the lane markings.

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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best geek toys for goldfish

commlinx writes: As it approaches Christmas I'm in the process of adding a geek touch to my goldfish tank and need some ideas from the Slashdot community. So far I have collected a few static plastic models, such as the Enterprise NCC-1701, R2D2 and a Supreme Dalek to glue to the bottom of the tank; however I would also like to add some more dynamic items. I already have a USB controlled switchable power socket connected to a Raspberry Pi to control the main tank light remotely and was thinking this might be expanded to control some LEDs, motors and maybe even some Nixie tubes. However I'm unsure of the best way to interface these together and also wondering what precautions are needed because the water in the tank may not be pure? I look forward to hearing ideas from the community and am interested in how you would approach the problem.

Submission + - A blackhole at quarter the size of its galaxy (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers have spotted an enormous black hole — the second most massive ever — but it resides in a tiny galaxy. The galaxy NGC 1277, just a quarter the size of our own Milky Way, hosts a black hole 4,000 times larger than the one at the Milky Way's centre.

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