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Submission + - 'Consumer Reports' for software vulnerabilities

Presto Vivace writes: Karen Epper Hoffman reporting for Government Computer News:

During a presentation at last week’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, computer scientists Peiter Zatko (better known as Mudge) and Sarah Zatko discussed the independent organization they are building to impartially benchmark commercial software security flaws.

“All the certifications and evaluations that come out, they’re not about security,” said Sarah Zatko, who is chief scientist for the Cyber Independent Testing Lab and a member of the Army's Order of Thor, which recognizes contributions of cybersecurity professionals.

Submission + - SpaceX releases video of full 2:30 burn of a used Falcon 9 (morningticker.com)

Peter Hudson writes: SpaceX has so far launched and landed five different Falcon 9 rocket boosters since December 2015, but has not yet reused any of them. Today SpaceX released video of a full two minute and thirty second burn on a used Falcon 9 stage. This is the first time that SpaceX has conducted a burn on a used stage for the full duration of a Falcon 9 first stage boost.

Submission + - Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal accident. (variety.com)

ChasmCoder writes: variety.com reports:

“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” said a statement from his representative. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

The LAPD said he was pinned by his own car at his Studio City home. Friends apparently became concerned when Yelchin did not show up for a band performance. They found him at his home pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar.

“It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement.

Police reportedly told TMZ that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral. It’s not clear why he got out of his car with the engine running." "

Submission + - Pentagon's first bug bounty leads to new responsible disclosure policy (windowsitpro.com)

v3rgEz writes: Between April 18 and May 12, over 1,400 attackers set their sights on the Pentagon, finding 138 security holes ranging from Cross-Site Scripting attacks to SQL injections. The attacks, part of the Department of Defense's first bug bounty program, were so successful the DOD decided to invite the hackers back and make it a regular event. It's also lead the DOD to decide on setting up a "responsible disclosure" policy, which a DOD official said would allow attackers to report flaws "without fear of prosecution" in the future.

Submission + - Nest CEO Tony Fadell Steps Down After Tumultuous Two Years At Google (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports: "Tony Fadell is stepping down as head of Nest Labs, just over two tumultuous years after selling the smart-home gadget maker to Google. Fadell will leave Nest immediately and be replaced by Marwan Fawaz, former executive vice president of Motorola Mobility where he served as CEO of Motorola Home, Nest said in a statement. Fadell will still advise Alphabet Inc. and Larry Page, the Google co-founder and chief executive officer of the holding company. Nest took longer than expected to release new products and a smoke and carbon monoxide detector was recalled due to software problems. When the company did release an updated product, the Nest Cam security camera in June 2015, Fadell admitted it had been a "grueling" year. In recent months, Nest employees complained publicly about Fadell’s management, while claiming the business had missed sales targets, botched upgrades and delayed future products." Fadell said, "I don't know of any regrets that I have. To do what we do at the level we do it, no one's done it before. So you're bound to make mistakes."

Submission + - MS declines to make a 64 bit Visual Studio (uservoice.com) 1

OhPlz writes: A request was made back in 2011 for Microsoft to provide a 64 bit version of Visual Studio to address out-of-memory issues. After sitting on the request for all that time, MS is now declining it stating that it would not be good for performance. It's amazing that with everything MS is attempting to do, their main development product is still living in the past.

Submission + - Windows 10 upgrade activates by clicking red X close button in prompt message (bbc.co.uk)

Raging Bool writes: In a move guaranteed to annoy many people, MS has "jumped the shark" on encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10. From the article: "Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box now activates the upgrade instead of closing the box."
What are they thinking of?

Submission + - TSA Replaces Security Chief as Tension Grows at Airports

HughPickens.com writes: Ron Nixon reports at the NYT that facing a backlash over long security lines and management problems, TSA administrator Peter V. Neffenger has shaken up his leadership team, replacing the agency’s top security official Kelly Hoggan and adding a new group of administrators at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Beginning late that year, Hoggan received $90,000 in bonuses over a 13-month period, even though a leaked report from the Department of Homeland Security showed that auditors were able to get fake weapons and explosives past security screeners 95 percent of the time in 70 covert tests. Hoggan’s bonus was paid out in $10,000 increments, an arrangement that members of Congress have said was intended to disguise the payments. During a hearing of the House Oversight Committee two weeks ago, lawmakers grilled Mr. Neffenger about the bonus, which was issued before he joined the agency in July. Last week and over the weekend, hundreds of passengers, including 450 on American Airlines alone, missed flights because of waits of two or three hours in security lines, according to local news reports. Many of the passengers had to spend the night in the terminal sleeping on cots. The T.S.A. has sent 58 additional security officers and four more bomb-sniffing dog teams to O’Hare.

Several current and former TSA employees said the moves to replace Hoggan and add the new officials in Chicago, where passengers have endured hours long waits at security checkpoints, were insufficient. “The timing of this decision is too late to make a real difference for the summer,” says Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who testified his supervisor accused him of “going native” after attending a meeting at a local mosque and that TSA’s alleged practice of “directed reassignments,” or unwanted job transfers were intended to punish employees who speak their minds.. “Neffenger is only doing this because the media and Congress are making him look bad.”

Submission + - Get ready for the return of 'Killjoys' and 'Dark Matter' to the SyFy Channel (blastingnews.com)

MarkWhittington writes: One of the reasons for looking forward to the summer will be the return of the Canadian-produced science fiction dramas “Killjoys” and “Dark Matter” to the SyFy Channel this July 1. Both series were fun space adventures that are filled with action and intrigue during the first seasons last year

Submission + - Microsoft Auto-Scheduling Windows 10 Updates (tomshardware.com)

Pikoro writes: Windows 10 has been with us for a little over eight months now, which means there are only about four months remaining to get a free upgrade from an older Windows operating system. As the clock counts down, Microsoft has begun to auto-schedule PCs to upgrade to Windows 10 with or without consent from end users.

Now, as we near the end of the free upgrade period, Microsoft’s malware-like upgrade system is becoming even more intrusive by autoscheduling upgrades to Windows 10. I noticed that the Windows 10 upgrade reminder pop-up on a Windows 7 PC was no longer asking me to upgrade; instead, it’s now informing me that it has already scheduled an update for May 17.

Submission + - Dutch minister refuses to stop using private mail for government business (www.nu.nl)

Melkman writes: Despite being victim of phishing the Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp will not stop using his private mail for government business. Even after being warned that this is against regulations Kamp said he will continue with this practice because "It's just easier for me, and that's the way it is". Aside from being insecure the messages in private accounts are exempt from WOB requests, the Dutch equivalent of FOIA.

Submission + - Rep. Ted Lieu Calls On Congress To Investigate SS7 Flaw In Global Phone Networks

blottsie writes: U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Cali.) on Monday called for a full congressional investigation into a widespread flaw in global phone networks that allows hackers to track anyone's location and spy on their phone calls and text messages.

The security flaw in Signaling System No. 7 (SS7), which is a broker between most of the world's phone networks, affects hundreds of millions of mobile-phone users around the world. A hacker only needs to know your phone number to perform the attack.

Submission + - Mom Whose Son Died in San Bernardino Massacre Backs Apple

HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Times reports that Carole Adams, the mother of Robert Adams — a 40-year-old environmental health specialist who was shot dead in the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife in December, is siding with Apple in its battle to protect consumer’s privacy rights. Adams says she stands by Apple’s decision to fight a federal court order to create software that would allow federal authorities to access the shooter’s password-blocked iPhone. Adams says she understands the FBI’s need to search Farook’s phone, but it has to be done without putting others at risk. "This is what separates us from communism, isn’t it? The fact we have the right to privacy,” says Adams. “I think Apple is definitely within their rights to protect the privacy of all Americans. This is what makes America great to begin with, that we abide by a Constitution that gives us the right of privacy, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.”

Submission + - Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 Revealed Through Patent Images (sijutech.com)

Asep Saepuloh writes: It's no secret Lamborghini's bringing a special edition supercar to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month. And recently, digital images of Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 have surfaced over the internet, prior to its reveal at the upcoming event. The car is meant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of company founder Ferrucio Lamborghini, along with 50 years of the Miura legacy. And the images, filed in October 2015, reveal the design of the car from multiple angles.

Submission + - A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3M in parking tickets (businessinsider.com)

schwit1 writes: Hiring a lawyer for a parking-ticket appeal is not only a headache, but it can also cost more than the ticket itself. Depending on the case and the lawyer, an appeal — a legal process where you argue out of paying the fine — can cost between $400 to $900.

But with the help of a robot made by British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, it costs nothing. Browder's bot handles questions about parking-ticket appeals in the UK. Since launching in late 2015, it has successfully appealed $3 million worth of tickets.

He is cutting into the government trough and lawyers' jobs. That's a double whammy. How long before the bar association and government get automated lawyers disqualified?

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