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Submission + - Cop Tries To Sue Woman Who Videotaped Beating ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: A police officer who was disciplined for his role in a massive beating of a guy (many broken bones in his face and permanent partial blindness) is looking to bring criminal wiretapping charges against the woman who caught much of the incident on video. The guy received a 45-day suspension. He does not appear to deny anything that happened in the video. But he apparently thinks it shouldn't have been filmed.

Submission + - SpyEye Trojan Source Code Leaked (

wiredmikey writes: The SpyEye malware kit has long been both the bane of unsuspecting victims and a boon for cyber-criminals. Now, according to security researchers, the situation may have taken a turn for the worse.

The SpyEye Builder patch source code for release 1.3.45 was leaked by the Reverse Engineers Dream Crew (RED Crew) recently after a crew member was able to locate a copy of SpyEye Builder 1.3.45 and create a tutorial that enables a reader with SpyEye Builder to crack the hardware identification.

The fact that SpyEye has plagued victims around the world is not in doubt. In April, police in the U.K. arrested a handful of people in connection with a bank fraud operation that used SpyEye to steal money and banking information.

Submission + - Record Industry Braces for Artists' Battles ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law, but in a matter of months, hits from 1979, like “The Long Run” by the Eagles and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, will be in the same situation — and then, as the calendar advances, every other master recording once it reaches the 35-year mark.
The Courts

Submission + - Driver using two cell phones gets year driving ban ( 1

coondoggie writes: "This guy is the poster boy for why cell phone usage in cars should be banned in more places. According to press out of the United Kingdom, a man who was driving at 70MPH while texting on one phone and talking on the other has been banned from driving for a year. Initial reports said that the driver, David Secker was apparently using his knees to steer the car, an accusation he refuted in court apparently."

Submission + - QR codes still on the up (

mikejuk writes: 14 million Americans scanned QR codes or barcodes using their mobile phones during June and QR codes are increasingly cropping up in the environment — why is such crude technology proving so popular? Code scanners are typically young men with higher than average disposable income. So what are they scanning?

Submission + - Mussels With Hydrogen Fuel Cells Found (

greenrainbow writes: "According to scientists, there are mussels at the bottom of the ocean that are efficiently converting hydrogen into energy in their very own, nature-made hydrogen fuel cells. The mussels were found near hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor and have onboard symbiotic bacteria that convert hydrogen into energy. With this discovery, researchers might be able to clone the hydrogen eating bacteria to create all-natural hydrogen fuel cells to power things other than sea life."

Submission + - Daniel D. McCracken, Dies at 81 ( 1

jmcharry writes: Daniel D. McCracken, the first best-selling author of books that taught people how to use computers, died on July 30 in New York. He was 81.

Submission + - Remotely Hacking Cars (

An anonymous reader writes: TheTruthAboutCars blogs about a new paper from security researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Washington that demonstrates multiple ways in which a car can be remotely taken over (technical details here). The paper is pretty amazing in general, but they drop the bomb when they take over a car 1000 miles away just by calling it through the car's built-in cell phone interface, upload an IRC client for control (I kid you not! Can you say "car botnet"?) and then track the car via GPS and listen in to everything that is being said inside. James Bond eat your heart out!

Submission + - BART Defaced and User Data Leaked (

An anonymous reader writes: Another Sunday and another anonymous op apparently successfully in the bag. This time, as they had announced well in advance that they could be expected, some anonymous individuals targeted the Bay Area Rapid Transit department and successfully defaced some of their affiliated sites such as and with the latter being run by the California Office of Traffic Safety. As of the writing of this article, both sites are still online and defaced several hours after the fact. I guess their system administrators don’t work on Sundays? Or maybe they’re just sleeping in, rightfully so.

Submission + - Industry must cooperate to combat illegal download (

Sharky2009 writes: The film and television industry vs ISPs battle is continuing in Australia with ISP iiNet calling for a whole-of-industry discussion to make content more available online. The call follows a decision by the country's High Court to grant special leave to appeal by a film and television industry conglomerate, who are suing the ISP for copyright infringement by its customers.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - MacBook Pro 3G surfaces in eBay Listing ( 1

hasanabbas1987 writes: "Normally big named products like iPhones or iPads or Galaxys don’t usually stay under the radar for much period of times but what if we told you that a MacBook Pro with 3G capabilities remained hidden to us for 4 years ? A MacBook Pro appeared on eBay’s listings and the special thing about this MacBook Pro is that it has slot to insert a SIM card and a rather ugly looking antenna attached to its corner. The device date goes back to 2007 and we know that Apple didn’t release any laptops with mobile capabilities other than WiFi, so why hold back on thiswe may never know."

Submission + - Google+ policy update-Use real names or get Banned (

schwit1 writes: Google will give you a 4 day notice to let you change your profile name to a real one. For these four days you can continue to operate your Google+ account. If at the end of 4 days Google finds that you have not changed the name, Google will terminate your account. No appeals!

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