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Submission + - DARPA to fund small independant hacker groups (

derGoldstein writes: A new DARPA initiative called Cyber Fast Track has been posted on [from the PDF] "This Research Announcement (RA) seeks to revolutionize cyber technologies by promoting non-
traditional technical opportunities. The Cyber Fast Track (CFT) program will engage numerous
cyber related efforts across the spectrum of computer and network operations (CNO) to
demonstrate that cyber efforts can be accomplished rapidly and cost effectively. This effort
intends to extend the existing performer base to include non-standard, cutting edge
organizations and individuals throughout the cyber community, thereby strengthening the
Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cyber Security capabilities. ... The CFT Program objective is to capture multiple small cyber projects with a focus on shorter
time frames, low cost, and with the expectation of results demonstrated in less than 12 month
periods. The program will accept proposals for any/all technologies related in the area of
cyber. ... The CFT Program is encouraging community interest and participation and allowing for an open
submission of proposals in the field of Cyber. For the time and money currently invested for
one program, the Government is striving to engage in dozens of programs. The Government
needs agile cyber projects that are smaller in effort, have a potential for large payoff, and result
in a rapid turnaround, creating a greater cost to the adversary to counter. This program seeks
to engage many and different eyes on similar and diverse challenges."


Submission + - German cops call airport body scanners "useless" (

derGoldstein writes: Bruce Schneier points to a report about the full-body scanners in airports: "The weekly Welt am Sonntag, quoting a police report, said 35 percent of the 730,000 passengers checked by the scanners set off the alarm more than once despite being innocent.
The report said the machines were confused by several layers of clothing, boots, zip fasteners and even pleats, while in 10 percent of cases the passenger's posture set them off."


Submission + - Anonymous and Lulz Security replies to the FBI (

derGoldstein writes: Beginning their reply with: "Hello thar FBI and international law authorities", it appears that Anonymous and Lulz Security want to tell their side of the story, along with the message: "We become bandits on the Internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back — and we're not going anywhere. Expect us."

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