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Submission + - Blind your ISP with Tor (linuxjournal.com)

emil writes: ISPs and wireless carriers are preparing to sell your internet usage history with the passage of S J Res 34. It is both ironic and unconscionable that regulators and carriers view subscriber telephone records as highly-privileged, but network traffic as theirs to take.

The Tor Project presents an effective countermeasure to blind their analytics. We cover Tor's theory of network operation, and provide detailed installation instructions for Android and desktop Linux.

Use of the Tor network will bring a unique set of bandwidth, latency, and security penalties. With the latest rule changes, this has become a price that we must pay.

Submission + - Barnes & Noble's latest tablet is running spyware from Shanghai (linuxjournal.com)

emil writes: ADUPS was recently responsible for data theft on BLU phones, and an unsafe version of the ADUPS agent is pre-loaded on the Barnes & Noble BNTV450 ADUPS' press releases claim that Version 5.5 of their agent is safe, but the BNTV450 is running 5.2. The agent is capable of extracting contacts, listing installed apps, and installing new apps with elevated privilege. Azzedine Benameur, director of research at Kryptowire, claims that "owners can expect zero privacy or control while using it."

Submission + - Obama Protects Whistleblowers?

emil writes: It appears that Obama's webmasters have been busy removing his platform documents and campaign promises. The following text has been deleted:

Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.

He promises not to kill them anyway.


Submission + - Oracle Linux 32-bit: Unsafe at any speed 1

emil writes: Oracle Linux presents a compelling OS: performance-focused, timely, easily dis/enabled support, free/cheaper than RedHat. Central is the UEK, a hot-rod kernel used by Oracle for benchmarking, installed as GRUB's default. But Oracle does not mention the COMPLETE LACK OF SUPPORT for the 32-bit version — so when the 32-bit UEK has left a smoking hole in your filesystem beyond all hope of fsck, support's response will be "too bad, thanks for playing!"
Bottom line: install at your own risk, and purge the 32-bit UEK for stability.

Submission + - Operation Last Resort-Anonymous takes revenge for Swartz (zdnet.com)

emil writes: "Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website (http://www.ussc.gov) was hacked and encryped government files distributed by Anonymous, which threatens to release decryption passwords should the government not comply with demands for legal reforms. Anonymous cited the recent suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz as a "line that has been crossed" in the retaliatory defacement. Anonymous has not specified exactly what files they have obtained. The various files were named after Supreme Court judges. At a regular interval commencing today, Anonymous will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents. Anonymous called the launch of it new campaign a "warhead."


Submission + - Climategate Whitewash? (dailycaller.com)

emil writes: There appears to be some rumor or preliminary indication that the researchers behind Climategate have not been entirely vindicated, based on an interview with PSU's Eugene Wahl:

'The key point is that the Penn State investigators never interviewed a principal who was able to confirm or deny a key charge against “Hockey Stick” lead author of “Hide the Decline” infamy Michael Mann. This individual has now been interviewed, and what he told federal investigators has indicted Mann and Penn State.

The inspector general’s report specifically reveals Penn State’s wagon-circlers to have been at best comically negligent/inept in allowing Mann to not answer the damning charge they were tasked with examining: did he delete or ask others to delete records? At worst, they were complicit in the cover-up.'

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Theo de Raadt targets Red Hat

emil writes: Theo de Raadt has leveled harsh criticism at Red Hat for supporting closed hardware & drivers on the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. Red Hat, not content with the negative publicity of their continued used of SSH without contributing one dime of support to OpenBSD, has now made a dark deal with Marvel Technology to ship an ugly, obfuscated driver. Let's hear it for Red Hat.

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