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Submission + - 20 Million People Exposed in Massive South Korea Data Leak (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: While the recent data breach that hit Target has dominated headlines lately, another massive data breach was disclosed this week that affected at least 20 million people in South Korea. According to regulators, the personal data including names, social security numbers, phone numbers, credit card numbers and expiration dates of at least 20 million bank and credit card users was taken by a temporary consultant working at the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB). The consultant later sold the data to phone marketing companies, but has since been arrested along with mangers at the companies he sold the stolen data to. A similar insider-attack occurred at Vodafone late last year when a contractor made off with the personal data of two million customers from a server located in Germany. According to a study from PwC, organizations have made little progress developing defenses against both internal and external attackers, and insiders pose just as great a security risk to organizations as outside attackers.

Submission + - Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ars reports that the developers of moderately popular Chrome extensions are being contacted and offered thousands of dollars to sell ownership. The buyers are then adding adware and malware to the extensions and letting the auto-update roll it out to end users. The article says, 'When Tweet This Page started spewing ads and malware into my browser, the only initial sign was that ads on the Internet had suddenly become much more intrusive, and many auto-played sound. The extension only started injecting ads a few days after it was installed in an attempt to make it more difficult to detect. After a while, Google search became useless, because every link would redirect to some other webpage. My initial thought was to take an inventory of every program I had installed recently—I never suspected an update would bring in malware. I ran a ton of malware/virus scanners, and they all found nothing. I was only clued into the fact that Chrome was the culprit because the same thing started happening on my Chromebook—if I didn't notice that, the next step would have probably been a full wipe of my computer.'

Submission + - Weboob project release version 0.h, looking to change his icons over controversy (bachelier.name)

An anonymous reader writes: Weboob project, for ( WEB Out Of Browser ) is a set of python modules and command line utilities to scrape data from websites and provides them in a structured form to the user. For example, one could use it integrate a graphing application and a bank, providing graphs for the money on accounts, or use it to convert messages of forums to email or RSS. By providing a common modular framework, this permit a strong re-usability of the tools and higher level interface. The project have been growing steadily since a few years, featuring several modules and tools like Cookboob to search and download cooking recipes, Parceloob for parcel tracking, etc, etc. A new version was release last week sporting some new features.

However, following the announce of the new version on french linux news website over friday, several controversies erupted around the name, the past use of pornographic material on the website and the childish and vulgar look of some icons, and the numerous sexual innuendos that can be found in the command line tools such as Boobmsg, FlatBoob, Boobsize.

And as one of the aftermath of the lengthy discussion spanning over several medias, one of the main coder of the project announced on his blog that some changes have became a priority, and that he was looking for help to redo the current set of icons, probably since their unsuitability have became a liability for the growth of the project.

Is this yet another sign of political correctness taking over the web and free software, or should the project should stay frimly on his ground and keep their edginess stand ?

Submission + - Blood-Red Babbling Brook Mystery Solved (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The mystery of a stream that turned blood red has been solved after an investigation by the Environment Agency.
Villagers were left puzzled when the babbling brook near Moulton, in Northamptonshire, flowed a gory crimson hue last week.
Rumours began to circulate on social media about the likely cause — with some comparing it to a horror film and others fearing it was a sign of the apocalypse.
One person wrote on Facebook: "The start of the book of revelations. Thou local waters will turn red like blood is the sign of the coming of the Anti Christ."

Submission + - Positive Impact Of Video Games Include Development Of Qualities Such As Multitas (wsj.com)

plagens256 writes: The results of these studies have shown that there are both good and bad HDD variants, along with 64MB, 256MB or 512MB flash memory. It now makes way for an even more mean gaming machine, which definitely seems geared to claim stake works in its favor, the subscription fee of US$50 negates this advantage. You can pin anything and everything to the home screen, right long run such as high levels of cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and so on. Sitting for hours before the video game consoles can increase the risk of obesity, sleep disturbances, for the Xbox 360, with more games in the pipeline. Some other games that will hit the stores soon are: Major League Baseball 2K12 Street Fighter x Tekken PS Vita Zone of the Enders Collection PS Vita Reaper Need For Speed of faithful followers, but their numbers are dwindling fast.

Submission + - Android vulnerability allows interception of VPN data, researchers claim (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: Security researchers over at the Ben Gurion University (BGU), Israel claim to have discovered a vulnerability in Android that allows for interception of encrypted data travelling over a VPN in plain text. The researchers note that the vulnerability allows a malicious app to "bypass active VPN configuration" without requiring any ROOT permissions. The vulnerability, if exploited, allows for capture of data in clear text thereby leaving the information completely exposed. The researchers claim that they have tested multiple smartphones from different vendors before posting their claims. They have reported the vulnerability to Google and are awaiting the Android maker’s verdict on this.

Submission + - Code.org Having Problems Paying "Female Student Bonus"

theodp writes: Remember Code.org's plan to pay $1,000 to teachers whose coding classes included seven or more girls, but only $750 to others? Well, over at the Code.org Forums, some teachers were having problems Friday collecting their XX bounties. In a post entitled "Female Student bonus not working", an Indiana teacher laments, "Hello everyone. I finally got to 15 finished students and at least 7 were female. I got the email, but it said that there were no prizes available! Has this happened to anyone else? My original $750 worked just fine." Hey, you have to expect a few bugs when you're learning to code, right? But not to worry. "Thanks for letting us know about this issue," replied the Code.org moderator. "This has been brought to our attention by another source as well, and we're currently working on fixing it. Your prize should be available soon." It can't come soon enough for one teacher who writes, "We are really hoping to win the 1000 dollars to help our effort. If we get the money within the next seven days it will be doubled by Disney. When will we know if we won." Data entry problems apparently caused a payment glitch for another teacher, who reported that her Females $250 email never arrived. "I received the email and prize code for Donors Choose $750 which was great...but then I had 7 females complete all 27 Trophies, but no email." Hey, garbage-in-no-$250-email-out, the moderator initially informed the teacher, but later came up with a kludge to work around the problem. By the way, how consistent is a $250 gender-based bonus with Code.org's Professional Development, which requires CS teachers to "explore and experience equity"?

Submission + - Defending the power grid against attacks with game theory (westpoint.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at West Point have created a new algorithm to help prevent an attacker from initiating a cascade of failures in a power grid using game theory. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it seems to be relatively easy for an attacker to cause such a catastrophe — as it seems such a cascade can be started by taking only a few substations offline (similar to the 2003 failure in the eastern U.S.). However, they show an approach that can limit the extent of the blackout.

Submission + - Mozilla is mapping cell towers and WiFi access points (mozilla.com)

neiras writes: Mozilla is building a map of publicly-observable cell tower and WiFi access points to compete with proprietary geolocation services like Google's. Coverage is a bit thin so far but is improving rapidly.

Anyone with an Android phone can help by downloading the MozStumbler app and letting it run while walking or driving around. The application is also available on the F-Droid market.

Submission + - SCOTUS to weigh smartphone searches by police (yahoo.com)

schwit1 writes: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect's cell phone without a warrant in two cases that showcase how the courts are wrestling to keep up with rapid technological advances.

Taking up cases from California and Massachusetts arising from criminal prosecutions that used evidence obtained without a warrant, the high court will wade into how to apply older court precedent, which allows police to search items carried by a defendant at the time of arrest, to cell phones.

Submission + - Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World (xconomy.com)

waderoush writes: An Xconomy column today suggests that Google is getting too big. When the company was younger, most of its acquisitions related to its core businesses of search, advertising, network infrastructure, and communications. More recently, it’s been colonizing areas with a less obvious connection to search, such as travel, social networking, productivity, logistics, energy, robotics, and — with the acquisition this week of Nest Labs — home sensor networks and automation. A Google acquisition can obviously mean a big payoff for startup founders and their investors, but as the company grows by accretion it may actually be slowing innovation in Silicon Valley (since teams inside the Googleplex, with its endless fountain of AdWords revenue, can stop worrying about making money or meeting market needs). And by infiltrating so many corners of consumers’ lives — and collecting personal and behavioral data as it goes — it’s becoming an all-encompassing presence, and making itself ever more attractive as a target for marketers, data thieves, and government snoops. ‘Any sufficiently advanced search, communications, and sensing infrastructure is indistinguishable from Big Brother,’ the column argues.

Submission + - Adblock's days are numbered (computerworld.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: PageFair offers a free JavaScript program that, when inserted into a Web page, monitors ad blocking activity. CEO Sean Blanchfield says he developed the monitoring tool after he noticed a problem on his own multiplayer gaming site. PageFair collects statistics on ad blocking activity, identifies which users are blocking ads and can display an appeal to users to add the publisher's website to their ad-blocking tool's personal whitelist. But Blanchfield acknowledges that the user appeal approach hasn't been very effective.

ClarityRay takes a more active role. Like PageFair, it provides a tool that lets publishers monitor blocking activity to show them that they have a problem — and then sells them a remedy. ClarityRay offers a service that CEO Ido Yablonka says fools ad blockers into allowing ads through. "Ad blockers try to make a distinction between content elements and advertorial elements. We make that distinction impossible," he says.

From ComputerWorld http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9245190/Ad_blockers_A_solution_or_a_problem_?taxonomyId=71&pageNumber=4

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