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Submission + - Hackers Create Safe Skies TSA Master Key, Release Designs (

itwbennett writes: 'On Saturday evening, during the Eleventh HOPE conference in New York City, three hackers released the final master key used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which opens Safe Skies luggage locks,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. The hackers also released a 3D-printable model of the key. The issue, the hackers say, isn't that some creep can riffle through your delicates using one of these keys, but that government key escrow is inherently dangerous. Even the TSA admits that the Safe Skies locks have little to do with safety. 'These consumer products are convenience products that have nothing to do with TSA's aviation security regime,' an agency spokesperson said.

Submission + - NSIS 3.0 Final Released (

An anonymous reader writes: Ever since v2.46 came out in 2009, the development on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS), a scripting language to create Windows installers, seemed to be dormant. Several new versions in the 2.x branch came out throughout the year, paving the way to NSIS 3.0 final, which was released today!

Submission + - New Zealand to eradicate all non-native predators ( 2

The Real Dr John writes: New Zealand has embarked on the first ever attempt to eradicate all human-introduced predators by 2050. Humans have spread unwanted species including rats to every corner of the globe, and in places that were previously rat free, this has come at a great price in terms of lost native species. The flightless kiwi bird population in New Zealand is under extensive pressure from rats and other introduced species, and New Zealand is embarking on a nationwide effort to eliminate the pests, which will be particularly difficult in cities. A major anticipated difficulty will be to get the public on board with the mass extermination of introduced pest species.

Submission + - China Imposes Internet News Reporting Ban On Major Online Companies

An anonymous reader writes: The Cyberspace Administration of China has ordered major online media outlets including Tencent Holdings and Sina Corp to stop publishing original news reports, claiming that their output represents 'serious violations' of the country's increasingly restrictive regulations on news dissemination. The news was attributed to an unnamed official at CAC, and reported in the Beijing News Sunday edition. In February China banned all foreign online news outlets from publishing without a state licence, and in April likewise banned all discussion of the Panama papers scandal, after President Xi Jinping's brother-in-law was among several Chinese elite cited in them. dating verification.

Submission + - Law Enforcement And IT Security Companies Join Forces To Fight Ransomware (

Orome1 writes: Today, the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab launched the No More Ransom initiative, a new step in the cooperation between law enforcement and the private sector to fight ransomware together. Ransomware is a top threat for EU law enforcement: almost two-thirds of EU Member States are conducting investigations into this form of malware attack. The aim of No More Ransom to provides users with tools that may help them recover their data once it has been locked by criminals. In its initial stage, the portal contains four decryption tools for different types of malware, the latest developed in June 2016 for the Shade variant.

Submission + - Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Since launching in 1998, the International Space Station has played host to countless government-backed experiments aimed at furthering our understanding of the micro-gravity environment. But NASA has been signalling intentions to welcome more commercial partners aboard for a little while, and is now canvassing the private sector for ideas to increase business activity on the orbiting laboratory.

The International Space Station (ISS) has served as an hugely valuable tool when it comes to learning about the effects of micro-gravity on humans. This was most recently demonstrated by hosting astronaut Scott Kelly through his record-breaking yearlong stay in orbit, a mission researchers are continuing to pick apart for evidence of changes in human physiology.

But lately NASA has made a public effort to ween the ISS off the teat of government-funded research and court commercial partners who may benefit from directing funds into micro-gravity research, or by offering services to its inhabitants like SpaceX's Dragon resupply missions.

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Submission + - Verizon to buy Yahoo's search and advertising operations for $5bn

Bearhouse writes: BBC reports that Verizon will buy part of Yahoo and is expected to
merge it with AOL, which it bought last year. Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has made little progress in returning the company to profit since she took the job in 2012. Yahoo reported a $440m loss in the second quarter, but said the board had made "great progress on strategic alternatives".

Submission + - EU to Give Free Security Audits to Apache HTTP Server and Keepass ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission announced on Wednesday that its IT engineers would provide a free security audit for the Apache HTTP Server and KeePass projects. The two projects were selected following a public survey that included several open-source projects deemed important for both the EU agencies and the wide public.

The actual security audit will be carried out by employees of the IT departments at the European Commission and the European Parliament. This is only a test pilot program that's funded until the end of the year, but the EU said it would be looking for funding to continue it past its expiration date in December 2016.

Submission + - Research Aims To Prevent Maritime GPS Cyber-Attacks

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy are experimenting with new techniques to prevent GPS-based cyber-attacks occurring at sea. Modern vessels rely heavily on the use of digital global positioning signals (DGPS). DGPS receivers are more accurate than traditional GPS devices, providing accurate positioning data within a meter of actual location — but DGPS devices are highly sensitive and easily disrupted. The researchers found that combining existing DGPS L1 receivers, used by a majority of vessels, with a multi-frequency GLONASS receiver can significantly reduce a ship’s vulnerability to GPS jammers. Lieutenant Commander Oeystein Glomsvoll from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy Navigation Center said "Observed discrepancies of up to 10 meters are very hazardous, considering the narrow nature of the Norwegian straits, which are frequently affected by poor visibility." Dr. Lukasz Bonenberg, senior technical officer at the University of Nottingham’s Geospatial Institute, said "Affected vessels could take a long time to correct their journey or physically stop, which may cause the maritime equivalent of a motorway pile-up."

Submission + - Snowden helps designs anti-surveillance iPhone outer case (

Bruce66423 writes: The proposal is an outer case that will warn if your phone is transmitting when you think it is inactive. This will catch if the phone is acting as a surveillance tool when the owner thinks it is inactive — e.g. it is broadcasts what its microphone is hearing — given that the controls on such things are software controlled, not hardware.

Submission + - Scientists Find Chemical-Free Way To Extend Milk's Shelf Life For Up To 3 Weeks (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Tennessee have found a non-chemical way to extend regular milk's shelf life to around 2-3 weeks, and without affecting the nutrients or flavor. The technology they've developed involves increasing the temperature of milk by just 10 degrees for less than a second, which is well below the 70-degree Celsius threshold needed for pasteurization. That quick heat blast is still able to eliminate more than 99 percent of the bacteria left from pasteurization. “The developed technology uses low temperature, short time (LTST) in a process that disperses milk in the form of droplets with low heat/pressure variation over a short treatment time in conjunction with pasteurization,” Bruce Applegate, Purdue’s associate professor in the Department of Food Science, explained to Digital Trends. “The resultant product was subjected to a taste panel and participants had equal or greater preference for the LTST pasteurized milk compared to normally pasteurized milk. The shelf was determined to be a minimum of two weeks longer than the standard shelf life from pasteurization alone.” As for whether or not this method will make its way to store shelves, it won't in the near future. “Currently an Ohio-based milk processor is using this technology and distributing the milk,” Applegate says. “The unit is approved for processing milk in Ohio and distribution nationwide. The product is currently being distributed, however it has not been labeled as extended shelf life milk. Once the commercial application is validated the milk will be labelled with the extended shelf life.”

Submission + - NVIDIA Surprise Announces 11 TFLOP Second Generation TITAN X (

Deathspawner writes: At a special artificial intelligence gathering at Stanford University on Thursday, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the world's fastest graphics card: the second-generation GeForce TITAN X. Based on the company's latest Pascal architecture, the new top-end card features 3,584 CUDA cores clocked at 1.53GHz, 12GB of GDDR5X, and is spec'd at 11 TFLOPs, which is at least 2 TFLOPs higher than the company's recently released GTX 1080. Jen-Hsun also touted for the first time a metric called TOPS (INT8), a deep-learning inferencing instruction. The new GTX TITAN X officially hits 44 TOPS. NVIDIA has said that its second-gen TITAN X will retail for $1,200, and will become available on August 2.

Submission + - Spotify Is Now Selling Your Information To Advertisers (

An anonymous reader writes: Spotify is now opening its data to targeted advertising. "Everything from your age and gender, to the music genres you like to listen to will be available to various third-party companies," reports Engadget. "Spotify is calling it programmatic ad buying and has already enabled it." The nearly 70 million people that currently use Spotify's free, ad-supported streaming service across 59 countries will be affected. The ads will audio-based and stretch between 15-30 seconds in length. The advertisers who buy ad spots will be able to look for specific users by viewing their song picks to find the best matches for the products they're selling.

Submission + - Tectonic ocean plate margins maybe a large source of hydrogen gas

pyroclast writes: According to research from Duke University, rocks forming from fast spreading tectonic plates create hydrogen gas in large quantities. The tectonic alternation of hydrolyzed ultramafic rock to serpentinized rock has the byproduct of hydrogen gas.

"A major benefit of this work is that it provides a testable, tectonic-based model for not only identifying where free hydrogen gas may be forming beneath the seafloor, but also at what rate, and what the total scale of this formation may be, which on a global basis is massive," said [researcher] Lincoln F. Pratson[.]

"Most scientists previously thought all hydrogen production occurs only at slow-spreading lithosphere, because this is where most serpentinized rocks are found. Although faster-spreading lithosphere contains smaller quantities of this rock, our analysis suggests the amount of H2 produced there might still be large," [researcher Stacy] Worman said.

[S]cientists need to understand where the gas goes after it's produced. "Maybe microbes are eating it, or maybe it's accumulating in reservoirs under the seafloor. We still don't know," Worman said. "Of course, such accumulations would have to be quite significant to make hydrogen gas produced by serpentinization a viable fuel source."

Submission + - McDonald's 'Make Burger History' Site Hijacked With Offensive Burger Ideas (

An anonymous reader writes: McDonald's New Zealand has been left with egg on its face after a raft of bad-taste burger suggestions customers forced it to quickly take down its new design-your-own-burger website. The company launched its "Make Burger History" site this week, as part of a new promotion where customers can "build your own unique burger" and get free fries and a medium soft drink. "Just come in to a participating 'Create Your Taste' McDonald's and order your Creation at the self ordering kiosk," McDonald's promised. But its failure to consider what pranksters might dream up online has left the company red-faced, with the website overrun by racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive suggestions. The page now redirects to the McDonald's homepage. The burger concepts ranged from the mild, such as "Bag of Lettuce" (literally just a pile of lettuce leaves) and "The Carbonator" (seven burger buns, no filling), to X-rated, including "Girth" (a stack of seven undressed burger patties) and "Ron's Creamy Surprise" (a pile of mayonnaise, best left unexplained). But many went totally tasteless, creating burgers with names like "Mosque at Ground-Zero," "Rektal Prolapse" and "Toddler Body Bag," some of which ended up on the website's front page before it was shut down entirely overnight.

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