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Submission + - Cyber Security is Booming! (washingtonpost.com)

braindrainbahrain writes: It must be great to be in cyber security! First, Lockheed Martin announces the win of a half billion dollar contract providing cyber security services to several government agencies. At the same time, a senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, has a piece of advice for students : "If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment...I would respond, cyber security.". The latter article goes on to discuss the shortage of cyber security professionals, how the government needs to hire at least 10,000 experts in the near future, and how the NSF is trying to promote an interest in computer science at the high school level.

So, for cyber security experts out there: Is this field really all roses? Do you get frequent calls from recruiters? Big raises? Retention bonuses? Or is this all a bunch of hooey?


Submission + - Last.fm spies on your Skype Activity 3

Khyber writes: "A good anon has found out and informed me that Last.fm spies on Skype calls. I use both, so I decided to follow his steps. I started by going to diagnostics (though I am linking his provided pictures) and and this is what one can expect to find. Last.fm makes zero notifications that it will listen in on VOIP programs like Skype. Are there any other programs out there that we should be aware of which do this? I would really enjoy not using such privacy-invading programs."

Submission + - Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Surveillance (nytimes.com)

TheGift73 writes: "WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to address one of the biggest controversies surrounding the response to the Sept. 11 attacks – the government’s aggressive use of electronic surveillance. The justices will decide whether a challenge to a 2008 federal law that broadened the government’s power to monitor international communications may proceed.

The challenge was brought by lawyers, journalists and human rights groups who say the law allows the government to intercept their international telephone calls and e-mails. Some of the plaintiffs say they now meet clients or sources only in person.

The government contends that the plaintiffs have not suffered an injury direct enough to give them standing to sue. Last year, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, ruled for the plaintiffs on that threshold question.

Judge Gerard E. Lynch, writing for the court, said the plaintiffs had shown that they had a reasonable fear that their sensitive communications would be monitored and had taken “costly measures to avoid being monitored.” That was enough, he wrote, to establish standing to challenge the law as a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The panel did not rule on the constitutionality of the law.

The full Second Circuit declined to rehear the ruling by a 6-to-6 vote."


Submission + - Zeus Variant Targeting Facebook, Google, and Yahoo (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Once again, the infamous Zeus Malware is at it again. Security researchers at have now discovered a variant of Zeus with a P2P component that is targeting high profile sites such as Facebook, Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo in order to compromise debit and credit card data.

In the case of Facebook, the malware injects the necessary code so that an offer of 20% cash back is displayed to users. All the user has to do is link their Visa or MasterCard debit card to their Facebook account. For Google and Yahoo users, the Zeus variant injects the needed form data and presents an offer of additional security. Of course these offers are fraudulent, and their credit card details are being captured by cybercriminals.

“These web injects are well crafted both from a visual and content perspective, making it difficult to identify them as a fraud. It's also ironic how in the Google Mail, Hotmail and Yahoo scams, the fraudsters are using the fear of the very cybercrime they are committing to prey on their victims," explained Amit Klein from Trusteer, the company that discovered the latest variant.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Custom home server with video capture

gr3yh47 writes: Fellow Slashdotters,
I am looking to build a home server to serve a few purposes — media server, backup/general storage, low to mid range gaming — but, most importantly (to me) I want to be able to capture video input from my consoles. I need to be able to run my component video and composite video systems through it. I need the same outputs as well so i can run the signal to the TV without splitting. And, Ideally, I'd like capture to happen automatically whenever the box detects a signal.

should I go intel or AMD? what OS? what video cap hardware and software? what other hardware should I grab?

I'd like to keep it under/around $1000
The Military

Submission + - UK In Danger From Electromagnetic Bomb, Says Defence Secretary (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Britain must build defences against an EMP bomb, the UK Secretary of Defence Phillip Hammond told a conference today. Electromagnetic Pulse devices mimic the result of a solar flare or a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, creating a storm of electromagnetic radiation, which can break mobile networks and satellite systems. Any preparation for olar storms must also consider the possibility of deliberate electromagnetic events, warns Hammond."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: home server with auto video capture

gr3yh47 writes: "Hey all. I am moving into a new apartment soon and want to build a home server that will automatically record gameplay when it detects a video signal.
There will be 2 signals going into the server, one component and one composite. What capture cards would you recommend? should I run Ubuntu or W7? What software will automatically start recording any time a signal is coming through one of the inputs? Any other general advice for the server build?

The Internet

Submission + - Tide Turning on the "Amazon Tax" in Illinois? (digitalproductsreview.net)

An anonymous reader writes: But in Illinois yesterday, a Cook County Circuit judge ruled against the state of Illinois in it’s attempt to tax online sales from companies not in the state. Judge Robert Lopez Cepero ruled that affiliates do not create enough of a presence in the state to actually tax the out of state company.

Submission + - MIT Researchers Invent 'Super Glass' (ibtimes.com) 1

redletterdave writes: "On Thursday, researchers at MIT announced a breakthrough in glass-making technology, which basically involves a new way to create surface textures on glass to eliminate all of the drawbacks of glass, including unwanted reflections and glare. The research team wanted to build glass that could be adaptable to any environment: Their "multifunctional" glass is not only crystal clear, but it also causes water droplets to bounce right off its surface, "like tiny rubber balls." The glass is self-cleaning, anti-reflective, and superhydrophobic. The invention has countless applications, including TV screens, as well as smartphone and tablet displays that benefit from the self-cleaning ability of the glass by resisting moisture and contamination by sweat."

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