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Submission + - New 0-Day Exploit Affecting All Windows Versions Including Windows 10 (sans.edu)

UnderAttack writes: The Internet Storm Center is reporting that a new 0-day exploit was released to GitHub that causes current versions of Windows, including Windows 10, to crash. The exploit does require SMBv3, which is not supported on older versions of Windows. So your Windows XP system is likely still safe. The sad part is that this is a very simple missing length check, something that should have been avoided if any kind of QC would have been done on the code.

Submission + - Ransomware Completely Shuts Down Ohio Town Government (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware. Although details are sparse, it’s clear that someone in the office caught a bug in a phishing scam or by downloading it and now their servers are locked up. Wrote Kent Mallett of the Newark Advocate: "The virus, accompanied by a financial demand, is labeled ransomware, which has hit several local governments in Ohio and was the subject of a warning from the state auditor last summer. All county offices remain open, but online access and landline telephones are not available for those on the county system. The shutdown is expected to continue at least the rest of the week." The county government offices, including 911 dispatch, currently must work without computers or office phones. “The public can still call 911 for emergency police, fire or medical response,” wrote Mallett.

Submission + - California To Decide Whether Personal Device Communication Is Public Record

An anonymous reader writes: California’s Supreme Court is due to make the call whether emails, text messages and other communications sent by government officials on private devices are public records. The decision, set for early March, will mark the latest development in an eight-year-old case which saw the former lawyer and activist Ted Smith suspect backroom dealings between a developer and the San Jose City Hall, and file a public records request for all related communications. Smith was denied access to some emails and texts sent by employees which were not covered by the state’s Public Records Act. If the Court now rules that theses are in fact public records, it would mean that government business communicated via private phones and computers are available for investigation.

Submission + - DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones

robotopia writes: Scientists at an R&D company called Draper are using genetic engineering and optoelectronics to turn dragonflies into cybernetic insects, reports IEEE Spectrum. To control the dragonflies, Draper engineers are genetically modifying the nervous system of the insects so they can respond to pulses of light. The goal of the project, called DragonflEye, is enabling insects to carry scientific payloads or conduct surveillance.

Submission + - The Government Wants to Regulate Vehicle Software Security

Trailrunner7 writes: A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would force the federal government to perform a long-term study of the security and privacy controls of the software running in vehicles, including their navigation, entertainment and other systems.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), and it’s another indication that federal regulators are taking a hard look at the security of a wide range of devices, including vehicles, medical devices, and IoT gear. The main thrust of the bill is to require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with NIST, the FTC and the Secretary of Defense, to produce a study on the necessary standards for regulating the cybersecurity of vehicles.

Submission + - (Ask Slashdot) Why is comp history necessary for a tech job application? 1

An anonymous reader writes: During the interview process for a tech job, I was asked to fill out an application, which included questions about my compensation history. When I asked why this info was needed, I was told that it was part of the background check process, and would not be used to determine the size of the offer. Even if that's true, does anyone know any legit reasons why my comp history should be part of a background check? What is the risk for the employer of not knowing that info? Is this standard procedure or part of a trend at tech companies? Is it anything more than an attempt to gain negotiating leverage?

Submission + - Philips will start to show personalised video ads in smartTV menu

An anonymous reader writes: Philips is going to 'improve' viewing behavior on smart TVs by showing video advertisements in the menu of the TVs. First based on location and time of the day and the company hopes to make them less annoying in the future by making them more relevant by personalizing ads based on viewing behavior and app usage. According to the TV vendor the video ads offer advertisers, “a new channel to reach its target audiences with high quality messages, without the interference of adblockers.”

Submission + - Scientists create auto-focusing smart glasses that adjust to wearer's eyesight (ibtimes.co.uk)

drunkdrone writes: A team of engineers has developed a pair of eyeglasses that automatically adjust focal length based on what the wearer is looking at.

The so-called adaptive eyeglasses contain special liquid lenses and sensors that make them capable of focusing on both nearby and faraway objects, without the wearer having to switch frames.

The 'smart glasses' have been developed by a team of engineers at the University of Utah and could do away with the need for bifocals entirely. And, because the lenses continually adjust to the wearer's eyesight, there's no need to continually change prescriptions as eyesight deteriorates with age: all the wearer has to do is programme in their prescription using a smartphone companion app and they're set for life.

Submission + - Mars Exploration Rover - Opportunity - 13th Anniversary

cusco writes: January 25, 2004 the second Mars Exploration Rover landed on the Red Planet. Opportunity completed its 90-day mission without any major issues, and NASA requested funding for a mission extension. The mission has since been extended over a dozen times, and today marks the beginning of the 13th year of it's '90-day' mission. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missio...

The solar panels provide a maximum of 140 watts of power. The computer has 128 mb of RAM. Each of the six wheels has its own motor, and four of them are steerable. It landed wrapped in air bags and bounced 26 times before coming to a rest in Eagle Crater, within 25 kilometers of its initial target area. Designed to travel less than 100 meters a day, Opportunity has driven over 43 kilometers and returned over 200,000 photographs. It's currently on the rim of Endeavor Crater, traveling towards a water-cut gully a kilometer away. http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/missi...

Opportunity is now officially a teenager! Happy Birthday! http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/...

Submission + - Beer on the Moon!... (ucsd.edu)

braindrainbahrain writes: ... well sort of. Students at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are finalists in a competition held by TeamIndus, one of the teams with a launch contract to send a spacecraft to the Moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge.

Their proposed experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer. Understanding how yeast behaves on the moon isn’t just important for brewing beer in space. It’s also important for the development of pharmaceuticals and yeast-containing foods, like bread.

Submission + - SPAM: VW unveils all-electric self-driving Microbus

MikeChino writes: After decades of anticipation, VW is finally releasing a new Microbus — and it drives itself. Unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show, the I.D. Buzz is an electric van with enough room for 8 passengers. The vehicle has a driving range of 270 miles, and with a 0-60 mph time of about five seconds, the I.D. Buzz will out-accelerate every other van on the market (and even some sports cars).
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Submission + - What is the best way to thank users for reporting security issues?

An anonymous reader writes: I have worked in the IT field long enough to know that many issues can be avoided if users pay attention to popups, security alerts, 'from' addresses et al and not just machine gun click their way through things. Unfortunately most users seem to have the 'fuck it' mentality in terms of good security practices. Sometimes I will have users submit a ticket asking if an email is safe to open or if that strange 800 number that popped up in their browser is really Microsoft. When that happens I like to talk to them in person (when possible) to commend them and tell them how much trouble could be avoided if more users followed their example. I'm curious to know if anyone has ever worked somewhere with bug bounty type incentives for corporate users or if you have a unique way of thanking people for not trying to open Urgent_Invoice.exe.

Submission + - VW's ID Buzz electric microbus concept looks like a 21st century Mystery Machine (ibtimes.co.uk)

drunkdrone writes: Given the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen in 2015, we reckon Scooby Doo and the gang would opt for something a little more environmentally-sound were they to be reinvented for the 21st Century. VW's new ID Buzz electric concept car, unveiled at the International Auto Show in Detroit on 8 January, is exactly the sort of thing we can imagine the overbearing talking dog and four meddlesome kids driving around in today.

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