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Submission + - Zero-Day exploit market sells mostly to US government (

mpol writes: "Forbes magazine published a profile of French exploit-selling firm Vupen last April. Now there's a blog article about a broker from South Africa, complete with a price-list of zero-day exploits and their platform. iOS is the highest valued here.
The article also claims most exploits are being sold to agencies of the US government.
It does raise a concern though. What if black-hats got more serious, and the US government would become a victim. When shit hits the fan, how will they react."


Submission + - HP Holds Navy Network Hostage for $3.3 Billion (

Tootech writes: military An anonymous reader writes "From the This could only happen to the Gov't Dept: Someday, somehow, the U.S. Navy would like to run its networks — maybe even own its computers again. After 10 years and nearly $10 billion, many sailors are tired of leasing their PCs, and relying on a private contractor to operate most of their data systems. Troops are sick of getting stuck with inboxes that hold 150 times less than a Gmail account, and local networks that go down for days while Microsoft Office 2007 gets installed in 2010. But the Navy just can’t quit its tangled relationship with Hewlett-Packard. The admirals and the firm recently signed another $3.3 billion no-bid contract that begins Oct. 1st. It’s a final, five-year deal, both sides promise, to let the Navy gently wean itself from its reliance on HP. But that’s what they said the last time, and the time before that.

It’s become a Washington cliché that the military and the intelligence community rely too much on outside contractors. Everyone from President Obama to Defense Secretary Robert Gates has promised to cut back on Pentagon outsourcing. But the Navy’s ongoing inability to separate itself from Hewlett-Packard – after years of trying – shows how difficult that withdrawal is going to be.

Just to make sure its core networks keep running – to make sure marines and sailors can keep e-mailing each other on Oct. 1st — the Navy is paying Hewlett Packard $1.788 billion. (Booz Allen Hamilton, another outside contractor, handled the negotiations with Hewlett-Packard for the military.) The service will spend another $1.6 billion to buy from HP the equipment troops have worked on for years, and to license the network diagrams and configuration documents, so that the Navy can begin to plan for a future in which they’re not utterly reliant on HP for their most basic communications. In essence, the Navy is paying to look at the blueprints to the network it has been using for a decade.

“HP is holding the Navy hostage, and there isn’t a peep about it,” one Department of the Navy civilian tells Danger Room. “We basically had two recourses: pay, or send in the Marines.”"


Submission + - Films that were rumoured to be ghost-directed (

brumgrunt writes: Just because a director gets credit on a film, that doesn't necessarily mean they did the work. For in Hollywood, ghost directors are at work, it seems, and Den of Geek has picked up on ten examples of where that may have been the case...

Submission + - Escapist Website Mass Bans Adblock Users

An anonymous reader writes: Website TechDirt writes that Escapist website recently decided it would be a good idea to ban users from their forums simply for mentioning Adblock. The thread in question started after a user complained that an add for Time Warner Cable was slowing down his computer. Apparently, users who responded to the poster by suggesting the user "get Firefox and AdBlock" found themselves banned from the forums. Users didn't even need to admit they even used AdBlock to get banned — they simply had to recommend it as a solution to a seemingly-annoying ad. Looking at the forums recently amended posting guidelines does confirm that the folks at the Escapist believe that giving browsing preference advice is a "non forgiveable" offence.

Submission + - EFF Assails YouTube for Removing 'Hitler Finds Out (

Locke2005 writes: In what promises to be one of the quickest threads to become Godwinned, YouTube has pulled scores of parodies of the "Hitler Finds Out" scene from the movie Downfall. Ironically, I had never heard of this movie before this — and now I want to watch it.

Submission + - Police in Britain arrest man for joke on Twitter (

An anonymous reader writes: A British man arrested under anti-terrorism legislation for making a bomb joke on Twitter. Paul Chambers, 26, was arrested under the provisions of the Terrorism Act (2006) –his crime? Frustrated at grounded flights over inclement weather, he made a joke bomb threat on the social networking site Twitter.

Submission + - "Naked" scanner not to be used for under-18s.

An anonymous reader writes: A scanner that could nakedify[TM] people at Manchester airport, UK, is no longer being used for under 18s.
The unfortunately-named Rapiscan may violate laws protecting children. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda has been busy recruiting children, apparently having read Bruce Schneirs' crypto-grams on security theatre and how to defeat it.

Submission + - A modest Saudi proposal ( 1

imhennessy writes: Perhaps I'm reading too much TechDirt, but this seems vaguely familiar:

Saudi Arabia is trying to enlist other oil-producing countries to support a provocative idea: if wealthy countries reduce their oil consumption to combat global warming, they should pay compensation to oil producers.


Submission + - Dell Says Linux Netbook Returns A Non-Issue

An anonymous reader writes: 1 of 3 Dell Inspiron mini netbooks sold with Linux, but Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner recently talked about netboot and claimed that retailers experiencing higher return rates as compare to MS-Windows operating systems. He claimed that retailers selling Linux-powered netbooks had told him they are experiencing return rates "like four or five times higher than what we're seeing on other PCs that have Windows". However, most poweruser buy the cheapest Mini and upgrade RAM, SSD using DIY. These users may run os of their choice Ubuntu or XP or OS X. Dell turned down this claim. Todd Finch, Dell senior product marketing manager, said "We are not seeing any technical reasons for why they are returning Linux machines so...we don't see a significant difference between the return rate for Windows versus the rate for Linux".

Submission + - IBM Calls Dibbs on Rectal Thermometer iPods 1

theodp writes: "If Leonardo da Vinci was such a genius, then how come you can't find a single thermometer-based iPod in any of his notebooks? For that, you'll have to turn to a newly-disclosed IBM patent application for Adapting Media Storage Based on User Interest as Determined by Biometric Feedback, in which Big Blue proposes using 'electrodermal sensors, microphones, thermometers, accelerometers, and the like' to capture biometric data such as 'heart rate, respiratory rate, galvanic skin response, pupil dilation, blood pressure, body temperature, and the like' while you're listening to your iPod so an 'interest inference engine' can automatically construct music playlists for you. BTW, when you're ready to start creating some playlist files, eHow offers a nice refresher on How to Use a Rectal Thermometer."
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Submission + - Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale (

suraj.sun writes: The music industry will attempt to seize money paid to acquire the Pirate Bay, according to a high-level music industry source and a spokesman for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the trade group representing the music industry worldwide.

Global Gaming Factory, a Swedish software company, made big news two weeks ago by announcing that it would acquire the Pirate Bay, the popular outlaw file-sharing site, for $7.8 million.

Since then the company has been touting a new business model and even hiring executives, such as Wayne Rosso, the former Grokster president, to legally obtain content from film and music industries.

What remains to be seen is how that sale might be affected by attempts by the music industry to collect the $3.6 million damages that a court in Sweden awarded it in April.

Alex Jacob, a spokesman for the IFPI, said that the group has always intended to collect the damages award, but now, should the sale go through, music execs know that the original Pirate Bay operators have access to the money.

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