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Submission + - Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange ( 1

jampola writes: "Reuters UK has reported:

"Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Thursday, a day after the British government threatened to storm the Ecuadorean embassy in London to arrest Assange."

Assange and the Ecuadorian Embassy are still unsure if the UK Police will make good on it's previous threat to forcefully remove Assange."


Submission + - Satellite phone Encryption broken (

jampola writes: "ARS are reporting that a team at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany have reverse engineered the encryption used in satellite phones and are able to decrypt voice, data and message services. Whilst they're able to decrypt the voice calls, they're unable to listen due to a proprietary codec.

"Our claim is, (a) we can decrypt and the codec will be revealed shortly which allows full eavesdropping and (b) we can apply the attack to different channels (fax, SMS) for which we don't even need a codec," Driessen said. Satphones "are vulnerable because the protection-layer is worthless."

The university claims the encryption used closely resembles the proprietary A5/2 cipher once employed by cellphones based on GSM. They also faulted the algorithm for performing what's known as clocking separately and generating output equations with a low algebraic degree, flaws that also diminish security.

The team also claims that with modest hardware, a call can be decrypted within 1 hour, but doesn't rule out real time decryption being possible with better hardware.

Their findings have been published here. I can assume their might be more than a few people interested at having a read of that!"


Submission + - The Pirate Bay's Taken down by.. Some (

jampola writes: "It appears that the DNS Records of have vanished (site still contactable by original IP). At this stage no one knows what has happened but Active Politic (you know, that news site that runs on port 82) has a small Write Up on the situation and the link to the original IP.

What do you think? Is this another reason why we don't need SOPA/PIPA/ACTA or just an honest mistake on their hosting company's part?"


Submission + - Wikipedia to dump GoDaddy over SOPA. (

jampola writes: "So it's not only imgur (amongst many others) who are giving GoDaddy the flick, it also appears Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikimedia will also be making the change — [url][\url] — Whilst unsure to what effect Wikimedia utilizes the services of GoDaddy, I imagine this could very well be another public blow for GoDaddy in the wrong direction over their descision to support the SOPA."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: UPS suggestions for office in Thaila 1

jampola writes: I am based in Thailand and I am responsible IT in all the offices for my company.

One office in particular requires a higher level of up-time than the other offices. This office has 12 PC's and one server. All the PC's were built with embedded Atom main boards and SSD's (to keep energy use down and uptime when on UPS) and the monitors are all 20in LCD and as a whole, draw around 150watts each on full load. The server, switch, CCTV and 2 ADSL routers draw about 500 watts all up. For any other wild cards (people plugging in phones to charge, desk fans, etc) I would round off the total Wattage up to 10KW to be safe. This would only cover the IT systems, no lights or A/C (Lights are already dc and have built in UPS that will last for 8 hours)

One thing to take note of is that power outages here are quire frequent. It can vary from 1 — 2 hours for one day a month to having 1 or 2 days without power for 7 or 8 days, especially during monsoon season. We would require a solid 6+ hours up-time from this system.

What are my options? Whilst the budget I have could be quite large if needed, I want to stray away from having to pay huge amounts for UPS as contrary to what most believe, anything IT is not much cheaper here!

I have read a few articles on Ghetto UPS systems using deep cell 12v batteries that can discharge to 90% safely. I have also toyed with the idea of using a generator paired with smaller UPS to cope with the change from mains to gen.

What are you thoughts? Are any other slashdotters in similar scenarios and having to deal with frequent power outages?

Submission + - Uh oh! Android password data stored in plain text. (

jampola writes: "So The Hacker News is reporting that Android password data is being stored as plain text in it's SQlite database. The Hackers news says that "The password for email accounts is stored into the SQLite DB which in turn stores it on the phone's file system in plain text.Encrypting or at least transforming the password would be desirable." — I'm sure most would agree encrypted password data in at least SHA or MD5 would be kind of a good idea!"

Submission + - Aussie IT Guy Mines Bitcoins On Govt Severs (

jampola writes: "Just when you thought there was enough Bitcoin related news floating in the vast cloud *cough cough*, an IT worker at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) thought it would be a good idea to install Bitcoin mining software on government owned PC's. Needless to say, they're not happy and a "serious misconduct case" is underway.

Never fear, I doubt we've barely touched the bottom in Bitcoin related news!"

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