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Submission + - Data breach: Passwords of Apple, Google and NASA employees, among many others (

radudragusin writes: A previously unreported breach, compromised the username and passwords of close to 100.000 engineers and scientists, members of IEEE. The data was leaked due to a misconfigured FTP server holding more than 100 GB of logs. Furthermore, the logs hold both usernames and passwords in plaintext.
A brief analysis of the logs shows the most common passwords, as well as the most popular browsers among scientists and engineers. As one might expect, passwords like '123456' or 'password' are among the most popular. Chrome is the most popular browser, followed closely by Firefox and Internet Explorer. There are also maps showing the location of the compromised users. Not surprisingly, regions strong in the fields of engineering and research seem to be home to most of the IEEE's members.


Submission + - New State-Sponsered Malware "Gauss" making the rounds (

EliSowash writes: "A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found infecting systems in other countries in the Middle East, according to Kaspersky researchers. Gauss is a nation state sponsored banking Trojan which carries a warhead of unknown designation. Besides stealing various kinds of data from infected Windows machines, it also includes an unknown, encrypted payload which is activated on certain specific system configurations. Just like Duqu was based on the “Tilded” platform on which Stuxnet was developed, Gauss is based on the “Flame” platform."

Submission + - How $60 could save your iPhone's life [video] (

redkemper writes: There is no expression quite like the look of terror that hits someone’s face when his or her smartphone accidentally takes a bath. Be it poolside, table-side, bar-side or toilet-side, people’s grip on their phones tends to mysteriously loosen whenever water is around. But there’s hope: A ”nano-coating” service from a company called Liquipel could mean the difference between your heart skipping a beat followed by a good laugh, and having to spend hundreds of dollars on a replacement phone out of contract...

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