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Security

Submission + - Analysis of 250,000 Hacker Conversations (net-security.org) 2

Orome1 writes: Imperva released a report analyzing the content and activities of an online hacker forum with nearly 220,000 registered members, although many are dormant. The forum is used by hackers for training, communications, collaboration, recruitment, commerce and even social interaction. Commercially, this forum serves as a marketplace for selling of stolen data and attack software. The chat rooms are filled with technical subjects ranging from advice on attack planning to solicitations for help with specific campaigns. The forum is also a place where curious neophytes can find “how-to-hack” tutorials on various methods.
Cloud

Submission + - Comcast Kills a Cloud User's Service (kotaku.com)

spielermacher writes: Entertainment Industry consultant and audio aficionado Andre Vrignaud had his Comcast broadband service shut down for one year (with no appeal) for making the decision to store his (admittedly hefty) audio and photograph library in the cloud. The reason: Comcast applies upload AND download bandwidth to the monthly 250gb limit.
Games

Submission + - Angry players lash out at CCP over bugs (eveonline.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A straight forward request from the creators of Eve Online (CCP) to their players to support a bid for best online game at the European Games Award quickly turned embarassing when an angry player base almost universally refused, often throwing support behind other games instead. Players of the beleagered game have been angered by the lack of progress made in squashing bugs that snuck into the last few expansions as well as a recent development blog saying that no developers will be free to work on reviewing existing content for at least 18 months.

Submission + - Emergency backup cellular phones

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: After many years of faithful periodic service my emergency cell phone, a Motorola Star-Tac, has finally given up the ghost and no longer powers on. As a result I find myself looking for a replacement that just places phone calls. I have no need for any of the frills of a smart phone, a camera or anything else. I have a blackberry already as my primary phone and this one is to be used solely for emergencies only. The 911 only phones won't work as I may have need to place a call to AAA, or something of that nature. I do want to make sure that when I need it, it actually places a call. Can anyone out there suggest a replacement phone that will serve as an appropriate emergency backup phone?
Caldera

Submission + - Proof that UNIX code was copied into Linux 6

walterbyrd writes: SCO's ex-CEO's brother, a lawyer named Kevin McBride, has finally revealed the UNIX code that was copied into Linux. Scroll down to the part that reads: "SCO submitted a very material amount of literal copying from UNIX to Linux in the SCO v. IBM case. For example, see the following excerpts from SCO’s evidence submission in Dec. 2005 in the SCO v. IBM case:" There are several links to PDF files that reveal the UNIX code that was copied into Linux.
Earth

Submission + - Building a plug and play solar generator 1

sirlark writes: I don't own property, I rent, as do a significant portion of the population I'm sure. I would still like to do my bit for the environment though, and have purchased a geyser insulation blanket that can move a round with me, I recycle plastic/paper/glass etc. But the really significant changes I could make are forbidden, specifically solar or wind power generation. As long as I rent, I can't install solar panels, and I don't even think wind power generation options exist on a single urban property scale. Unless I can convince each and every land lord I encounter to install solar panels, which has never happened, and likely never will as there's no pay off for the land lord since they don't get they energy savings, I can't afford to install solar panels everywhere I go, because they don't pay off in the time before I move again. Also, most land lords flat out refuse to allow that kind of modification to their property, even if I offer to pay (conditional on a long lease).

So, to all you electrical engineers out there, how easy would it be to develop a commercial product that can be used as simply as a gasoline generator, or better yet, plug in to the normal wiring of a house or flat via a standard wall socket? Even if it doesn't generate enough to power the entire house, every little helps. I was thinking something one could mount on a wall that gets a lot of sun, or a rooftop, and can be installed easily with with a ladder and maybe a buddy. Most importantly, something that can be installed and removed without requiring an electrician, and is hopefully as simply as running a cord from the generator to the nearest wall socket.
Security

Submission + - Man Challenges 250,000 Strong Botnet and Succeeds

nandemoari writes: When security officials decide to "go after" computer malware, most conduct their actions from a defensive standpoint. For most of us, finding a way to rid a computer of the malware suffices — but for one computer researcher, however, the change from a defensive to an offensive mentality is what ended the two year chase of a sinister botnet once and for all. For two years, Atif Mushtaq had been keeping the notorious Mega-D bot malware from infecting computer networks. As of this past November, he suddenly switched from de½Âfense to offense. Mega-D had forced more than 250,000 PCs to do its bidding via botnet control.

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