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Submission + - InMotion Hosting Hacked, 700,000 Sites Affected (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: InMotion, a large hosting provider based in California, was compromised in recent days and the attackers were able to replace the index files of thousands of sites, defacing them and in some cases making it difficult for site owners to recover and reload their sites.

The attack occurred on Sunday and the company posted a notice on its site about the incident, but many users posting on the company's forums complained that they were never notified about the attack by InMotion. Some of them said that they only learned that their sites had been defaced when a customer or other third party informed them about it.

Some of the customers posting on the InMotion support forum said that when they connected to their sites while they were displaying the defaced page, they were getting alerts from their antimalware programs about a JavaScript-based piece of malware.


Submission + - N.Y. authorities charge 7 in SAT cheating scandal (usatoday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Located in an affluent neighborhood, "The school is rated as one of the nation's top academic high schools. Alumni include David Baltimore, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist; filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola; and Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes."

Submission + - Pledge asks Chinese hackers to reject cybertheft (techworld.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "Two prominent Chinese hackers have released a convention calling for the rejection of cybertheft and are asking their peers to support it, as China is increasingly seen as the source of international hacking attacks. The two hackers, Gong Wei and Wan Tao, released their "Hackers' Self-Discipline Convention" to the Chinese media and posted its contents on the Internet. The hackers declined to offer further comment, but the document presents itself as a moral code that outlines appropriate hacking activities. The document states that hackers will not obtain money through stealing from the public. Hacking groups will also not spread knowledge or tools that are meant to take income. "The public's privacy, especially that of children and minors, will be protected," the document says. Any activity to buy or sell people's private information is considered inappropriate."

Submission + - Linux update that looks like a redacted CIA doc (fedoraproject.org)

StealthHunter writes: When did updates start looking like recently unclassified and fully redacted documents? This recent update to the Fedora distribution leaves quite a bit to the imagination to the reader. Security folks may advise "apply security patches in a timely manner" while others may go a step further and say "read about what the patch does and consider the impact to the system before applying it." What is somebody supposed to do with this patch? Fav part: (See also _______)

Submission + - How do users remove CAs from a mobile OS? (pcworld.com)

alostpacket writes: "With all the news recently about Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Apple removing DigiNotar's and possibly some of Commodo's fraudulent certificates from their respective desktop browsers and operating systems, it seems mobile OSes may be more of a challenge.
While it appears some Android apps have sprung up, some of it is apparently early beta software. There is also an issue for Cyanogenmod. With Mobile OS updates few and far between, Google an Apple apparently have not yet commented on the matter. And, while WP7 and RIM devices do not appear to use DigiNotar, one would likely suspect they are equally prone to slow updates should a CA they do use become compromised.
In the meantime, what are users to do to help protect themselves? What steps are even necessary?"


Submission + - Following Exit of CEO, VeriSign CFO Quits Too (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Following news in early August that VeriSign CEO Mark D. McLaughlin would be leaving the company to become CEO at Palo Alto Networks, the company today finds itself faced with another key executive leaving the company. VeriSign today said that Executive Vice President and CFO, Brian Robins, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Robins' last day at the company will be Sept. 30, 2011. Mark D. McLaughlin's last day at VeriSign was August 25th 2011, resulting in the company losing two key leaders over a period of about a month.

Some rumors have been speading that the company may be a takeover target or putting itself up for sale. According to report from Bloomberg, "The stock jumped 13 percent this week after the company canceled appearances at two investment conferences, one by Robins, fueling speculation that VeriSign was in talks to be acquired."


Submission + - Google announces Dart programming language (extremetech.com) 1

MrSeb writes: "A few days after Google was caught registering a bunch of Dart-related domain names, and the inevitable storm of speculation, it has now emerged that Dart is a new programming language for "structured web programming." The language will be unveiled by Gilad Bracha (co-author of Java) and Lars Bak (creator of Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine) on October 10 at the Goto conference in Aarhus, Denmark.

We can only guess at the language's characteristics and feature set until then, but we can infer a few things: Google has already released one language in recent history — Go — so we can assume that Dart won't be a C-like system-oriented language. With the "structured web programming" moniker, it's also likely to be some kind of interpreted, in-the-browser language — so more like JavaScript or Python, and less like Java or other compiled languages. One of the biggest hints, though, is that both Bracha and Bak have worked extensively with Smalltalk in the past — and an interpreted Smalltalkesque language would fit right into the "structured web programming" mold, too."


Submission + - Mozilla Asks All CAs to Audit Security Systems (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Already having revoked trust in all of the root certificates issued by DigiNotar, Mozilla is taking steps to avoid having to repeat that process with any other certificate authority trusted by Firefox, asking all of the CAs involved in the root program to conduct audits of their PKIs and verify that two-factor authentication and other safeguards are in place to protect against the issuance of rogue certificates.

Mozilla officials have notified all of the CAs involved in the organization's trusted root program for Firefox that they need to perform the audits and other required actions within the next eight days and send the results to Mozilla. The message, also posted to the Mozilla developer security policy group on Google, sends a clear message that Mozilla officials have little interest in seeing a rerun of the DigiNotar episode with another certificate authority.


Submission + - Sonic CD is Retturning to Consoles (gamergaia.com)

flipmop44 writes: "The Sega CD did a lot of things wrong; from small cruddy full-motion video to incredibly lackluster games, the peripheral definitely wasn’t Sega’s best invention. However, the Sonic game that came out of the console was actually a very good title. Often regarded as the best Sonic game to date, Sonic CD was probably the best thing about the Sega CD and now gamers will have the chance to play the classic Sonic title on just about any gaming device."
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Submission + - Filmaker make Hollywood Apocolypse film for $250 (twitchfilm.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Film makers David and Ian Purchase shook the internet 2 years ago, with Escape from City 17 Part One. Now Part Two is out and it is even more ground breaking. Coming in at 14 mins, you feel like you are in a Hollywood apocalypse film with visuals that put big budget Hollywood films to shame.

Submission + - Private planes, private no more (chicagotribune.com) 3

chill writes: The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it. [Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]

Submission + - Neanderthal sex boosted immunity in modern humans (bbc.co.uk)

NotSanguine writes: Sexual relations between ancient humans and their evolutionary cousins are critical for our modern immune systems, researchers report (subscription only) in Science journal.

Mating with Neanderthals and another ancient group called Denisovans introduced genes that help us cope with viruses to this day, they conclude.


Submission + - Google +1 button upgraded! (pureinfotech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google has incorporated two features into the +1 button, sharing with your circle directly into Google+ right from a web page and +snippets which builds a nice preview of a web page for you to share and easily jump-start a conversation.

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