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Security

Submission + - Data breach at Epsilon (switched.com)

walterbyrd writes: Massive Data Breach Leaks Customer Names, Email Addresses.
Many of Epsilon's clients, including Citigroup, Capital One, and JP Morgan, have already issued warnings to their customers, informing them that their email addresses and, in some cases, their first names may have been leaked. The College Board, which administers the SAT and represents over 5,900 colleges, also appears to have been affected. Fortunately, the attack doesn't seem to have jeopardized consumers' credit card numbers, social security numbers or passwords.

Submission + - How will we dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods (io9.com) 1

Dexterous writes: "How will we dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods for centuries to come? How does humanity plan to permanently store high-level nuclear waste that can remain radioactive for several thousand years? The answer isn't as simple as digging a hole in the ground. No, geologically unique locations must first be scouted out."
Crime

Submission + - Epsilon breach affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: The recent Play.com breach has been tied to the attack that its marketing communications firm Silverpop — a company that services over 105 customers, among whom are Walgreens and McDonalds — suffered last December. But the latest breach will likely have the biggest impact, because marketing services provider Epsilon — the largest one in the world — has notified its customers of a breach that likely compromised all of their mailing lists. Among Epsilon's customers are US Bank, JPMorgan Chase, TiVo, Capital One, the Home Shopping Network, LL Bean Visa Card, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Best Buy, Disney Destinations, Walgreens, and many more.
Sony

Submission + - GeoHot Has Not Fled To South America (techspot.com)

Krystalo writes: Gaming blog VGHQ first started a rumor by saying that PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, has fled the country after court documents revealed a PlayStation Network account allegedly belonged to him. GeoHot previously denied having one, meaning he never agreed to the Terms of Service. The news of him buying a one-way ticket for the southern continent spread like wildfire on the Internet, which is unfortunate because it appears to be false.

GeoHot is currently on vacation in a South American country, as you can see in the picture below, which the 21-year-old posted himself. He has not fled; one who runs away definitely does not show proof of doing so. Furthermore, there is no reason to leave the country to avoid a civil case.

NASA

Submission + - Astronomers Find The Coldest Star Ever (ibtimes.com) 3

RedEaredSlider writes: Astronomers may have found the coldest star in the universe, a brown dwarf 75 light years from Earth.

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Kevin Luhman and John Bochanski of Penn State University and Adam Burgasser of the University of California, San Diego, discovered what looks like a faint companion to a white dwarf star called WD 0806-661. The companion orbits at a distance of 2,500 astronomical units, or about 374 billion kilometers, far enough that light takes a full 11 days to get between them.

The scientists looked at the age of the white dwarf, and came up with a figure of about 1.5 billion years. They then estimated the mass of the companion, and used the data from Spitzer, which sees in the infrared part of the spectrum. From that, they got a temperature of about 300 degrees Kelvin, or 27 degrees C.

Submission + - Auditor Calls For Government Ban on Gmail, Hotmail (itnews.com.au)

aesoteric writes: "The Australian National Audit Office has called on all Australian government agencies to block free web-based email services like Gmail and Hotmail to mitigate security and information integrity risks. The auditor noted that such public email services "should be blocked on agency IT systems, as these can provide an easily accessible point of entry for an external attack and subject the agency to the potential for intended or unintended information disclosure." Not surprisingly, the move is seen by some as an attempt to prevent a WikiLeaks-style disclosure from occurring."
Businesses

Submission + - The Great Cyberheist

theodp writes: In this week's cover story, the NY Times Magazine delves into the mind of Albert Gonzalez, the hacker who's currently doing time for masterminding attacks on the nation's leading retailers, reportedly costing TJ Maxx, Heartland and other victimized companies more than $400 million. And that may just be the tip of the iceberg. 'The majority of the stuff I hacked was never brought into public light,' said one of Gonzalez's partners-in-crime. Another claims there 'were major chains and big hacks that would dwarf TJX. I'm just waiting for them to indict us for the rest of them.' Online fraud is still rampant in the U.S., but statistics show a major drop in 2009 from previous years when Gonzalez was active. While reportedly not a gifted programmer, even the Feds that Gonzalez two-timed admired his ingenuity, likening him to top CEOs. When asked how Gonzalez rated among criminal hackers, a prosecutor replied: 'As a leader? Unparalleled. Unparalleled in his ability to coordinate contacts and continents and expertise. Unparalleled in that he didn't just get a hack done — he got a hack done, he got the exfiltration of the data done, he got the laundering of the funds done. He was a five-tool player.' Accounting for time served and good behavior, Gonzalez is expected to get out of prison in 2025.
Science

Submission + - The Shifting Tides of International Science (economist.com)

explosivejared writes: "The Economist has a story on the increasing scientific productivity countries like China, India, and Brazil relative to the field's old guards in America, Europe, and Japan. Scientific productivity in this sense includes percent of GDP spent on R&D and the overall numbers of researchers, scholarly articles, and patents that a country produces. The article sees this as a natural side effect of the buoying economic prospects of these countries. Perhaps the most positive piece of the story is the fact that a full 35% of scholarly scientific articles in leading journals are now the product of international collaboration. From the article: "[M]ore than 35% of articles in leading journals are now the product of international collaboration. That is up from 25% 15 years ago—something the old regime and the new alike can celebrate.""
Linux

Submission + - Kernel Tracing with LTTng on Ubuntu Maverick (blogspot.com)

francis-giraldeau writes: Linux Tracing Toolkit (LTTng) provides high performance kernel tracing for Linux. This is the killer app for system level debugging and performance tuning. It's now easier to install than ever with packages released for Ubuntu Maverick. The short introduction to kernel tracing shows how to interpret a simple kernel trace and relate it to strace. I would like to ask slashdot readers about what they would expect as features for kernel tracing analysis tool, because I'm starting my PhD on this topic and looking for ideas. Also, I wonder why LTTng is not mainline yet, despite the fact that it's highly valuable. Will Linus Torvalds see the light for 2011?
Google

Submission + - New Google Instant is distorting Web Analytics (analyticscanvas.com)

JamesStanden writes: I thought maybe Google was interested in acquiring my startup because suddenly I saw lots of visits from "Google Inc." in my Google Analytics data, but it seems as if all those visits were actually coming from the new Google Instant feature.

All over the world right now, google analytics data is being distorted by visits and pageviews generated by the Google instant feature.

I wonder if Google is going to make changes, or is this the new normal?

Google

Submission + - 80% of Daily YouTube Videos Now in WebM (osnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: OSNews has an update on the WebM project from a presentation given by Google's John Luther and Matt Frost at the Streaming Media West conference. OSNews writes, 'Earlier this year, Google finally did what many of us hoped it would do: release the VP8 codec as open source. It became part of the WebM project, which combines VP8 video with Vorbis audio in a Matroshka container. The product manager for the WebM project, John Luther, gave an update on the status of the project — and it's doing great.'
Books

Submission + - Beautiful Evidence: Tufte's library at Christie's (christies.com)

px2 writes: I was poking around Christie's auction house after taking a look at the Apple 1 when I came across this: Beautiful Evidence: The Library of Edward Tufte. He's unloading everything from Galileo and Da Vinci firsts to a rotating Japanese astronomical text from 1801. I guess he didn't conjure his ideas from thin air after all.
Earth

Submission + - EPA proposes grading system for car fuel economy (cnet.com)

suraj.sun writes: The EPA and Department of Transportation on Monday proposed a fuel economy label overhaul to reflect how electric and alternative fuel vehicles stack up against gasoline passenger vehicles.

The changed label, mandated by the 2007 energy law, includes the same information on city and highway miles per gallon and estimated driving costs based on 15,000 miles a year now available.

But the new labels add more comparative information, rating cars on mileage, greenhouse gas contribution, and other air pollutants from tailpipe emissions. That means that consumers can look at a label to see how one vehicle compares to all available vehicles, rather than only cars in a specific class.

One label proposes grades, ranging from and A plus to a D. There are no failing grades, since vehicles need to comply with the Clean Air Act.

CNET News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20015069-54.html

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