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Submission + - Microsoft: no plans to patch known bugs before March (

troublemaker_23 writes: Microsoft says it will not issue any patches for known bugs before its March updates. There are two known remotely exploitable bugs — Google issued details of a bug in the Windows graphic device interface library that can be exploited both locally and remotely to read the contents of a user's memory. Plus a zero-day exploit, one that implements a SMB3 server and affects clients connecting to it was disclosed earlier in February. Microsoft put off its February updates for unknown reasons.

Submission + - Congressional IT Staffers Took $100K from Iraqi Politician

RoccamOccam writes: Three brothers, working as IT staffers for several Democrat congressional representatives took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to this report based on court documents.

The trio worked for dozens of representatives, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Those positions likely gave them access to congressional emails and other sensitive documents.

Submission + - You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook (

schwit1 writes:

The money transfer startup TransferWise has launched a new chatbot that enables Facebook (FB, Tech30) users to move funds abroad using the social platform's Messenger service.

The bot can be used to move money between the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union. It will also notify users via an alert when their regularly used currencies hit favorable rates.

Facebook users were previously able to transfer money within the U.S., but not between accounts in foreign countries.

Messenger is the creepy front-end of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's creepy vision of the future.

Submission + - Alternatives to U.S. Copyright?

Futurepower(R) writes: Other countries? What other countries offer copyright registration?

The U.S. Copyright Office raised its fees on May 1, 2014. Now, if you write 2 poems of 10 lines each, that is called a "compilation". The cost of "one work" is $35, the cost of registering a compilation is $55.

Long processing time: The processing time for internet e-Filing of a U.S. copyright registration is 6 to 10 months. The processing time for paper forms is up to 10 to 15 months. See underneath the photographs on the Registration Portal web page.

There are often error messages. I got this one a few minutes ago; I was not logged in:

"Your session timed out because you were idle for too long. Please log in again to resume. If you had a Siebel attachment open, your changes may have been lost. Please save the file locally, close it, and reattach it to the appropriate record."

Apparently the U.S. Copyright Office uses Oracle software. That's all I know about Siebel attachments.

I have gotten another Oracle error message:

"We detected an Error which may have occurred for one or more of the following reasons: The selected record has been modified by another user since it was retrieved. Please continue.(SBL-DAT-00523)"

It was not obvious what caused the message. I didn't "select a record".

It's complicated. The U.S. Copyright Office Compendium of Practices PDF file is 1,288 pages long, and includes links to other PDF files. Each chapter has page numbers, but there are no overall page numbers.

Payment is made BEFORE uploading the file to be copyrighted. If there is an error, the Copyright office keeps the money.

Many readers of everything registered? Presumably the many U.S. government secret agencies and their contractors have access to every submission to the U.S. Copyright office. Presumably it would be easy for someone to steal.

Other methods? Encrypt and send an email? If you want to prove that you are the author of a document, can you encrypt it and send it by email using a large system that stores emails indefinitely? Would a court accept that an author could not possibly have control over the date shown on a Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo email, for example?

Could you send an encrypted file to friends who would record the date they received it? Also, all ISPs and services like Dropbox record the date a file is received.

Submission + - Norwegian cyber command warns against supply chain security risks in F35 project (

hrdo writes: The commander of the Norwegian CYFOR (a branch of the military) held a speach Monday night in Oslo where he warned that large military projects like the F35 fighter jet project can be threatened by attacks on the supply chain. The warnings follow several media stories about security breaches due to outsourcing and lack of controls. In one case an Indian IT company was contracted to operate the emergency communications network for Norwegian police, ambulances and fire departments — without security clearances or background checks.

The general should keep preaching security to his peers, not only within his own organization and on the battle field, but also in the procurement trenches. The initianl penetration of advanced persistent threats targeting high-security organizations is tyically coming via a less secure supply chain partner. Still, coordinated security management in large projects remains a fantacy in most cases.

Submission + - PHP Is First Language To Add "Modern" Cryptography Library To Its Core (

An anonymous reader writes: The PHP team has unanimously voted to integrate the Libsodium library in the PHP core, and by doing so, becoming the first programming language to support a modern cryptography library by default. Developers approved a proposal with a vote of 37 to 0 and decided that Libsodium will be added to the upcoming PHP 7.2 release that will be launched towards the end of 2017.

Scott Arciszewski, the cryptography expert who made the proposal says that by supporting modern crypto in the PHP core, the PHP team will force the WordPress team to implement better security in its CMS, something they avoided until now. Additionally, it will allow PHP and CMS developers to add advanced cryptography features to their apps that run on shared hosting providers, where until now they weren't able to install custom PHP extensions to support modern cryptography. Other reasons on why he made the proposal are detailed in depth here.

Arciszewski also says that PHP is actually "the first" programming language to support a "modern" cryptography library in its core, despite Erlang and Go including similar libraries, which he claims are not as powerful and up-to-date as PHP's upcoming Libsodium implementation.

Submission + - Trump has 3,643 websites ( 3

mykepredko writes: reports that Donald Trump has a vast online portfolio of domain names — digital addresses that foreshadowed his political career, business projects and accusations of unethical behavior.

CNNMoney investigated 20 years of internet records using DomainTools, which tracks registrations and transfers. Some are obvious choices he acquired long ago, like and But Trump has also grabbed names that could be used against him, including and

Submission + - Techdirt asks judge to throw out suit over "Inventor of E-mail" (

walterbyrd writes: Michael Masnick, who founded the popular Techdirt blog, filed a motion today asking for a defamation lawsuit against him to be thrown out. Masnick was sued last month by Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist and entrepreneur who claims to have invented e-mail in 1978 at a medical college in New Jersey.

In his motion, Masnick claims that Ayyadurai "is seeking to use the muzzle of a defamation action to silence those who question his claim to historical fame."

Submission + - Mozilla will deprecate XUL add-ons before the end of 2017 2

Artem Tashkinov writes: Mozilla has published a plan of add-ons deprecation in future Firefox releases. Firefox 53 will run in multi process mode by default for all users with some exceptions. Most add ons will continue to function, however certain add ons have already ceased to function because they don't expect multi user mode under the hood. Firefox 54-56 will introduce even more changes which will ultimately break even more addons. Firefox 57, which will be preliminarily released on the 28th of Novermber, 2017, will only run WebExtensions: which means no XUL (overlay) add ons, no bootstrapped extensions, no SDK extensions and no Embedded WebExtensions. In other words by this date the chromification of Firefox will have been completed. If you depend on XUL add ons your only choice past this date will be Pale Moon.

Submission + - Is Donald Trump suffering from mental illness? (

mmell writes: Despite a long-standing rule against remotely diagnosing public figures' mental health, 35 U.S. psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers signed a letter to the editor of The New York Times warning about Trumpâ(TM)s mental health, according to multiple generally reliable media sources. The signatory psychiatrists and psychologists have chosen to break from accepted practice (the so called "Goldwater Rule") both because the publicly available evidence in this instance is to them quite clear, and because of the tremendous risk to the general welfare which they feel the current POTUS poses. âoeWe fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longerâ, stated one of the signatory professionals.

The "Goldwater Rule" came about during the mid-1960's when multiple mental health professionals went on record asserting that Barry Goldwater suffered from mental illness. The public nature of their concerns led to a libel suit which Senator Goldwater won. Presumably, the doctors and media outlets involved in this public statement regarding Donald Trump have considered the Goldwater Rule and decided that the threat to the general weal outweighs their individual exposure to litigation.

It should be noted that not all health care professionals share their colleagues views on this matter. Some strongly disagree with the remote diagnosis of mental health issues while others are concerned that this could be seen as bringing an unpleasant stigma to those diagnosed with mental health issues. Incidentally, the remote diagnosis which has been mentioned is Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or NPD. It is characterized as an inability to tolerate any opinion or fact which does not correlate with one's personally held views.

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