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Censorship

Submission + - Wikileaks shuts down site 2

An anonymous reader writes: WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website that allows people to publish information anonymously, has suspended operations owing to financial problems. "To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon," Wikileaks said Monday. While it has received numerous recognition, awards "do not pay the bills," the site said.
Games

Submission + - Doom boxart artist dies of heart attack (bit-tech.net)

mr_sifter writes: Don Ivan Punchatz, the artist who helped id Software launch Doom to a greatness by designing the artwork on the box and promotional materials, has died of cardiac arrest. Don, who also provided art for publications such as Playboy, National Geographic, TIME and National Lampoon, suffered a cardiac arrest on October 11 and did not regain consciousness.
Google

Submission + - Google's Chrome hit with patent suit (cio.com.au)

Dan Jones writes: Israeli company Red Bend filed a lawsuit this week against Google, charging the search giant with infringing one of its patents. The suit alleges that Google uses Red Bend's patented technology in Courgette, a method Google uses to compress updates and send them to its Chrome browser. Courgette is a compression algorithm that Google developed to shrink the size of updates in order reduce bandwidth requirements for Google and its users, and also to reduce the potential for vulnerabilities. The suit also charges Google with publishing and distributing the source code for Red Bend's technology.
Security

Submission + - New Ransomware Encrypts Files Demands $100 to Decr (zdnet.com)

suraj.sun writes: New LoroBot Ransomware Encrypts Files, Demands $100 to Decrypt

Researchers from CA have intercepted a new ransomware variant ( http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/archive/2009/10/27/lorobot-ransomware-unlock-price-100.aspx ) encrypting popular file extensions (.zip; .rar; .pdf; .rtf; .txt; .jpg; .jpeg; .waw; .mp3; .db; .xls; .docx; .xlsx; .doc) and demanding a $100 for the decryption software.

According to the message which replaces the desktop’s background upon execution, the files are encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption, and that “there’s a 0% chance that you will be able to manually decrypt the files without the encryption key“.

However, this particular cybercriminal appears to be bluffing since the ransomware encrypts the data using the XOR cipher.

Naturally, by doing so he allowed CA’s researchers to release a free decryptor for Win32/Gpcode.J ( http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/Zarestel/Gpcode-j/Gpcode-J_Decryptor.zip ).

ZDNet : http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4748&tag=content;col1

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