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Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Sealed-box Macs: should computers be disposable? (computerworld.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro is essentially completely non-upgradable, a sealed-box, following a trend started with the MacBook Air in 2008. It's a given that hardware companies are in the business of selling hardware, and would love for computers to have iPhone-like replacement cycles of 1-3 years, but does this mean we're moving irresistibly into an era of "sealed-unit computing," even for power users?
Censorship

Submission + - Facebook Terrorism? Ex-Marine arrested, 9-11 conspiracy posts ruled 'terrorist i (networkworld.com) 1

colinneagle writes: There are conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 was an inside job. I don't really follow that news, but can people be arrested after saying so online, exercising their First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech? On August 16, the FBI, Secret Service and the Chesterfield Police arrested a decorated former U.S. Marine for "airing his critical views of the U.S. government on Facebook."

On Facebook, Raub talked about the Illuminati, a shadow organization in which "some of the leaders were involved with the bombing of the twin towers" and the "great amount of evil perpetrated by the American Government." He said people may think he was going crazy, but a "civil war," the "Revolution" is coming. "I'm starting the Revolution. I'm done waiting." On July 24, he said he was at a "great crossroads. As if a storm of destiny is about to pick me up and take me to fight a great battle." On August 9 he talked about severing heads and told the generals he was coming for them. On August 13, he wrote, "Sharpen up my axe; I'm here to sever heads." On August 14, Raub wrote, "The Revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it." On August 15, Raub wrote, "And they will say he said it to the NSA first."

Is there such a thing as Facebook terrorism?

Security

Submission + - IP over DNS tunneling has evolved (ipoverdns.com)

nospamfenyo.net writes: "Twelve years ago, the first Slashdot article about the IP over DNS technology was published: http://slashdot.org/story/00/09/10/2230242/ip-tunneling-through-nameservers

In those times, there was only one publicly available IP over DNS client: NSTX, targeting Unix-like operating systems only, cited in the article.

Today, you will find at least 9 software packages for this purpose: VPN-over-DNS, Iodine, Element53, MagicTunnel, Heyoka, Dns2tcp, NSTX, OzymanDNS and DNScat, making the technology available for Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Unix-like platforms. The only general-purpose operating system that does not support this technology is iOS: even if you can find some VPN clients for iOS (mainly IPsec, PPTP and VPN over SSL clients), only major VPN technology vendors, like Cisco, can afford to publish one: publishing an application that can make use of iOS low-layer networking protocols needs you to establish an agreement with Apple. Not so easy...

The interesting thing about this technology is that it lets you by-pass the captive portal on any public Wi-Fi network: an easy way to connect to the Internet without having to sign in with your credit card. Maybe not legal.

The strange thing is that even if, for many years, Next Generation Firewalls that can filter such tunnels are available (they correlate queries and filter only those used to tunnel data), you can try nowadays some of the previously listed tools on public Wi-Fi HotSpots with captive portals (hostels, train stations, airports...) and you will see that no one of these firewalls has been deployed on those networks!

A public forum about IP over DNS is available at http://ipoverdns.com/"

Iphone

Submission + - Major iPhone SMS Security Vulnerability Exposed by Hacker (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: A well-known hacking, known as pod2g, has made public a major security flaw in Apple’s iPhone that has been around since the first generation of iPhone and which affects all versions of the iOS operating system including the recently released iOS 6 Beta 4. According to the researcher, in an iPhone, the reply-to phone number can be easily changed to display some number other than the number from which the SMS was sent. This can be achieved through a simple procedure whereby a malicious user can manipulate one of the options in the User Data Header (UDH) part of the SMS thereby changing the reply-to number. If such a message is crafted and the receiver’s handset is compatible with it, in this case and iPhone, and the user tries to reply to such a message the reply won’t be actually going to the number being displayed in “reply-to” but to the original number from which the malicious user had sent the SMS. The thing that makes it worse is that most of the carriers don’t check for this part of the message.
AT&T

Submission + - Nasty Racket Begets Nasty Business - ANON (theregister.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: No, no, not my scoop, not my scoop at all. Just a little freaky friday action with a healthy dose of non-fiction for the masses.

Snip from the torrent: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6571301
Indeed, it remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen how much longer the
public will accept how completely incompetent law enforcement agencies are
spending their citizens' money to fund even more incompetent federal
contractors. Incidentally, apart from the FBI, ManTech International has some other
clients:

      * Defense Intelligence Agency,
      * National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
      * National Reconnaissance Office
      * National Security Agency
      * Department of Homeland Security
      * U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps
      * Missile Defense Agency and DARPA
      * Department of Justice
      * Department of State
      * Environmental Protection Agency
      * NASA, NATO, state and local governments

Great. It's really good to know that you guys are taking care of protecting the
Unites States from so-called cyber threats.

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