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Submission + - How a deftly crafted botnet toppled top internet sites (

tdog17 writes: Attacks that overwhelmed the internet-address lookup service provided by Dyn were well coordinated and carefully plotted to take down data centers all over the globe, preventing customers from reaching more than 1,200 domains Dyn was in charge of.

Submission + - Ransomware script kiddie scared out of business (

tdog17 writes: A criminal coder wrote a kit for ransomware that made it easy for others to encrypt victims' hard drives and then extort money from them in order to get the decryption keys. But when Intel Security wrote about the kit — called Tox — the author got cold feet. Now he or she is trying to sell the whole business.

Submission + - Patch coming to shore up TOR privacy (

tdog17 writes: The TOR Project thinks it has figured out how the author of a canceled Black Hat talk cracked its software to mask the source of Internet traffic, and it is working on a patch.Project leader Roger Dingledine says he thinks he's figured out what the exploit is that would have been revealed at the security conference. "Based on our current plans, we'll be putting out a fix that relays can apply that should close the particular bug they found."

Submission + - China prefers sticking with dying Windows XP to upgrading (

tdog17 writes: China says it wants Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP because that will help in its fight to stop proliferation of pirated Microsoft software.
A state copyright official says the release of Windows 8 means a substantial increase in the selling price of a Windows operating system, especially in light of the upcoming end-of-life of Windows XP, which is still used by a large percentage of Chinese. That could drive users to buy pirated copies of a new operating system because they are cheaper, he says.

Submission + - 10 things you didn't know about Windows 1.0 (

coondoggie writes: Many say Windows turned 30 this year, but it was actually 28 years ago this week that the first commercial version of Microsoft's signature operating system shipped. The justification for calling it the 30th anniversary is that Windows was announced in 1983 but was in such dismal shape at that point that it took two more years to whip it into a product people might buy.

Submission + - VMware CEO: OpenStack is not for the enterprise (

coondoggie writes: VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says he doesn’t expect open source cloud project OpenStack to catch on significantly in the enterprise market, instead he says it’s more of a platform for service providers to build public clouds.
It’s a notion that others in the market have expressed in the past, but also one that OpenStack backers have tried hard to shake.

Submission + - Linux rifle scope and creates instant marksmen (

tdog17 writes: A high-tech Texas gun designer has started shipping its first generation shooting system that combines a hunting rifle with a Linux-based scope that takes so much guesswork out of hitting targets a quarter mile away that even novices can do it.

Submission + - 10 things you may not know about Ethernet (

coondoggie writes: Ethernet's value to networking and IT is well established over the past 40 years. But did you know that "Ethernet" refers to two slightly different ways of sending information between endpoints on a LAN? That and some other perhaps lesser known facts about this 40-year-old technology.

Submission + - EFF: Trust Twitter -- not Apple or Verizon -- to protect your privacy (

tdog17 writes: Verizon and MySpace scored a zero out of a possible six stars in a test of how far 18 technology service providers will go to protect user data from government data demands.Twitter and Internet service provider scored a perfect six in the third annual Electronic Frontier Foundation "Who Has Your Back?" report.Apple, AT&T and Yahoo ranked near the bottom, each scoring just one star,

Submission + - DHS deep packet security system raises serious privacy issues (

coondoggie writes: To protect the federal civilian agencies against cyberthreats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing to deploy a more powerful version of its EINSTEIN intrusion-detection system that’s supposed to detect attacks and malware, especially associated with e-mail. But since this version of EINSTEIN is acknowledged by DHS to be able to read electronic content, it’s raising privacy concerns.

Submission + - No humor zone: 33 things you should never say to a TSA agent ( 1

coondoggie writes: There is no humor in an airport. It's a fact. And while most travelers business or otherwise know that, there are a few out there who haven't gotten the message or perhaps the choose to ignore it. Either way the "People Say the Darndest Things" or "What Not to Say at an Airport" section has become one of the more popular destinations on the TSA Blog site.

Submission + - Should U.S. really limit China-government influenced IT systems? (

coondoggie writes: New federal restrictions now preclude four U.S. agencies from buying information-technology (IT) systems from manufacturers "owned, directed or subsidized by the People's Republic of China" due to national-security concerns. But is this a smart tactic?
It's clear that some in the U.S. government, including the House Intelligence Committee — which issued a scathing report last fall that called Huawei and ZTE a threat to national security — and the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. are also working in other ways behind the scenes to keep technology made by China-based manufacturers out of U.S. commercial networks as well.


Submission + - Microsoft working on next gen Surface devices (

tdog17 writes: Despite shaky sales of its Windows 8 Surface tablets Microsoft is working on the next generation of the devices that it hopes will attract customer attention.
The company is advertising for a model maker/prototyper to join the Surface team as it works on new devices that will follow on the current ones, Surface RT and Surface Pro. "We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!" the ad reads in part.


Submission + - Microsoft: Users trying to get something for nothing wind up with malware (

tdog17 writes: Computer users who download key generators that extend the life of trial software are more likely than not to suffer malware infections on their machines, according to Microsoft. Machines with key-gen software have malicious code running on them 76% of the time, the company says.

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