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Submission + - Massive DNS Cache Poisoning Hits Brazil (net-security.org) 1

Orome1 writes: A massive DNS cache poisoning attack attempting to infect users trying to access popular websites is currently under way in Brazil, according to Kaspersky Lab expert Fabio Assolini. Brazil has some big ISPs. Official statistics suggest the country has 73 million computers connected to the Internet, and the major ISPs average 3 or 4 million customers each. If a cybercriminal can change the DNS cache in just one server, the number of potential victims is huge. And that is exactly what has been happening during last week. Users trying to reach Google, YouTube, Facebook and other popular global and local sites were being faced with pop-up windows telling them to install "Google Defence" and similar thematic software or Java applet in order to be able to access the wanted site.

Submission + - Xipwire Steps Up to Process Payments for Wikileaks (rawstory.com)

Trip Ericson writes: After Mastercard, Visa, and Paypal all ceased handling donations to Wikileaks, mobile payment company Xipwire has stepped up in order to help out. Not only will Xipwire pass along donations, but it is waiving all fees normally associated with the service for any donations made to Wikileaks. From the article: "Our motivation is really simple," Xipwire founder Sharif Aleandre explained. "While people may or may not agree with WikiLeaks and the documents it has released, we feel that PayPal's recent decision to refuse to process donations on their behalf effectively silences voices in this democracy. In fact, it was the Citizens United case that basically equated donations with free speech and if the Supreme Court decided that our government doesn't have the power to regulate that speech then it's our opinion that corporations certainly shouldn't have that power either."

Submission + - Google, AT&T, and Verizon in closed meeting w/ (businessweek.com)

Presto Vivace writes: " Business Week reports that:

The companies and senior FCC aides have been holding private meetings since June over the regulations, known as net neutrality rules, according to disclosure statements on the agency’s website. Issues include the extent of FCC power over Internet service providers, and whether phone and cable companies can favor some traffic, such as making their own videos run faster.

Art Brodsky says that the FCC is playing a dangerous game of "lets make a deal" If you are an Application Service Provider or sell SaaS, or are a Web 2.0 company, any threat to net neutrality is a threat to your business model. If you have an opinion about net neutrality, now is the time to make yourself heard. Note — comments to the FCC or any other regulatory agency are considered public records and will be made available to the public."

Submission + - Times loses over half of readers due to paywall

An anonymous reader writes: webuser.co.uk relays the news that Rupert Murdoch's decision to charge people to access The Times and The Sunday Times websites has led to a 66 per cent drop in traffic. Since 2 July anyone wanting to access the websites of The Times and The Sunday Times has had to pay — £1 a day or £2 a week.

Submission + - Gmail users howl over Halloween outage (theregister.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Gmail has been completely down for a large number of users (including me) for 36 hours straight, though Google refuses to acknowledge any problem. I linked to an early article in the Register about this, which reports that service is down even for many users who paid for the $50 Premier service, and that Google isn't answering its tech support line (which is advertised as being 24/7). Here's a support forum


where users from all over (incl. Denmark, Israel, South Africa) are reporting the problem and commiserating. No one from Google seems to be listening — indeed, Google's Apps Status Dashboard


still reports "No Issues" with Gmail.

Scott Aaronson, MIT CSAIL
(temporary email address I created: ghh1729@gmail.com
my blog entry about this: http://scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=428)

The Military

Submission + - Anti-Missile Laser Scores a Direct Hit (wsj.com)

reporter writes: "In a recent editorial, the "Wall Street Journal" highlights a startling development. "The Airborne Laser prototype aircraft this week found, tracked, engaged and simulated an intercept with a missile seconds after liftoff. It was the first time the Agency used an 'instrumented' missile to confirm the laser works as expected. Next up this fall will be the first live attempt to bring down a ballistic missile, but this test confirms how far along this innovative effort has come.

Along with space-based weapons, the Airborne Laser is the next defense frontier. The modified Boeing 747 is supposed to send an intense beam of light over hundreds of miles to destroy missiles in the 'boost phase', before they can release decoys and at a point in their trajectory when they would fall back down on enemy territory. It's a pioneering use of directed energy in defense. The laser complements the sea- and ground-based missile defenses that keep proving themselves in tests.

An article by "The Huntsville Times" provides more information.

In other words, the phasers deployed on the fictional U.S.S. Enterprise is about to leap from (science) fiction into reality."


Submission + - Designer Fights for Second Life Rights

An anonymous reader writes: A 14-year London-based industrial designer has had his work ripped off in Second Life and is now looking to file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) grievance against his client. Commissioned to recreate the French Quarter in New Orleans, the designer, Gospel Voom, spent six months on the project, only to sign on to Second Life after its completion to find it was deleted by the client. She claimed it was taken down because it wasn't making money. However, despite having signed a contract that let Voom retain creative rights over his work, he later found out it was sold to another community, OpenLife, without his knowledge or permission.

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