vieux schnock writes: The New Scientist has an article about a new laser developed by a company in Farnborough, UK, aiming at deterring modern high-seas pirates. Devised as a "warning shot" to "distract suspected pirates rather than harm them", the meter-wide bean can scan the pirates' 6-metre skiffs and make it difficult for them to aim their AK-47 or rocket-propelled grenades at the ship.
vieux schnock writes: Seems that "Mafiaboy", the young Canadian that paralysed multiples sites in 2000, including CNN, has been getting some press lately. Security Portal has a story that he is releasing his autobiography
The site has these Wise Words though: "Commercialdom peeks through, though, as apparently the book was "co-written" by Craig Silverman, an established journalist rom [sic] Montreal."
From the article: "Police raided several homes across Quebec on Wednesday and arrested 16 people in their investigation, which they say uncovered the largest hacking scam in Canadian history. (...) The hackers collaborated online to attack and take control of as many as one million computers around the world that were not equipped with anti-virus software or firewalls (...)"