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Submission + - Chinese-born American From Motorola Gets 4 Years For Trade Secrets Theft (

wrekkuh writes: Hanjuan Jin, a naturalized US citizen working as a software engineer for Motorola, was stopped during a random security search at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Feb. 28th, 2007, before she could board a one-way flight to China. On her person she had $31,000, a laptop, and various data storage devices (four external hard drives and several thumb drives). Upon further inspection of her data, customs agents had found hundreds of confidential Motorola documents, documents from a military contractor for the chinese military, and documents from the chinese military itself.

In the judgement from earlier this year, Jin was found guilty of three counts of stealing trade secrets but acquitted of the more serious charges of economic espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. She has been given a four-year prison sentence, and must also serve three years’ supervised release and pay $20,000


Submission + - Sony Whips Out its Big Twenty Inch (Table PC)

theodp writes: Cue Aerosmith: "Got me the strangest woman, believe me this trick's no cinch, but I really get her going, when I whip out my big 20 inch." With its VAIO Tap 20, Sony is out to define a new computing genre with an entertainment-centric, multi-touch PC that's aimed at the entire family. Due out in October at a TBD price, the so-called Table PC runs Windows 8, sports a kickstand that allows it to be operated in a flat, tilted or desktop-style, and is touted as portable despite its 11-pounds heft. Is a 10-inch smartphone next?

Submission + - Wiper May have Links with DuQu, Stuxnet; Kaspersky Analysis Indicates (

hypnosec writes: Wiper malware known for its unforgiving ways hasn’t left a clue behind of its origin or its code as it deletes itself as well as everything in its path once activated but, security researchers over at Kaspersky Lab may have just found a couple of evidences that may point to the origins of Wiper. According to Kaspersky, Wiper has a couple of characteristics that it shares with DuQu and Stuxnet indicating that probably the malware has its roots in US and Israel. Still the security company says that the evidence might just be circumstantial and that one shouldn’t come to conclusions just yet.

Submission + - Despite Mars Curiosity Landing, Poll Shows Tepid Support for Human Mars Mission (

MarkWhittington writes: "The recent landing of the Curiosity science rover on Mars had not created an overwhelming level of support for sending a human expedition to Mars, according to the findings of a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports. The Rasmussen survey showed that 36 percent of American adults question agreed that a humans to Mars mission should be included in America's space goals. 38 percent disagreed with that goal. 27 percent were not sure. The survey was conducted of 1,000 American adults on Aug. 7-8."
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Submission + - uTorrent Adds "Featured Torrents" Advertising - With No Opt Out (Yet) (

wrekkuh writes: BitTorrent, Inc, the company who owns the freeware (but closed-source) BitTorrent client uTorrent, has announced that it will be updating it's popular client with "Featured Torrents." In a post on uTorrent's forum, the company explained -

"This featured torrent space will be used to offer a variety of different types of content. We are working towards bringing you offers that are relevant to you. This means films, games, music, software...basically anything that you will find interesting."

In the Q&A portion of their announcement, the company adds — "There is no way to turn in-client offers off*. We will pay attention to feedback, and may change this in the future." (*The Plus version of the BitTorrent client does not include these ads).

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Forget Wires, WiSA Aims to Make Home Theater Systems Wireless (

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone loves surround sound, but running wires throughout a home can be expensive, if even possible. The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) is working with major manufacturers, such as Samsung, Pioneer, Polk Audio, and Klipsch, to establish a wireless audio standard. This standard will allow for wireless audio to be sent from devices such as smart phones, blu-ray players, and TVs, directly to wireless speakers. What is really great about this standard is that WiSA products will be the first FCC certified products to operate in the U-NII wireless band, allowing WiSA products to avoid wireless interference from existing wireless products.

Submission + - Rootbeer GPU Compiler allows almost any Java code to run on the GPU (

An anonymous reader writes: Today the source code to the Rootbeer GPU Compiler was released open source on github. This work allows for a developer to use almost and Java code on the GPU. It is free, open source and highly tested. Rootbeer is the most full featured translator to convert Java Bytecode to CUDA. It allows arbitrary graphs of objects to be serialized to the GPU and the GPU kernel to be written in Java.

Submission + - Let The Campaign Edit Wars Begin

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Megan Garber writes that in high school, Paul Ryan's classmates voted him as his class's "biggest brown noser," a juicy tidbit that is a source of delight for his political opponents but considered an irrelevant piece of youthful trivia to his supporters. "But it's also a tension that will play out, repeatedly, in the most comprehensive narrative we have about Paul Ryan as a person and a politician and a policy-maker: his Wikipedia page," writes Garber. Late last night, just as news of the Ryan choice leaked in the political press — the first substantial edit to that page removed the "brown noser" mention which had been on the page since June 16. The Wikipedia deletion has given rise to a whole discussion of whether the mention is a partisan attack, whether "brown noser" is a pejorative, and whether an old high school opinion survey is notable or relevant. As of this writing, "brown noser" stands as does a maybe-mitigating piece of Ryan-as-high-schooler trivia: that he was also voted prom king. But that equilibrium could change, again, in an instant. "Today is the glory day for the Paul Ryan Wikipedia page," writes Garber. "Yesterday, it saw just 10 [edits]. Today, however — early on a Saturday morning, East Coast time — it's already received hundreds of revisions. And the official news of the Ryan selection, of course, is just over an hour old." Now Ryan's page is ready to host debates about biographical details and their epistemological relevance. "Like so many before it, will be a place of debate and dissent and derision. But it will also be a place where people can come together to discuss information and policy and the intersection between the two — a town square for the digital age.""

Comment Domestic Spying (Score 1) 2

When video from DEFCON 20 is released (in the coming days/weeks), it will be interesting to see General Keith Alexander's speech (Director at NSA, Commander at USCYBERCOM). He says that records aren't kept on every American, and that there is a lot of oversight involved (from multiple branches of the US Government).(Quick summary here.)

Will be interesting to see that talk, but the NSA installation found years ago by that AT&T Technician, which made wholesale copies of international and domestic internet traffic says quite different to the US Government's current claims.

Comment A Few Possible Points (Score 1) 153

and have them install a critical software update to avoid exploits.

I love how Cisco did something along these lines recently, including the siphoning off of web history, along with a slew of other privacy violations completely in the clear, with no permission whatsoever.

Another possible point of hypocrisy is the CIA's partial funding of Facebook, which seems to suggest that if a foreign company wants to build a network in the US, that is government funded, it's a National Security issue... but if a domestic company, which is funded by the US government, wants to build a network all over the world, and a foreign government says, "Um, no." then it's censorship.

There is also the fact that Huawei has hired a former defense contractor for the US government as it's Chief Security Officer.


Submission + - Refugee from Facebook questions the social media life (

stevegee58 writes: The Washington Post published an interesting article about Facebook's employee #51, Katherine Losse. As an English major from Johns Hopkins, Losse wasn't the typical Facebook employee. But after starting in customer service, she later became Mark Zuckerberg's personal ghostwriter, penning blog posts in his name. The article traces Losse's growing disillusionment with social networking in general and Facebook in particular. After cashing out some FB stock, Losse resigned and moved to a rural West Texas town to get away from technology and focus on writing. Her book, "The Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the Social Network" was recently published in June of this year.

The article provides an interesting vignette of life inside Facebook and is well worth the quick read.


Submission + - Who's Afraid of Huawei? ( 2

wrekkuh writes: The Economist has printed an interesting look at the concerns and speculations of the fast-growing Chinese telecom giant Huawei, and it's spread into western markets. Of particular concern is Huawei's state funding, and the company's founder, Ren Zhengfei, who once served as an engineer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). However, another article from The Economist goes into greater detail about the steps Huawei has taken to mitigate some of these concerns in England — including co-operating with the GCHQ in Britain, the UK's signals-intelligence agency, to ensure equipment built by Huawei is not back-doored.

Submission + - DARPA Creates first 0.85 THz Solid State Receiver ( 3

hypnosec writes: DARPA, under its THz Electronics program, has designed a solid state receiver capable of THz (terahertz) frequencies thus inching towards the possibilities of transistor-based electronics that will operate at THz frequencies. The newly designed solid state receiver demonstrates a gain of 0.85 THz. This particular milestone is a stepping stone for the next target of 1.03 THz. Because of this achievement a host of DoD electronics capabilities can now be realized. One such application where this can be of use is for a sensor that will operate through clouds under a DARPA program, dubbed, VISAR.

Submission + - Hackers topple Huawei routers at Defcon (

TarPitt writes: Huawei routers turn out to be have multiple serious security vulnerabilities lending to easy exploit:

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies. "For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China," Recurity Labs chief Felix "FX" Lindner said as he opened his presentation. "Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability," he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. "You get what you pay for. Sorry."

Oddly this story has not picked up much notice in the technical press.

Submission + - Ticket Holders at London 2012 Can't Share Media on Social Networks (

wrekkuh writes: Ticket holders at the Olympics in London are banned from 'exploiting' media from the Games -

"Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally, and may not exploit images, video and/or sound recordings for commercial purposes under any circumstances, whether on the internet or otherwise, or make them available to third parties for commercial purposes."

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