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Submission + - Google provides solution Android Phones.Store Pass (

An anonymous reader writes: If you want to enable encryption on your device based on Android 3.0 aka HoneycombFor first release, we only support encrypt in place, which requires the framework to be shutdown, /data unmounted, and then every sector of the device encrypted, after which the device reboots to go through the process described above. Here are the details:

Submission + - SPAM: Download Windows 8 Betta Fish Boot Screen For Wind

An anonymous reader writes: The recently leaked Windows 8 Milestone 3 build 7989 (x64) includes a number of UI enhancements, a new Aero theme in metro-style, new wallpaper, new Windows Phone 7 style onscreen keyboard, and a new Betta fish boot screen. The all new Start screen and few other new goodies have been locked in this x64 build of Windows 8. Deviant art user Misaki2009 created “Windows 8 Boot screen” skin which enables Betta fish boot screen for Windows 7.
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Submission + - Trust is for Suckers: Lessons from the RSA Breach (

wiredmikey writes: Andrew Jaquith has written a great analysis of lessons learned from the recent RSA Cyber Attack, from a customer’s perspective.

According to Jaquith, in the security industry, “trust” is a somewhat slippery term defined in terms ranging from the cryptographic to the contractual. Bob Blakley, a Gartner analyst and former chief scientist of Tivoli, once infamously wrote that “Trust is for Suckers.” What he meant by that is that trust is an emotional thing, a fragile bond whose value transcends prime number multiplication, tokens, drug tests or signatures — and that it is foolish to rely too much on it.
Jaquith observed three things about the RSA incident: (1) even the most trusted technologies fail; (2) the incident illustrates what “risk management” is all about; and (3) customers should always come first. Here Jaquith reviews each of these in detail.

Submission + - 'John The Ripper' Gets A Face-Lift (

Batblue writes: "One of the industry's first open-source password-cracking tools just got a big boost in power and performance with sponsorship from Rapid7, which also plans to more tightly integrate the so-called John the Ripper tool with Metasploit.

Alexander Peslyak, founder and CTO of Openwall, which created John the Ripper, says the password security-auditing tool is now nearly 20 percent faster at cracking Data Encryption Standard (DES)-based password hashes — a major improvement to the hacking tool.

That means a major decrease in the time and effort to validate whether passwords are following company policy for strength, for instance. Openwall also is offering via open source the method by which it sped up this process, using more optimal "S-box expressions," which are basically substitution tables used in calculations. The organization came up with a faster and more efficient way to perform these calculations."

Submission + - Chatting with LulzSec - A Protocol (

An anonymous reader writes: Austrian IT portal managed to get hold of one of the active LulzSec members in IRC chats. Over the course of four days reporter Sarah Kriesche chatted with a guy, who seems to be well respected among the group. During the talks she found out more about the motivation of the group and their goals they want to achieve. The LulzSec guy made clear to her that "there are no lines we won`t cross unless its obvious shit like children etc". Also, he didn't show a lot of sympathy for gamers, concerning the latest hacks.

The article is in German, the chat logs are unchanged in English, though... Also, if you want to read it through Google Translate, you find the article here:


Submission + - Police share Intelligence on innocent people (

doperative writes: Logica have worked alongside The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to develop a new database which allows Police departments across England and Wales to share intelligence relating to crime ..

Advocates of the new database retort by arguing that it is the nature of police work which makes it essential to hold the records of innocent people ..

In total around 12,000 authorised officers will have access with secure access controls acting to ensure that only role relevant information can be searched.

Submission + - FBI "stole" our server, says Instapaper

nk497 writes: Website Instapaper has accused the FBI of stealing its server, after it went offline following a raid at hosting company DigitalOne. "As far as I know, my single DigitalOne server was among those taken by the FBI (which I’m now calling “stolen” since I assume it was not included in the warrant)," said founder Marco Arment. The server has since been returned, but Arment is still moving his service away from DigitalOne: "I’m not convinced that they did everything they could to prevent the seizure of non-targeted servers, and their lack of proactive communication with the affected customers is beneath the level of service I expect from a host."

Submission + - Oracle Patent Case Against Google Weakening (

jfruhlinger writes: "If Oracle thought that they'd wave their vague Java patents around get licensing money from Google and other vendors in perpetuity, they may have another thing coming. The judge in the case seems skeptical of many of Oracle's claims, and indeed some of the patents at the heart of the suit are being re-examined — and rejected."

Submission + - Do Cities Cause Schizophrenia? (

sciencehabit writes: City dwellers worldwide enjoy several advantages over their rural compatriots, including, on average, better job prospects and better access to food and health care (not to mention nightlife). At the same time, city living can be stressful, and studies have found that mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders, are more common in urbanites. Now, researchers have taken a crack at understanding this connection by looking for differences in how the brains of people from urban and rural environments react to certain kinds of stress. The team found that the bigger the city someone currently lives in, the more amygdala activity he or she exhibits during social stress, which could predispose to schizophrenia, depression, and other disorders.

Submission + - Defeating Skype Encryption Without a Key (

wiredmikey writes: Researchers have found a novel way to decrypt Skype conversations without ever knowing the encryption key. This particular attack has its roots in linguistics. The researchers liken it to how infants break up speech into words without hearing actual pauses and word divisions within a sentence.

The researchers used an attack, dubbed “Phonotactic Reconstruction”, in their research paper, amusingly subtitled “Hookt on Fon-iks,” to predict clear text words from encrypted sequences. What they did was segment sequences of the VoIP packets into sub-sequences mapped into candidate words, then, based on rules of grammar, hypothesized these sub-sequences into whole sentences. In other words, they were able to reconstruct the conversation by guessing and predicting the original sounds used within the original Skype conversation.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to I not get other people's email

vrimj writes: vrimj writes "I have a common enough first name lastname combination that I sometimes get other peoples email at my account.

It isn't a big deal if it is a person, I let them know, they fix it.

The big problem I am having is with companies and websites. These emails are often no reply which means I can't send back a quick note.

I got someone's credit card bills for three months before I realized there was nothing for it but calling the company (I tried a couple of emails first).

Recently got a notice about someone's kid signing up for a website. I don't have any but to hit the response and tell them that I first have to say I am that kids parent or guardian. I didn't know where to go from there.

Today I get an invoice from a cable company, it is for a different state. I can't reply. I go to the online support, they tell me my only choice is to call the sales office. I gave in for the bank but I am not talking to someone else's cable company.

Is there any way to make emails to an improperly formatted gmail address bounce or do something else obvious? Is there a technical solution I am overlooking.

I doesn't happen that often but it is an increasing PITA with no reply email addresses. I hate just setting up a filter because that cuts off these other people who made a typo or had someone not enter something correctly, but it is looking like the best choice.

It isn't spam, but it isn't my meat."

Submission + - Slashdot discount for Foresight@Google, June 25-26 (

An anonymous reader writes: Nanodot's parent organization Foresight Institute cordially invites Slashdot folks to use the code SLASHDOT to get $50 off this upcoming tech conference:

25th Anniversary Conference Celebration & Reunion Weekend
Google HQ in Mountain View, CA
June 25-26, 2011

Topics are emerging tech with special emphasis on transformative nanotech.

A rockstar lineup of speakers include:
  BARNEY PELL, PhD — Cofounder/CTO of Moon Express making robotic lunar landers
  WILLIAM ANDREGG — Founder/CEO of Halcyon Molecular
  PAUL SAFFO, PhD — Renowned tech forecaster and strategist
  LUKE NOSEK — CoFounder of Paypal, Partner at the Founders Fund
  SIR FRASER STODDART, PhD — Knighted creator of molecular "switches"
  THOMAS THEIS, PhD — IBM's Director of Physical Sciences
  Keynote JIM VON EHR — Founder/President of Zyvex, the world's first successful molecular nanotech company

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