JakartaDean (834076) writes "J.P. Morgan Chase said about 76 million households were affected by a cybersecurity attack on the bank this summer in one of the most sweeping disclosed breaches of a financial institution.
The largest U.S. bank by assets said the unknown attackers stole customers’ contact information—including names, email addresses, phone numbers and addresses. The breach, which was first disclosed in August and is still under investigation by the bank and law enforcement, extended to the bulk of the bank’s customer base, affecting an amount equivalent to two-thirds of American households. It also affected about seven million of J.P. Morgan’s small-business customers. It isn’t clear how many of those households are U.S.-based.
The bank said hackers were unable to gather detailed information on accounts, such as account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. Customer money is “safe,” the bank said in a statement to customers on Thursday." top
US Supreme Court affirms legislative prayers are constitutional
JakartaDean (834076) writes "Eugene Volokh, in the Washington Times, says, "The Court is unanimous in its view that, generally speaking, some legislative prayers are constitutionally permissible." Even the dissenters agree that "such a forum need not become a religion-free zone." Apparently the whole thing is based on tradition: "Under Marsh, legislative prayer has a distinctive constitutional warrant by virtue of tradition." Is this really the best the USA can come up with in terms of decision making at the highest level?" top
JakartaDean (834076) writes "According to an article in CNet, If you do not trust online storage drives for file syncing across your devices or are frustrated with storage limits, there is another player in town. BitTorrent has released a new alpha version of its Sync software, which supports syncing folders across the Internet without going through an intermediary like Dropbox, Cloud Drive, or iCloud. The Sync software uses the standard BitTorrent decentralized file-sharing technology to establish a secure file-synchronizing routine between your various devices. It does so by use of local peer discovery, peer exchange, and static known hosts as well as DHT and classic BitTorrent trackers to establish links between your systems, and then uses standard P2P BitTorrent protocols to transfer and reassemble files in chunks." top
JakartaDean (834076) writes "AllTrials was set up by several groups concerned about public access to scientific findings with a particular focus on pharmaceutical research. They have an online petition you can sign. GSK have signed it, which marks a big step towards public access to such research. Wired has covered the story, and does a good job of explaining some of the management's interest in disclosure, including a record $3 billion fine last year." Link to Original Source top
JakartaDean (834076) writes "Julian Assange lost his appeal before Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday, which takes him another step closer to extradition to Sweden for questioning on sexual abuse accusations filed against him in August 2010. But the court will allow Assange's attorneys to file a petition for the court to reconsider the ruling, which upheld an extradition order handed down in February 2011." Link to Original Source top
JakartaDean (834076) writes "The latest alleged iPhone killer has been announced from, of all places, Nova Scotia, Canada. The blogosphere has picked it up, check SLOG. The original announcement of the device, named "Pomegranate" has a page up here. This technology is absolutely beyond belief. Unfortunately, there is no ship date yet — this is pure vapourware at the moment.
JakartaDean (834076) writes "Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, and internet regulation, fame, has lost his Senate seat. AP is reporting "Stevens was declared the loser in Alaska on Tuesday night after a two-week-long process of counting nearly 90,000 absentee and early votes from across Alaska. With this victory, Democrat Mark Begich has defeated one of the giants in the U.S. Senate by a 3,724-vote margin, a stunning end to a 40-year Senate career marred by Stevens' conviction on corruption charges a week before the election."
It's probably too early to tell what this means for internet regulation, but at least there's a better (ie >0) chance that the next committee chair will understand something about the internet."