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ccguy (1116865) writes "It seems that while Google could really care less about your site and has no real interest in hacking you, their automated bots can be used to do the heavy lifting for an attacker.
In this scenario, the bot was crawling Site A. Site A had a number of links embedded that had the SQLi requests to the target site, Site B. Google Bot then went about its business crawling pages and following links like a good boy, and in the process followed the links on Site A to Site B, and began to inadvertently attack Site B." Link to Original Source top
Apple revises warranty policies in Europe to comply with UE laws
ccguy (1116865) writes "Apple revised its warranty policy in Italy last year after being hit with a €900,000 fine for not complying with an EU-mandated two-year term. The company has today revised the terms of its warranties in France, Germany and Belgium, specifying that customers are entitled to repairs and replacements of their Apple products for a full two years after purchase, and not just one as previously stated. No word yet on when the rest of the EU will see those changes, but it would now seem to be just a matter of time before other countries get the new terms as well." Link to Original Source top
ccguy (1116865) writes "I'm going to visit California in a few months. One of the perks of going to the US used to be the ability to buy oversized things in any store — everything from shoes to chairs, or things that just weren't sold in Europe. Now, I'm trying to locate a few furniture stores to bring a large recliner home and other typical geek things. I refuse to believe that people in the US buy that online, without a proper testing. So well, where do US slashdot users go for their geeky furniture?" top
Australia cigarette plain packaging law upheld by court
ccguy (1116865) writes "Australia's highest court has upheld a new government law -which had been challenged by tobacco companies- on mandatory packaging for cigarettes that removes brand colours and logos from packaging. The law requires cigarettes to be sold in olive green packets, with graphic images warning of the consequences of smoking." Link to Original Source top
ccguy (1116865) writes "Spanish ex-judge Balsazar Garzón will represent wikileak's Julian Assange in his extradiction case. In the past 30 years Garzón has led the most important investigations in Spain: Against drug cartels, against terrorist groups (ETA), and against corruption. He's also famous for his attempt to extradite Chilean dictator Pinochet to Spain to judge him for crimes against humanity. In his last investigation Garzón ordered in-prison conversations between corrupt politicians and their lawyers to be monitored. This is legal in Spain if the goal is to prevent further crimes to be committed (such as the inmate telling his lawyer to destroy evidence, or offshore funds). This caused Garzón to be disbarred as a judge. The president of the Supreme Court that signed this disbarment (Carlos Dívar) has later on made to resign, after it was discovered that he used taxpayers money for deluxe vacations." Link to Original Source top
ccguy (1116865) writes "A few days ago I got an email from moneybookers (supposedly a good alternative to paypal) regarding my account: They want me to send them full color copies of my ID, as well as other documents, for my security. Given that you can open bank accounts, requests loans and access lots of private data with the information they asked for, I asked them to just terminate my account and send my balance (around 400 euros) to my bank account. They replied 3 days later saying that they are sorry to see me go, and that they would terminate my account as soon as they get the documents they asked. So basically, they're robbing me 400 euros. Now, I'm not going to let them get away with this. Without spending lots of money in lawyers, what would be the most efficient way to make them reconsider? Is there a place in the European Union that a lawyerless citizen cand send a formal complaint about this kind of abuse?" Link to Original Source top
ccguy writes "Recently I started an adwords campaign (details omitted as I don't want this to look as an ad). Anyway, the text used the word "torrent". I got an email from google saying that someone (no info given) claimed torrent as a trademark, so I can't use it. Torrent is 1) A common word 2) My wife's last name. I'm sure some else has already found this wall. Can something be done, other than choose a different word?" top
ccguy writes "After a couple of months (since their move to Chicago), sourceforge's statistics system is finally online, and backlog processing is expected to complete in 24 hours. Good news for everyone in the community that cares about the download counter." top
ccguy writes "According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, a Spanish site dedicated to subtitles was shut down after its ISP received a letter from FAP (Spanish antipiracy agency). Spanish legislation is permissive towards these kind of sites as long as they are non-profit, so after the owner threatened to sue the ISP, the site went back online." top
ccguy writes "Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion cash and stock bid for Yahoo Friday, a deal that shakes up the competitive and lucrative market for Internet search. The deal would pay Yahoo shareholders $31 a share, which represents a 62% premium from Thursday's closing price. Complete details at CNN." top
ccguy (1116865) writes "According to Spanish newspaper El Pais (in Spanish), a high school principal in Spain was fined for urinating in the street. He couldn't been notified in person, so the fine was published in paper (and PDF, of course). Now each time the students looks him up in google they find out what his principal did.
The principal seeked protection from the Spanish Data Protection Agency which is making google delete all references to the event." top
ccguy (1116865) writes "According to El Pais (article in Spanish), Promusicae, yet another Spanish IP rights association sued Telefónica -largest telco- because it refuses to identify users. The Spanish law is clear: Non profit sharing is not a crime. The judge however, asked the European Union whether there's any directive on this. Answer: If there's no crime personal information must be kept private." Link to Original Source top