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Most Tor Keys May Be Vulnerable To NSA Cracking

hypnosec Guess who is funding Tor? (236 comments)

According to consolidated financial statements and reports of the Tor Project for the year ending December 2012, US Federal agencies are responsible for nearly sixty percent of funds received by the project. Tor has taken a defensive stand against this, but who knows?

about a year ago
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Oracle To Stop Developing Sun Virtualization Technologies

hypnosec Oracle makes it official (145 comments)

For those who don't have an Oracle support login here is the official announcement through a blog post.

about a year and a half ago
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Wii U Won't Run Battlefield 4 Engine Frostbite 3

hypnosec Vicious circle (1 comments)

It seems that Nintendo is stuck between convincing developers to build titles for the Wii U and wooing customers to buy the console even if famous titles r missing. Up until the company manages to get gaming companies port their famous titles onto Wii U gamers wouldn't be interested to buy the console and on the other hand up until the company manages to sell a descent amount of consoles it won't probably be able to convince game developers to develop games for the Wii U.

about a year and a half ago
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Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M

hypnosec The /. way (3 comments)

Hope this doesn't change the way /. functions!!! Dice Holdings is best known for its career sites. I don't know if they would be able to maintain the way /. functions!! Fingers crossed!

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 tells Microsoft about every application that you install.

hypnosec Exposing the OS to hackers? Well not really (2 comments)

It seems that the Nadim Kobeissi, the researcher behind this particular discovery, has gone a little too far in assuming that every tom, dick and harry is able to crack his way through SSLv2 and intercept the communication between the SmartScreen Server and Windows 8 laptop or desktop. The issue is probably not of exposing the OS to hackers as much as it is about the privacy of users. Microsoft does give the option of not installing the SmartScreen feature but, it actually doesn't disclose the privacy implication if this feature is not turned off.

more than 2 years ago
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Do blind people use smartphones?

hypnosec Usage of Smartphones as alternative increasing (5 comments)

Feature phones or the button based phones are used because of the simple reason that they provide a means for identifying the keys through embossed markings. But, many have been working towards and with the advent in voice controlled smartphones and touch phones designed with special interfaces like bigger buttons with high color contrasts may have accelerated the use touch phones as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Russia, CIS Coutries Hit by 'Lurid' Attacks

hypnosec Apologies for the typo in the title (1 comments)

Sorry for the typo in the title guys! Posted the story in a hurry I guess.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Voice Goes Live Globally

hypnosec The service will start gradually... (3 comments)

Just saw this on the official blog, "We’re rolling out this feature over the next few days, so if it’s available in your country you’ll see a little green phone icon show up at the top of your chat list and you’ll be ready to make calls"

more than 3 years ago
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Google Voice Goes Live Globally

hypnosec Re:Except it doesn't (3 comments)

Yeah seems that they have goofed up on this. Highly surprising that they have released a post but haven't actually made the service live for non-us users.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Confirms Pass System Implementation

hypnosec Sony finally learning now... I guess (1 comments)

Sony, I guess, has learnt the lesson out of the security breach. Walking on the footsteps of EA and HTQ might help them to recover a bit from the disastrous consequences of the security breach. May be a little though. Let us wait and watch what happens here. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Student suspended for posting on YouTube

hypnosec Reaction to video not appropriate (2 comments)

I guess, now even students are now allowed to express their minds. Having such an extreme reaction to something I would deem as creative is not the way to go. Education teaches students to express and when harsh actions like these are taken, it doesn't go down well. Hope the authorities in the developed world too doesn't follow the footsteps of the middle-eastern countries.

more than 3 years ago

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Court bans sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about two weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Delhi High Court has restrained Xiaomi and India online retailer Flipkart from selling any handsets manufactured by the former that are violating Ericsson patents through an interim order. The court has also asked Xiaomi and its agents to refrain from making, assembling, importing or selling any devices which infringe upon mobile phone technology patented by Ericsson."
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G.fast receives ITU approval; paves way for 500Mbps to 1Gbps speeds over copper

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about two weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has formally approved the G.fast standard that intends to deliver broadband speeds between 500Mbps to 1Gbps over traditional copper cables found between fibre-equipped street cabinets and homes / businesses. Cheaper than fibre to the premises (FTTP), the G.fast standard provides the means to use existing infrastructure to deliver greater broadband speeds. One of the major drawbacks of the technology is that as the distance increases the download and upload speeds decrease just as ADSL and VDSL. Despite the decline in speeds, the technology does offer far greater speeds as compared to its counterparts. ITU said in a statement that G.fast will enable implementation of bandwidth-intensive applications and services including IPTV, 4K video streaming, advanced cloud-based storage solution, HD video conference among others."
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Bristol University researchers develop touchable holograms

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about two weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed new technology that lets people touch and feel holograms with their bare hands. The research, led by Dr Ben Long and colleagues Professor Sriram Subramanian, Sue Ann Seah and Tom Carter from the University of Bristol, has led to the creation of a system that lets people see and feel 3-D shapes made out of air by using focused ultrasound. The technology makes use of ultrasound to project 3-D haptic holograms. By focusing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes. These shapes when added to 3D displays create something that can be seen and felt. The shapes can be viewed by directing the ultrasound at an oil film on water."
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Denuvo DRM cracked by Chinese hackers

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about two weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A Chinese hacker group has claimed that they have managed to crack Denuvo DRM — the latest anti-piracy measure to protect PC games from piracy. Introduced for the first time in FIFA 15 for PC, the Denuvo anti-piracy solution managed to keep the FIFA 15 uncracked for 2 months and Dragon Age Inquisition for a month. However, Chinese hackers claim that they have managed to rip open the DRM after fifteen days of work. The hackers have uploaded a video to prove their accomplishment.

A couple of things need to be pointed out here. First,the Chinese team has merely cracked the DRM and this doesn't necessarily mean that there are working cracks out there. Also, the crack only works with Windows 7 64-bit systems and won't work on Windows 8 or Windows 7 32-bit systems for now. The team is currently working to collect hardware data on processor identification codes."

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Microsoft's age-old image library 'Clip Art' is no more

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about three weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has finally bid a goodbye to the age-old Clip Art image library found in its Office products as its usage has been declining over the years. Redmond replaced the Clip Art’s online image library with Bing Image Search. This means that people searching for online images inside an Office app will now be directed to a gallery powered by Bing Images that will bring in results from around the web. Bing's copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system will let users get royalty-free images which they can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use."
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Linux Mint 17.1 'Rebecca' released

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about three weeks ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The team behind Linux Mint has released their latest distribution – Linux Mint 17.1 ‘Rebecca’ – as a general release making it available for everyone to download. Dubbed as a long term support release, Linux Mint 17.1 will be supported till 2019. The latest distribution packs a number of new features, which the team claims will make the distribution more comfortable to use."
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Raspberry Pi-powered body illusion lets you experience Parkinson's

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Analogue, a theatre/art group, has developed a interactive installation dubbed Transports powered by Raspberry Pi that lets you experience Parkinson’s symptoms. In the illusion, a person’s mind is tricked into believing that his/her hand is the hand shown in some point-of-view video and the motorised glove worn by the user gives the feeling of tremors associated with the Parkinson’s. The glove recreates tremors, the ones experienced by patients, at 6 hertz – the upper limit of what is experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Users are asked to follow instructions fed through headphones and using the glove, which creates an illusion of a virtual limb, they are supposed to mimic the movements of a man on the screen and manipulate real cutlery as he does."
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Details of 2.7 million HSBC Turkey customers compromised in latest hack

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Details of 2.7 million HSBC Turkey customers may have been compromised in a confirmed security breach that was spotted sometime last week by bank's internal security team. HSBC in a statement has said that they identified the security breach on its debit and credit card systems and stopped it, but the hackers may have siphoned off information comprising of card and linked account numbers, card holder names and expiry dates. Despite the theft of 2.7 million customer records, HSBC is of the opinion that its customers are at no financial risk. The bank has stressed that criminals will not be able to carry out fraudulent transactions using the stolen information through either internet banking or telephone banking. HSBC FAQ"
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Microsoft wants to provide free Internet in India using 'white space' spectrum

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has revealed its intention of providing free Internet in India through the use of ‘white space’ TV spectrum and to connect most rural areas of the country using the unused spectrum. Microsoft intends to use the 200MHz to 300MHz band in the white space – currently not in use and being owned by a government owned TV channel. Unlike Wi-Fi connectivity, which has a range of about 100 metres, white space TV spectrum has a range of up to 10 km – an ideal means for providing internet connectivity to the vast rural population of India."
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Raspberry Pi hits $20 price point with new model A+

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced its cheapest ever variant of the the Raspberry Pi computer with specific purpose in mind — for use in other larger systems like media player. The details of the model were leaked yesterday. The A+ version is a result of the promise the Foundation made earlier in summer when it launched Model B+ back in July. At the time the Foundation had said that it will be launched a lower-cost variant analogous to the original Model A and the A+ model is just that with a new price-point of just $20 (£15.51). Raspberry Pi Model A+ packs BCM2835 application processor, 256MB RAM, microSD card slot, improved audio quality, increase in GPIO pins to 40, and a single USB port. The board is significantly smaller and consumes less power. One thing that is missing from the A+ is the Ethernet jack."
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UK Gov launches 'Call for Information' on benefits, risks of digital currencies

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The UK Government has launched ‘Call for Information‘ on benefits and risks of digital currencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, others – one of the moves it claims will support growth of Britain’s emerging FinTech sector and will also enable customers to take advantage of the latest innovations when they make payments. The government acknowledges that digital currencies have the potential to deliver real benefits to customers and heeds to the fact that supports of the digital currency have been voicing the benefits of the currencies including faster payments, increased convenience, greater security, and mean lower fees for businesses as compared to traditional means of payments.The government expresses concerns over how these digital Currencies aren’t protected like traditional currencies. Further it also notes that the degree of anonymity and borderless features that these currencies provide could potentially be exploited for illegal and illicit activities. These are the reasons that the UK Government is asking for views on the “potential risks posed by digital currencies, including possible risks to customers and financial stability.”"
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Google supports Bitcoin; installs BTM on its London campus

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google has showed huge support for Bitcoin by installing a Bitcoin Telling Machine (BTM) at its London campus. The BTM will allow Google employees as well as visitors of the campus to purchase food and drinks with Bitcoin. Installation of BTM follows Google's partnership with digital wallet provider Coinbase for creation of virtual currency price tracker and according to the search engine giant the BTM will encourage more innovation and experimentation which will result into "transformative British companies." The BTM is a result of collaboration between Google, Callsign — a service that allows users to verify accounts via smartphone when using the machine, and Wyre — the developer of a mobile app that allows users to spend their Bitcoin."
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EFF: Verizon tracking mobile data users; bypassing privacy controls

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "In a startling revelation, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has claimed that mobile operator Verizon Wireless is tracking its mobile users’ internet habits by injecting a cookie-like tracker at the network level unbeknown to end users thereby not only to allegedly expand their advertising program, but also bypassing privacy controls completely. EFF claims that this cookie-like tracker is included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH “is sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” EFF further adds that using this particular tracker, third-party advertisers and websites are able to “assemble a deep, permanent profile of visitors' web browsing habits without their consent”. The claim goes as far as to establish that the tracking is effective even in cases where users decide to use private browsing mode or clear their cookies. Further, there is no way that users can switch off this particular feature. Verizon does provide an opt-out option to individual users to disable tracking, but it doesn’t cover the header injection mechanism that Verizon is using. EFF has provided links using which Verizon users can check if the operator is injecting traffic in their connection: http://lessonslearned.org/sniff and http://www.amibeingtracked.com/. Users need to visit this link over a cellular data connection."
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Mozilla teases first browser dedicated to devs

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has teased a browser for developers — a first of its kind — in a bid to equip developers with a set of tools at one place for better and enhanced productivity. Speaking about the perils of developers Mozilla says that developers, while developing for the web, use a range of tools, which don't always work well together because of which they have to switch between platforms. This process of switching from one platform to another makes developer less productive Mozilla says. The not-for-profit organisation hasn't detailed its browser for developer to a great extent, but has revealed that it will be releasing the browser on November 10."
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US University offers 'wasting time on the internet' course

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "University of Pennsylvania has announced a new degree programme under which students will be able to study 'wasting time on the internet'. The course will be run by University's Department of English with Professor Kenneth Goldsmith as the course lead. Goldsmith is known for his attempt to print off the entire internet. The course will commence from next year with enrolled students required to attend a weekly three hour seminar. During the session, students will be sat in front of a computer and will be barred from communicating verbally with each other, but instead will be restricted to doing everything via social media, chat rooms."
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World War II tech eLoran deployed as GPS backup in the UK

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) has announced that they have deployed a World War II technology called Long Range Navigation system, which they have named eLoran, in seven ports across Britain to serve as a backup for the existing Global Positioning System (GPS). GLA notes that modern ships have a lot of equipment that rely on Global Navigation Satellite Systems for functioning and in case of failure the consequences will be disastrous. For this reason technology that doesn’t rely on the GPS was required as a backup. eLoran is a ground-based system rather than satellite-based and is designed to be used in the event of a GPS failure. The system was quite successful and post-WWII era, the system was updated and crowned a new name Loran-C. The navigation system was adopted by mariners across the globe and was used until GPS was deployed. Loran has now been renamed as eLoran because of the upgrades to the technology as well as the infrastructure. The more accurate system generates longwave radio signal, which is 1 million times more powerful than those from positioning satellites, are capable of reaching inside buildings, underground and underwater. According to GLA, eLoran and GPS are quite different from one another and hence there is no common mode of failure."
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EFF rolls out IFightSurveillance.org to fight online surveillance

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new website that aims to fight online surveillance. The new website IFightSurveillance.org has been designed to educate people about how mass surveillance takes place, what it involves and how to tackle it. The site showcases figures from EFF’s list of counter-surveillance success stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have fought surveillance in their own ways. The website, available in 16 different languages, also highlights images and quotes from activists, business leaders, lawyers and technologists like Vladan Sobjer, Ron Deibert and Anne Roth."
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GTA Online mod lets you rape other players

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Modding isn’t a new thing in the world of gaming, but the latest one in Grand Theft Auto Online is one of the worst mods we have seen so far as it allows users to not only select naked characters but also rape other players. The mod allows users to do ‘naughty stuff’ and ‘very naughty stuff’ among other things which includes actions such as kidnapping, prostitution, make players attach to others and even ‘f*** the air’. First reported by a redditor, videos of such shenanigans have emerged only whereby these so-called ‘trolls’ are performing these acts. Using the mod, players can change their character to a fully naked man, grab their opponents, and lock them into a sexual animation. The character is shown thrust his or her pelvis into their rear of the other player’s character as if they were raping them. If you think the worst was over – well it’s not as the player being ‘raped’ can’t escape until the modder chooses to release him / her."
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PayPal's two-factor authentication can be bypassed easily, researcher says

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "PayPal’s two-factor authentication can easily be defeated and account accessed without requiring an elaborate set of steps, a security researcher has claimed while publicly disclosing the vulnerability as PayPal has failed to resolve the issue for two months now. Joshua Rogers, an Australian security researcher, discovered the vulnerability on June 5 and reported it to PayPal the same day. However, according to Rogers, PayPal hasn’t patched the vulnerability even after two months and he is disclosing the loop-hole publicly “due to the simplicity of it” and because he believes he gave “Paypal long enough to fix it.”"
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Evan Blass aka @evleaks retires; says monetizing Twitter feed isn't easy

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 5 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Over a hundred and eighty thousand followers of the popular leaker @evleaks, with their insatiable thirst to know what’s coming, will now have to find another source, as Evan Blass has called it quits after just 2 years. Although there have been a few leaks which were not very genuine, most of his leaks about smartphones and tablets have proved to be true which helped him get almost 187,000 followers on Twitter including several big names in the tech world. Blass has announced his retirement through a tweet that read, “All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT],” which was re-tweeted by his thousands of followers."
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How To Upgrade Your iPhone 4 or iPad 2 To iOS 5 Now

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  more than 3 years ago

What could well be the simplest ever way of upgrading your iOS device to a new beta firmware has been published by a reader from Gizmodo, the website which attracted much attention when it published pictures of the iPhone 4 last year.

Apple is likely to be unappreciative of the publication of this article as well, given that it has already attracted more than 150,000 views since its publication a few hours ago.

Kudos first to Mert Erdir who wants to be a pro developer and says that he just wants to get the attention of Apple, the company he's in love with.

The method he published exploits a security vulnerability related to the Voice Over System, and while it might just be a rather straight forward process, be warned that users will be proceeding at their own risk. http://www.itproportal.com/2011/06/08/how-upgrade-your-iphone-4-or-ipad-2-ios-5-now/#ixzz1Ogf9rh1r

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