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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 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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Raspberry Pi-powered body illusion lets you experience Parkinson's

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  4 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 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 a month and a half 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 3 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 4 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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Lionsgate sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and four others over Expendables 3 leak

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Lionsgate, the film company in charge of distribution of Expendables 3, has filed a lawsuit against unknown individuals who shared a DVD-level copy of Expendables 3 and six file-sharing sites known to have the links through which copies of the movies are being downloaded illegally. Advanced copy of Expendables 3 was leaked online in July and the pirated copy of the movie saw as many as 180,000 downloads in just 24 hours. The movie, which is releasing on August 15, is said to have crossed two million downloads already."
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Austrian law student takes Facebook to court; asks others to join in

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Max Schrems, an Austrian law student, on Friday called out billions of Facebook users to support him by joining a class-action lawsuit against Facebook for violating users’ privacy laws. Schrems has filed a law suit at Vienna's commercial court and has also invited others to join the action at www.fbclaim.com using their Facebook login. According to Europe-V-Facebook.org campaign, the Austrian law allows for a group of people to assign their claims to a single person in this case, Schrems, who can sue on their behalf and redistribute any damages awarded. In such a case, legal proceedings are then run as a class action. Schrems is claiming 500 Euros ($670) per user from Facebook in damages for allegedly violating data privacy policies, including its participation in the US National Security Agency’s Prism surveillance programme aimed at accessing the personal data of Facebook and other web services users, its graph search feature, use of “big data” systems for spying on users as well as company’s non-compliance with EU privacy law."
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Google's mapping service under scanner in India

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India has ordered for a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by Surveyor General of India’s office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused of organizing a mapping competition dubbed ‘Mapathon’ in February-March 2013 without taking prior permission from Survey of India, country’s official mapping agency. The mapping competition required citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants. The Survey of India (SoI), alarmed by the event, asked the company to share its event details. While going through the details the watch dog found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain."
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 seems to be terminally broken"

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Linus Torvalds has called GCC 4.9.0 compiler ‘pure and utter sh*t’ and 'terminally broken' after a random panic was discovered in a load balance function in Linux 3.16-rc6. “Ok, so I'm looking at the code generation and your compiler is pure and utter *shit*”, in one of the mails on Linux kernel mailing list. “gcc-4.9.0 seems to be terminally broken”, he added further. The issue that invited such comments from Torvalds is to do with the compiler apparently spilled a constant and incorrect stack red-zoning on x86-64 code generation."
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Russia goes after TOR's privacy; announces 4 million Roubles bounty

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Government of Russia has announced a 4 million Roubles (~£65,000) bounty to anyone who develops a technology to identify users of TOR – an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The bounty has been announced by Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the form of a tender titled “Perform research, code ‘TOR’ (Navy)”. The public description of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)". The ministry has said in the tender that it is looking for experts and researchers to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users equipment on the Tor anonymous network.”"
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Top 10 worst reasons Brits gave for stopping on a hard shoulder on motoway

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 4 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Motorists stop on hard shoulders mainly for either of the following two reasons: breakdowns or crashes – however, these are not the only two reasons as Highway Agency has revealed that motorists give out a range of bizarre reasons for stopping on hard shoulders.
  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat-navs.
  • Traffic officers stopped with two cars on the hard shoulder – the owners were half way through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • Parents feeding children.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around Heathrow airport for their client’s flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • Have you broken down Sir? No, came the reply, we are taking pictures of our new born grandchild (in their open top sports car) as it is a lovely day.
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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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