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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 7 months 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 9 months 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 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!

about a year and a half 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.

about a year and a half 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.

about a year and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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Scammers with a conscience emerge

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A new Ransomcrypt Trojan, detected recently, lets users request a decryption key without paying – that is if they wait for a month. The ransomware is no different from any other Trojan in the same family, but the authors of the Trojan claim that if users don’t wish to pay the ransom to get the unlock key they are entitled to a free unlock if they wait for a month from the day their personal files were encrypted. “P.S. Remember, we are not scammers. We don’t need your files” reads the ‘how to get data.txt’ file that comes along with the Trojan. "If you want, you can get a decryptor for free after a month. Just send a request immediately after infection. All data will be restored absolutely. Your warranty – decrypted samples and positive feedbacks from previous users.""
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Microsoft to continue supporting Windows XP in China

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has decided to continue supporting Windows XP in China unlike rest of the world where it will be pulling the plug on 14-year old operating system on April 8, 2014. Microsoft announced its decision through a post on its official Sina Weibo account on Sunday. Redmond will be partnering with local security vendors to continue supporting Windows XP. It is not yet clear how Microsoft will be chalking out the support strategy. It is not entirely clear why Microsoft is extending support for Windows XP in China as itself has noted that 70 percent of users in the country haven't updated their systems in the last 13 years."
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Hard-coded root password found in Synology DiskStation Manager VPN module

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Synology DiskStation Manager has a critical vulnerability wherein VPN module has a hard-coded password for root, which attackers can use to connect to Synology device and possibly other devices on the shared network. The hard-coded root password is ‘synopass’. Users will not be able to logon to the web interface of the device using the root:synopass combination; however, “when enabling the VPN server, root:synopass will get you authenticated and connected!”"
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The Raspberry Pi celebrates 2 years with open source graphics driver competition

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Raspberry Pi, which was first put up for sale on February 29, 2012, has completed two years and has sold over 2.5 million units during the period. Announcing the milestone and commemorating the two years, Founder and former trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton announced a $10,000 competition wherein developers will be required to demonstrate a satisfactory Quake III gameplay at a playable framerate on the credit card sized computer using open source drivers."
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In-app purchases in free-to-play games on European Commission's radar

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "European Commission is meeting with consumer protection authorities in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy and members of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network responsible for enforcing consumer rights across the EU to discuss concerns raised by consumers of free-to-pay games. The Commissions notes that more than 50 percent of the games in the EU’s online marketplace are advertised as ‘free’; however, they often include costly in-app purchases. Some of the concerns raised by consumers about free-to-play games will include misleading tactics about 'free' games and the cost involved; exhortations or persuasion tactics to make in-app purchases; explicit authorisation during in-app purchases; and contact information in case consumers want to contact vendors or register complaints."
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Github rolls out new text editor Atom

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Github has introduced Atom, its new text editor that allows developers to write and edit code and which has been in development for more than six years. Atom will be available as a part of an invite-only beta program. GitHub revealed that through Atom it aims to create an editor "that will be welcoming to an elementary school student on their first day learning to code, but also a tool they won’t outgrow as they develop into seasoned hackers.""
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Kickass.to linking blocked by Twitter

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Twitter isn't allowing users to post a link to Kickass.to stating that the URL in the tweet 'appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.' I tried clicking on one of the URLs sent to me by one of our publishers who wanted to share with us a draft copy of the soon to be published book and as soon as I clicked on it I was greeted with a rather unfamiliar message on Twitter. 'The site you were trying to visit may be unsafe! This link has been flagged as potentially harmful.' This led me to try out a little test of linking a random Kickass.to link and Twitter blocked the request with a message: 'Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.'"
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Linux skills helping professional move forward - 2014 Linux Jobs Report

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about a month ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Linux Foundations’ 2014 Linux Jobs Report reveals that Hiring managers are looking for professionals with Linux skills with increasing number of organisations the world over considering Linux as a core part of their businesses. The 2014 Linux Jobs Report provides a comprehensive view of career landscape in Linux right from business needs to personal incentives and job motivations that attract Linux professionals. The report comprises of views from 1,100 hiring managers and 4,000 Linux professionals. Seventy-seven percent of surveyed hiring managers have revealed that they are prioritising hires for those positions what involve Linux openings as compared to other jobs with 90 percent stating that they are planning to hire Linux professionals in the next six months. When it comes to Linux professionals, 86 percent of those surveyed revealed that Linux had helped them advance their careers. From the report it can be concluded that Linux jobs really are the best around."
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Facebook retaliates; says 'Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely'

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "A recent report from two Princeton researchers claimed that Facebook is like an infectious disease currently experiencing a spike before its decline and will lose 80 percent of its user base by 2017, which caught attention of Facebook and in its reply the social networking giant claimed that ‘Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely’. Facebook data scientists Mike Develin, Lada Adamic, and Sean Taylor used some of the same techniques used by Princeton researchers to arrive at their conclusion. The trio used parameters such as Facebook Likes, Percentage of Princeton papers in journals, student enrolment, and Google Trends."
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Snapchat account registration CAPTCHA defeated

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Snapchat's security troubles continue as a security researcher has managed to hack its account registration CAPTCHA system with a program of less than 100 lines that took 30 minutes to develop. Steve Hickson, a computer engineer by education, wrote a small computer program with very little effort that identifies Snapchat’s ghost from the given set of images. Hickson equates Snapchat’s ghost very particular and calls it a template that can be matched easily using a computer program. Hickson used a combination of Open Source Computer Vision Library (OpenCV), SURF points and FLANN matching “with a uniqueness test to determine that multiple keypoints in the training image weren't being singularly matched in the testing image.”"
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Hortonworks marks Hadoop 2.0 for Windows as GA

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Hortonworks has announced general availability of Hadoop 2.0 for Windows – three months after it did for the Linux operating system. Hadoop 2.0 for Windows is dubbed as a true multi-use data platform as it brings with it Apache Hadoop YARN enabling users to interact with all data in both real time as well as batch processing. Hadoop 2.0 for Windows brings with it high availability support for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) NameNode; phase II of Stringer initiative; and Apache HBase NoSQL database release 0.96. Developers who are new to Hadoop or HDP for windows could start off with single-node version of HDP 2.0 for Windows that includes a Microsoft Installer based setup."
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FreeBSD 10.0 release builds spotted

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 2 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "FreeBSD 10.0 is finally available for download after a series of delays and an additional rc build. From the looks of it FreeBSD 10.0 is currently available for all the four architectures, but the official release announcement is missing. Most of the ISOs have been either signed off on January 16 or 17 meaning that the builds have been ready since three days now."
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Android vulnerability allows interception of VPN data, researchers claim

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Security researchers over at the Ben Gurion University (BGU), Israel claim to have discovered a vulnerability in Android that allows for interception of encrypted data travelling over a VPN in plain text. The researchers note that the vulnerability allows a malicious app to "bypass active VPN configuration" without requiring any ROOT permissions. The vulnerability, if exploited, allows for capture of data in clear text thereby leaving the information completely exposed. The researchers claim that they have tested multiple smartphones from different vendors before posting their claims. They have reported the vulnerability to Google and are awaiting the Android maker’s verdict on this."
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China gets government-backed operating system COS

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "China has revealed its own government-backed mobile operating system dubbed China Operating System (COS) to rival the mobile OS from Google and Apple. Developed jointly by China's Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and Shanghai Liantong Network Communications Technology, the COS is based on Linux and resembles Android to a great extent. The COS is said to support smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs as well as set-top boxes and comes with support for HTML5 apps. Unsurprisingly, the COS is not open source because of ‘safety concerns’."
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Anonymous hacks MIT website on anniversary of Aaron Swartz suicide

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Anonymous is at it again and has defaced the Cogeneration project page of MIT on the anniversary of Aaron Swartz suicide. The project’s webpage is still defaced as of this writing and carries the title “THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK”. This day exactly a year ago Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York city, which his family believes was because of MIT and an overzealous Department of Justice prosecution. Anonymous defaced the website as a part of Operation Last Resort, which is in retaliation for the suicide. “We decided to hack MIT again in 2014 on the anniversary with a second tribute to Aaron Swartz http://cogen.mit.edu/ #TheDayWefightback”, read a tweet from OpLastResort."
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MPAA joins W3C

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) will now have a say in standards review process at the W3C – specifically the one that seeks to protect interests of copyright holders on the web — as it has joined the standards organization as its member. The membership was first announced by W3C through a tweet that read “Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. joined W3C”. Membership to the W3C will give MPAA early access to all W3C material it is made public. MPAA will be able to appoint a representative for the advisory committee and be a part of the standards review process."
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Sony sold 4.2m PlayStation 4s, while Microsoft sold 3m Xbox Ones in 2013

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Sony has sold a whopping 4.2 million PlayStation 4 units as of December 28, 2013 – outselling Microsoft Xbox One by over 1.2 million units. Andrew House, SCEA CEO, took the stage during Kaz Hirai’s CES 2014 keynote to announce the PlayStation 4 sales numbers. Microsoft on the other hand sold over 3 million units of Xbox One in just 40 days after the console was launched."
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China lifts 13 year console ban

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "China has lifted the 13 year old gaming console ban, which it imposed back in 2000 as a way to protecting nation’s youth from unhealthy content that may adversely affect their mental health. The temporary lift of the ban, which was pronounced on Monday by the State Council of PCR, will make way for international console vendors including Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo to setup production facilities in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone and sell their consoles throughout the country. The vendors will still have to go through local checks including the ones from the Cultural authorities to ensure that they don’t violate any of the rules set by them."
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The Pirate Bay insider reveals the torrent site's censorship-beating plans

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Pirate Bay had a difficult domain hopping 2013, but team behind the torrent indexing site is steadily progressing towards its goals of beating censorship by circumventing IP and domain name blockades through a tool that will be based on p2p network. An insider has shed further light on the Pirate Bay’s plans revealing that TPB is working to create a standalone tool – a browser like client – that will make use of site’s indexed data available locally on users’ systems. The index data will be made available in the form of downloadable packages which users of the tool can download. The data will be shared locally on users’ systems thereby eliminating the need of a central server. Webkit will be used to render the pages while BitTorrent will be used to download the files."
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Researchers develop 'narrative authentication' system

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  about 3 months ago

hypnosec (2231454) writes "Researchers have developed a ‘narrative authentication’ system that could put an end to the need of remembering complex passwords to logging onto computer systems. The new system has been developed by Carson Brown and his colleagues over at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. The main idea behind the system is to log a user’s activities on the system or any other device that he / she may be using and then ask questions about them as and when a user wants to logon to the system next time. Users can interact with the logging software and add their own events in the real world like wedding dates, holidays, travel dates, etc."
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How To Upgrade Your iPhone 4 or iPad 2 To iOS 5 Now

hypnosec hypnosec writes  |  more than 2 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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