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iPhone Apparently Open To Old Wi-Fi Attack

judgecorp Re:HTTPS enforces HTTPS? (90 comments)

That should have read "HTTP STS which enforces HTTPS" Peter Judge

about a year ago
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Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center

judgecorp Re:First Phrase (108 comments)

.. and I am so wishing I'd left the first phrase off....

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center

judgecorp Re:Agreed, Greenpeace doesn't deserve credit (108 comments)

Yep. Apple clearly didn't plan a second giant array in two days. I should have spelt this out, but hoped it was clearly enough implied. Peter

more than 2 years ago
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ICANN Extends New Domain Deadline After Fault

judgecorp update (1 comments)

ICANN has contacted us to assure us the problem is not a cyber attack, and that no customer data was lost

more than 2 years ago
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GPS Chip Promises Indoor Navigation

judgecorp Whoops - for "biometric" read "barometric"` (1 comments)

Overzealous spellcheck error - the system of course uses barometric pressure to find your altitude. And of course, this only works on a mobile device which has a built in barometer... Peter Judge

more than 2 years ago
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Jimmy Wales To Judge Tech Startups In London

judgecorp What about the fee? (1 comments)

It's just been pointed out that anyone wanting to pitch has to pay £795 upfront, which makes this more of a gamble... Peter Judge

more than 2 years ago

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UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over emergency Surveillance Bill

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about two weeks ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "The British Government has had to produce an emergency surveillance Bill after the European Court of Justice ruled that European rules on retaining metadata were illegal. That Bill has now been passed by the House of Commons with almost no debate, and will become law if approved by the House of Lords. But the so-called DRIP (Data retenteion and Investigatory Powers) Bill could face a legal challenge: the Open Rights Group (ORG) is fund-raising to bring a suit which would argue that blanket data retention is unlawful, so these emergency measures would be no more legal than the ones they replaced."
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UK Favourite AutoRoute LAid To Rest By Microsoft

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about two weeks ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Microsoft has announced MapPoint will be closed by the end of 2014. The Windows mapping software has been replaced for most users by web services such as Google Maps or Bing Maps, but some saw value in an offline map application. The AutoRoute applicattion which formed part of MapPoint was hugely popular in the UK — running on half the UK's PCs in the 1990s"
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Android Malware Poses as Google Play, Comes Pre-Installed

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about a month and a half ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Two worrying developments in Android malware. FireEye has spotted a program which installs covertly and poses as the Google Play app store. The installation appears to fail, but carries an encrypted payload which is unpacked stealthily. Meanwhile, a Chinese phone manufacturer has a suspiciously cheap Android smartphone, which includes pre-installed malware, again pretending to be the Google Play app. Security firm G Data believes the manufacturer may be subsidising its costs using stolen data"
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China Bans Windows XP On Government Computers

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 2 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "China has banned installation of Windows 8 on any new government computers. The ban could be a headache for Microsoft, and may be a bargaining tool in China's campaign to extend the life of Windows XP — still running on the vast majorith of Chinese government computers, and something like 70 percent of computers in the country as a whole."
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RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 3 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "RightsCorp, the controversial copyright enforcer, is planning to begin operations in Europe. In the US, the company scans torrent sites for IP addresses, shares them with ISPs, forcing them to send lawyers' letters demanding money from the supposed copyright infringers. RightsCorp says Europe needs its help, in fighting piracy"
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Dropbox And Box Leak Shared Private Files Through Google

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 3 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "People using shared storage providers such as Box and Dropbox are leaking data, a competitor has discovered. Links to shared files leak out when those links are accidentally put into the Google search box, or if users click links from within the documents. Dropbox competitor Intralinks stumbled across mortgage applications and bank statements while checking Google Analytics data for a Google Adwords campaign. Graham Cluley explains the problem in detail and suggests answers: for Dropbox users, it means upgrading to the Business version, which lets you restrict access to shared document links."
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Anti Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 3 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Symantec says anti virus is dead but the company — the world's largest IT security firm — still makes 40 percent of its revenue there. AV now lets through around 55 percent of attacks, the company's senior vice president of information security told the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, other security firms including FireEye, RedSocks and Imperva are casting doubt on AV, suggesting a focus on data loss prevention might be better."
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"Russian Zuckerberg" Sacked, Flees Country

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 3 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Pavel Durov, who founded Russia's largest social network Vkontakte in 2007, has been sacked from the service,. and has left the country saying Russia is no place to run an Internet business. He was forced out by the two biggest shareholders, USP and mail.ru, but claims the reason was his refusal to co-operate with the KGB's successor, the FSB and disclose personal data fromVkontakte which claims around 250 million subscribers."
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea is part of its territory, the social networks have a problem: how to categories their users from the region? Facebook and the largest Russian social network Vkontakte still Say Crimeans are located in Ukraine, while other Russian social networks say they are Russians. Meanwhile, on Wikipedia, an edit war has resulted in Crimea being part of Russia, but shaded a different colour to signify the territory is disputed. Search engine Yandex is trying to cover both angles: its maps service gives a different answer, depending on which location you send your query from."
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand (Though He Cannot Stand)

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Fugitive entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has launched a political party in New Zealand although he himself cannot stand for election. Dotcom, founder of Megaupload is a German national, not a New Zealand citizen. He is also on bail pending extradition to the US over claims that his Megaupload site infringed copyright. The Internet Party manifesto promises net neutrality, privacy, and faster broadband. Meanwhile, his new venture Mega is now worth NZ$210 million (£108m) thanks to a reverse takeover. He has also had to assure the New Zealand media that owning a signed copy of Mein Kampf doesn't mean he is a Nazi."
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "A newly discovered malware attack uses a smartphone connected to the computer that manages an ATM, and then sends an SMS message to instruct it to dispense cash. The attack was reported by Symantec, and builds on a previous piece of malware called Backdoor.Ploutus. It is being used in actual attacks, and Symantec has demonstrated it with an ATM in its labs, though it is not revealing the brand of the vulnerable machines."
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Liquid Cooling Will Get Inside Chips

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Liquid cooling can be delivered up close to the processor, running through chips which are built in a 3D layers, according to researchers at EPFL university in Lausanne. The idea, under development for some years, requires fluid running in tiny micro-channels across the chip, some of it will boil, creating efficient "two-phase" cooling. The researchers are working on creating a two-phase where the cooling effect is not ruined by turbulence and hotspots."
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Analyst Claims Flght MH370 Could Have Been Hijacked By Hackers

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "It's taken a while, but security commentators have started to say that the missing Malaysian flight MH370 could have been taken by hackers. The proposed method is to break into the in-flight entertainment system using its USB port and go from there to the navigation systems. It's very speculative, but last year a researcher said it was possible to take control of a plane using an Android phone app."
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EU Project Aims To Switch Data Centres To Second Hand Car Batteries

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 4 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "An €2.9 million European Commission funded project aims to make data centres more efficient, and one of its ideas is to use second hand car batteries to power data centres. The GreenDataNet consortium includes Nissan, which predicts a glut of still-usable second hand car batteries in around 15 years, when the cars start to wear out. Gathered into large units, these could store enough power to help with the big problem of the electricity grid — the mismatch between local renewable generation cycles and the peaks of demand for power."
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Russian Cyber Attacks On Ukraine Are By Hacktivists, Not Government - Kaspersk

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 5 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "As the situation in Ukraine has escalated there have been reports of cyber attacks, with Ukrainian news sites and politicians' phones under attack. Observers have assumed that the Russian government is organising these attacks, but Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky thinks it's more likely the work of patriotic vigilante hacktivists. The attacks have been somewhat obvious, and would "damage trust between nations", says the Russian security expert."
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Volkswagen CEO Wants Connected Cars To Respect Privacy

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 5 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "Volkswagen's CEO Martin Winkerhorn sees cars as a "moving data centre" and wants to push forward on connecting them, as well as making driverless cars, but he raised a big concern — guaranteeing drivers' privacy — in a speech to the German CeBIT tech show. Intelligent cars will be a big project, and need collaboration between auto makers, as well as tech firms, he said."
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Ukrainian Mobile Phones And News Sites Under Attack

judgecorp judgecorp writes  |  about 5 months ago

judgecorp (778838) writes "The Ukrainian security service has claimed that Russian forces in Crimea are attacking Ukraine's mobile networks and politicians phones in particular. Meanwhile, pro-Russian hackers have defaced Ukrainian news sites, posting a list of forty web destinations where content has been replaced. The pro-Russians have demonstrated Godwin's Rule — their animated GIF equates the rest of Ukraine to Nazis."
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