pdclarry (175918) writes "Glenn Greenwald's book No Place to Hide reveals that the NSA intercepts shipments of networking gear destined for overseas and adds spyware. Cisco has responded by asking the President to intervene and stop this practice, as it has severely hurt their non-US business, with shipments to other countries falling from 7% for emerging countries to over 25% for Brazil and Russia." top
pdclarry (175918) writes "Anyone managing email servers or lists has suspected for several weeks a major hack of AOL's servers, based on a sudden spurt in spam ostensibly from AOL email addresses (but actually spoofed) and sent to the contact lists of those AOL accounts. Of course, there is a steady stream of such spam from hacked individual accounts on many services, but the magnitude and suddenness of the most recent spam attack argues against individual account invasions.
Well, AOL has finally come clean. Apparently individuals unknown accessed AOL's servers and took screen names, account information including mailing addresses, contact lists, encrypted passwords and encrypted answers to security questions. And possibly credit card information. AOL claims that it affects "only" 2% of their members, but recommends that everyone change their passwords and security questions." top
Yahoo DMARC implementation breaks most mailing lists
pdclarry (175918) writes "On April 8 Yahoo implemented a new DMARC policy that essentially bars any Yahoo user from accessing mailing lists hosted anywhere except on Yahoo and Google. While Yahoo is the initiator, it also affects Comcast, ATT, Rogers, SBGlobal and several other ISPs. Internet Engineering Council expert John R. Levine, specialing in email infrastructure and spam filtering claimed in a post “Yahoo breaks every mailing list in the world including the IETF's.” on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) list.
DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) is a two year old proposed standard previously discussed on Slashdot that is intended to curb email abuse, including spoofing an phishing. Unfortunately, as implemented by Yahoo, it claims most mailing list users as collateral damage. Messages posted to mailing lists (including listserv, mailman, majordomo, etc) by Yahoo subscribers are blocked when the list forwards them to other Yahoo (and other participating ISP's) subscribers. List members not using Yahoo or its partners are not affected and will receive posts from Yahoo users. And posts from non-Yahoo users are delivered to Yahoo members. So essentially those suffering the most are Yahoo's (comcast's, att's, etc) own customers. Hacker News has details about why DMARC has this affect on mailing lists. Their best proposed solution is to ban Yahoo email users from mailing lists and encourage them to switch to other ISPs. Unfortunately, it isn't just Yahoo, although they are getting the most attention." top
Microwave your iPhone to charge it? People fall for this hoax!
pdclarry (175918) writes "Liberty Reserve, apparently the Internet bank of choice for criminals, as reported by NY Times and other sources including Wired and Business Week, has been shut down. Liberty Reserve, incorporated in Costa Rica in 2006, “facilitated global criminal conduct” and was created and structured “as a criminal business venture, one designed to help criminals conduct illegal transactions and launder the proceeds of their crimes,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in an indictment unsealed today. The Liberty Reserve site has been seized by the US government. Chatter on criminal web sites show a rising sense of panic as fortunes have disappeared in an instant." top
pdclarry (175918) writes "As reported in The Guardian and Apple support forums As of January 1 the Do Not Disturb feature of the iPhone's iOS 6 does not turn off. One forum member did an analysis that shows that the bug recurs for several days at the beginning of each year in coming years if not fixed.
Just to add to the embarrassment, Apple chose Wednesday to launch a new advert promoting the iPhone's Do Not Disturb feature. (Replete with tennis's Williams sisters.)" top
pdclarry (175918) writes "I'm sure all of us wonder where "the whole nine yards" expression came from, and many of us have argued one or more of the hypotheses (WW II ammo belt length, American football reference, fabric in a kilt, capacity of a transit mixer...). Well, the latest research now says that it has no origin. (paywall warning): The NY Times covers the story, referencing the Yale Alumni Magazine source.
Interesting discovery is that there's been phrase inflation (it was originally "The Whole Six Yards") and that it has no specific reference in real life. Of course, this most recent discovery probably will not end the argument that Linguist Ben Zimmer says is “something of a Holy Grail among word sleuths.” Indeed, there are already new hypotheses posted in comments to the Yale Alumni Magazine article." top
DMCA updates for 2013: jailbreaking, personal copies of DVDs illegal
pdclarry (175918) writes "Updates to DMCA regulations effective January 1, 2013 again make jailbreaking iPhones illegal and ban making personal copies of DVDs, along with other seemingly arbitrary changes. You also will not be able to legally hack your game console." top
Married gay couple's engagement photo used in anti-gay political campaign
pdclarry (175918) writes "A recent study by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University found that a piece of tuna sushi may not be tuna at all; "A piece of tuna sushi has the potential to be an endangered species, a fraud or a health hazard,” wrote the authors. “All three of these cases were uncovered in this study.”
The study published in PLOSONE examined 68 samples of tuna sushi purchased from 31 restaurants in Manhattan (New York City) and Denver, Colorado. Some of these were from endangered species, others were not as labeled, and some one not tuna at all. Of these last 5 samples labeled as "white tuna" were from a toxic fish, Escolar, which is a gempylid species banned for sale in Italy and Japan due to health concerns. "It can cause gastrointestinal symptoms range from mild and rapid passage of oily yellow or orange droplets, to severe diarrhea with nausea and vomiting. The milder symptoms have been referred to as keriorrhea [i.e. flow of wax in Greek]."
pdclarry (175918) writes "Storm8, a maker of some top iPhone games, stole user's mobile phone numbers according to a suit filed on November 4. The story was reported in this story in The Register. The complaint claims best-selling games made by Storm8 contained secret code that bypassed safeguards built into the iPhone to prevent the unauthorized snooping of user information. This is not new; there have been other reports of applications copying personally identifiable customer information." Link to Original Source top
pdclarry writes "A Boeing 747 that serves as an Air Force One backup and two F-16 fighters escorting it caused a brief panic among office workers at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan this morning, as large numbers evacuated the buildings. The incident was also reported by The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, which also reported evacuations in Jersey City across the Hudson River from Manhattan." Link to Original Source top
pdclarry (175918) writes "Anti-nuclear activist and proprietor of the Black Hole surplus store in Los Alamos, Ed Grothus, died on February 12 according to this belatedly reported story in the Wall Street Journal (temporary link). Ed started out as a machinist at the Los Alamos lab, the facility that created the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During his tenure he became a vocal critic of nuclear weapons development, first founding an anti-nuclear church. He later started buying up surplus items from the labs at the frequent auctions, and opened a store in an old supermarket building in Los Alamos. The store is stacked floor to ceiling, aisle after supermarket aisle, with mostly obsolete electronic junk. The name says it; what goes in rarely goes out; many of his customers are looking for props for movies. Here is a video taken a few years ago. There are a number of tributes posted: Telstar Logistics, BoingBoing, Democracy for New Mexico." top
pdclarry writes "Numerous reports on the Apple iPhone forum point to a failure of AT&T's (formerly Cingular's) EDGE network for several hours today (July 2). The reports are all anecdotal and are scattered, with several iPhone owners claiming to have spoken to tech support personnel who confirmed the outages. Originally it was reported to be a West Coast problem, but reports have also appeared from other parts of the country. There have been no official statements as yet from Apple or AT&T. Other sites have picked up on the rumors, but no official word as yet.
pdclarry writes "The NY Times reports that researchers have identified a number of vulnerabilities in Vista. The Times article states, "Microsoft is facing an early crisis of confidence in the quality of its Windows Vista operating system as computer security researchers and hackers have begun to find potentially serious flaws in the system...On Dec. 15, a Russian programmer [as reported by Slashdot] posted a description of a flaw that makes it possible to increase a user's privileges on all of the company's recent operating systems, including Vista. And over the weekend a Silicon Valley computer security firm said it had notified Microsoft that it had also found that flaw, as well as five other vulnerabilities, including one serious error in the software code underlying the company's new Internet Explorer 7 browser."