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Submission + - A Police Database Put At Risk By A SQL Injection Flaw

courteaudotbiz writes: The Operation Hand Off website, operated in partnership between the RCMP and MicroDotDNA, has been an easy target for years because its login form was vulnerable to SQL Injection flaw (Original in French). The grey hat who disclosed the information promptly contacted the organization to inform them of the flaw, but instead of being thanked, he was hit by a complaint filed against him at the RCMP. Fortunately, no charges were held against him and the flaw has been corrected since.

Operation Hands Off maintains a database that lists goods, mostly luxury stuff, along with the name, address and phone number of their owners. No need to says that this would have been a gold mine for criminal organizations.

Interesting fact: Police officers passwords were kept in cleartext along with their email addresses, and the account the hacker was logged in with would let him modify the serial numbers of the registered goods, rendering them untraceable.

Comment Re:Paging Dr. Faustus (Score 1) 481

I always find this funny that so many studies say "The Arctic is warming and there should be no more ice cap by 2050". I remember some US scientists said there would be no ice in the Arctic by 2013, and look at this graph. The arctic ice cap is currently a little over 13 million square km.

Yes, it may be shrinking a little, but the sampling period is extremely short, compared to our planet's age. This can or cannot be caused by humans. But hey, anyway humans won't survive Earth, which is scheduled to disappear anyway in the next 5 billion years... Unless we disseminate elsewhere in our universe, we're doomed.

Comment Re:Automatically demotes stories (Score 3, Funny) 194

17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with "17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with "17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with "17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with "17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with "17 reasons why they should demote stories that begin with..... ^c

Damn. There must be something wrong with my code...

Comment Re:Boot-loops (Score 3, Insightful) 86

I had an LG G2 a couple years ago. After 6 months owning it, the touchcreen controller or sensor stopped working. I had Rogers (My Canadian provider) replace the defective screen. After another 6 months, it did the exact same thing, but the phone was out of warranty. Both Rogers and LG refused to repair the phone. This was, and forever will be, the last LG phone I owned.

Now I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and am perfectly happy with it.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1, Offtopic) 180

... says the World Wildlife Fund, financed by Bayer / Monsanto, Unilever, and other large companies who sit at a round table to greenwash their projects of destroying Indonesian forests and indigenous people to grow palm trees for palm oil production. Read this... and tell me this organization really cares about wildlife.

Comment Re:Perspective (Score 2) 474

Mmmmm... so you say we should stop all scientific advances until we solve all the other, more basic problems? We should concentrate the whole planet on working only to eliminate poverty?

Or maybe some of the advances we make at the top of Maslow's pyramid will someday serve the ones struggling for the bottom of it... I mean, like 3D printing. Right now, it's still a novelty, in use for a very small fraction humans. Someday, maybe it's going to be the cheapest way to have a hamburger, and our African friends will be able to have one everyday. Not that it won't cause other problems though, it it will solve one.

Also have a look at this, rethink your answer.

As the world goes forward in scientific advances, poverty recedes.

Comment Millenium tetralogy, by far (Score 1) 175

Love the approach of having a geek, socially dysfunctional girl kick the butt of the CIA or other high profile criminals / businesses with so much ease, and being so resourceful. Even though everything is not always totally realistic, I like the storyline. And I'm still looking for a way to transfer a few million from an oversea crook to my own account that I opened under a false ID too...

Submission + - Anonymous targets engineering firms in Quebec

courteaudotbiz writes: The Anonymous collective targeted engineering firms (original in French) in the province of Québec, following a political corruption scandal and a public investigation commission that led to no one being accused of anything. Engineering firms were at the heart of illegal political financing and bid rigging practices. The Anonymous collective seems to have defaced the website and replaced several articles with a political message saying that "the engineers do not deserve their ring".

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