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Linux Virtual Ethernet Bug Delivers Corrupt TCP/IP Data
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 10:19 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's absolute-power department:
jones_supa writes: Vijay Pandurangan from Twitter warns about a Linux kernel bug that causes containers using Virtual Ethernet devices for network routing to not check TCP checksums. Examples of software stacks that use Virtual Ethernet devices are Docker on IPv6, Kubernetes, Google Container Engine and Mesos. The kernel flaw results in applications incorrectly receiving corrupt data in a number of situations, such as with bad networking hardware. The bug dates back at least 3 years or more – it is present in kernels as far back as the Twitter engineering team has tested. Their patch has been reviewed and accepted into the kernel, and is currently being backported to -stable releases back to 3.14 in various distributions. If you use containers in your setup, Pandurangan recommends that you deploy a kernel with this patch.

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Apple's iPhone Already Has a Backdoor
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 10:19 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's hidden-driveway-too department:
Nicola Hahn writes: As the Department of Justice exerts legal pressure on Apple in an effort to recover data from the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, Apple's CEO has publicly stated that "the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone." But, as one Windows rootkit developer has observed, the existing functionality that the FBI seeks to leverage is itself a backdoor. Specifically, the ability to remotely update code on a device automatically, without user intervention, represents a fairly serious threat vector. Update features marketed as a safety mechanism can just as easily be wielded to subvert technology if the update source isn't trustworthy. Something to consider in light of the government's ability to steal digital certificates and manipulate network traffic, not to mention the private sector's lengthy history of secret cooperation.

Related: wiredmikey writes: Apple said Monday it would accept having a panel of experts consider access to encrypted devices if US authorities drop efforts to force it to help break into the iPhone of a California attacker. Apple reaffirmed its opposition to the US government's effort to compel it to provide technical assistance to the FBI investigation of the San Bernardino attacks, but also suggested a compromise in the highly charged legal battle. In his first public remarks since Apple CEO Tim Cook said he would fight the federal magistrate's order, FBI Director James Comey claimed the Justice Department's request is is about "the victims and justice."

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What Happens When Google Doc Credentials Are Leaked On the Dark Web?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 08:53 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's nothin'-good department:
itwbennett writes: It only takes one day of online credentials being available on the Dark Web before login attempts will start, according to security company Bitglass, which set up a simulation using fake credentials for a Google Drive account, complete with real credit card details, fake corporate data and personal data, according to Bitglass' report. Bitglass said there were three attempted logins to Google Drive in the first day and five attempted logins to the fake bank site. Within two days, files were downloaded from the Google Drive account.

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HTTP GZIP Compression Leaks Data On the Location of Tor Web Servers
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 08:53 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's they're-around-here-somewhere department:
An anonymous reader writes: The GZIP compression format includes a field in its header that shows the Web server's local date, at which the data was gzipped. Almost all Web servers use "zeros" to pad this field by default, citing performance issues. Around 10% of Tor site operators have removed this feature and are printing the packet's compression date. Unknown to them, this "server local date" leaks the Tor site's timezone which law enforcement can then narrow down to a specific geographical area. Coupled with other Tor protocol leaks, this could help deanonymize .onion sites.

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Snowden Would Return To US If Government Guarantees Fair Trial
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 07:32 AM
By whipslash from Slashdot's freedom department:
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden said if the government would guarantee him a fair trial, he would return to the United States.

Snowden spoke via Skype from Russia on Saturday at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, WTOP reported.

"I've told the government I would return if they would guarantee a fair trial where I can make a public interest defense of why this was done and allow a jury to decide," Snowden said.

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Pirated App Store Client For iOS Found On Apple's App Store
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 07:32 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's infinite-recursion department:
An anonymous reader writes: An app called "Happy Daily English", which has been offered for download via Apple's official App Store, has been revealed to be a fully functional third party App Store client for iOS, offering users in mainland China a way to install modified versions of iOS apps on non-jailbroken devices. Its discovery shows that there are new techniques that can be used to fool Apple reviewers into allowing potentially malicious apps into the App Store, that enterprise certificates can be easily abused, and that there are ways for bypassing Apple's prohibition of apps dynamically loading new code.

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Alleged Kalamazoo Shooter Picked Up Uber Fares During, After Killing Spree
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 06:12 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's work-around-your-schedule department:
theodp writes: Police allege that Uber driver Jason Dalton shot 8 people in three different locations, killing six people. But the story gets even crazier, Gizmodo reports, as Dalton allegedly not only picked up Uber passengers between shootings, he continued to drive people around after his last shooting at 10:24pm at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. One of his last passengers before Dalton was arrested even joked, "You're not the shooter, are you?" Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan issued the following Statement on Kalamazoo: "We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can."

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4Shared Wins Court Case To Overcome Piracy Blockade
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 06:12 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's national-piracy department:
Popular file-hosting service 4shared has won a court case against the South Korean authorities who placed the site on a national piracy blocklist. While 4shared's users occasionally host pirated files, the court concludes that it can't be seen as a service that is setup specifically to facilitate copyright infringement. "We think it is a good result. It's the first time we tried disputing in court with a state Internet censorship body," 4shared's Mike Wilson tells TorrentFreak. "We believe that 4shared does enough to protect intellectual property and disabling access to our service for an entire country is not lawful," he adds.

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NASA Moves Forward With Mission Using Spy Satellite Telescope
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '16 at 02:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's NSA-to-NASA department:
NASA has formally approved plans -- a year ahead of schedule -- for an infrared space telescope launching around 2024 to record unique wide-angle views of the cosmos, seeking answers to questions about mysterious dark energy and searching for habitable worlds around other stars, the space agency announced Thursday. The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope is projected to cost approximately $2.3 billion and should operate for at least six years. WFIRST's centerpiece is a 7.9-foot (2.4-meter) telescope originally built to allow U.S. intelligence officials to spy on adversaries. Instead of turning the powerful telescope toward Earth for a clandestine surveillance mission, NASA plans to repurpose the hardware for cosmic research.

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Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Other Tech Companies Form New IoT Alliance
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 09:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's smart-homes department:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next step toward technological advancement but it requires a huge effort on manufacturers' and developers' part to make different devices and operating systems to function seamlessly with one another. Now, many of the big names in the industry are banding together to form the Open Connectivity Foundation or OCF to set standards for IoT devices. The lineup includes ARRIS, CableLabs, Cisco, Electrolux, GE Digital, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Samsung, which will all work closely with one another to set rules and specifications to guarantee a singular advancement in the field.

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US Banks To Test ATMs Which Accept Your Smartphone Instead Of Cards
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 07:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's gimme-your-smartphone department:
Dozens of banks in the US are updating their ATMs, or installing new ones, in order to allow customers to withdraw cash without using bank cards. A new cardless system will be rolled out at around 2,000 cash machines across the US, operated by at least 28 banks, including giants like Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase. Under the new system, people can order cash on an app on their phone, and then scan a code at the ATM to receive their money, all without inserting a card or entering a PIN. The developers of the system insist that smartphone technology makes for faster and more secure transactions. More banks are expected to adopt the technology soon.

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Yelp Employee Posts Open Letter About Cost Of Living And Low Wages, Gets Fired.
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 04:32 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's viral-reactions department:
whoever57 writes: Talia Jane was employed by Yelp in San Francisco but after posting in an open letter to Yelp's CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, that her after tax income of $8.15 was insufficient to provide basic necessities like heating, food, etc., she discovered that she had been fired. How did she discover? Her work email stopped working. Even her boss did not know what had happened. Stoppelman denies having a hand in her firing, making the claim "(There are) two sides to every HR story so Twitter army please put down the pitchforks," replying to the criticism. He didn't personally turn off her email, perhaps he did not even make the decision to fire her, but as the person who ultimately sets the culture and policies of the company, his claim to not be directly responsible is unconvincing.

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TPP Change Means Drastically Higher Penalties For Copyright "Infringement"
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 03:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's copyright-infringement department:
Mephistophocles writes: A sneaky and underhanded change to the TPP, spotted by the EFF and summarized here by Jeremy Malcolm, means much stiffer penalties for copyright "infringement:" Under the TPP's original terms, a country could limit the exposure of the owner of such a website to prison time, or to the seizure and possible destruction of their server, on the grounds that by definition their infringement didn't cause any lost sales to the copyright owner. (Note that they would be liable for civil damages to the copyright owner in any case.)

Although a country still has the option to limit criminal penalties to "commercial scale" infringements (which is so broadly defined that it could catch even a non-profit subtitles website), the new language compels TPP signatories to make these penalties available even where those infringements cause absolutely no impact on the copyright holder's ability to profit from the work. This is a massive extension of the provision's already expansive scope. Perhaps most concerning, however, is the fact that this means those stiff penalties apply even when there is no harm or threat of harm to the copyright owner caused by the infringement. Think about it. What sense is there in sending someone to jail for an infringement that causes no harm to the copyright holder, whether they complain about it or not? And why should it matter that the copyright holder complains about something that didn't affect them anyway? Surely, if the copyright holder suffers no harm, then a country ought to be able to suspend the whole gamut of criminal procedures and penalties, not only the availability of ex officio action.

This is no error -- or if it is, then the parties were only in error in agreeing to a proposal that was complete nonsense to begin with.

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Nvidia Pascal GP100 GPU To Rock 4 TFLOPS Double Precision, 12 TFLOPS Single Precision Processing Power
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 03:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's chick-magnet department:
New information emerged regarding Nvidia's Pascal GPU, covering the total compute performance of the much-anticipated FinFET-based chip. Based on a number of slides from an independent researcher, the Nvidia Pascal GPU100 features Stacked DRAM (1 TB/s) giving it as much as 12 TFLOPs of Single-Precision (FP32) compute performance. The flagship GPU is purportedly able to provide four TFLOPs of Double-Precision (FP64) compute performance as well.

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Feds Say There Isn't A Single Safe 'Hoverboard'
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 01:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's hoverboard-fail-videos-as-evidence department:
In the Consumer Product Safety Commission's letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, it urged them to make sure the scooters they make and sell comply with the safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories, the organization in charge of certifying that products are safe for use. According to UL Consumer Safety Director John Drengenberg, "no hoverboard has passed the certification process at this time."

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US Asks VW For Electric Cars
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 01:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's forget-about-it department:
US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag claims the US Environmental Protection Agency is currently in talks with Volkswagen with the aim of agreeing on a fix for nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles that emit up to 40 times legal pollution limits. The paper, which gave no source for its report on Sunday, said the EPA was asking VW to produce electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to help build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles in the United States.

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HTC Vive Is $799, Ships From April 1st
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 12:22 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's intimately-starring-at-a-screen-pressed-up-against-your-face department:
New submitter mobby_6kl writes: The HTC Vive VR headset, developed in partnership with Valve, has been announced ahead of schedule today to cost $799, with pre-orders opening on February 29th and shipping from April 1st. The Vive will ship with two games that take advantage of the system's two motion controllers and "room scale" capabilities, Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. The HTC Vive is $200 more expensive than its main competitor, Oculus Rift, but does include the two motion controllers as well as Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity. However, detailed specifications for either system are not yet known. When it's available for pre-order, it will launch in no less than 24 different markets on that day including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Fungi From Guts Of Herbivores Could Help Us Make Biofuel
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 12:22 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's stubborn-plant-material department:
hypnosec writes: Researchers have revealed through a new study that fungi from the gut of herbivores like goats, horses and sheep could be used to make biofuel. According to researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara, the fungi retrieved from these animals are capable of converting plant material into sugars that can be easily used to make biofuel and other products at the same efficiency as the best fungi engineering in the industry. Michelle O'Malley, lead author of the paper and professor of chemical engineering at the University, explains that these fungi naturally have the best possible set of enzymes for the job of breaking down biomass and as per their findings, these enzymes work together to break down stubborn plant material.

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Windows 10 Forced Update Resets Default Apps To Microsoft Products
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 11:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's there's-always-vanilla department:
Freshly Exhumed writes: Microsoft has told The INQUIRER that it is aware of a bug which has been causing users' default programs to switch to the bundled Microsoft options. After deleting the update, a user discovered the next day that Windows had reinstalled it and reset the default settings again. InfoWorld gives some real world scenarios: "If you have Chrome as the default browser on your Windows 10 computer, you'd better check to make sure Microsoft didn't hijack it last week and set Edge as your new default. The same goes for any PDF viewer: A forced cumulative update also reset PDF viewing to Edge on many PCs. Do you use IrfanView, ACDSee, Photoshop Express, or Photoshop Elements? The default photo app may have been reset to -- you guessed it -- the Windows Photos app. Music? Video? Microsoft may have swooped down and changed you over to Microsoft Party apps, all in the course of last week's forced cumulative update KB3135173."

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LG G5 Unveiled: 5.3" QHD Display, Snapdragon 820, Modular Magic Slot Expansion
Posted by News Fetcher on February 21 '16 at 09:43 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's internal-specs department:
MojoKid writes: Rather than just bring another smartphone update with the typical yearly iterative tweaks, the folks at LG have really done something transformative with their next generation G5 flagship smartphone. The aluminum unibody construction of the G5 brings with it a 5.3-inch QHD display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that is paired with 4GB of RAM. 32GB of internal storage is standard but there is a microSD card slot to allow for up to 2TB of expanded storage. On the rear, you'll find a fingerprint scanner and two cameras, a standard 16MP sensor and a 135-degree wide angle 8MP sensor. In addition, LG has included a USB-C port and removable 2800mAh battery. That's all rather routine stuff; what's truly innovative about the G5 is its Magic Slot, which brings a new modular twist to the Android platform. Pressing a key on the side of the G5 will eject its bottom section, which will also allow you to remove the battery. Then you can proceed to attach new modules, like the LG Cam Plus. The LG Cam Plus adds a camera grip to your G5 along with a dedicated camera button and a jog wheel for zooming. The module also boosts the battery capacity from 2800mAh to 4000mAh. The second module is the LG Hi-Plus, which brings with it an external 32-bit DAC and amplifier. This particular module was developed in conjunction with Bang and Olufsen and comes with a pair of H3 headphones that support native (Direct Stream Digital) DSD playback.

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