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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Internet service providers will be required to inform authorities if customers use virtual private networks in government crackdown"

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The PIN digits you punch into an ATM’s keypad to authenticate your transactions are leaving traces of themselves behind in the form of heat, says a paper recently presented by a team of UC San Diego security researchers. Someone following immediately behind an ATM user can use a digital infrared camera to determine what keys were pushed with about 80 percent accuracy, their study shows. Even a full minute later the camera can pick up the correct digits about half the time."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Geeks Without Frontiers, an initiative by Manna Energy Foundation, is at the final stage of building a low-cost, open source Wi-Fi software that aims to provide affordable broadband for all, especially in areas where legacy broadband models have not been considered economical."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

That Google thing just continues to increase its power...

"At the center of the partnership between DNS providers and participating CDNs is the creation of a standard that attached location data to a DNS request so a user’s request for content goes to server nearby. Typically, a CDN or content provider routes a user based on the address of the DNS server, as opposed to the user’s location, but they aren’t always in the same region."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Routers from various manufacturers support UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) on their WAN interfaces, which apparently makes it possible for attackers to reconfigure them remotely via the internet and, for example, misuse them as surfing proxies or to infiltrate internal LANs."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

Oops!

"A former Dean Clinic employee was inappropriately using demonstration insulin pens and finger stick devices during patient training over a period of five years, potentially exposing 2,345 patients to bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, according to a Dean Clinic news release."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Sometime around the 19th of July, Oncor apparently installed a software upgrade to its computer systems that provide electricity consumption data from the electric meters of commercial and residential users to Oncor's retail electric provider customers. However, reports a blog post last Friday at the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, there was a "glitch" in the upgrade that prevented information from about 10% of the meters - or about 330,000 of them - being read properly over the course the next ten days."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"In the settlement, announced Wednesday, Google admitted wrongdoing, acknowledging that it improperly allowed Canadian pharmacies to run ads targeting U.S. consumers. But the settlement didn't single out Mr. Page or any other specific executives. It's illegal for foreign pharmacies to ship prescription drugs to customers in the U.S."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Austria, Finland, Germany, and Japan have lowest rates of infection, according to Microsoft research, thanks to intervention by ISPs, security bodies, and admins"

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"A new worm called Morto has begun making the rounds on the Internet in the last couple of days, infecting machines via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). The worm is generating a large amount of outbound RDP traffic on networks that have infected machines, and Morto is capable of compromising both servers and workstations running Windows."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"Clients usually call in the consultant because they expect us to possess knowledge and experience that they lack. Due to choice-supportive bias, the client may inflate their assessment of how much the consultant actually knows — which can lead to disappointment if they find out they were wrong. That’s just one more reason why consultants need to present themselves honestly, to avoid as much as possible creating these unrealistic expectations."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

Hmm…the continued slow bleed of loss of control with invisible packets which might illegally traverse the perimeter our protected domains...Wha?
"The Twitter micro-blogging service has announced that it has started to enable HTTPS by default for its users in order to improve security."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"A new data leakage incident offers an alarming glimpse at privacy risks as the nation moves steadily into an era in which every American's sensitive medical information will be digitized. In the wrong hands, health records can be used for blackmail and public humiliation. The information can also be used by insurance companies to inflate rates."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location. Some courts have found that when users turn on their cell phones, they "voluntarily" transmit their location to their cell phone providers and thereby waive any expectation of privacy."

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Posted By Carl Engelbrecht

"The networks worked intermittently along the East Coast when customers tried to make phone calls soon after the quake. Text messaging and data connections did not seem to be affected to the same degree."

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