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  • Diaspora now open for sign-up!

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-28 19:10:18
    After 2 years of development in closed beta, the open-source social network Diaspora is now open for sign-up.

    A direct alternative to Facebook, it operates a model that leaves the user in control of their data, instead of the user being locked in and data-mined like on Facebook.

    It has officially been handed to the community as an open-source project, so any can help develop and improve it!

    https://joindiaspora.com/
  • Has anyone really...

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-24 23:02:48
    No, I have gone mad! Just paying homage to an infamous internet meme.

    “You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It’s just common sense.”

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/has-anyone-really-been-far-even-as-decided-to-use-even-go-want-to-do-look-more-like
  • Letter from a Slashdottian

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-23 22:00:11
    "Doug,

    If you weren't aware of it before, you probably know it by now. Anything interesting or useful that rears its head on Slashdot will likely be ripped to shreds by what has quickly become the nets most vicious and petty peanut gallery.

    Slashdottians know nothing, they accomplish nothing, and their opinions are worth nothing. They are uniformly bitter, small-minded geeks who overestimate their own importance and their own skillz. They are, for the most part, losers. Their biggest accomplishment is in insulting others' spelling and grammar, attacking the GPL license despite their grade level understanding of it, and tricking people into clicking on goatse.cx links. They are know-it-all blowhards who use their computers primarily for Pornography and online gaming, at which they cheat regularly to offset their complete lack of motor skills.

    Despite touting the wonderous greatness of linux and open source, they all use Windows and Internet Explorer. They like Macs because of OSX, but want it to run on X86 so they can steal a copy and give nothing back. They will eventually buy a Mac due to their inability to run Windows without crashing it constantly by their own stupidity, and become raving unbalanced lunatics who do more harm than good for the Mac community by claiming that the G4 is quadruple the speed of a dual 3Ghz Xeon box.

    They lie about their own experience to make their case, and when you win an argument with them, they post anonymously in order to tell you they've had sex with your mother.

    Don't become a regular here, you will become retarded.

    Signed,
    Yoda the Retard"

    http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=44091&cid=4592270
  • Private Key Found Embedded In Major SCADA Equipment

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-23 21:10:07
    "RuggedOS (A Siemens Subsidiary of Flame and Stuxnet fame), an operating system used in mission-critical hardware such as routers and SCADA gear, has been found to contain an embedded private encryption key. Now that all affected RuggedCom devices are sharing the same key, a compromise on one device gets you the rest for free. If the claims are valid, systems in use which would be affected include U.S. Navy, petroleum giant Chevron, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The SCADA gear which RuggedOS typically runs on is often connected to machinery controlling electrical substations, traffic control systems, and other critical infrastructure. This is the second security nightmare for RuggedCom this year, the first being the discovery of a backdoor containing a non-modifiable account."

    http://it.slashdot.org/story/12/08/22/1853246/private-key-found-embedded-in-major-scada-equipment
  • Shamoon virus targets energy sector infrastructure

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-18 13:13:40
    'A new threat targeting infrastructure in the energy industry has been uncovered by security specialists.

    The attack, known as Shamoon, is said to have hit "at least one organisation" in the sector.

    Shamoon is capable of wiping files and rendering several computers on a network unusable.

    On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's national oil company said an attack had led to its own network being taken offline.

    Although Saudi Aramco did not link the issue to the Shamoon threat, it did confirm that the company had suffered a "sudden disruption".

    In a statement, the company said it had now isolated its computer networks as a precautionary measure.

    The disruptions were "suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network", a statement read.

    It said the attack had had "no impact whatsoever" on production operations.

    'Rendered unusable'

    On Thursday, security firms released the first detailed information about Shamoon.

    Experts said the threat was known to have had hit "at least one organisation" in the energy sector.

    "It is a destructive malware that corrupts files on a compromised computer and overwrites the MBR (Master Boot Record) in an effort to render a computer unusable," wrote security firm Symantec.

    The attack was designed to penetrate a computer through the internet, before targeting other machines on the same network that were not directly connected to the internet.

    Once infected, the machines' data is wiped. A list of the wiped files then sent back to the initially infected computer, and in turn passed on to the attacker's command-and-control centre.

    During this process, the attack replaces the deleted files with JPEG images - obstructing any potential file recovery by the victim.

    'Under the radar'

    Seculert, an Israel-based security specialist, also analysed the malicious code and concluded that it had unusual characteristics compared with other recent attacks.

    "The interesting part of this malware is that instead of staying under the radar and collect information, the malware was designed to overwrite and wipe the files," the company said.

    "Why would someone wipe files in a targeted attack and make the machine unusable?"

    Shamoon is the latest in a line of attacks that have targeted infrastructure.

    One of the most high-profile attacks in recent times was Stuxnet, which was designed to hit nuclear infrastructure in Iran.

    Others, like Duqu, have sought to infiltrate networks in order to steal data.'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19293797