Black Hat attracts a more professional crowd than Defcon, where young hackers have been known to fill their off-hours with antics such as hacking ATMs and hotel elevators and participating in sponsored events such as lock-picking workshops and Hacker Jeopardy.
Archive for 2010/07/27
Following Bahrain and India’s threats of legal action against RIM earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates is claiming BlackBerry phones are a threat to national security due to the fact that all of the data is stored overseas, thus making it more difficult for the UAE to spy on its citizens’ communication—or monitor worrying mentions of national security
Judge Bars Reporter From Publishing Legally Obtained Factual Info, Saying She Doesn’t Care If It Violates First AmendmentPosted: 2010/07/27 in Jurisprudence, Litigation
Copyright Questions Over Flipboard Show — Yet Again — How Outdated Copyright Rules May Stifle Innovative TechPosted: 2010/07/27 in Copyright, Tech Evolution
If you somehow missed all the hype and buzz (lucky you), Flipboard basically tries to take the various feeds (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) that you follow, and format them into a much more engaging format. Effectively, it takes your Twitter and Facebook fees and turns them into what looks like a magazine on an iPad. The effect is visually impressive. But, one of the issues is in how it deals with content linked to from those social media sites: it follows the links and brings back some of the scraped content to display it. Again, the effect is impressive, but as Joel Johnson at Gizmodo notes, it’s entering into very murky territory on copyright issues.
‘Ease of payment is one component but from my perspective it doesn’t matter how easy it is to pay if your competition is free’
Google Toolbar: The NARC Within
You downloaded google toolbar because it came with Adobe, or you are a a Google fanboy. You started using it to store your bookmarks because you’re too lame to rsync them like real man. Little do you know that google is selling you out to your corporate security staff. They now know about the midget porn…the porn you bookmarked at home, but never view at work. Yes *that* porn
- You’re Stealing It Wrong! 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles
- Ripping Media Off Of the Wire
- Changing Threats To Privacy: From TIA To Google
- Meet the Feds – Policy, Privacy, Deterrence and Cyber War
- Meet the EFF
- Your ISP and the Government: Best Friends Forever
- Your Boss is a Douchebag… How About You?
- Panel: Of Bytes and Bullets
- The Power of Chinese Security
- Perspectives on Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare
- Cloud Computing, a Weapon of Mass Destruction?
Hacking the Government
Hack The Government, who doesn’t want that nowadays? Especially with evil stuff like ACTA coming up. Or should we take care and blow the whistle on bugs and insecurities? This talk will be focussing on whistleblowing bugs and insecurities, some are big some are small. All of this is done in responsible disclosure. http://program.eth-0.nl/event/10/
ACTA: Deliberate Confusion
Behind closed doors, the European Union, United States, Japan and other governments are negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA will contain new international norms for the enforcement of copyrights, trade mark rights, patents and other exclusive rights. ACTA contains criminal measures against non-commercial copyright infringements and may introduce Internet monitoring and three strikes out Internet disconnection policies. ACTA may help holders of large patent portfolios to eliminate competition from start-ups, smaller sized companies and open source projects. ACTA may also hamper access to medicine and hamper the fight against climate change. http://program.eth-0.nl/event/7/
ACTA workshop: What can be done against ACTA?
A workshop in Dutch (and English if needed).
The Netherlands organises an Internet consultation. Are you a software developer, an ISP, journalist? You may like to voice your concerns. (Connection with NL needed).
The European Parliament Written Declaration about ACTA still needs signatures. You may like to help convince Members of Parliament.
What else can be done? Publications help. Some political groups are less informed than others. Some topics, like access to medicine and Internet freedom receive much attention, while ACTA’s influence on diffusion of green and food technology received much less attention. Identifying people and topics with potential, bridging people and topics. http://program.eth-0.nl/event/27/
How to make bureaucrats appreciate hackers (and vice versa)
The Dutch government was the first in Europe to establish a formal framework policy on the use of open standards and open source software within government. It also established a temporary programme office to assist public bodies in formulating their own policies on these subjects, provide information and to monitor tendering practices. At Eth0 a representativie of this office shall:
- - provide a crash course on the bedazzling number of Dutch governmental bodies
- illustrate some of the cultural differences between government bureaucrats and hackers;
- talk about improving the acceptance of the results of the hacker gift culture
- give examples of what is difficult and what is easy to change.
Apple has moved into the top five PC vendors, on the strength of iPad sales, according to research firm Canalys.
The Web 2.0 era is responsible for giving birth to a new breed of malware spreading through social networking.
Farrah Nissa had coordinated an operation that clandestinely imported an estimated 1.2 million counterfeit CDs from the Czech Republic and sold them in the UK.
Platform to market inventory on 21 owned-and-operated sites
Hulu could get shut out of Europe’s largest television market before it even arrives. The U.S. video-aggregator, owned by News Corp, Walt Disney and NBC Universal, is revving up its international expansion plans, hoping to take its newly launched pay service, Hulu Plus, to “Glee” addicts worldwide.
But some 90 million viewers in German-speaking Europe could soon have an online TV site of their own and one that speaks their language.
Virgin Mobile Canada, in collaboration with LiveWire Mobile, Inc. (Pinksheets: LVWR), today announced the launch of a new service, which provides subscribers with a convenient way to purchase and download DRM-free full-track music, ringtones, wallpapers, games, and applications.
Yahoo Japan will use Google search results and Google’s technology for supplying the accompanying search ads
Obama aides e-mailed transcripts of an interview that German’s Der Spiegel conducted with Assange, in which he said: “I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.” (For his part, Assange says the released documents contain evidence of war crimes.)
The Obama administration has called the disclosure a “breach of federal law.” And Missouri Sen. Kit Bond, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said that “somebody ought to be wearing an orange jumpsuit.”
On the other hand, the Espionage Act’s sweeping prohibition would apply to many newspapers and magazine reporters as well who published leaked information, and the U.S. Justice Department may not want to risk a First Amendment challenge to its scope.
Computers in Iran have been hardest hit by a dangerous computer worm that tries to steal information from industrial control systems.
According to data compiled by Symantec, nearly 60 percent of all systems infected by the worm are located in Iran. Indonesia and India have also been hard-hit by the malicious software, known as Stuxnet.
Broadband ISP TalkTalk UK could be about to incur the wrath of privacy campaigners after some of its customers spotted that their online website browsing activity was being monitored and recorded without consent. The situation has caused a significant amount of concern with many end-users worried about the impact upon their personal privacy.
A survey conducted by bigmouthmedia shows that around 75 percent of the UK’s big brands do not understand the value of a visitor through mobile in comparison to other digital channels.
“Connectivity chips will be key drivers of handset semiconductor market growth in the next five years,” Bo said. Bluetooth had the highest attach rate, with the average penetration rate expected to be 57 percent in 2010. The penetration rate of GPS is expected to double between 2010 and 2015. Wi-Fi was expected to top in revenue over the next five years vis-a-vis the other connectivity chips.
The Sentry digital content monitoring solution uses advanced deep packet inspection technology to continually dive deep into all the video programs that are flowing through a network, in order to spot problems at the IP and MPEG layers. Consequently, no video or audio error is left undetected.
Another key factor in Videotron selecting Sentry is its unique tru2way monitoring capabilities. This simplifies data delivery considerably to set-top boxes via tru2way and other carousels.
Fans have a thirst for statistics and information and that is something that the Premier League, working with EA SPORTS, will provide to a level not seen before in professional football. EA SPORTS also publishes the FIFA football video games released annually under the EA SPORTS label. Last year’s entry, FIFA ‘10 is claimed to have become the fastest selling sports game in Europe on its release, selling 1.7 million copies in its first week. FIFA ‘11 is scheduled for release later this year.