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Windows Vista Security Flaw Discovered

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on January 2, 2007

NEW YORK — Windows Vista, the new computer operating system that Microsoft Corp. is touting as its most secure ever, contains a programming flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft and independent security researchers, however, tried to play down the risk from the flaw, which was disclosed on a Russian site recently and is apparently the first affecting the new Vista system released to larger businesses in late November. The software company said it was investigating the threat but found so far that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.

That could occur if someone is actually sitting in front of the PC or otherwise gets the computer’s owner to install rogue software, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish security research company F-Secure Corp. “The bottom line is you couldn’t use a vulnerability like this to write a worm or hack a Vista system remotely,” Hypponen said Tuesday. “It only has historical significance in that it’s the first reported vulnerability that also affects Vista.

It’s a nonevent in other ways.” Attackers with low-level access privileges on a vulnerable machine could theoretically use the flaw to bump up their status, ultimately gaining systemwide control, Hypponen said.

Looks like Vista is not as good as they claim. They should work out the security bugs before selling to the public.

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Computers ‘could store entire life by 2026’

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on December 15, 2006

A device the size of a sugar cube will be able to record and store high resolution video footage of every second of a human life within two decades, experts said yesterday.

Researchers said governments and societies must urgently debate the implications of the huge increases in computing power and the growing mass of information being collected on individuals.

Some fear that the advent of “human black boxes” combined with the extension of medical, financial and other digital records will lead to loss of privacy and a dramatic expansion of the nanny state.

Others highlight positive advances in medicine, education, crime prevention and the way history will be recorded.

Leading computer scientists, psychologists and neuroscientists gathered to debate these issues at Memories for Life, a conference held at the British Library yesterday.

Prof Nigel Shadbolt, president of the British Computer Society and professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Southampton, said: “In 20 years’ time it will be possible to record high quality digital video of an entire lifetime of human memories. It’s not a question of whether it will happen; it’s already happening.”;jsessionid=PQJEDBLDST0P5QFIQMFSFFOAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2006/12/13/nlife13.xml

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Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on September 18, 2006

This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We obtained the machine from a private party. Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows
that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities — a voting-machine virus. We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab. Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine’s hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures.

Some times technology can be a good thing, but it becomes a tool for corruption when it is used to fix elections. Nothing is full proof, unless they make sure that no one can compromise the election process.

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Group Files FTC Complaint Against AOL

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on August 18, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The backlash against AOL’s recent release of its subscribers’ search requests continued Wednesday as a privacy rights group filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging the breach was intentional.

Also if you read the fine print, AOL owns anything that is transmitted using any of their services. That means if you work on a project that could make you any money, you must pay AOL because they own the rights.

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Posted by mythoughtsandnews on August 2, 2006

The government has hired defense subcontractor Lockheed Martin to design and develop an enormous blimp that will be used to spy on Americans, according to the Athens News. Government agencies such as the NSA are anticipating that as early as 2009 the blimp will be operational and begin supporting new ways of monitoring everything that happens in the country.

High Altitude Airship


The Lockheed Martin High Altitude Airship (HAATM), an unmanned lighter-than-air vehicle, will operate above the jet stream in a quasi-geostationary position to deliver persistent station keeping as a surveillance platform, telecommunications relay, or a weather observer.

This updated concept of a proven technology takes lighter-than-air vehicles into a realm that gives users capabilities on par with satellites at a fraction of the cost. In position, an airship would survey a 600-mile diameter area and millions of cubic miles of airspace.

High Altitude Airship On Station

High Altitude Airship

Just another tool to spy on Americans while they say it is to be used for fighting terrorists.

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Is Microsoft spying on you?

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on July 9, 2006

HAVE you ever been to a department store or supermarket that goes through your bag to make sure you haven’t shoplifted? Necessary as it might be to stop shoplifters, I always felt as a consumer that such measures were inappropriate and reflected poorly on the stores. Such establishments might catch the odd shoplifter but they alienate thousands of legitimate customers who may never come back again.

Another way to get updates is by using the site called WindizUpdate which is for Firefox users. You could even get updates by downloading the AutoPatcher program which lets you pick and choose which updates to install.

I never use the Windows built-in updater or even go to the Microsoft site for updates.

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Another grape excuse to hit the bottle

Posted by mythoughtsandnews on June 24, 2006

Scientists in Italy say they have discovered that the grapes used to make some of the most popular red wines contain high levels of the sleep hormone melatonin. (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture DOI 10.1002/jsfa2537). Melatonin is naturally secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, especially at night. It tells the body when it is time to sleep.

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