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Japanese Police Charge 2channel Founder Over Forum Posts

December 20th, 2012 12:54 admin View Comments

Censorship

identity0 writes “According to Japan Probe, Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2ch.net, has been charged with drug offenses by Japanese police over a forum post made on 2ch in 2010. He is not even accused of making the post, but of failure to have moderators delete it. The post apparently discussed drugs. 2ch.net (also called 2channel) is Japan’s biggest forum, with over a million posts a day, of which the post in question was one. The site inspired image board 2chan.net (but is not directly related to it), which spawned copycat English site 4chan.net. More info at Slashdot Japan, if you can read Japanese.”

Source: Japanese Police Charge 2channel Founder Over Forum Posts

BitInstant CEO Says World Operates “On an Inferior Monetary System”

September 16th, 2012 09:38 admin View Comments

Bitcoin

hypnosec writes “BitInstant’s CEO Charlie Shrem and Erik Voorhees were invited to speak about virtual currency at the NACHA (the North American Payments Association) Annual Global Payments Forum held in Rio de Janeiro. At the conference the duo stated that the world operates ‘on an inferior monetary system’. One of the more interesting parst of the whole forum was how Bitcoin as a currency and transaction system “works within current legal frameworks.” A presentation by Senior Legal Counsel to the Federal Reserve titled ‘The Implications of Dodd-Frank Section 1073′ sheds light on requirements that need to be fulfilled by “Remittance Payment Company” (RPC) guidelines. This law requires such companies to disclose a lot of information about money transactions. This is where Bitcoin as a currency and system collide head-on with the law.”

Source: BitInstant CEO Says World Operates “On an Inferior Monetary System”

Intel Encodes Data In Flickering LEDs (and Shows Off Other Bright Ideas)

September 11th, 2012 09:42 admin View Comments

Intel

darien writes “On the day before the Intel Developer Forum opens in San Francisco, Intel has been showing off some of its current research projects, including a system for encoding data in apparently steady light sources, a Kinect-based projected ‘touch interface’ that works on any surface and an ambitious signage concept that could revolutionise your weekly shop.” My favorite thing about light-based networking is that it’s the basis of a certain strain of (all too plausible, all too often) conspiracy theory. (“The modern LED ‘eco-friendly’ light bulb is also a two-way communications device.” — easy to believe, since many of them can be. )

Source: Intel Encodes Data In Flickering LEDs (and Shows Off Other Bright Ideas)

Android Forums Hacked: 1 Million User Credentials Stolen

July 12th, 2012 07:45 admin View Comments

Cloud

An anonymous reader writes “Phandroid’s AndroidForums.com has been hacked. The database that powers the site was compromised and more than 1 million user account details were stolen. If you use the forum, make sure to change your password asap. From the article: ‘Phandroid has revealed that its Android Forums website was hacked this week using a known exploit. The data that was accessed includes usernames, e-mail addresses, hashed passwords, registration IP addresses, and other less-critical forum-related information. At the time of writing, the forum listed 1,034,235 members.’”

Source: Android Forums Hacked: 1 Million User Credentials Stolen

LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online

June 6th, 2012 06:10 admin View Comments

Security

jones_supa writes “A user in a Russian forum is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of almost 6.5 million account details. The user uploaded 6,458,020 SHA-1 hashed passwords, but no usernames. Several people have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list. The Verge spoke with Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, who thinks this is a real collection. He told us he is ‘guessing it’s some sort of exploit on their web interface, but there’s no way to know.’ We will have to wait for LinkedIn to report back to be sure what exactly has happened.” An anonymous reader tipped us to related news: The LinkedIn iOS application harvests information from your calendar and transmits it to their servers unencrypted.

Source: LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online

Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

February 23rd, 2012 02:32 admin View Comments

Networking

alphadogg provides this extract from Network World: “The Metro Ethernet Forum has updated its Carrier Ethernet specification, hoping to standardize the use of Ethernet for global multicarrier services. ‘With Carrier Ethernet 2, we’re expanding Quality-of-Service [QoS] well beyond best efforts, and will now allow carriers to interconnect to provide worldwide [Ethernet] service,’ said Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, during a Metro Ethernet Forum Web conference held Thursday to announce the specification. The forum introduced Carrier Ethernet in 2005 as a set of extensions that describe how data communications carriers should use Ethernet in a consistent manner. The new specification, Carrier Ethernet 2, establishes an additional set of rules.”

Source: Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

New Standard For Issuance of SSL/TLS Certificates

December 16th, 2011 12:08 admin View Comments

Network

wiredmikey writes “In light of the many security breaches and incidents that have undermined the faith the IT industry has in Certificate Authorities (CAs) and their wares, the CA/Browser Forum, an organization of leading CAs and other software vendors, has released the ‘Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates,’ an industry-wide baseline standard for the operation of CAs issuing SSL/TLS digital certificates natively trusted by the browser. The CA/Browser Forum is requesting Web browser and operating system vendors adopt the requirements (PDF) as part of their conditions to distribute CA root certificates in their software. According to the forum, the Baseline Requirements are based on best practices from across the SSL/TLS sector and touch on a number of subjects, such as the verification of identity, certificate content and profiles, CA security and revocation mechanisms. The requirements become effective July 1, 2012, and will continue to evolve to address new risks and threats.”

Source: New Standard For Issuance of SSL/TLS Certificates

Facebook Flaw Exposed Private Photos

December 6th, 2011 12:14 admin View Comments

Facebook

Velcroman1 writes “A security hole in Facebook allowed almost anyone to see pictures marked as private, an online forum revealed late Monday. Even pictures supposedly kept hidden from uninvited eyes by Facebook’s privacy controls aren’t safe, reported one user of a popular bodybuilding forum in a post entitled ‘I teach you how to view private Facebook photos.’ Facebook appears to have acted quickly to eliminate the end-run around privacy controls, after word of the exploit spread across the Internet. It wasn’t long before one online miscreant uploaded private pictures of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself — evidence that the hack worked, he said.”

Source: Facebook Flaw Exposed Private Photos

Analysis of 250,000 Hacker Conversations

October 17th, 2011 10:32 admin View Comments

Security

Orome1 writes “Imperva released a report (PDF) analyzing the content and activities of an online hacker forum with nearly 220,000 registered members, although many are dormant. The forum is used by hackers for training, communications, collaboration, recruitment, commerce and even social interaction. Commercially, this forum serves as a marketplace for selling of stolen data and attack software. The chat rooms are filled with technical subjects ranging from advice on attack planning to solicitations for help with specific campaigns.”

Source: Analysis of 250,000 Hacker Conversations

UppSite Pushes Your Blog Or Forum Updates To Custom iOS, Android Apps

July 5th, 2011 07:27 admin View Comments

If you’re a blog or forum owner, engagement is always on your mind. There’s only so much you can do, though, to pull your audience back in to read new content, right? Well, what if you could send a push notification to users when new content is posted? It’s this feature exactly that sits in the center of new Israeli upstart UppSite‘s offering.

UppSite requires just a bit of work, mainly, installing a plugin. Right now it’s only available for WordPress and vBulletin, but support for more CMS platforms will be rolled out in the future. If you run a site powered by a CMS this is pretty basic stuff. Look & feel can then be customized with a custom logo and colors and such. That’s it really.

This is where UppSite’s system kicks in and creates iOS & Android native apps, which are made available in the App Store or Android Marketplace. If you’re curious about Windows Phone 7 and webOS, support for these is coming soon.

True, a native app for a blog or a website may not be significantly more compelling than a bookmark in a mobile browser, but if the site’s icon catches the user’s eye while flipping through apps and he or she decides to launch it to check out what’s new, well, that right there is an upside. Every bit counts.

What I found to be most interesting is the Push aspect, and the fact that it’s bi-directional. Once the blog/forum has created its native app with UppSite, it can then ping users of new blog posts via Push notifications which launch the app. Popping-up on a users smartphone screen is not going to be a difficult pitch to make to blog/forum owners. Sure, it may get a bit out of control, but most mainstream users won’t follow that many native apps for blogs. Plus, both Android and iOS5 have quite convenient Push notification dashboards.

The bi-directional aspect is that blog/forum admins can elect to receive push notifications when users leave comments on posts. UppSite makes replying back simple and seamless by integrating with the native WordPress and vBulletin commenting systems, as well as with Disqus and Facebook. Again, seeing as with engagement, every bit counts, the fact that a site owner can reply back quickly, is another upside.

UppSite boasts two business models: The first is creating an ad-network across the free native apps. These are the ones the company is currently making available. The second is a premium offering which will remove ads and allow site/forum owners to register the apps for download under their own developer accounts. The latter offering will be made available soon.

Source: UppSite Pushes Your Blog Or Forum Updates To Custom iOS, Android Apps

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