Archive for October 3rd, 2007

See Your Car in a Crash and then again in Slow Motion – Over 150 Models

October 3, 2007

Ever wanted to see what your car would look like if a dummy drove it into a wall? Admit it, you think about it when you get a lousy trade-in price. Thankfully, there’s the Consumer Reports Crash Test videos, where you can see how your car will hold up against things like short concrete walls and other typical objects found along a highway.

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Is New Passenger Scanner a Terrorist Trap or Virtual Strip Search?

October 3, 2007

“The federal government is testing so-called backscatter x-ray machines there, which can detect potentially threatening objects under a person’s clothes by picking up x-rays scattered by materials. (Traditional x-ray machines pick up signals that pass through or are absorbed.)”

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Reminder: Monday is Wiretap the Internet Day!

October 3, 2007

May 14th is the official deadline for cable modem companies, DSL providers, broadband over powerline, satellite internet companies and some universities to finish wiring up their networks with FBI-friendly surveillance gear, to comply with the FCC’s expanded interpretation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

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NSA provided security help for Windows, Mac OS X

October 3, 2007

While Microsoft has sought NSA’s assistance for several years in the development of security for its Windows Vista operating system, due to be released to consumers January 30, as well as its Windows XP operating system, it has only recently acknowledged the intelligence agency’s role in securing the operating systems.

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US Govt is collecting THIS data when you travel abroad

October 3, 2007

Data includes travel companions, persons with whom Americans plan to stay abroad, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried.

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Chinese Military Hacks the Pentagon

October 3, 2007

The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network earlier this year in the most successful cyber attack ever on the US defence department, according to US officials.

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New Trojans: give us $300, or the data gets it!

October 3, 2007

Security companies PandaLabs and Kaspersky Lab have both identified new strains of Trojans that do the same thing: they encrypt users’ data and leave a ransom note on the hard drive demanding $300.. or else.

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Chinese Army hacked UK, Germany and US?

October 3, 2007

Germany’s Federal Office for Information has identified malicious trojan-based attacks on government computers, attacks which some members of the German government say appear to originate from within the Chinese Army.

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Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email

October 3, 2007

A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor US Secret Service email, obtain customers’ passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.

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Network Monitoring, Space Invaders Style

October 3, 2007

NetQoS has a little something to bring video game-style drama to the hum drum task of monitoring your system traffic. Their program, Netcosm monitors the traffic flowing across your routers and remasters that data into entertaining clashes of good and evil data packets. See Video

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