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WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. This was reported by Jouko Pynnonen.
Lookout warns of new mods to an old Trojan.
A newly found version of the Trojan program, called NotCompatible.C, encrypts its communications with the C&C servers, making the traffic indistinguishable from legitimate SSL, SSH or VPN traffic, the Lookout security researchers said Wednesday in a blog post. The malware can also communicate with other infected devices directly, forming a peer-to-peer network that offers powerful redundancy in case the main C&C servers are shut down.
The attackers are using load balancing and geolocation techniques on the infrastructure side so that infected devices are redirected to one of more than 10 separate servers located across Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S.
“In NotCompatible.C we see technological innovation in a mobile malware system that reaches the levels more traditionally displayed by PC-based cybercriminals,” the Lookout researchers said.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) responded on Sunday to a Washington Post op-ed in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote that net neutrality is “Obamacare for the Internet.”
Franken said Cruz “doesn’t understand” what net neutrality is.
“When [Cruz] says this is the Obamacare, Obamacare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things,” Franken said. “This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they’ve been.”
FreedomWorks responds to President Obama’s recent statement encouraging the FCC to adopt stricter rules on Net Neutrality.
The above video is an anti-Net Neutrality statement from the Koch funded, Tea Party aligned FreedomWorks. In it, Iris Somberg, FreedomWorks Communication Coordinator (i.e. Director of Bullshit) claims that net neutrality hurts competition because it gives, “The same speed, the same prices, the same access,” to all content. How is this anti-competative you might ask because your not an idiot? Well according to Somberg, it forces smaller websites to somehow subsidize bigger websites by forcing them to pay for bandwidth they don’t need. You may notice that this claim is complete and utter bull crap.
Really, she actually claims that having providers treat all web traffic the same benefits bigger companies at the expense of smaller companies. This is an Orwellian inversion of the truth. Net neutrality enhances competition and innovation for all by providing a level playing field. Seriously, do these people even believe their own bullshit?
More at forwardprogressives.com
I’m doomed to obscurity. Not a bad thing really.
Why does this bias exist? No one really knows, though some theorists speculate it’s evolutionary. In the ancestral environment, focusing on bad news helped you survive.
Like I said, this is based on anecdata—and you can’t easily generalize about why things go viral in the roiling, wine-dark sea of social media. Some utterly saccharine posts get wildly liked; certain smartly critical thoughts are loathed. (Compare the rollicking success of the feel-good site Upworthy to the abuse directed at women and minorities who write intelligent criticism.) And what’s “negative”? Is a manifesto for social change negative because it criticizes the status quo or positive because it’s idealistic?
But knowing about negativity bias has made me more skeptical of high-brow punditry that defaults to dour views. If caustic wit is what garners a person whooping accolades for their intelligence, surely public intellectuals adjust their approach accordingly.
Gibson told me that his study hadn’t been cited or followed up on much by other researchers. “Maybe you weren’t negative enough?” I asked. He laughed: “I guess so.”
Do you know why you piss me the fuck off?
Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history and human nature so pronounced that makes me wonder if lead paint is a key component of your diet. You think you’re making piercing arguments when, in actuality, you’re throwing a temper tantrum that would embarrass a three-year-old.
(#Gamergate, for those unaware, is what happened a bit over a month ago, where an angry neckbeard posted demonstrably false allegations about his ex-girlfriend, claiming she slept with video game site reviewers for better scores for her games (again, demonstrably false), and then a whole bunch of other angry neckbeards on the Internet went full Denis Dyack and spitfrothed themselves into national attention by making an array of threats on numerous female game developers, including ones about their death, tried to hide behind a shield of “it’s about journalistic ethics because they said gamers are dead,” and generally proved why the Internet needs to be burned to the ground and the ashes salted. If you’re curious about the details, here’s a good background link.)
There’s this herd of people, mainly angsty teenage caucasian men (based on an informal survey of 99 percent of the people who feel the need to defend this nonsense to me on Twitter), who feel that somehow, their identity as “gamers” is being taken away. Like they’re all little Anne Franks, hiding in their basements from the PC Nazis and Social Justice Warrior brigades, desperately protecting the last shreds of “core gaming” in their unironically horrible Liveblog journals filled with patently obvious white privilege and poorly disguised misogyny. “First they came for our Halo 2’s, and I said nothing.”
This is The Most Awesome Rant Ever!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
I’m going to side with Jonathan Zittrain on this one. I think that Ajit Pai, an FCC employee who wrote this op ed, is waxing hyperbolic against research and funding that is direly needed.
While the right and the left fringes will automatically make this an outrage of the day, the research is significant, is beneficial, and if we want the internet to stay healthy and useful it’s also well needed.
The average consumer of online news, tweets, and videos doesn’t have time to research origin, amount of artifice, intent, authority, and locale of every item they come across the way us news junkies do. So if we don’t want the entire internet to become consumed in robot tweet campaigns, artificial organizations and causes, pseudo authority, and political product placements, we have to develop some tools to detect when that happens, whether it’s originating offshore, or from our own left, right, or radical but somewhat unwholesome extreme far fringes.
The best recent example of this is #gamergate, a tweet campaign turned viciously misogynist and entirely contrived and orchestrated in IRQ by a handful of bchan miscreants. So if we don’t want the worst amongst us to drive the conversation on every issue, we had better be able to suss out and tag the robo campaigns at minimum.
The Truthy team says this research could be used to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.”
Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to “assist in the preservation of open debate” by monitoring social media for “subversive propaganda” and combating what it considers to be “the diffusion of false and misleading ideas”? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.
The NSF has already poured nearly $1 million into Truthy. To what end? Why is the federal government spending so much money on the study of your Twitter habits?
Some possible hints as to Truthy’s real motives emerge in a 2012 paper by the project’s leaders, in which they wrote ominously of a “highly-active, densely-interconnected constituency of right-leaning users using [Twitter] to further their political views.”
Important news about Google’s SEO changes that can affect pirate sites. Please do keep in mind that some media sites consider news and social aggregators to be pirates. That said this is just one more reason why it’s important when making pages here to keep your quoting of material fair, your attributions prominent, and your formatting proper per the pages guides.
In a move that’s likely to please copyright owners, Google announced it has taken new measure to punish sites that host pirated content by pushing them further down its search listings. The news came as part of a larger overview of the company’s anti-piracy efforts published on Friday as a blog post and in a report titled “How Google Fights Piracy.”
The report, which mirrors a similar one published a year ago, explains how Google’s algorithm will rely more heavily on repeat “takedown requests” by copyright owners as a signal to demote a site in its search rankings:
“In October 2014, we have improved and refined the DMCA demotion signal in search results, increasing the effectiveness of just one tool rightsholders have at their disposal,” says the report. Google sources confirmed that the statement reflects new measures to punish pirates in search results.
This week, Google announced its investment in a new undersea fiber optic cable connecting the United States and Brazil that will help ensure that its services continue to run smoothly in South America.
The $60 million project, which will be capable of carrying up to 64 terabits of data per second, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. It also marks Google’s second investment in continent-connecting cables this year.
The new cable, which will be composed of six fiber pairs, will run from the Brazilian cities of Santos in the south of the country and Fortaleza in the north, to Boca Raton, Florida. It will ensure that traffic over Google’s internal networks between the United States and South America flows through lines the company owns, rather than using bandwidth it has to lease from other providers.
He encouraged suicidal people and fraudulently joined death pacts with them in the most vicious form of online trolling possible.
A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve 178 days in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.
William Melchert-Dinkel, 52, was sentenced to three years in prison in the deaths of an English man and a Canadian woman, but he won’t have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of his probation that include the jail time. Melchert-Dinkel must report to the local jail on Oct. 24.
“I am sorry … for my actions and what I have done,” Melchert-Dinkel said in court before he was sentenced. “I have repented.”
Melchert-Dinkel was convicted in September of one count of assisting a suicide and one count of attempting to assist a suicide in a case that has played out for years and resulted in a reversal of his prior convictions and a change to Minnesota law. This is how the case has played out: