• Posted on 2013/04/09 14:45

    from the literal-reading-for-literally-reading dept. Anyone under 18 found reading the news online could hypothetically face jail time according to the latest draft of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which is said to be 'rushed' to Congress during its 'cyber week' in the middle of April. According to the new proposal floated by the House Judiciary Committee, the CFAA would be amended to treat any violation of a website's Terms of Service – or an employer's Terms of Use policy – as a criminal act. Applied to the world of online publications, this could be a dangerous notion: For example, many news websites' Terms of Use warn against any users under a certain age to use their site. In fact, NPR and the Hearst Corporation's entire family of publications, which includes Popular Mechanics, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Chronicle, all disallow readers under 18 from using their

  • Posted on 2013/04/09 13:45

    from the hidden-in-congressional-offices dept. According to the CBC, there was a massive leak of "files containing information on over 120,000 offshore entities — including shell corporations and legal structures known as trusts — involving people in over 170 countries. The leak amounts to 260 gigabytes of data, or 162 times larger than the U.S. State Department cables published by WikiLeaks in 2010...In many cases, the leaked documents expose insider details of how agents would incorporate companies in Caribbean and South Pacific micro-states on behalf of wealthy clients, then assign front people called "nominees" to serve, on paper, as directors and shareholders for the corporations — disguising the companies' true owners." Makes a good read and there are some good interactive components. Perhaps Slashdot readers can figure out how the source of the leak, the D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists got their hands on this data.

  • Posted on 2013/04/09 10:45

    The AV-TEST Institute has published the first results of its testing of Windows 8 virus scanners. Throughout January and February 2013, the Germany-based virus lab tested nine antivirus programs for corporate networks and 26 for home users. The institute based its results for private users and businesses on three categories: protection, performance and usability. According to AV-TEST, the average "0 day" protection rate of all of the programs increased from 92 per cent in a previous test for Windows 7 to 95 per cent for Windows 8. AV-TEST gave the operating system's own Windows Defender a score of 11.5 points; most of the other programs scored higher (green: usability, orange: performance, blue: protection) Source: AV-Test Institute None of the security features in Windows 8 were disabled during the tests; the Windows SmartScreen filter also stayed on, unless a test candidate deactivated it. The testers considered Windows Defender, the program included with Windows 8, to be basic protection against

  • Posted on 2013/04/09 10:30

    The Cutwail botnet, which has already been spreading the banking trojan known as Zeus, is now also trying to pass around a new Android trojan called Stels. Stels infects Android devices by pretending to be an update for Adobe Flash Player. In case potential victims aren't on an Android device, the developers of the malware have come up with a backup plan – if the dangerous spam links are opened in a browser, such as Internet Explorer, on a desktop or laptop computer, users are redirected to web pages where the Blackhole exploit kit lies in wait. A security team at Dell has published a more detailed analysis of the attack scenario. According to the analysis, the attacks start with spam emails claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, the tax agency in the US. If a user clicks on the link in the email, a script investigates whether

  • Posted on 2013/04/09 10:10

    from the there-should-be-blood dept. Rackspace has come out fighting against one of the U.S.'s most notorious patent trolls, Parallel Iron. The cloud services firm said it's totally fed up with trolls of all kinds, which have caused a 500 percent rise in its legal bills. Rackspace was last week named among 12 firms accused of infringing Parallel Iron's Hadoop Distributed File System patents. Rackspace is now counter-suing the troll, as the firm said it has a deal in place with Parallel Iron after signing a previous patent settlement with them.