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Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad - New York Times

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:41

New York Times

Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad
New York Times
Servers at the Microsoft data center in Dublin. The technology company's suit with the Justice Department stemmed from a drug investigation in which prosecutors wanted emails of a suspect that were stored on a server there. Credit Microsoft. WASHINGTON ...
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Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:37
Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest. The flaw is the one Estonia's government obliquely referred to last month when it warned that 750,000 digital IDs issued since 2014 were vulnerable to attack. Estonian officials said they were closing the ID card public key database to prevent abuse. On Monday, officials posted this update. Last week, Microsoft, Google, and Infineon all warned how the weakness can impair the protections built into TPM products that ironically enough are designed to give an additional measure of security to high-targeted individuals and organizations.

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Colony Capital in talks to buy Weinstein Co - Reuters

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:12


Colony Capital in talks to buy Weinstein Co
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Weinstein Company has entered talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital, the companies said on Monday, as the film production company looks for stability after the departure of co-founder Harvey ...
Weinstein Co. in Talks for Sale to Colony Capital Following ScandalNBCNews.com
Weinstein Company Receives Investment from Colony Capital (CLNS), Enters Talks for Potential SaleStreetInsider.com
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Nordstrom Shelves Plans To Go Private Until After the Holidays - Fortune

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:04


Nordstrom Shelves Plans To Go Private Until After the Holidays
Nordstrom (JWN, -6.05%) will remain listed on the stock exchange until at least after it faces a major test this Christmas season. The upscale department store, which earlier this year said it would look into having the founding and namesake family ...
Why Nordstrom Isn't Going PrivateForbes
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Nordstrom family suspends plans to take the chain privateUSA TODAY
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Newark Says, Hey Amazon, Look Over Here - New York Times

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:49

New York Times

Newark Says, Hey Amazon, Look Over Here
New York Times
Newark has much of what Amazon wants in a location for its second headquarters — good public transportation, a skilled work force and within a metro area of more than one million residents, city officials and developers said. Credit Bryan Anselm for ...
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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:47
For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: The discovery, announced today at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these heavy elements -- which are found in everything from wedding rings to cellphones to nuclear weapons. It's also a dramatic demonstration of how astrophysics is being transformed by humanity's newfound ability to detect gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that are created when massive objects spin around each other and finally collide. "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. It's the fulfillment of dozens, hundreds, thousands of people's efforts, but it's also the fulfillment of an idea suddenly becoming real," says Peter Saulson of Syracuse University, who has spent more than three decades working on the detection of gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of these ripples more than a century ago, but scientists didn't manage to detect them until 2015. Until now, they'd made only four such detections, and each time the distortions in space-time were caused by the collision of two black holes. That bizarre phenomenon, however, can't normally be seen by telescopes that look for light. Neutron stars, by contrast, spew out visible cosmic fireworks when they come together. These incredibly dense stars are as small as cities like New York and yet have more mass than our sun. Further reading: 'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' (The Atlantic), and Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode (Scientific American).

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Microsoft Has Already Fixed the Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability; Android Will Be Patched Within Weeks

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:07
Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. From a report: "We have released a security update to address this issue," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected. We continue to encourage customers to turn on automatic updates to help ensure they are protected." Microsoft is planning to publish details of the update later today. While it looks like Android and Linux devices are affected by the worst part of the vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to manipulate websites, Google has promised a fix for affected devices "in the coming weeks." Google's own Pixel devices will be the first to receive fixes with security patch level of November 6, 2017, but most other handsets are still well behind even the latest updates. Security researchers claim 41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to an "exceptionally devastating" variant of the Wi-Fi attack that involves manipulating traffic, and it will take time to patch older devices.

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Passengers accuse AirAsia crew of setting off panic during plane's rapid descent - Washington Post

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:57

Washington Post

Passengers accuse AirAsia crew of setting off panic during plane's rapid descent
Washington Post
Passengers aboard an Indonesia AirAsia flight to Bali said the actions of the crew sent those on board into a state of panic after the plane experienced a problem midflight. What the budget airline described as a “technical issue” occurred about a half ...
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Ruby Tuesday to Be taken private in $146M deal - MarketWatch

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:42

CBS News

Ruby Tuesday to Be taken private in $146M deal
Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday Inc. is being taken private as it struggles with unprofitability and declining same-restaurant sales amid broader changes in casual dining. Private-equity firm NRD Capital Management, which has recently invested in other ...
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Voice Assistants Will Be Difficult To Fire

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:30
mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa? A Google Assistant? A Siri? Choose wisely -- because once you pick one voice assistant, it'll be difficult to switch. As Scott Rosenberg writes at Backchannel, "If I want to switch assistants down the line, sure, I can just go out and buy another device. But that investment of time and personal data isn't so easy to replace... Right now, all these assistants behave like selfish employees who think they can protect their jobs by holding vital expertise or passwords close to their chests. Eventually , the data that runs the voice assistant business is going to have to be standardized."

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Trump has taken longer to name a science adviser than any modern president - Washington Post

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:13

Washington Post

Trump has taken longer to name a science adviser than any modern president
Washington Post
President Trump has taken longer than any modern president to name a science adviser, according to an analysis from The Washington Post, leaving vacant a post tasked with providing scientific guidance even as his administration has proceeded with ...

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It's Time For Tesla To Stop Paying SolarCity's Debts - Seeking Alpha

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:00

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's Time For Tesla To Stop Paying SolarCity's Debts
Seeking Alpha
Another capital raise impends. How much longer will Wall Street financiers tolerate Tesla down-streaming hundreds of millions to pay SolarCity debts? Tesla already has paid $525 million. There's $1.4 billion still to come due. Yet Tesla is not legally ...
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US Supreme Court To Decide Microsoft Email Privacy Dispute

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:50
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. From a report: The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data centers in 40 countries, was the first U.S. company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the country. There have been several similar challenges, most brought by Google.

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WPA2 Security Flaw Puts Almost Every Wi-Fi Device at Risk of Hijack, Eavesdropping

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:10
A security protocol at the heart of most modern Wi-Fi devices, including computers, phones, and routers, has been broken, putting almost every wireless-enabled device at risk of attack. From a report: The bug, known as "KRACK" for Key Reinstallation Attack, exposes a fundamental flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used in securing most modern wireless networks. Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, who found the flaw, said the weakness lies in the protocol's four-way handshake, which securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join the network. That weakness can, at its worst, allow an attacker to decrypt network traffic from a WPA2-enabled device, hijack connections, and inject content into the traffic stream. In other words: hackers can eavesdrop on your network traffic. The bug represents a complete breakdown of the WPA2 protocol, for both personal and enterprise devices -- putting every supported device at risk. "If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected," said Vanhoef, on his website. News of the vulnerability was later confirmed on Monday by US Homeland Security's cyber-emergency unit US-CERT, which about two months ago had confidentially warned vendors and experts of the bug, ZDNet has learned.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Blocks 322,000 Cheaters

Slashdot - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:30
The new anti-cheating system installed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day. An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer: That's according to BattlEye, which polices the game's servers. Its official account tweeted yesterday that between 6,000 and 13,000 players are getting their marching orders daily. On Saturday morning, it had cracked down on nearly 20,000 players within the previous 24-hour period... In total, the service has blocked 322,000 people, double the number that was reported by the game's creator Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, last month. Yesterday the game had more than 2.2 million concurrent players.

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Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada - BBC News

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:00

BBC News

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada
BBC News
A drone has collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada, the first such incident in the country, according to the Transport Ministry. The drone struck one of the plane's wings, while six passengers and two crew members were aboard. The aircraft ...
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Ask Slashdot: Should Users Uninstall Kaspersky's Antivirus Software?

Slashdot - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:34
First, here's the opinion of two former NSA cybersecurity analysts (via Consumer Reports): "It's a big deal," says Blake Darche, a former NSA cybersecurity analyst and the founder of the cybersecurity firm Area 1. "For any consumers or small businesses that are concerned about privacy or have sensitive information, I wouldn't recommend running Kaspersky." By its very nature antivirus software is an appealing tool for hackers who want to access remote computers, security experts say. Such software is designed to scan a computer comprehensively as it searches for malware, then send regular reports back to a company server. "One of the things people don't realize, by installing that tool you give [the software manufacturer] the right to pull any information that might be interesting," says Chris O'Rourke, another former NSA cybersecurity expert who is the CEO of cybersecurity firm Soteria. But for that reason, Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky suggests any anti-virus software will be targetted by nation-state actors, and argues that for most users, "non-state criminal threats are worse. That's why Interpol this week signed a new information-sharing agreement with Kaspersky despite all the revelations in the U.S. media: The international police cooperation organization deals mainly with non-state actors, including profit-seeking hackers, rather than with the warring intelligence services." And long-time Slashdot reader freddieb is a loyal Kaspersky user who is wondering what to do, calling the software "very effective and non-intrusive." And in addition, "Numerous recent hacks have gotten my data (Equifax, and others) so I expect I have nothing else to fear except ransomware." Share your own informed opinions in the comments. Should users uninstall Kaspersky's antivirus software?

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Catalan Leader Triggers Showdown With Spain Over Independence - NPR

Business News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:42


Catalan Leader Triggers Showdown With Spain Over Independence
Updated at 2:40 a.m. ET. Catalan President Charles Puigdemont, in a letter on Monday to Spain's prime minister, called for more dialogue over the status of the semi-autonomous region, but he failed to meet a demand from Madrid to clarify a declaration ...

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Charter, Viacom Agree To Short-Term Extension At Deadline - Broadcasting & Cable

Business News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:51


Charter, Viacom Agree To Short-Term Extension At Deadline
Broadcasting & Cable
The extension means that Viacom's cable netowrks--including Nickelodeon, MTV and BET--will continue to be available to subscribers of the nation's second-largest cable operator. The long-term deal was set to expire Sunday. In addition to fee Viacom ...
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