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Fri
12
Oct
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Split Passwords Enhance Website Security

A security company has come up with a way to reduce the effectiveness of website hacking. The plan is to split customer passwords and store them in two or more separate locations. The idea for split passwords comes from security firm RSA, which says ... the new technique aims to frustrate hackers who breach website security in order to acquire user names and passwords. Sometimes that data are stored without any encryption. Even when they are encrypted, hackers are often able to break the encryption, given enough time. Such breaches of security can be particularly dangerous if any of the site's ... (view more)

Fri
24
Aug
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VPN Hack Used to Steal Passwords: Microsoft

Microsoft has revealed that a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) hack could be used to steal passwords and other sensitive information. It's called a "man-in-the-middle" attack. Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike first disclosed this VPN hack in a ... security advisory earlier this month. After investigating the issue, Microsoft has acknowledged that the threat is legitimate. Hacker Could Take Control of System, Network "An attacker who successfully exploited...cryptographic weaknesses could obtain user credentials," Microsoft said in its own advisory, released earlier this week. "Those ... (view more)

Mon
06
Aug
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'Sentinel' Computer System Helps FBI Solve Crimes

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) plans to join the twenty-first century by using computer systems rather than paper to manage its cases. The change may improve detection rates by making it easier to cross-reference data between cases. ... The new computer system, called Sentinel, will also allow FBI agents to make notes on cases via dedicated software. A demonstration for reporters showed that Sentinel contains elements reminiscent of consumer software, such as web browsers, Microsoft Outlook, and tax preparation software. (Source: wsj.com ) FBI personnel have been using Sentinel ... (view more)

Thu
19
Jul
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Hi-Tech 'QuadSquad' Glove Allows Deaf to Speak Out

A team of Ukrainian researchers calling themselves "QuadSquad" are breaking down barriers between people who communicate with sign language and those who hear and speak. Their method is based on an ingenious glove-based system that allows people ... using the two different modes of communication to understand each other easily. Called EnableTalk, the specially-designed glove senses the movements of the wearer's fingers and translates each meaningful sign into spoken words. Glove Features Special Sensors, Accelerometers The glove is quite remarkable. It is lined with more than a dozen flex sensors ... (view more)

Tue
03
Jul
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TV, Cellphone, WiFi Provide Data For GPS Back-Up

British researchers are working on an alternative to Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation that will function when GPS fails. They say the GPS satellite system might not last forever, and could be damaged by a freak space incident or even a ... military conflict. The new system comes from BAE systems, a defense company in the United Kingdom. BAE has for some time been trying to find alternatives to GPS, which works by comparing a device's location to multiple satellites in space. Solar Flare Could Destroy GPS Satellites While GPS functions well for now, it is vulnerable to satellite ... (view more)

Mon
11
Jun
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Intel TV Service Monitors Viewers for Advertisers

Intel is reportedly working on a new facial recognition system designed to help advertising companies target consumers in a more efficient, direct manner. The ground-breaking hardware is said to be able to recognize distinguishing features about ... people watching a TV screen, and individually select target-specific advertisements to display for them. The system is based on a set-top control box that does not identify specific individuals, but does recognize their general characteristics, such as gender and age. (Source: vancouversun.com ) Precise Monitoring, Feedback Intel is currently asking ... (view more)

Tue
22
May
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Facebook Stock Auction Hit by Nasdaq Software Bug

A major software problem may have significantly limited the number of people able to purchase Facebook stock when it first became publicly available on Friday, May 18, 2012. Nasdaq has assumed total responsibility for the fiasco and says it will ... offer compensation to those negatively affected by it. By some estimates, the payouts could total as much as $13 million. Nasdaq officials had planned carefully for the huge amount of trading that was expected when Facebook stock "went live". The combination of the number of shares put up for sale and the asking price made it the third-biggest stock ... (view more)

Tue
22
May
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'LangOver 5.0.38', and 'System Explorer 3.8.9'

LangOver 5.0.38 With the free software LangOver 5.0, PC users can quickly and easily convert any text they wish from one language to another. All that's necessary is to hit 'F10' and the text you have selected will be instantaneously converted by ... this remarkable software to whatever other language you have chosen. LangOver 5.0 is totally free and works with any language you need. http://www.langover.com System Explorer 3.8.9 System Explorer is free, award-winning software designed to help users navigate through their files. Once installed on your computer, it can also provide detailed reports ... (view more)

Thu
15
Mar
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New Tech Allows Users to Control a PC with Eyes

A new video game allows players to shoot at three-dimensional asteroids with weapons controlled only by their eyeballs. Importantly, the technology behind this game could be used for other purposes, too. The game is an update to Asteroids, an Atari ... classic. However, the new version is available only as an old-school standalone arcade cabinet, rather than as software for computers or games consoles. This is necessary because the "eye control" technology requires specialized equipment to accomplish its eyeball tracking. However, PC manufacturer Lenovo has already tried installing the ... (view more)

Wed
14
Mar
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Microsoft Fixes Major PC Flaw with Security Update

Microsoft says it has fixed only one 'critical' security flaw this Patch Tuesday. However, it appears to be a highly significant vulnerability. For those not familiar with the terminology, 'critical' vulnerabilities are those rated to be most in ... need of addressing. Flaw Could Allow Remote Code Execution The 'critical' security flaw is a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Every version of Windows is reportedly left vulnerable by the problem. So long as the vulnerability remains unpatched, Microsoft says, a hacker who is able to convince a computer ... (view more)

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