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  • More information on the Trump Tower being wiretapped.

    03/04/2017 3:52:05 PM PST · by vannrox · 54 replies
    FISC ^ | 5MAR17 | vannrox
    Current Membership - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review FBI tried to get a FISA surveillance warrant on Trump and his campaign operation at Trump Tower in the summer, according to multiple reports, and only succeeded in getting one in October for people around him according to other reports. Investigators at the FBI may have done that on their own, but they did so in Obama's Attorney General's Department of Justice. One would think that a request to get a counter-espionage warrant that includes surveillance on a major-party presidential candidate or campaign would need some approvals from high up...
  • Free Republic HTML tips linky on "reply to post" page no worky

    10/28/2016 2:16:06 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 4 replies
    Free Republic, Lefty-Lie-Spy ^ | 2016-10-28 | Lefy-Lie-Spy
    The link titled, "See help for more information" just above the text input box for replies is a dead link. Clicking it does absolutely nuffin'. (This has been my experience for what seems several months using Apple's Safari browser and other browsers.)
  • Fifteen-year-old server-side bug opens up websites

    07/18/2016 5:37:21 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 19 2016 6:08AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A remotely exploitable vulnerability in web application code, first discovered 15 years ago, has returned to haunt server admins who are being urged to take action immediately to avoid being hit. Researchers from New Zealand point of sale software company Vend, Dominic Scheirlink, Richard Rowe, Morgan Pyne and Scott Geary, worked with Red Hat product security staffer Kurt Seifried to document the flaw, which they have nicknamed Httpoxy. On vulnerable applications, the Httpoxy flaw is easily exploitable, the researchers said. Attackers can proxy outgoing HTTP requests and direct the server to open outwards connections to arbitrary IP addresses and transport...
  • A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research

    07/08/2016 7:45:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    sciencealert ^ | 6 JUL 2016
    There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a bug in fMRI software could invalidate the results of some 40,000 papers. That's massive, because functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is one of the best tools we have to measure brain activity, and if it’s flawed, it means all those conclusions about what our brains look like
  • Apple's scariest bug this week: Your device pwned over Wi-Fi

    03/25/2016 8:52:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 24, 2016 | By Larry Seltzer for Zero Day
    The iMessage vulnerability got a lot of attention, but another bug allows for remote execution over Wi-Fi, which is a much bigger threat. Apple released new versions of several operating system products earlier this week, fixing vulnerabilities in OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 among others. Because encryption and Apple are big news these days, the attention mostly went to an admittedly interesting flaw in Apple's encryption for iMessage, reported by a research team, led by well-known cryptographer Matthew Green. But the bug is not an easy one to exploit and doesn't even expose a lot. There are much...
  • Cisco firewalls vulnerable to remote takeover

    02/11/2016 6:45:01 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    iTnews-aus ^ | Feb 12 2016 9:31AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Cisco has scrambled to fix a serious vulnerability in its Adaptive Security Appliances and Next-Generation Firewalls products which can be used to remotely take over and reboot the devices. Unauthenticated remote attackers can exploit a bug in the internet key exchange (IKE) version 1 and 2 protocol code running on Cisco ASA software, and trigger a buffer overflow. IKE is used to authenticate connections and to set up secure virtual private networks, landing on the firewalls. Security researchers David Barksdale, Jordan Gruskovnjak and Alex Wheeler said the algorithm for reassembling fragmented IKE payloads "contain a bounds-checking flaw that allows a...
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Freerepublic link errors???

    09/27/2015 7:16:56 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    A Grunt ^ | 27 sept 2015
    First link upper left; malware notice! Link at end of excerpt; OK.
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • Apple is having its Microsoft moment... Apple products suffering glitches

    06/05/2015 6:05:07 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 51 replies
    WCVB ^ | 5 Jun 2015 | Jose Pagliery
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —So much for the argument "Apple computers are safer and bug-free." It's not true. We're accustomed to annoying glitches in PCs. But the past few years have shown that Macs, iPads and iPhones have them too. So far in 2015, five major flaws have affected Apple products. Just this week, we encountered a nasty bug that lets hackers bury computer viruses so deep inside Macs, you'll never find it. A week earlier, a flaw appeared that lets a text message crash an iPhone. These are significant issues, and neither has been fixed yet. Faulty code is found...
  • iOS 'Power' Bug Disguised As Text Could Also Crash iPads, Macs, And Apple Watches

    05/29/2015 3:25:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 05/29/2015 | Rex Macadangdang
    The bug that causes an iPhone to collapse when it accepts a text message with a specific string of characters also affects other Apple products, such as iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and Apple Watches. A glitch within the central system common to all of Apple's iOS products that manages text messages causes the crash. When introduced with non-Latin special characters in a particular sequence, which includes Marathi, Arabic, and Chinese, the CoreText system chokes, pushing it to break down and terminate the whole operating system.Apple had informed several media outlets that the company is aware of the iMessage glitch and expect...
  • Apple Now Offers a Quick Fix for the iOS Messages Bug that Crashes iPhones

    05/29/2015 3:06:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 05/29/2015
    Apple instructs users on how to recover from a crash Softpedia was among the first to report a couple of days ago that a newly discovered iOS bug in the Messages app will crash or reboot any iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch device that receives a specially crafted text message.We have also told our users how to prevent their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch devices from getting crashed by the nasty Messages bug in the iOS 8 or later mobile operating system from Apple.On May 27, WSJ reported immediately after talking with Apple representatives that the Cupertino company is aware...
  • Firefox disables 'opportunistic encryption' to fix HTTPS bypass bug

    04/09/2015 10:42:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | Apr 8, 2015 9:13 AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne
    Attackers could use fake certificate to get around protections. Mozilla has disabled an "opportunistic encryption" feature added to its Firefox browser last week, in order to fix a critical security flaw that allowed attackers to bypass HTTPS protections. The company last week released Firefox 37, which came with a new feature allowing connections to be encrypted even if a server didn't support HTTPS. This so-called "opportunistic encryption" acted as a bridge between plaintext HTTP and HTTPS connections based on either transport layer security (TLS) or the older secure sockets layer protocol. It allowed website owners who are unable to fully...
  • Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

    04/04/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/03/15 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Recent outbreaks of an unpleasant intestinal illness in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania are due to a drug-resistant version of a bacteria that causes travelers' diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week. Since May 2014, Shigella sonnei bacteria that have shown resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have sickened 243 people across 32 states and Puerto Rico, the federal agency said. "Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country," the CDC explained. Shigellosis is often...
  • Obama Playing Golf in 50-degree Weather

    11/08/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 11/08/14 | Keith Koffler
    **SNIP** President Obama is playing golf today with a few of his usual crew of younger White House aides. It’s the 46th time he’s played this year and the 203rd of his presidency.
  • The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes (video)

    09/25/2014 12:57:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies ^ | 9-25-2014 | Tom Scott
    Remember Heartbleed? Well, this is probably worse. Here's a (somewhat simplified) explanation of what Shellshock actually is. Don't worry: I haven't included instructions on how to actually exploit it. The moral of the story is: keep your security patches up to date!
  • Serious OpenSSL bug renders websites wide open

    04/08/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    itnews au ^ | on Apr 8, 2014 8:07 AM | Juha Saarinen
    A serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library has been discovered that allows attackers to steal information unnoticed. Known as the Heartbleed bug, the vulnerability allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems that run vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, revealing the secret authentication and encryption keys to protect the traffic. User names, passwords and the actual content of the communications can also be read. ... OpenSSL recommends that uses immediately upgrade to version 1.0.1g. If that's not possible, users should recompile OpenSSL with the -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS flag to remove the the heartbeat handshake. The 1.0.2 version of...
  • Woman Finds Huge Silverfish Bug in Soup Served in New York Restaurant

    03/15/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | |March 14, 2014 | Will Lerner
    It’s been a rough week in terms of eaters finding disgusting things in their food. There was Jon Hughes of North Wales, who found a dead shrew inside his bag of potato chips , and Robin Sandusky of New York who found a lizard’s head and arm inside her salad . Making this a trifecta is Natalie Estrella, who found a large, disgusting bug in her soup from a New York restaurant, as WPIX 11 News reports. After finding the bug (and taking a picture), she alerted her waiter. The waiter took the soup away and disposed of the bug,...
  • THE BUG IS BACK (No Sidebar)

    09/03/2013 5:52:20 PM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 8 replies
    2day | self
    The FR main page/display bug seems to have returned... ... No sidebar... Minimum first pages displayed Time to GIT-R-DONE.... (again)
  • America as Pill Bug (great imagery on this piece of Obama foreign policy)

    08/08/2013 7:13:08 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 8, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We’ve all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball — in hopes the danger will have passed when he unrolls. That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the scandals that are overwhelming the Obama administration.
  • Uh-oh, the Free Republic thread amputation glitch is back

    07/27/2013 8:54:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Me | July 27, 2013 | Me
    What's an FR enthusiast to d
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • McConnell accuses Kentucky liberal PAC of bugging campaign headquarters

    04/10/2013 8:02:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/09/13 08:26 PM ET | Alexandra Jaffe and Justin Sink
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday accused a Kentucky Democratic super-PAC of bugging his campaign office and asked the FBI to investigate. McConnell lashed out at the group Progress Kentucky after the release of a recording from a Feb. 2 meeting between the senator and his aides in which they debate the merits of attacking actress Ashley Judd’s mental health, views on religion and attitudes about family.
  • Rare Superbug Spreads in US

    02/27/2013 4:58:19 PM PST · by Doogle · 37 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 02/27/13 | FOX
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting clinicians of an emerging untreatable multidrug-resistant organism in the United States. There are many forms of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), but of the 37 forms reported in the U.S., 15 have been reported in less than a year. The CDC said the increase in CRE means health care providers need to “act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms.” Enterobacteriaceae lives in water, soil and the human gut. These “surperbugs” have developed high levels of resistance to antibiotics – even carbapanems. Individuals who usually develop CRE infections...
  • Sorry about the truncating pages and missing sidebars problem

    01/29/2013 12:11:57 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Sorry that the truncating pages and missing sidebars problem is back again. I'm trying to reach John so he can fix it. No luck so far. Hope he checks his messages soon. I've also asked him what causes this, but he hasn't answered. Hoping we can get a permanent fix soon. Meanwhile, the work around is to set the number of results and items per page to 20 each. Look for the "My Preferences" link under "Account" at the top of any of the latest posts index pages. Thanks
  • FR Problem

    01/17/2013 4:07:15 PM PST · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 01/18/2013 | vanity
    The My Comments page shows over 45 comments for: When I view that post, only 15 comments load.
  • Bacteria that poop gold? Yep, that exists, and it’s in an art exhibit.

    10/05/2012 2:14:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    WaPoop ^ | 10/05-2012 | By Emi Kolawole
    It won’t retrieve the global economy from the ditch, but there is bacteria that consumes a toxic metal to produce pure gold. Our colleagues over at Slate have produced a video explaining how the super-strong bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans goes about its precious dirty business But before you grab your lab coat and rush out to nab some of the gold -pooping bacteria, stop. It is about as rare as the precious metal itself. And if you’re thinking you can synthesize the reaction in your basement using your gold jewelry, think again. The bacteria is grown on large concentrations of gold...
  • Facebook flooded with complaints after messages 'bug'

    09/24/2012 3:23:57 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-24-2012 | Shane Richmond
    However, Facebook denied that there had been a privacy breach and claimed the messages were old public messages that were being reposted because of a bug. Some users said that messages they had sent privately on the social network between 2007 and 2009 were being republished into their public timelines on the site. Though it was not clear how many people were affected, there were complaints from users in Britain, America and in Europe. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive, was hit by the bug. His profile showed a message to a friend that said "2009 is going to...
  • Need help with **another** problem (computers this time)

    05/22/2012 6:33:12 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 27 replies
    Self | 5/22/'12 | Zionist Conspirator
    I sincerely apologize for taking up so much time from fellow FReepers, but now my computer is acting up. I'm hoping I want have to have the thing wiped clean and Windows reinstalled, but I am not a tecchie and have no idea what to do. My problem is with one of those frequent and usually welcome security updates heralded by the little yellow shield with the exclamation mark. I got this earlier today and it told me three updates were ready to be installed. So I installed them. Problem: the little yellow shield comes back on every time I...
  • Study: Half of supermarket meat may have staph bug

    04/16/2011 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Realman30 · 103 replies
    AP ^ | 04-15-11 | Mike Stobbe
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Proper cooking kills the germs, and federal health officials estimate staph accounts for less than 3 percent of foodborne illnesses, far less than more common bugs like salmonella and E. coli.
  • Smelly kudzu-eating bug invades Alabama

    01/17/2011 10:49:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies · 1+ views
    An invasive kudzu-eating bug that swept across Georgia last year has now been detected in Alabama. Though you might be tempted to celebrate the arrival of a bug that eats The Vine That Ate the South, this kudzu bug stinks. Both literally and figuratively. When temperatures drop, the pea-sized bugs -- also known as the lablab bug or the globular stink bug -- invades homes in hordes. When threatened or crushed, they emit a foul odor. University of Georgia entomology Professor Wayne A. Gardner said he's found them 30 stories high, coating the window sills of Atlanta condo high rises,...
  • Bug Burgers

    07/28/2010 6:51:28 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies · 3+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | July 28, 2010 | Robin Shreeve
    (Would those of us in the West eat bugs if they looked like a Big Mac?) Swansea University in the UK, is the host to this year’s Royal Entomology Society conference and one of the speakers at this year’s conference will be talking about insect protein being a solution to getting rid of famine. On the one hand I say, “Ew.” On the other, I say, “Why not? Other people should eat bugs.” I remember watching a young Christian Bale in the film “Empire of the Sun” His character is in an internment camp, and he's told that if he...
  • 1 in 10 Windows PCs Still Vulnerable to the Conficker Worm, 1 in 25 infected

    04/08/2010 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 680+ views
    Rueters ^ | 04/08/2010
    More than a year after doomsday reports hinted that the Conficker worm would bring down the Internet, one-in-10 Windows PCs still have not been patched to plug the hole the worm wriggles through, new data shows. And 25 of every 1,000 systems are currently infected with the worm. According to Qualys, a security risk and compliance management provider, about 10% of the hundreds of thousands of Windows systems it monitors for customers have not yet applied Microsoft's MS08-067 security update. MS08-067, an out-of-band release that shipped in October 2008, patched a bug in the service Windows uses to connect to...
  • 2010 bug hits millions of German bank cards

    01/07/2010 8:55:56 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 6 replies · 449+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 01/05/2010 | AP
    Credit and debit cards contain software that can't process number ‘2010’ BERLIN - Millions of German bank cards have been affected by a "millennium bug"-like problem because they contain software that can't process the number 2010, an industry group said Tuesday.
  • In Shanghai, the Autumn Game Just Isn't Cricket Anymore

    12/01/2009 1:57:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 333+ views
    WSJ ^ | 01 Dec 2009 | James T. Arredy
    As Bug Fighting Goes Year Round, Fans Bemoan Role of Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Money Like the baseball calendar in the U.S., China's cricket-fighting season is getting longer and longer. Purists fret that the pastime is being threatened by a money culture. Helping lead the effort to upend thousands of years of Chinese tradition is Xu Moxiao, a man determined to lengthen the customary autumn fighting season. He thinks year-round bug fights are better for fans and for the people who make money off the sport. "What I'm doing is trying to expand the good things," says Mr. Xu. Cricket fighting has...
  • Brown Stink Bug Invades D.C.-area

    09/25/2009 1:32:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies · 3,362+ views ^ | Sept 25, 2009 |
    Experts say the insects are from Asia and first appeared in Allentown, Pennsylvania back in 1996. They then spread throughout our area and beyond. There are no known predators, so the bugs continue to creep into homes through cracks and crevices. Experts say while last year was bad, this year will be worse. "I thought I heard something rattling in the baseboard and there were hundreds in one window," Wade added. Residents say they are under attack inside and outside of their home. "I was battling them out of the way," Milhaupt said. Milhaupt says she snags them with tissue,...
  • Could New Fuel Come From Bug Poop?

    06/17/2008 7:34:46 PM PDT · by Westlander · 17 replies · 108+ views
    Internet Broadcasting ^ | 6-17-2008 | Internet Broadcasting
    LS9, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, specializes in the genetic alteration of bugs -- single-cell organisms, each a fraction of a billionth the size of an ant -- so that when they feed on agricultural waste like woodchips or wheat straw, they excrete crude oil.
  • Britain In Grip Of Norovirus As Cases Hit 3m

    01/11/2008 6:10:20 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 225+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-12-2008 | Rebecca Smith
    Britain in grip of norovirus as cases hit 3m By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Last Updated: 1:50am GMT 12/01/2008 Three million people have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug - with experts fearing that cases could rise through this month and next. The norovirus season began a month earlier than normal this winter. Cases of the bug increased rapidly, with more than 200,000 people a week now catching the infection, official figures claim. Those with symptoms are urged to engage in good hygiene to prevent the virus spreading further Hospitals struggling to cope have closed hundreds of wards...
  • GPs Urge Millions Hit By Bug To Stay At Home (UK)

    01/02/2008 7:00:45 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 2,529+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-3-2007 | By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor and Aislinn Simpson
    GPs urge millions hit by bug to stay at home By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor and Aislinn Simpson Last Updated: 2:14am GMT 03/01/2008 Doctors' leaders warned people struck down by a violent stomach bug sweeping the country not to return to work as GPs reported that they were being inundated by sufferers. More than 100,000 people a week are catching norovirus, which causes sudden vomiting and diarrhoea, and the numbers contracting the disease will peak this month. The NHS advises patients affected to stay at home for 48 hours after they last suffered the symptoms Thousands of workers and children...
  • Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss

    12/31/2007 1:25:04 PM PST · by familyop · 12 replies · 134+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | 31DEC07 | Thomas Claburn
    A flaw in Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s Windows Home Server could lead to data loss under certain circumstances, the company has confirmed. Windows Home Server, released over the summer, aims to offer home users centralized media storage and home backup capabilities for networked PCs. Microsoft last week updated a support document acknowledging that files edited using certain programs and then stored on Windows Home Server could become corrupted. "Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available," the Microsoft help documentation explains. "Until an update for Windows Home Server is available, we...
  • Unexplained Blue Cloud Floats, Darts Around Customers At Gas Station

    11/14/2007 7:20:46 AM PST · by milford421 · 103 replies · 154+ views ^ | 11/14/07
    Unexplained Blue Cloud Floats, Darts Around Customers At Gas Station Witness: 'It Gives Me Chills' POSTED: 10:38 pm EST November 12, 2007 UPDATED: 10:54 pm EST November 12, 2007 A strange blue cloud seen floating and darting around customers, freezing for 30 minutes and then speeding from an Ohio gas station, remains unexplained even though it was caught on security cams. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMAGES: Strange Cloud Moves Around Station The ghostly image was seen moving near and over cars at a Marathon gas station located near the corner of State Road and Pleasant Valley in Parma on Sunday.
  • After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas emerging

    05/20/2007 9:59:37 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 76 replies · 4,285+ views
    KC Star ^ | 5/20/07 | TARA BURGHART
    After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas emerging These flying insects live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal will be mating.By TARA BURGHART The Associated Press CHICAGO | Coming soon: Brood XIII.It sounds like a bad horror movie. But it’s actually the name of the billions of cicadas expected to emerge this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground.The red-eyed, shrimp-sized, flying insects don’t bite or sting. But they are known for mating calls that produce a din that can overpower ringing telephones, lawn mowers and power tools.Brood XIII is expected across...
  • Remote Exploit Discovered for OpenBSD

    03/15/2007 10:23:10 AM PDT · by zeugma · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Core Security ^ | 2007-03-13 | Core Security labs
    Core Security is reporting a remote buffer exploit for the OpenBSD operating system. This is also being reported on /. Title: OpenBSD's IPv6 mbufs remote kernel buffer overflow Class: Buffer Overflow Remotely Exploitable: Yes Locally Exploitable: No   Advisory URL:   Vulnerability Description The OpenBSD kernel contains a memory corruption vulnerability in the code that handles IPv6 packets. Exploitation of this vulnerability can result in: 1) Remote execution of arbitrary code at the kernel level on the vulnerable systems (complete system compromise), or; 2) Remote denial of service attacks against vulnerable systems (system crash due to a kernel panic)...
  • Another good reason to stop using telnet (Major hack against Solaris)

    02/12/2007 10:35:07 PM PST · by zeugma · 22 replies · 549+ views
    SANS ^ | 2007-02-12 | donald smith
    There is a major zero day bug announced in solaris 10 and 11 with the telnet and login combination. It has been verified. In my opinion NOBODY be should running telnet open to the internet. Versions of Solaris 9 and lower do not appear to have this vulnerability. The issue: The telnet daemon passes switches directly to the login process which looks for a switch that allows root to login to any account without a password. If your telnet daemon is running as root it allows unauthenticated remote logins. Telnet should be disabled. Since 1994 the team has recommended...
  • Beetles take big bite out of forests ( 43 percent infested )

    11/29/2006 10:24:12 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 953+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 29, 2006 | Jim Erickson
    The number of Colorado lodgepole pines killed by bark beetles jumped nearly fivefold in 2006 as the explosive, decadelong bug epidemic continues to gain steam. About 4.8 million lodgepoles were killed this year, up from roughly 1 million trees last year, according to Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Golden. The lodgepole acreage under attack by mountain pine beetles jumped about 50 percent this year to 644,840 acres, up from 430,526 acres last year. The new numbers, which are considered preliminary, come from aerial tree-damage surveys conducted this summer. "We had a significant increase in both...
  • New Strain Of Hospital Bug Linked To 49 Deaths (UK)

    10/01/2006 7:12:13 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 694+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-2-2006 | Caroline Davies
    New strain of hospital bug linked to 49 deaths By Caroline Davies (Filed: 02/10/2006) A virulent strain of a superbug has been linked to at least 49 deaths in three Leicester hospitals this year, the local NHS trust has revealed. Figures released by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said the superbug clostridium difficile (C Diff) was probably responsible for the deaths of 28 patients, and possibly contributed to the deaths of a further 21 found to be infected. Another 29 cases have been referred to the coroner. The superbug, a common cause of diarrhoea, is carried without side...
  • Security flaw in RealVNC 4.1.1

    05/11/2006 9:26:40 PM PDT · by zeugma · 24 replies · 3,515+ views ^ | Monday, May 08, 2006 | Steve Wiseman
    Security flaw in RealVNC 4.1.1   Update #2 (05/11/2006) - We have a proof of concept. You can see if your vulnerable. See our latest post for details Update (05/08/2006) - We have installed RealVNC 4.1.1 on as many fresh computers as possible. We wanted to make sure this is a real problem - indeed it is. Every single time we were able to access the machine without a valid password. We are still trying to see what is different about our viewer that exposes this flaw. We are currently developing a new product that would allow users to...
  • Federal Judge OKs Bug in Suspect's Phone

    02/17/2006 6:03:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 279+ views
    AP ^ | 2/17/6 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    New York -- A federal judge said Friday the government was within constitutional boundaries when it put a powerful eavesdropping device in a cell phone, turning a suspected mobster into what one defense lawyer called a "human microphone." The judge said the government got proper approval from other judges as it steadily increased the scope of audio surveillance in an effort to destroy the leadership of the Gambino crime family during a three-year probe. The eavesdropping was initially limited to a cell phone and a restaurant but was eventually expanded so the recording device could be used in any location...
  • Australians Win Nobel For Linking Bug To Ulcers

    10/03/2005 1:24:28 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,463+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-3-2005 | Andy Coghan
    Australians win Nobel for linking bug to ulcers 13:56 03 October 2005 news service Andy Coghlan Two Australians have won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for establishing that bacteria cause stomach ulcers, it was announced on Monday. Working at the Royal Perth Hospital, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren established beyond all doubt in the 1980s that Helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers by infecting and aggravating the gut lining. Moreover, they showed that ulcers could be cured altogether by killing the bacteria with antibiotics. Hitherto, ulcers had been considered uncurable. Instead, patients' symptoms were treated with a...
  • Ocean bug has 'smallest genome'

    08/19/2005 9:44:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 52 replies · 2,439+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/19/05 | Roland Pease
    Small but perfectly formed, Pelagibacter ubique is a lean machine stripped down to the bare essentials for life.Humans have around 30,000 genes that determine everything from our eye colour to our sex but Pelagibacter has just 1,354, US biologists report in the journal Science. What is more, Pelagibacter has none of the genetic clutter that most genomes have accumulated over time. There are no duplicate gene copies, no viral genes, and no junk DNA. 'Chicken soup'The spareness of its genome is related to its frugal lifestyle. The shorter the length of DNA that needs to be copied each generation, the...