Tuesday, November 3, 2015



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Anonymous outs KKK members

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 01:01 AM PST

KKK-1000x600Hacker collective Anonymous has been outing members of the quasi-masonic racist terror group the KKK.

The names of four senators and five City mayors have been included on Anonymous's list which includes the details of the politicians, their spouses and the local chapter of the KKK to which they are purported to belong. The person who posted the information said they redacted the politicians’s home addresses to prevent anyone taking action directly against them.

Anonymous, the amorphous online activist collective, last week promised to reveal the identity of 1,000 members of the KKK after coming into possession of the private information through a compromised Twitter account associated with the group.

Anonymous hackers have so far published four separate listings on text-sharing website Pastebin, including 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses.

There has been no verification of the details so far, but Anonymous has vowed to reveal the full identities of up to 1,000 members of the KKK Thursday, November 5 to coincide with the group's global protest movement, called the Million Mask March.

So far though none of the phone numbers connected to anyone and some on the list are not members of the KKK, with one being a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a historical group populated by relatives of Confederate soldiers.

Anonymous and the KKK have been battling it out in cyberspace for almost a year, ever since the protests in Ferguson when a local chapter of the Klan weighed into the debate by warning that it would use "lethal force" against anyone protesting on the streets of Ferguson.

In its statement addressed to the members of the KKK, Anonymous told the  group: "After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action. You are abhorrent. Criminal. You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognised as such."

Dell prepares asset sales

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 01:01 AM PST

Dell's Computer Shipments Increase 28% In ChinaTin box shifter Michael Dell is preparing to sell around $10 billion in non-core assets, including software and services, to reduce the heavy debt load it will be taking on to buy EMC.

If it does nothing, Dell will be saddled with a $49.5 billion overdraft once the merger with EMC is completed.

Dell is expected to sell Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, SonicWall, an email encryption and data security provider, back-up solutions unit AppAssure and IT services provider Perot Systems.

Not up for sale are Dell’s hardware assets such as servers, which are crucial in its quest to dominate the large enterprise market through its merger with EMC.

This is all rumour and speculation but does explain how Dell expected to make so much money when it had such a high debt loading.

The EMC deal is expected to close between May and October 2016. Dell has stated that the combined company will focus on reducing its debt during the first 18 to 24 months after the merger to get its investment-grade credit rating back.

AMD retires catalyst controllers

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 01:00 AM PST

AMD Analyst Day '15Troubled chipmaker AMD is ditching Catalyst Control Centre for a new system dubbed Radeon Settings.

The new software is part of AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition which is supposed to be the next new thing in graphics drivers.

AMD's Raho Koduri and Terry Makedon said that AMD has been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver.

Now there are user interfaces, libraries, tools, applications, packaged as drivers.

The software has morphed into a mini graphics operating system. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has decided to call this mini graphics operating system, Radeon Software, they said.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is completely “re-architected” and will offer new features, improvements to stability and responsiveness, and performance improvements.

This includes a new Game Manager, video quality presets, social media integration, simplified EF setup, a system notifications tab, and more. The first version is expected out this month.

The Radeon Settings of the Catalyst Control Centre is based on.NET and doesn't work particularly well. This update is supposed to be more responsive and easy to use. The Radeon Settings menus will offer a completely new modernised UX.

Apparently it will open in fraction of a second rather than the few seconds the current software takes.

The new Game Manager will give users the ability to set per-game profiles. And the video manager will feature several optimised profiles for various video types (sports, classic cinema, home video, outdoor, etc.) and also allow for easy customization.

The Overdrive menu returns, with a similar feature set to what's already offered in CCC, but the new Overdrive menu is revamped.

The Display Settings menu has also been completely revamped and will allow for customised settings on individual screens. The Eyefinity configuration menu and System Info tabs have similarly been redesigned.

Someone claims one million dollar Apple bounty

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 12:59 AM PST

mariewindsor_bountyhunterA mysterious hacker has found a series of flaws which can remotely take control of a new iPhone 6S and claimed a one million dollar bounty.

The bounty was set by a new startup called Zerodium. The company is owned by Chaouki Bekrar, who peddles zero-day, vulnerabilities.

To win the bounty the hacker had to remotely jailbreak a new iPhone or iPad running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS and allow the attacker to install any app he or she wants with full privileges. The initial exploit, according to the terms of the challenge, had to come through Safari, Chrome, or a text or multimedia message.

Jailbreaking an iPhone is usually pretty easy, but most of these don't work remotely.

Making the jailbreak remotely triggerable via Safari or Chrome requires at least two to three additional exploits compared to a local jailbreak.

Bekrar said that the winning team used a combination of vulnerabilities to bypass “almost all mitigations” and achieve “a remote and full browser-based (untethered) jailbreak”.

Bekrar and Zerodium, as well as its predecessor VUPEN, have a different business model. They offer higher rewards than what tech companies usually pay out, and keep the vulnerabilities secret, revealing them only to certain government customers, such as the NSA.

The Tame Apple Press is furious of course. It claims that the iPhone is impossible to hack, however this story says that there are so many bugs in the iOS the right combination can be used to totally own a phone without anyone being aware of it.

This exploit would allow the NSA and FBI to get around any security measures and get into the target's iPhone to intercept calls, messages, and access data stored in the phone.

Security experts were not surprised that somebody claimed the prize but will be very surprised that t Zerodium would pay out.

Bekrar said that Zerodium is still testing the vulnerabilities to make sure the exploit chain"fully meets the bounty rules."

IDG teams up with Google

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 07:55 AM PST

GooglePublishing company IDG said it has struck a deal with Google to deliver a programme that offers 100 percent viewable adverts.

Traditional publishing companies that switched to the internet have had the problem that it's hard to monetise online adverts right now.

So IDH has adopted the use of VCPM (Viewable CPM transactions) that uses Active View, a feature of Google's Doubleclick advertising tool.

IDG will offer 100 percent viewability guarantees worldwide across IDG Technetwork, desktops and mobiles.

Techeye and our sister publication ChannelEye are part of IDG's Technetwork.

Peter Longo, who heads up US media at IDG, said that it was the first global media company to offer 100 percent viewability.

The industry said a display advert is viewable if 50 percent of an advert is viewed for one second.

Professional services push internet of things revenues

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 07:23 AM PST

internet of thingsRight now professional services generate over 40 percent of internet of things (Iot) revenues worldwide.

But that's going to change over the next few years, according to dat presented by ABI Research.

ABI defines professional services as a multitude of activities including application development, consulting and system integration.

But by 2019, software platforms and analytical services will dominate the revenue opportunities.

Day Shey, a VP a ABI Research said many companies think that they can build their own IoT systems using VARs (value added resellers) and system integrators.

Shey said that software suppliers will simplify extracting data from machines and the other connected things, largely in vertical markets.

Shey said that the "goal of IoT connections is the data, and the IoT data and analytics market will grow faster than any other IT segment.

HP splits itself apart

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 07:16 AM PST

Meg WhitmanHewlett Packard is no more because it has cut itself into two.

And this morning CEO Meg Whitman (pictured) will open trading on the New York Stock Exchange as the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

The other bit of HP will be headed by Dion Weisler.

Over the last three months or so, both companies have been working out how the nuts and bolts of both businesses work, and have already divided their support web sites so that if you need a bug fix or an upload, you get directed to the relevant pages.

HPE will deal as its name suggests with the enterprise side of business, while HP Inc will carry on selling printers, PCs and the like.

The split actually happened yesterday after HP's Whitman said it would divide itself in two in early October.

HP was formed by Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett and went into business in 1939.

HP had a rough time in the early years of this century under the stewardship of Carly Fiorina. Then followed Mark Hurd, who now works for Oracle, followed in rapid succession by Leo Apotheker, who mastermind buying Autonomy for $10 billion.

He only lasted for just under a year.

Third person arrested in TalkTalk case

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 07:04 AM PST

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 14.18.56The police have arrested a third individual after the recent hack of TalkTalk.

According to Reuters, police have detained a 20 year old man from Staffordshire and his address is being searched.

Last week police arrested a 15 year old boy in Northern Ireland and later in the week arrested a 16 year boy on Thursday.

Both these boys have been released on police bail but the 20 year old is being held in custody for questioning.

TalkTalk said last week that not as many of its customers' accounts had been accessed as it at first feared.

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