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Author Topic: Tech News Weekly: Edition 37-09  (Read 3545 times)


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Tech News Weekly: Edition 37-09
« on: September 13, 2009, 05:55 AM »
The Weekly Tech News
TNWeekly01.gifHi all.
Apparently next to nothing happened in the world of tech this week...has half the industry disappeared or what?
As usual, you can find last week's news here.

1. Oz Government Sites Floored in Firewall Protests
Sensationalist headline, yet again, but interesting none the less. Though apparently much weaker than their counterparts in other countries, the Australian branch of Anonymous took to the web this past week to show the Australian Government how they felt about the proposed Internet filtering scheme.

Hackers reportedly knocked over the website of Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd for a few minutes on Wednesday in an apparent protest against government plans for compulsory internet content filtering.

The site of the Australian Communications and Media Authority also disappeared for about an hour Wednesday evening local time, The Australian reports. The website of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, the man behind the plan, also came under attack.

2. Feds Bust World's Most Prolific Music Piracy Ring
They haven't released a thing for years, but it seems that doesn't stop the authorities from tracking down and arresting the members of a music piracy group with over 25K releases under their belts, many of which were pre-retail.

Six men have been accused of running the world's most prolific music piracy ring, an online crew federal prosecutors allege delivered more than 25,000 copyrighted albums, often before they were officially released.

As members of Rabid Neurosis, or RNS as the group was called, they tapped insiders at music retailers, radio stations, and CD manufacturing plants, who were able to get their hands on music titles before their commercial release in the US. In other cases, they turned to affiliates elsewhere in the world, who were able to supply music that was not yet available in America.

3. Google Modifies Europe Book Plans
In order to appease those opposed to its ditigal library plans, Google has made its agreement slightly less broad.

Material which is out of print in the US, but still available for sale elsewhere, will not be added to Google Books, unless consent is granted.

Google has already digitised millions of out-of-print titles.

The European Commission wants concerted action to allow more books in Europe's national libraries to be scanned.

4. PM Apology After Turing Petition
Alan Turing has received a posthumous apology for the treatment he endured as a homosexual after a petition was submitted to the British Government.

A petition on the No 10 website had called for a posthumous government apology to the computer pioneer.

In 1952 Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency after admitting a sexual relationship with a man. Two years later he killed himself.

The campaign was the idea of computer scientist John Graham-Cumming.

5. Microsoft: IIS Vulnerability Under Limited Attacks
A nasty, if not easily exploited remote code execution vulnerability exists in the FTP service of Microsofts IIS versions 5 and 6. The vulnerability is yet to be patched, but can only be exploited by thoise with write permissions to the FTP.

A hacker has posted code on his Milw0rm website that could be used to attack a system running Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) server and install unauthorized software on it. The good news is that the attack appears to work only on older versions of IIS—versions 7.x are not affected. The flaw resides in the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software used by IIS to transfer large files, meaning that FTP must be enabled for an attack to be succesful. The risk posed by this vulnerability isn't completely clear yet, but Microsoft says it is looking into the issue.

"Microsoft is investigating new public claims of a possible vulnerability in IIS 5 and IIS 6 File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and are currently unaware of any attacks trying to use the claimed vulnerability or of customer impact," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. The software giant will take steps to determine how customers can protect themselves if the vulnerability is confirmed and will take whatever action it determines is appropriate to protect customers once the investigation is complete.

6. 802.11n APPROVED! Official Notification! (Thanks Joshua)
And for the Pièce de résistance this week. As Joshua so eloquently put it, hell has indeed frozen over ladies and gentlemen. Six years on and 802.11n has been approved.

802.11 had two items under consideration during the Standards Board meetings being held this week.

I’m am very pleased to announce that both P802.11w and P802.11n were approved today.

Although this email vehicle falls far short of expressing the sentiment, Thanks to the hundreds of 802.11members that contributed to these efforts, as well as the 802 EC and the IEEE Staff.

7. Universe Exclusive Preview
Seems this was out like two months ago..and somehow i friggin' missed it!! Here it is for those of who were similarly left out in the cold.




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Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 37-09
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 07:09 AM »
#2: aww :(
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Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 37-09
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 07:58 AM »
#7, ah it's stargate, couldn't make that from "universe exclusive". I thought it was something scientific ;)


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Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 37-09
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 12:15 PM »
#4 it's really shocking what they did to that guy . .

#3 I read some stuff objecting to the google books a good while back, but it was very vague & I couldnt really understand the problem but when I read this it certainly seems an improvement