ISC StormCast for Thursday, January 29th 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4333, (Thu, Jan 29th)

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
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DC’s traffic cameras catching fewer offences—because they’re broken

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder

This week in Washington, DC, officials acknowledged that the district had seen a dramatic drop off in revenues from tickets issued by speeding and red light cameras because of malfunctioning batteries. While some authorities had been quick to applaud the traffic cameras for reducing the number of speeding and red light violations, it seems that increased safety is not the primary factor in fewer tickets being given out.

The Washington Post reported that when the local police department took over the maintenance of the cameras from American Traffic Solutions, the contractor who sold the district the cameras, the upkeep faltered, causing outages. Assistant Police Chief Lamar D. Greene said in a statement that “extreme cold and snow” last winter contributed to a number of battery failures. “We could not change the batteries because they were not accessible, or the temperature affected the charge,” Greene said. “We have taken additional steps to enhance internal temperature controls since last winter, alleviating this problem.”

In fiscal year 2014, Washington, DC raked in less than $34 million, down $38 million from around $75 million the year before. That dramatic reduction in revenue caused the city's financial officials to worry, but “maintenance concerns never figured into city officials’ public explanations for the shortfall,” the Post stated. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier even applauded the cameras, saying “This demonstrates that drivers are changing their behavior. The fact that infractions are going down is a good thing in my view. Automated traffic enforcement is and always has been about safety.”

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Google Leaving Most Android Users Exposed to Hackers

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
Most people with Android smartphones or tablets are now left exposed to a security flaw because Google has announced it will not be fixing it. The default browser of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has a known security flaw in the older versions of Android and it is estimated that almost 60% of all users of [...]

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to Patch Wi-Fi, Thunderstrike Vulnerability

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
For all Macs that have been running the OS X Yosemite, Apple has now released a new update which is the OS X 10.10.2 bringing quite a big number of fixes as well as a patch for the Thunderstrike vulnerability. The fixes that Apple has announced include several recent issues such as: * The Wi-Fi [...]

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IT vendors cry foul at new Chinese security rules requiring built-in backdoors

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder

Last year, the Chinese government started laying out new rules for technology products used by government agencies and banks, in part as a response to revelations about the National Security Agency’s exploitation of Chinese networks. Now, new rules for selling products to China’s financial sector have drawn a protest from North American and European technology vendors because of how intrusive they are—including demands for back-doors into hardware and complete source code.

In May, China’s State Internet Information Office announced it would institute a “cyber security vetting process” for screening all IT products sold in China. (The Chinese government also banned the use of Windows 8 on government PCs, citing “energy consumption” issues). Late last year, the government approved the final rules for vetting technology sold to key industries in China.

The New York Times reports that the rules include a requirement for turning over the source code of all software and firmware for computing and network equipment to the Chinese government, and providing management ports for the government to use to observe and control the equipment. The rules for banking systems require that 75 percent of technology products used in the financial sector be “secure and controllable” by 2019. Additionally, a new anti-terror law being drafted by China would require all companies doing business with Chinese citizens to keep that data within the country on servers that could be monitored by the Chinese government.

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Facebook outage yesterday—a technical glitch, not a cyber attack

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
The Facebook outage yesterday, which lasted for about one hour, was an internal technical glitch, said Facebook in a statement on its website. “This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” said the statement. Facebook and its photo site Instagram [...]

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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Deal Drugs Online

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Deal Drugs Online

For its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of that drug empire suddenly […]

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Heroin dealer describes how he started selling on Silk Road

January 29th, 2015
by The Feeder

NEW YORK—"My addiction became very expensive, and I could no longer afford it," said Michael Duch. "So I turned to Silk Road."

Today was the eighth day of the Silk Road drug-trafficking trial, in which Ross Ulbricht stands accused of being the mastermind behind the Silk Road, the Web's most successful drug marketplace.

The testimony that Duch gave had been alluded to in opening statements, when a government lawyer explained how Silk Road "made it possible" for the man, who had never sold drugs before, to quickly become a big-time dealer.

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Want high-end flight sim pedals? Put $500 in a Polish bank account and contact Slaw

January 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen have a lot to answer for. Besides the money I’ve paid for the games themselves, I’ve sunk what can only be considered a truly embarrassing amount of cash into peripherals—things like the $450 Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog and the $350 Oculus Rift DK2. Still, something was missing from my space flight setup.

While both eyes and both hands had something to do, my feet remained unoccupied. I had two whole unused appendages that could be employed to make my spaceships do more things at once. Clearly this had to change, and there was only one solution—rudder pedals were my next step.

But which pedals? There’s a smorgasbord of joystick choices that run the price gamut from cheap to ludicrous, but rudder pedals didn’t appear to cover the same range. The "high end" options all look like variations on the same sad plastic theme. I didn’t want to pair my high-end joystick with a bendy, flexy plastic contraption with open bearings that would gradually get crusty with dust and gunk, ultimately falling apart under my feet in the midst of a hectic space furball. I wanted something awesome.

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Those mobile ads work: Facebook gobbles up $701M profit in Q4 2014

January 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

In its final quarterly earnings report of 2014, Facebook announced that it had recorded $701 million in profits—an increase of about 33 percent over the same period last year.

In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said that its fourth quarter advertising revenue hit $3.59 billion, an increase of 53 percent. Better yet, mobile advertising revenue comprised 69 percent of Facebook’s total ad revenue.

When Facebook went public in 2012, there had been some questions as to whether the company could adequately monetize mobile users. But those concerns seem to have largely been put to rest.

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