3D-printed guns are back, and this time they are unstoppable

Found on Wired on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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Unlike previous attempts to popularise 3D-printed guns, this operation is entirely decentralised. There’s no headquarters, no trademarks, and no real leader. The people behind it reckon that this means they can’t be stopped by governments.

There is no way to stop the anonymous file sharing of 3D-printed guns online. Whether they’re just pretending to be doing this for reasons of liberty or otherwise, their message is clear: it’s already too late to stop.

It was just a matter of time. Knowledge, good or bad, can not be kept under tight control forever.

Sea level rise could hit 2 metres by 2100 - much worse than feared

Found on New Scientist on Tuesday, 21 May 2019
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A new assessment found runaway carbon emissions and melting ice sheets could result in such a worst case scenario, potentially double the upper limit outlined by the UN climate science panel’s last major report.

Around 1.79 million square kilometres of land could be lost and up to 187 million people displaced. “Many small island states, particularly those in the Pacific, will effectively be pretty much inhabitable. We are talking about an existential threat to nation states,” says Bamber.

Seeing how this problem is handled by politicians on a global scale, better buy some waders and boats.

Account Hijacking Forum OGusers Hacked

Found on Krebs on Security on Monday, 20 May 2019
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The database, a copy of which was obtained by KrebsOnSecurity, appears to hold the usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, private messages and IP address at the time of registration for approximately 113,000 users (although many of these nicknames are likely the same people using different aliases).

Several threads on OGusers quickly were filled with responses from anxious users concerned about being exposed by the breach. Some complained they were already receiving phishing emails targeting their OGusers accounts and email addresses.

Federal and state law enforcement investigators going after SIM swappers are likely to have a field day with this database, and my guess is this leak will fuel even more arrests and charges for those involved.

Sweet karma. Now those who make money from victims are on the receiving end.

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

Found on Ars Technica on Sunday, 19 May 2019
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More than 20,000 Linksys wireless routers are regularly leaking full historic records of every device that has ever connected to them, including devices' unique identifiers, names, and the operating systems they use. The data can be used by snoops or hackers in either targeted or opportunistic attacks.

By combining a historical record of devices that have connected to a public IP addresses, marketers, abusive spouses, and investigators can track the movements of people they want to track.

Why would a router even keep all this information in the first place? Oh yes, for convenience...

Facebook has struggled to hire talent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Found on CNBC on Saturday, 18 May 2019
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More than half a dozen recruiters who left Facebook in recent months told CNBC that the tech company experienced a significant decrease in job offer acceptance rates after the March 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a data firm improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users and used it to target ads for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Most notably, Facebook saw a sharp increase in students at top universities who are declining the company’s job offers.

“The privacy scandals, the Cambridge Analytica stuff — students aren’t as interested in going to Facebook anymore,” a former Facebook university recruiter said.

Now those news are really good.

Mozilla, Cloudflare & Others Propose BinaryAST For Faster JavaScript Load Times

Found on Phoronix on Friday, 17 May 2019
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BinaryAST is a binary representation of the original JavaScript code and associated data structures to speed-up the parsing of the code at the page load time compared to the JavaScript source itself.

Or maybe webmasters and developers could take their job more serious and care about efficiency instead of dumping hundreds of scripts into every single website; but that would mean that they actually understand what they are doing.

Global virus fear prompts update for old Windows

Found on BBC News on Thursday, 16 May 2019
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One patch is for Windows XP, which debuted in 2001 and Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014.

It was "highly likely" the vulnerability would be exploited if it went unpatched, wrote Simon Pope, Microsoft's director of incident response, in a blog about the bug.

Market industry data suggests about 3.75% of desktop machines currently use XP or its variants.

So much for a so-called dead system.

Parliament gets its knife out for veggie burgers

Found on Politico on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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MEPs in the European Parliament's agriculture committee are now pushing to enshrine into law that only meat products can use words such as "steak," "sausage," "escalope," "burger" and "hamburger."

Needless to say, environmentalists and vegetarian food providers see an outright assault on increasingly popular plant-based foods.

If you need to give your food a meat-connected name, then you are not really supporting the idea behind it. As long as you need to lie to yourself (or worse, your customers), you might as well drop the farce and eat real meat. However, if you see a vegan life as an enjoyable alternative, you do not need to stay tied to what you want to leave behind.

Uber’s stock plunges for a second straight day

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 14 May 2019
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Uber's stock fell 7.6 percent on Friday, its first day as a publicly traded firm. The bloodbath continued on Monday, with Uber's stock price falling by an additional 10.7 percent.

As recently as last October, some Wall Street banks were estimating that the company could be valued as high as $120 billion. At Monday's closing price of $37.10, Uber is worth barely half that, at $62 billion.

Uber has never made an annual profit, and in recent quarters, the company has been losing more than $1 billion per quarter.

Just lean back and enjoy the show. Stock market "experts" are wrong; by a factor of two even. Hopefully it will keep on falling and teach those experts a lesson. On the other hand, those locusts will just move on to their next target and swindle more money out of investors.

Facebook sues app maker, says it made millions misusing Facebook user data

Found on Ars Technica on Monday, 13 May 2019
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Facebook has sued a data analytics company that operated apps on the Facebook platform for nearly a decade, saying the company misused Facebook data to sell advertising and marketing services.

Facebook's lawsuit seeks a court order requiring the company to delete Facebook user data and suggests that Rankwave may have sold the user data to other unidentified entities. Rankwave refused to tell Facebook which entities it sold data to and refused to "[p]rovide a full accounting of Facebook user data in its possession," Facebook says.

Data which was handed over because of Facebook itself. How cute.