Daily Archives: July 29, 2017

Radiohead hid an old school computer program on their new album

As if you already didn’t know that Radiohead are a bunch of big ole nerds, there’s an easter egg on a cassette tape included in the Boxed Edition of OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017. At the end of the tape recording, ther

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Doctor takes break from giving birth to help deliver another baby

Kentucky OBGYN Amanda Hess had just put on her hospital gown and settled in at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center over the weekend when she “overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress,” according to an account of events shared on Facebook by Dr. Hala Sabry.

“My husband actually said, ‘Is that a woman screaming?” Hess told WKYT-TV.

Though the OBGYN had been waiting for her own induction and delivery, she leapt into action to help the other expecting mother. Leah Halliday Johnson was fully dilated and waiting for the doctor on-call to return to the hospital for the delivery.

An OBGYN delayed her own labor to help another woman deliver her baby.

But Hess, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with certifications in both obstetrics and gynecology, knew there was no time to spare. Her own contractions were just minutes away from starting, Lex 18 reported.

“I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room and I knew her,” she recalled.

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Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship

China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple.Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt the country’s system of internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland.One company, ExpressVPN, posted a letter it had received from Apple saying that its app had been taken down “because it includes content that is illegal in China.”Another tweeted from its official account that its app had been removed.A search on Saturday showed that a number of the most popular foreign virtual-private networks, also known as VPNs, which give users access to the unfiltered internet in China, were no longer accessible on the company’s app store there.ExpressVPN wrote in its blog that the removal was “surprising and unfortunate.”It added, “We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts.”

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Hackers’ Own Tools Are Full of Vulnerabilities 

When someone says they were hacked by an “advanced persistent threat” (APT)—parlance often used for allegedly government backed hackers—you might imagine some well organized, secret hacking unit that only uses the most sophisticated and specially crafted tools.However, some of the most popular pieces of malware used by so-called APTs—to target everything from oil companies to dissident organizations—are littered with their own security vulnerabilities, according to new research to be presented this week in Las Vegas. The research may also have implications for the debate around hacking-back, the practice of victims retaliating against hackers in order to minimize the damage or learn more about the attackers.Some of the tools are “very, very poorly written,” Waylon Grange, a researcher from cybersecurity firm Symantec who analyzed the malware told Motherboard in a phone call.Grange simply picked a selection of popular tools that repeatedly came up in APT reports, and then poked around for vulnerabilities. For example, hackers have used a piece of Windows malware called Gh0st RAT to target Tibetan activists and South Korean organizations. Gh0st RAT can switch on a victim machine’s camera, steal data, and much more.

Source: Hackers’ Own Tools Are Full of Vulnerabilities – Motherboard

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Smart glasses let you turn off the lights in the blink of an eye | New Scientist

A pair of glasses that can harness the movement around your eye when you blink could be used to manipulate the world around you

Source: Smart glasses let you turn off the lights in the blink of an eye | New Scientist

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines 

DEF CON After the debacle of the 2000 presidential election count, the US invested heavily in electronic voting systems – but not, it seems, the security to protect them.This year at the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, 30 computer-powered ballot boxes used in American elections were set up in a simulated national White House race – and hackers got to work physically breaking the gear open to find out what was hidden inside.In less than 90 minutes, the first cracks in the systems’ defenses started appearing, revealing an embarrassing low level of security. Then one was hacked wirelessly.“Without question, our voting systems are weak and susceptible. Thanks to the contributions of the hacker community today, we’ve uncovered even more about exactly how,” said Jake Braun, who sold DEF CON founder Jeff Moss on the idea earlier this year.

Source: It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines • The Register

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