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[News] Reports on Free Software in the Server (Second Life and Grendel with OpenPGP)

  • Subject: [News] Reports on Free Software in the Server (Second Life and Grendel with OpenPGP)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 18:30:34 +0000
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Happy New Year!  Looking Back...Looking Ahead

,----[ Quote ]
| 2009 was a year of intense renovation. Many 
| of the projects we began in 2009 will 
| launch in the first half of 2010. Our goal 
| with these projects is to make the Second 
| Life user experience more intuitive, more 
| accessible, more reliable and more 
| connected to the social web. We must reduce 
| dramatically the âTime to Delightâ (i.e., 
| the time it takes to get to that wonderful 
| âAH HA!!â moment in Second Life) from 
| several hours to several minutes. This will 
| benefit both user acquisition and 
| retention. Weâve also been working on 
| improving the support we give to the 
| ecosystem of content creators, merchants, 
| landowners and solution providers since 
| they/you are the lifeblood of Second Life. 
| Finally, weâve been working on platform 
| projects to improve stability, reliability 
| and quality of the Second Life experience 
| which is top-of-mind for all Residents.


Protecting âCloudâ Secrets with Grendel

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| The idea of Grendel is to provide an 
| internal (behind-the-firewall) REST-based 
| web service to keep a userâs data encrypted 
| and ensure its integrity when the user 
| isnât using it. Grendel uses OpenPGP to 
| store data, with the userâs password 
| encrypting an OpenPGP keyset. That model 
| makes it easy for a web site to store data 
| safely and only decrypt it when the user is 
| logged into the site. Since only the user 
| has their password, once they log out, 
| their data is safe, even if the web siteâs 
| database is compromised or stolen. Of 
| course this isnât an infallible protection 
| â there is no such thing â and in 
| particular it doesnât protect against web 
| site developers acting in bad faith. It 
| does, though, protect against an attacker 
| getting access to all the secrets stored by 
| users in one step.



Feds to give cops Internet-snooping powers

,----[ Quote ]
| Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service already have the power
| to wiretap private communications, provided they have judicial authorization,
| but the law does not require ISPs to grant them access.
| Tom Copeland, chairman of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers,
| said it will be a hardship for some of the country's smaller providers to
| upgrade their systems to facilitate interception.


E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

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| The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of
| its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent
| intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans
| are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.


EFF brief accuses DOJ of "backdoor wiretapping"

,----[ Quote ]
| In a new brief, the EFF alleges that in order to get around
| wiretapping's "probable cause" requirements, the DOJ ordered a suspect's ISP
| to start accumulating his emails so that they could later come in and use the
| Stored Communications Act to subpoena the archive.


Campaigners monitored by civil servants

,----[ Quote ]
| Government officials have been monitoring environmental campaign groups and
| then passing intelligence on to the police, according to documents seen by
| the Guardian.
| An internal risk report from the Department for Transport reveals that a unit
| referred to as the comms directorate Â"continuously monitor[ed]" peaceful
| protest groups opposed to the expansion of Heathrow airport and then briefed
| detectives about their findings.


Police want new remote hard drive search powers

,----[ Quote ]
| At present, the proposed legislative changes don't appear to be related to EU
| moves to step up hacking of PCs in homes and offices by police.


FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

,----[ Quote ]
| CIPAV spyware helped nab unemployed engineer angry over outsourcing


Congress Ponders Cybersecurity Power Grab

,----[ Quote ]
| There was a lot of attention paid last week to a new "cybersecurity" bill
| that would drastically expand the government's power over the Internet. The
| two provisions that have probably attracted the most attention are the parts
| that would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and
| then seize control of "any compromised Federal government or United States
| critical infrastructure information system or network." Perhaps even more
| troubling, the EFF notes a section that states that the government "shall
| have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure)
| networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy
| restricting such access."



Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

,----[ Quote ]
| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSAâs network surveillance.


Dual_EC_DRBG Added to Windows Vista

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft has added the random-number generator Dual_EC-DRBG to Windows
| Vista, as part of SP1. Yes, this is the same RNG that could have an NSA
| backdoor.
| It's not enabled by default, and my advice is to never enable it. Ever.


Microsoft Cofee brews 'back door' fears

,----[ Quote ]
| The assurances came after reports claiming that Cofee could provide a 'back
| door' into Microsoft operating systems and applications.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.

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