The pdf file obtained by Wikileaks and also released by the political party Piraten, contains two scanned documents relating to activities of the Bavarian police, Ministry of Justice and the Prosecution office in intercepting encrypted data submitted via SSL or Skype via the internet. The first one, presenting a communication on splitting cost between Bavarian police and the prosecutors offices, the second one presenting the related offer for the software by a German company called Digitask.
The technology, in high-level explained in the offer of Digitask, works via a local installation of a malware on the clients computer.
offer dating September 4th 2007, replies an inquiry by Bavarian officials on the possibility of Skype interception, introduces a basic description of the cryptographic workings of Skype, and concludes that new systems are needed to spy on Skype calls.
It continues to introduce the so-called Skype Capture Unit. In a nutshell: a malware installed on purpose on a target machine, intercepting Skype Voice and Chat. Another feature introduced is a recording proxy, that is not part of the offer, yet would allow for anonymous proxying of recorded information to a target recording station. Access to the recording station is possible via a multimedia streaming client, supposedly offering real-time interception.
Another part of the offer is an interception method for SSL based communication, working on the same principle of establishing a man-in-the-middle attack on the key material on the client machine. According to the offer this method is working for Internet Explorer and Firefox webbrowsers. Digitask also recommends using over-seas proxy servers to cover the tracks of all activities going on.
Windows only, of course.
You know the old cliché about letting the cat out of the bag? Take Robert Carter’s word for it when he tells you it’s not something you’d want to try at home.
The Fort Worth, Texas, man told TODAY’s Al Roker on Friday about how he learned the hard way last week when he mistakenly picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport. Inside was 10-month-old Gracie Mae, who had curled up in her owner’s suitcase in Florida and ended up going on the ride of her life.
After being tossed in the car, dumped on a baggage belt, X-rayed by the TSA, piled in a cargo hold, flown 1,300 miles from her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., dumped on a conveyor belt, taken for a ride on a carousel, and tossed into another car, Gracie Mae wasn’t in the best frame of mind when Carter opened the suitcase at his home.
“She looks cute now, but she was all teeth and fangs at that point,” said Carter, who admitted, “I screamed like a little girl” when Gracie Mae erupted from the suitcase.
The Levys were left to ponder how a cat could go through airport security and baggage scans and not be discovered.
“I didn’t think it was possible,” Seth Levy said.
Expectant mother Lorraine Allard learned the devastating news that she was in the advanced stages of liver cancer when she was four months pregnant, according to the Daily Mail.
Allard, of St. Olaves in the U.K., had a choice: Delay treatment to save her baby, or terminate the pregnancy to save herself.
She chose the former, waiting until the fetus was viable before scheduling a Caesarean section.
“If I am going to die, my baby is going to live,” Allard told her husband, Martyn, according to the Mail.
The baby came a week early and Allard, 33, gave birth on Nov. 18 to a healthy but premature boy she named Liam.
Exactly two months later, Allard died. She’d begun chemotherapy
What I discovered with horror as I looked through the logs was that people using Windows and MacOS were downloading software that was two years old. Mono 1.1.7 (released sometime in May of 2005) was the most popular download.
Only 5% of the Mac downloads were actually getting the latest version, 95% was downloading this two year old version. I don’t have my notes handy for Windows, but they were similarly abysmal [Update: found the notes, they were 95% as well].
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Yes, I’m aware correlation ≠ causation. The results are awesome regardless of direction of causality.
Average SAT (with margin of error) for the 100 most popular books on facebook. The vertical axis doesn’t mean anything.