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‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, CRIME!, REBLOG | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Breaking Bad’ Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China

China NewsA former chemistry professor has been arrested by Chinese police on suspicion of selling a drug recipe to a gang which cooked up synthetic narcotics, state media reports.

The 50-year-old former academic surnamed Lu had “a set of recipes for producing methcathinone”, a drug similar to methamphetamine, which he provided to dealers.

Amphetamine labs are growing at an alarming rate, a Chinese police raid on the house of two methcathinone dealers in 2011 uncovered a pile of 80 million yuan, $AU13 million, in cash.

In Australia Amphetamine arrests have nearly double in past five years, according to Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report. Trade workers and those in the hospitality industry are among the biggest users of the drug according to an analysis of national drug data.

Lu “worked as a professor of chemistry at a university” in Xian, the capital of the northern province of Shaanxi, before teaming up with a drug manufacturer surnamed Chen in 2013 :: Read the full article »»»»


Clarkson Confident He’ll Star in ‘Another Car Show’

Posted: April 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Clarkson Confident He’ll Star in ‘Another Car Show’

UPDATED! Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear Presenter Booted by BBC

The now former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson says he would work on another motoring program after being dropped by the BBC for hitting a producer. He revealed his pain at leaving Top Gear, a hugely successful show which draws more than 250 million viewers around the world, but said he would “pick up the pieces and start again” :: Read the full article »»»»


iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data

iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy ClaimInternet providers must hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Buyers Club, the Federal Court has ruled.

The landmark piracy and privacy case was lodged by Dallas Buyers Club LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.

It wanted a group of internet service providers (ISPs), including iiNet, to hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading the movie.

The ISPs argued it was a breach of privacy and that the company intends to use a practice known as “speculative invoicing”.

Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs had to hand the contact details over, but said the details could not be made public and any letter sent to the customers had to be vetted by him.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC claimed it had identified 4,726 Australian IP addresses where the movie was illegally downloaded UPDATED!  :: Read the full article »»»»


Tech-Galaxy Radiates with Rumors of Samsung AMD Takeover

Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: AMD, Intel, News From the web, Samsung, Smartphone, Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Tech-Galaxy Radiates with Rumors of Samsung AMD Takeover

Tech-Galaxy Alight with Rumors Samsung AMD Takeover Iminent
The tech-galaxy if rife with rumors of Samsung’s eminent takeover of chip-maker AMD. Could future Samsung phones and tablets be about to get a serious boost in muscle.

Is there any substance to today’s rumor that Samsung is considering acquiring AMD? :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Australia Passes Data Retention Laws

Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.

Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.

The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»


Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Get Your Freak OnAs Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.

Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.

Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy –  to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»


US Charge 3 Men Over Largest Ever Cyber-crime

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , | Comments Off on US Charge 3 Men Over Largest Ever Cyber-crime

US charges three men over largest internet breach on recordAuthorities in the United States have unveiled charges against two Vietnamese nationals and one Canadian in connection with a computer fraud scheme to steal more than 1 billion email addresses.

The incident was the largest known data breach of names and email addresses on record.

Indictments in the case accuse two Vietnamese nationals of hacking into at least eight major email services from February 2009 to June 2012 and stealing the email addresses that were then used for various spam and marketing schemes.

The scheme netted at least $US2 million from the marketing of various products and services, according to the US Justice Department.

Those charged with hacking were Viet Quoc Nguyen, 28, and Giang Hoang Vu, 25, both Vietnamese nationals :: Read the full article »»»»