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Filed under: Linkage,News,Technology — Erwin @ 9:14 pm

I can understand the feeling of, during a long flight, wanting to get some fresh air (BBC News) but that’s not the way to do it:

A French woman has admitted attempting to open an aeroplane door mid-flight so that she could smoke a cigarette.

Cracked any safes lately? Here’s an approach (coredump.cx) not requiring any explosives or lock-picking:

The attacker can perform the aforementioned attack by deploying an uncooled microbolometer thermal imaging (far infrared) camera within up to approximately five to ten minutes after valid keycode entry. Although this may sound outlandish, the heat transferred during split-second contact of individual keys with human body (even through, for example, gloves) is significant enough and dissipates slowly enough to make this possible after the area has cleared of all employees.

Furthermore, since the image can be acquired from a considerable distance (1-10 meters is easy to achieve), the attacker can afford to maintain a remarkably low profile through the process.

Texas Attorney General (Greg Abbott) has filed suit against Sony BMG (BetaNews):

The lawsuit notes that Sony’s software uses a rootkit “cloaking” technique to hide itself from users and prevent its removal. Abbott says the DRM remains active at all times, even when Sony’s media player is not active, which has led to concerns about its true purpose.

Hah, you thought I was going to write an entry that didn’t include Sony? Ahem…

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