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Rumored 'Lord of the Rings' series may be the show to rule them all - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-11-04 18:12
J.R.R. Tolkien's novels could turn into your next favorite fantasy hit, but don't book a ticket to Middle-earth just yet.

Crunchyroll website hack tried to infect visitors with malware

Engadget - Sat, 2017-11-04 17:46
Hacks that target major websites are nothing new, but Crunchyroll just suffered a particularly vicious attack. The anime streaming service was compromised for hours on November 4th after intruders planted a fake home page that pushed a malicious "Cru...

Advice To Twitter Worker Who Deactivated Trump's Account: 'Get A Lawyer'

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-11-04 17:34
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill: A prominent attorney for cybersecurity issues has this advice to the unnamed Twitter worker said to have pulled the plug on President Trump's Twitter account: "Don't say anything and get a lawyer." Tor Ekeland told The Hill that while the facts of the case are still unclear and the primary law used to prosecute hackers is murky and unevenly applied, there is a reasonable chance the Twitter worker violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...widely considered to be, as Ekeland explained it, "a mess." Various courts around the country have come up with seemingly contradictory rulings on what unauthorized access actually means. Ekeland said the Ninth Circuit, covering the state of California, has itself issued rulings at odds with itself that would have an impact on the Trump Twitter account fiasco as a potential case. The Ninth Circuit ruled that employees do not violate the law if they exceed their workplace computer policies. It has also ruled that employees who have been told they do not have permission to access a system cannot legally access it. Depending on which ruling a court leans on the hardest, a current Twitter employee without permission to shutter accounts may have violated the law by nixing Trump's account. Ekeland points out that just $5,000 worth of damage could carry a 10-year prison sentence. Friday the New York Times also reported that the worker responsible wasn't even a Twitter employee, but a hired contractor, adding that "nearly every" major tech company uses contractors for non-technical positions, including Google, Apple, and Facebook.

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This store had Apple's iPhone X. There was no line - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-11-04 17:00
Commentary: Not every store around the world had long lines on launch day for Apple's futuristic smartphone.

'Thor: Ragnarok' cast crashes screening to act out movie live - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-11-04 16:58
One lucky audience was thunderstruck when the God of Thunder showed up in a bad wig, and his co-stars soon joined him.

Peter Thiel Could End Up Owning Gawker

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-11-04 16:34
An anonymous reader writes: Gawker's assets are now up for sale, and Page Six reports that they could be sold to a Hollywood movie studio which is "seriously interested" in adapting the site's stories into movies or TV shows -- and is also looking into filming the story of Gawker itself. Another interested buyer is described as a "group of hard-core Gawker fans" who are currently performing their own due diligence. But the bankruptcy manager for Gawker "has not ruled out the possibility" of selling the site to Peter Thiel. Also up for sale are "potential legal claims" Gawker may have against Peter Thiel, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Microsoft ends its last free Windows 10 upgrades on December 31st

Engadget - Sat, 2017-11-04 16:15
Microsoft largely stopped offering free Windows 10 upgrades back in July 2016. However, there's been an ongoing exception: if you use accessibility features, you've had an extension of that promo. And now, that last deal is coming to an end. Microsof...

Sprint, T-Mobile call off merger - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2017-11-04 15:35
The two companies end talks after failing to hammer out an agreement.

A Third of the Internet Experienced DoS Attacks in the Last Two Years

SlashDot - Sat, 2017-11-04 15:34
Long-time Slashdot reader doom writes: Over a two year period, a third of the IPv4 address space have experienced some sort of DoS attack, though the researchers who've ascertained this suspect this is an underestimate. This is from a story at Science Daily reporting on a study recently presented in London at the Internet Measurement Conference. "As might be expected, more than a quarter of the targeted addresses in the study came in the United States, the nation with the most internet addresses in the world. Japan, with the third most internet addresses, ranks anywhere from 14th to 25th for the number of DoS attacks, indicating a relatively safe nation for DoS attacks..." The study itself states, "On average, on a single day, about 3% of all Web sites were involved in attacks (i.e., by being hosted on targeted IP addresses)." "Put another way," said the report's principal investigator, "during this recent two-year period under study, the internet was targeted by nearly 30,000 attacks per day."

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