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Archive for January, 2010

Surveillance Backdoor Enabled Chinese Gmail Attack?

Posted by silverstag on January 25, 2010

via Slashdot by Soulskill on 1/24/10

Major Blud writes “CNN is running an opinion piece on their front page from security technologist Bruce Schneier, in which he suggest that ‘In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.’ His article is short on sources, and the common belief is that a flaw in IE was the main attack method. Has this come up elsewhere? Schneier continues, ‘Whether the eavesdroppers are the good guys or the bad guys, these systems put us all at greater risk. Communications systems that have no inherent eavesdropping capabilities are more secure than systems with those capabilities built in. And it’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state.'”

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Apple launching 22-inch touchscreen iMac this year?

Posted by silverstag on January 18, 2010

via Engadget by Tim Stevens on 1/18/10

Apple launching 22-inch touchscreen iMac this year?Sure, those new Core i7, 27-inch iMacs are lovely things (when they’re working), but there’s something missing: the sense of touch. That’s coming soon, according to a report published in the Chinese Commercial Times. The new 22-inch model is said to slot in between current 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs, will use a capacitive touchscreen provided by Sintek Photronic, and unsurprisingly will be built by Quanta. Beyond that, and a supposed release before the end of the year, we know nothing — but maybe we’ll learn more at a certain press event next week?

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