Technology

Metel Hackers Roll Back ATM Transactions, Steal Millions

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:48pm
msm1267 writes: Researchers from Kaspersky Lab's Global Research & Analysis Team today unveiled details on two new criminal operations that have borrowed heavily from targeted nation-state attacks, and also shared an update on a resurgent Carbanak gang, which last year, it was reported, had allegedly stolen upwards of $1 billion from more than 100 financial companies. The heaviest hitter among the newly discovered gangs is an ongoing campaign, mostly confined to Russia, known as Metel. This gang targets machines that have access to money transactions, such as call center and support machines, and once they are compromised, the attackers use that access to automate the rollback of ATM transactions. As the attackers empty ATM after ATM—Metel was found inside 30 organizations—the balances on the stolen accounts remained untouched.

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The future of military camouflage may be a cute chameleon robot

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:26pm
Researcher Guoping Wang of Wuhan University, China, and a handful of collaborators 3D-printed a chameleon robot that changes colors in response to its environment, as spotted by New Scientist. The little lizard is lined in plasmonic displays created...

Health-Centric Food Delivery Service Power Supply Raises $5M Seed Round

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:09pm
 Power Supply, one of the growing number of food delivery services, today announced that it has raised a $5 million seed round led by Upfront Ventures. Other investors include Hanson Li (Saison, Locol), former Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen, health expert Mark Sisson, former Fresh Direct CMO Drew Koven, Alan Bankier and The Motley Fool. Read More

NAND Flash Density Surpasses HDDs', But Price Is Still a Sticking Point

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:07pm
Lucas123 writes: With the introduction of 3D or stacked NAND flash memory, non-volatile memory has for the first time surpassed that of hard disk drives in density. This year, Micron revealed it had demonstrated areal densities in its laboratories of up to 2.77 terabits per square inch (Tbpsi) for its 3D NAND. That compares with the densest HDDs of about 1.3Tbpsi. While NAND flash may have surpassed hard drives in density, it doesn't mean the medium has reached price parity with HDDs — nor will it anytime soon. One roadblock to price parity is the cost of revamping existing or building new 3D NAND fabrication plant, which far exceeds that of hard drive manufacturing facilities, according to market research firm Coughlin Associates. HDD makers are also preparing to launch even denser products using technologies such as heat assisted magnetic recording.

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Jessica Livingston Talks Female Founders, Business Cycles, and Her Favorite Event of the Year

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:00pm
 On April 4th, Y Combinator cofounder Jessica Livingston will host the third annual Female Founders Conference at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, an event meant to empower female founders — and those who aspire to become them – though a powerful line-up of women who’ve been there and done that, so to speak. Among the speakers at this year’s free, half-day event… Read More

You can now buy MSI's eye-tracking laptop

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:00pm
MSI has revealed that people can now pick up the flagship GT72S laptop for the princely sum of $2,599.99. Unlike other high-end gaming devices, this one has a trick up its sleeve: Tobii's eye-tracking sensor technology. We've previously showed you pr...

Gil Penchina On What It Takes To Build The World’s Largest AngelList Syndicate

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:30am
 For Penchina, the next decade will see the creation of a more democratic venture capital and early stage investment industry, and Flight is at the forefront. Read More

Meteorite Strike Kills Man In India

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:25am
knwny writes: In what is believed to be the first such incident in modern times, a meteorite strike in India killed a man and injured three others. According to police sources, a loud blast was heard at the site of the strike which also left a four-feet deep crater. Preliminary investigation by forensic and bomb experts showed no sign of any explosive substance at the scene. The second link has a picture of the supposed crater which I believe will interest Slashdotters with experience in this area.

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Humble Bundle is funding its own games

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:12am
Now that the Humble Bundle crew has a monthly indie game subscription service, you might be wondering: how is it going to keep you coming back for more? By offering exclusive games, that's how. The outfit tells Destructoid that it's funding small tit...

Where Are the Raspberry Pi Zeros?

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:45am
mikejuk writes: The Pi Zero was supposed to be available from November 26, 2015. It is now the start of February and all of the stockists, including the Pi Swag Shop, are still showing out of stock. That's two whole months, and counting, of restricted supply which is more than an initial hiccup. Of course you would expect enough to be made available initially to meet the expected demand. The Pi sells something in the region of 200,000 per month so what do you think the initial run of the Pi Zero actually was? The answer is 20,000 units. Of which 10,000 were stuck to the cover of MagPi and "given away" leaving just 10,000 in the usual distribution channels. And yet Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, commented: "You'd think we'd be used to it by now, but we're always amazed by the level of interest in new Raspberry Pi products," Well yes, you really would think that they might be used to it by now and perhaps even prepared for it. At the time of writing the Pi Zero is still out of stock and when it is briefly in stock customers are limited to one unit.A victim of its own success, yes, but the real victims are the Raspberry Pi's competitors.

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3D hand scanner could give you custom braces

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:30am
Many 3D scanners are built to scan whole objects, but that doesn't necessarily cut it if you're trying to scan a specific part. Ever try to map your own hand? Yeah, that doesn't work very well. However, recent graduate Pieter Smakman has a better...

Why Facebook Really Shut Down Parse

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:23am
New submitter isisilik writes: For those working in the 'aaS' business the Parse shutdown was the main topic of conversation this weekend. So why did Facebook decide to shut down their developer platform? The author claims that Facebook never wanted to host apps to begin with, they just wanted developers to use Facebook login. And he builds up a good case.

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Hackers Leak DHS Staff Directory, Claim FBI Is Next

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:03am
itwbennett writes: On Sunday, the name, title, email address, and phone number of more than 9,000 DHS employees, with titles ranging from engineers, to security specialists, program analysts, InfoSec and IT, all the way up to director level was posted on Twitter. 'The account went on to claim that an additional data dump focused on 20,000 FBI employees was next,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. The hacker told Motherboard that the data was obtained by "compromising the email account of a DoJ employee, although he would not elaborate on how that account was accessed in the first place."

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The environmentally friendly rainbow laser forest

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:00am
Lasers might not be the first things that come to mind when thinking of the conserving the environment. Nonetheless, they're being used to manage commercial forests more efficiently. The false-color image above was captured with a "laser radar" LIDA...

IfOnly Lands $10.25 Million Series B For Its Growing “Experiences” Marketplace

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:58am
 It used to be hard to take IfOnly very seriously. The 3.5-year-old, San Francisco-based company service has always serviced customers looking for unusual experiences, but they seemed out of reach for most, like the (expensive) chance to cook with famed chef Thomas Keller. That the company was inspired by the wealthy friends of founder and CEO Trevor Traina — people… Read More

The Pirate Bay begins testing browser streaming

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:41am
The Pirate Bay torrent site has blown around so much, you might not even be sure where it is right now (thepiratebay.se, we think). It's still kicking though, and now has a new trick -- streaming directly from your browser. It's able to do that thank...

iRobot is selling off its military division

Engadget - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:22am
The US military might seem like an endless cash train for contractors, but it's not always so. Vacuum bot maker iRobot has sold off its defense and security division in order to focus on its core Roomba business. If you were unaware that iRobot even...

India Blocks Facebook's Free Basics Internet Service

Slashdot - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:22am
An anonymous reader writes: India's leading telecom regulator, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), has today voted against differential pricing, ruling with immediate effect that all data prices must be equal, and that companies cannot offer cheaper rates than others for certain content. The call is a significant blow to Facebook's Free Basics (previously Internet.org) initiative and Airtel Zero – projects which work to make internet access more accessible by providing a free range of "basic" services. The watchdog confirmed that providers would no longer be able to charge for data based on discriminatory tariffs but instead that pricing must be "content agnostic." It added that fines of Rs. 50,000 – 50 Lakh would be enforced should the regulations be violated.

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Partnering With 76ers, StubHub Moves Into Direct Ticketing Sales

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:13am
 StubHub, long considered to be the leader in secondary ticket sales for events, is getting into direct sales of primary tickets through a new partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. They may have one of the worst records in the league, but they’re still first in the hearts of Philly basketball fans (if there’re any left). The deal gives would-be buyers the chance to see tickets… Read More

Cora Delivers Organic Cotton Tampons On Demand And In Style

TechCrunch - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:01am
 You can’t swing a bag of cats without hitting a new tampon startup. Whether it’s about scheduling deliveries or getting something sweet with the deal, startups are looking to disrupt the age-old feminine care industry with a number of twists and tricks. But Cora, a startup launching today, is looking to re-imagine the entire experience of buying and using tampons, from delivery… Read More