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Wikileaks Woes 

Wikileaks has been under fire recently for they're decision to release confidential and potentially damaging information about us policy regarding the united nations. Among the files was a order by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to collect data on the leaders of the United Nations such as VPN versions, passwords, and security measures.
After the announcement that the website going to put up the information regardless of the outcries it was immediately attacked by a Denial of Service attack which kept the site from being accessed for several hours. There have been several demands made by US senators that wikileaks be prosecuted, though that is highly unlikely to happen. As of the time this was written the website is still being attacked.

if you would like to learn more about the WikiLeaks controversy you can find more information at reuters.com by clicking Here.
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Tor web proxy 

With online security becoming an ever increasing issue in today's social networked society some of you may want to keep your browsing habits private. Sure you can use the privacy settings in your browser, but this doesn't stop vital information such as your IP address from being logged.

Enter Tor, an open sourced web proxy app. The application is designed to be integrated seamlessly with Firefox but can be configured (albeit a bit complicated) to be used with other web browsers. With easy to understand instructions, integration with the number one browser used, and and Apple like user friendly automation Tor is a little gem from the open source world that shows people still care about privacy.
if you are interested in learning more about Tor you can find the companies website Here.
Below is a screen shot from Tor's network map displaying its server relays.



You can find Tor available for download by clicking Here.
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iPhone being criticized for major security hole 

Recently it has come to light that apples iphone has a very big security hole in it. The iPhone allows you to set a passcode lock at the main screen hopefully deterring people from picking up your phone and making calls, browsing your emails, etc., Unfortunately news broke a of a alarmingly simple method to bypass this protection. Apple has commented on the issue as saying "we are aware of the problem and will be fixing it in our iOS 4.2 update in november". Ironically if you have jailbroken your phone this security venerability doesn't work any more, yet another great reason to jailbreak your iphone.

Heres how you do it:
1) get to the passcode screen
2) tap "Emergency Call"
3) dial "###"
4) Tap the call button and immediately hit the sleep button at the top of the device.

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Apple releases OSX 10.6.5 

Apple has recently released the Mac OS X 10.6.5 and Security Update and though the majority of users will not probably get around to it for a while there are some very important security fixes involved, 41% of them directly relating to Flash which has not only been at odds with Apple but also the reason for the majority of the security issues. Another interesting thing to note is that Airprint support has been pulled from the 10.6.5 update, though the basic AirPrint functionality remains intact. For more about what Airprint is read here.

Heres a quick list of the fixes Apple provides:

- improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
- address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
- address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
- resolve a delay between print jobs
- address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
- resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
- address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
- resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
- improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
- resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
- improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
- resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: .
For information on the security content of this update, please visit here.
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Apple sued over iOS woes. 

On Friday, San Diego resident Bianca Wofford sued Apple for violating the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, unfair business practices, and false and deceptive advertising. If you are a 3G or 2G iPhone user you may understand some of her frustration with the way iOS 4 runs on your phone and the lack of options to fix the issue. Right now you can do two things, the frost is simply buy an iPhone 4, though this also means paying AT&T's early upgrade fees. The other option is to jailbreak your phone but this although now legal, voids your warranty with Apple.

She also is claiming that Apple knowingly updated 2G and 3G phones with an operating system that was problematic to those models despite the fact that it would slow them down. Thought this may seem a little excessive, hopefully it will push Apple to provide more options for those who don't want to upgrade to the new iPhone 4 but want to reap the benefits of the most current iOS.
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