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Radioactive material container stolen from hijacked truck found in Mexico

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“We located the radioactive source” the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior Luis Felipe Puente said via his twitter. All of the material appears to be accounted for, he later added in an interview with Milenio television.

The container "was not violated, it contains the material, which was measured," he said. "As it wasn't manipulated, there was surely no risk to people," Puente added.

En la esq de Presidente Juárez y Madero, #Tlalnepantla, fue localizado material radioactivo robado. Esta acordonado. pic.twitter.com/Mz4AgUaTyx

— ICR (@isidrocorro) July 4, 2014

In the morning, the government of Mexico issued an alert warning after a truck containing radioactive material was stolen. The government urged the thieves not to open up the contents of the protective container.

The substance “can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container,” the federal civil defense office said in a statement, confirming that deadly iridium-192, a radioactive matter used in making industrial products, was stolen.

Acordonado el lugar dónde hallaron material radiactivo en calles de San Jerónimo Tepetlacalco en @TlalnepantladeB... pic.twitter.com/iNWFvGajGk

— Grupo Imagen (@TraficoReporte) July 4, 2014

Puente later announced that the vehicle was found in Tlalnepantla, and is now guarded by the authorities, but the radioactive substance has not been recovered.

The Interior Ministry said that the Iridium 192 can cause permanent or serious injury to anyone who is handling it or comes into contact with it for a short time period.

It is the third theft of radioactive material in Mexico since December, when thieves hijacked a truck containing dangerous radioactive medical material Cobalt-60. The truck was later discovered with the safety container holding the cargo found empty, and the material abandoned nearby.

Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

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An anonymous reader writes We've been calling it for years — connect everything in your house to the internet, and people will find a way to attack it. This post provides a technical walkthrough of how internet-connected lighting systems are vulnerable to outside attacks. Quoting: "With the Contiki installed Raven network interface we were in a position to monitor and inject network traffic into the LIFX mesh network. The protocol observed appeared to be, in the most part, unencrypted. This allowed us to easily dissect the protocol, craft messages to control the light bulbs and replay arbitrary packet payloads. ... Monitoring packets captured from the mesh network whilst adding new bulbs, we were able to identify the specific packets in which the WiFi network credentials were shared among the bulbs. The on-boarding process consists of the master bulb broadcasting for new bulbs on the network. A new bulb responds to the master and then requests the WiFi details to be transferred. The master bulb then broadcasts the WiFi details, encrypted, across the mesh network. The new bulb is then added to the list of available bulbs in the LIFX smart phone application."

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A very bad experience for so many involved, but perhaps a small memento from the early days of Bitcoin to add to the scrapbook. permalink.

Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

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An anonymous reader writes Only days after receiving harsh criticism from all corners of the internet for taking down links to news articles, Google has started to reinstate those links. Google's Peter Barron denied that they were simply granting all "right to be forgotten" requests. "The European Court of Justice [ECJ] ruling was not something that we welcomed, that we wanted — but it is now the law in Europe and we are obliged to comply with that law," he said. Still, Google's actions are being called "tactical" for how quickly they were able to stir public dissent over the EU ruling. "It's convenient, then, that it's found a way to get the media to kick up the fuss for it: there are very few news organisations in the world who are happy to hear their output is being stifled. A few automated messages later, the story is back in the headlines – and Google is likely to be happy about that."

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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

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An anonymous reader writes Front-end developer Jaroen Janssen has a post about Famo.us, "a custom built JavaScript 3D rendering and physics engine meant as a replacement for the standard layout engine of the browser." The engine effectively replaces a big chunk of HTML5 in order to render more efficiently by using technology based on WebGL. Janssen questions whether the world really needs another JavaScript framework: "Is it a bad thing that Famo.us replaces major parts of HTML5? To be honest, I'm not sure. As a Front-end developer I have to admit it makes me slightly uneasy to have to use a custom API instead of 'standard' HTML5. On the other hand, like almost everyone that makes web apps for a living, I have been terribly frustrated by some of HTML5 limitations, like slowness and browser incompatibilities. Either way, it might be a good thing to try a fundamentally different approach so I'm keeping an open mind for now. Famo.us chases another holy grail, namely the 'write once, run anywhere' dream. Instead of having to write different code for different platforms, like iOS and Android, developers can write one application that works and looks as good on all platforms, in theory anyway. This of course saves a huge amount of time and resources. Unfortunately, this idea is not without its problems and has never really worked very well with earlier attempts like Java-applets, Flash and Silverlight. In the end native applications have so far always been faster and slicker and I'm pretty skeptical Famo.us will be able to change this."

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MagicalTux strikes again

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This heavily redacted agreement, filed with the Tokyo District Court on May 26, 2014, shows Tibanne K.K. invoicing MtGox for services redendered, ...

German Intelligence Employee Arrested On Suspicion of Spying For US On Bundestag

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New submitter Plumpaquatsch writes: Deutsche Welle reports: "A member of Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the U.S. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a U.S. spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities. During questioning, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he had gathered information on an investigative committee from Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. The panel is conducting an inquiry into NSA surveillance on German officials and citizens; yesterday an ex-staffer told it the NSA was 'totalitarian' mass collector of data."

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