February 23rd, 2015

Mr. Twister

Армянское радио спрашивают

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3599171/nsa-director-wants-govt-access-to-encrypted-communications/
Yahoo's Stamos questioned whether it is a good idea to build backdoors in encryption. "If we're going to build defects/backdoors or golden master keys for the U.S. government, do you believe we should do so .... for the Chinese government, the Russian government, the Saudi Arabian government, the Israeli government, the French government?" he said, according to the Justsecurity transcript.
NSA'S Director Rogers objected to using the word "backdoor". "When I hear the phrase 'backdoor', I think, 'Well, this is kind of shady. Why would you want to go in the backdoor?"
Leif Gram: Mr. Fix

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Once the firmware is replaced with the Trojanized version, the flasher module creates an API that can communicate with other malicious modules on the system and also access hidden sectors of the disk where the attackers want to conceal data they intend to steal. They hide this data in the so-called service area of the hard drive disk where the hard disk stores data needed for its internal operation.
This is particularly useful if the the computer has disk encryption enabled. Because the EquationDrug and GrayFish malware run in Windows, they can grab a copy of documents while they’re unencrypted and save them to this hidden area on the machine that doesn’t get encrypted.
http://www.wired.com/2015/02/nsa-firmware-hacking/

Это, кстати, сообщил Касперский. Помните, Сноудена завербовало КГБ, вот и Касперский тоже из КГБ: все сходится.
Leif Gram: Mr. Fix

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Researchers in Sweden found that children living in families that hand-washed their dishes were about 40 percent less likely to develop allergies compared with kids in homes that used a dishwasher, said study researcher Dr. Bill Hesselmar, an allergist at the University of Gothenburg Department of Pediatrics. The researchers said they suspect that hand-washing dishes doesn't get them as clean as the dishwasher does, which is actually a good thing because it can help protect against allergies by exposing family members to more bacteria.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/hand-washing-dishes-benefits_n_6736636.html

Бонус: For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_27585189/peanut-exposure-helps-prevent-kids-allergies-study-says