10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including the 'easter eggs' in early Microsoft code, and how the U.S. will treat Bitcoin.

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  • 1. Publishing counterfeit apps is a criminal offense

    This week, the U.S. Justice Dept. said the leader and co-conspirator of Android device app piracy ring pleaded guilty to charges of distributing apps with a total retail value of $700,000. The claims boiled down to copyright infringement, a crime punishable by hefty fines and time behind bars. 

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  • 2. Aereo has no "plan B" if it loses Supreme Court battle

    As internet streaming giant Aereo heads to the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming weeks to defend itself against a number of broadcasters (including CBS, which owns ZDNet), the company admits that it doesn't have anything up its sleeve should it lose the case. According to Bloomberg, the company has no "plan B," which may force it to eventually shutter.

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  • 95% of ATMs run WindowsXP embedded, which is supported until 2016

    and accessing the USB port requires physically breaking into the ATM and then requires the ATM to have a number of other security flaws to work.

    I like this article series, but leaving out important details (or just getting them wrong) really devalues the service you are trying to provide.
    Emacho
  • Image #7 is in Assembler language

    MS DOS was written in Assembler?
    And Zack just learned that not all variable names are fit to print?

    I guess numbers #7-9 are here just to bring the total number to the respectable 10 :-(
    ForeverSPb
  • ATMs run on Windows XP

    NOT

    If they run on XP, they run on the Pro version, not anything else, and definitely NOT the embedded version. STOP spreading FUD!!!

    And the machines don't have any USB ports.
    bart001fr
  • Let me just plug this USB device into the ATM, and... bingo!

    Seriously, you're still repeating that rubbish about ATMs? Pretty much any IT environment can be broken into if you have physical access to the right input ports. Strangely, I don't remember ever seeing an ATM with clearly accessible USB ports.

    In other words, you need the kind of access to the ATM that would already permit you to steal all the money. And then get busted because the banks know exactly who has that access. If you have decided to steal from an ATM, you would be better off grabbing the whole machine. Or standing in line and pointing a gun at the guy who just withdrew $500.

    This is yet another scare from a company that thinks it can drum up business by scaring bank customers (no point scaring the bank, they already know how moronic the idea is).

    Banks do not make their ATMs accessible to the Internet. You can't just browse to one and hack in. There is absolutely no compelling argument for upgrading ATMS from a stable Windows XP installation - regardless of it not receiving patches that it doesn't need to address security issues to which it is not exposed.
    Postulator