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January 7th, 2011

unixronin: Galen the technomage, from Babylon 5: Crusade (Default)
Friday, January 7th, 2011 09:00 am

It is by cappuccino alone I set my mind in motion;

The beans become a grind, the grind becomes a shot, the shot acquires a crema, water becomes steam, milk becomes a froth.

It is by cappuccino alone I set my mind in motion.

unixronin: Galen the technomage, from Babylon 5: Crusade (Default)
Friday, January 7th, 2011 10:23 am

Via Bruce Schneier: Two German researchers have found a way to attack most common mobile "feature phones" (more than 80% of mobile phones in use worldwide), causing them to shut down and drop off cellular networks, simply by sending a single SMS message tailored to the phone manufacturer and platform.  The attack does not require the phone's owner to read or respond to the message; all that is necessary is for the phone to receive it.  A set of five SMS messages, sent using a cheap or free Internet SMS broadcast service, could knock out almost all cellular phones.

High-end smart phones are more likely to be configured to automatically install updates to protect against attacks, [Aurélien Francillon, a researcher in the system security group at ETH Zurich in Switzerland] says.  Francillon believes that the vulnerabilities that Mulliner found on feature phones "may remain open for a very long time before they are corrected on end users' phones—if ever."

"Smart phones" are not subject to this particular attack, but don't get cocky.  HTC phones running the Windows Mobile platform, and iPhones, can actually be taken over via an SMS attack.