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 Wednesday, 6-August-2014  02:29:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Skymaster pointed out this ransomware affecting Synology NASs, which seems to be a variant of Cryptolocker. Based on our current observations, this issue only affects Synology NAS servers running some older versions of DSM (DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier), by exploiting a security vulnerability that was fixed and patched in December, 2013. At present, we have not observed this vulnerability in DSM 5.0. There's an earlier thread in their forums here too. Discussion in our forums is here.

EFA are concerned that a mandatory data retention scheme seems to have been fast-tracked by the Government. EFA is alarmed that Cabinet’s National Security Committee has signed off on the fast-track implementation of a mandatory data retention scheme, apparently citing the ‘rising threat of home grown terrorism’. The Daily Telegraph reports [paywalled] that the government is believed to be seeking “an interim data retention measure…to be introduced as early as September to meet what spy agencies claim is an immediate need in the face of heightened fears of potential terrorist attacks on Australian soil”. More coverage here.

EFF meanwhile have started awarding Stupid Patent of the Month awards. But in an effort to highlight the problem of stupid patents, we’re introducing a new blog series, Stupid Patent of the Month, featuring spectacularly dumb patents that have been recently issued or asserted. With this series, we hope to illustrate by example just how badly reform is needed—at the Patent Office, in court, and in Congress.

NASA will be extracting oxygen from CO2 on Mars with a new rover mission in 2020. The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) is one of seven instruments NASA will strap to the 2020 rover, totaling approximately $130 million in value.

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