Saturday, February 22, 2014

The teachings of St. Augustine

You have heard more than once that St. Augustine famously said to his monks: "There isn't happiest who has more, but who needs less". A statement that comes in handy for presenting the news of the day.

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The supercomputer Harvard University has been using secretly to undermine dogecoins. The architect of all this, besides not share the words of St. Augustine, was used without permission the University's Odyssey, formed by a cluster of Dell PowerEdge M600 totaling 4,906 cores, to undermine one of the most popular virtual currencies. The odd thing is that the Odyssey itself, despite what it may seem, has only the power of such mined 13 card AMD last generation to be comprised of CPUs, not GPUs, technologies more focused on increasing cycles of a machine, and therefore are critical when it comes to undermining.


We continue with St. Augustine (and by the end of the post) "True happiness consists not in having what you love, but love what must be possessed". And when what is shown on our smartphones has no ordering difficult rejoice. Something similar has happened to some of the users Telegram, the instant messaging application Durov brothers. After the update yesterday, began to appear totally unknown new contacts for the user. A judgment that initially was attributed to a possible hacking, and that turned out to be a bug in the new implementation of localized contacts, which has already been solved.

"Every soul is looking for rest and happiness. Every man wants to be happy shouts". But not always achieved. Especially considering that the only barrier that protects our information is a simple password. A group of characters that in most cases does not meet even the most basic safety standards for both the client and server, as this new study shows personal privacy. 55% of services still accept weak passwords ("1234", "password", ...), 51% have no control of cooling or freezing IP several times when they get ill, 61% did not provide any information how should the user to create a strong password,...

"Adam and Eve wanted to seize divinity and lost happiness". Also have a feeling that affects the malware research teams day after day, to discover new threats as harmful as Linux / Ebury, a terribly viral backdoor that is responsible for infecting devices and steal credentials. ESET, by the CERT-Bund, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) give us in the linked article some tips to understand how such attacks work.

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