Sysadmin security fail: NSA finds Snowden hijacked officials’ logins

The National Security Agency (NSA) is the font of information security wisdom for the US defense and intelligence communities. But apparently, the NSA’s own network security is so weak that a single administrator was able to hijack the credentials of a number of NSA employees with high-level security clearances and use them to download data from the agency’s internal networks. That administrator was Edward Snowden.

Under Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 8500.2, the director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, is tasked with approving all the cryptographic hardware and software used by the DOD. The NSA also provides “information assurance” and information system security engineering services to DOD branches and agencies. And along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the NSA maintains the master guide for DOD information security systems: the Information Assurance Technical Framework (IATF).

But in what appears to be a case of “do as I say, not as I do,” the NSA’s internal IT security schemes allowed Snowden, a contractor sysadmin, to pull off a classic insider attack on the agency. An investigation by NBC found that Snowden had used the digital identities of several upper-level NSA officials to log into NSAnet, the agency’s intranet—giving him access to data far beyond the needs of a lowly system administrator.

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Microsoft in talks to buy stake in start-up Foursquare: Bloomberg

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is in talks with social networking company Foursquare about a possible investment, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.



Microsoft in talks to buy stake in start-up Foursquare – Bloomberg

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is in talks with social networking company Foursquare about a possible investment, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Samsung Galaxy NX Android camera gets official prices and specs

Samsung’s crazy mirrorless Android camera that we tried out in June finally has some official stats. The basic concept is a mirrorless camera with the back lopped off and replaced with an Android phone. The big selling point of this idea is that you can take pictures and directly upload them to Instagram or Facebook. It’s a fairly serious semi-pro camera, with custom interchangeable lenses and a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor.

How much would you pay for something that is basically a Galaxy S3.5 and an NX20 camera glued together? Samsung is asking $1,599.99 for the body-only version or $1,699.99 for the body plus a 18-55 mm lens. The company has compiled a spec list, but keep in mind that this is for a camera and smartphone, so it’s going to be pretty massive:

Samsung GALAXY NX Product Specifications
Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS
IS (Lens Shift—depends on Lens type)
Display 121.2 mm (4.8-inch) HD TFT LCDSVGA EVF
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
AP 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Image JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472×3648), 10.1M (3888×2592), 5.9M (2976×1984), 2.0M (1728×1152)
JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472×3080), 7.8M (3712×2088), 4.9M (2944×1656), 2.1M (1920×1080)
JPEG (1:1): 13.3M (3648×3648), 7.0M (2640×2640), 4.0M (2000×2000), 1.1M (1024×1024)
RAW: 20.0M (5472 x 3648)* 3D Image: JPEG
JPEG (16:9): 4.1M (2688×1512), 2.1M (1920×1080)
Video Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8
Format: MP4/3GP, AVI, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Size: 1920×1080/25 FPS, 1920×810/24 FPS, 1280×720/50 FPS, 1280×720/25 FPS,640×480/50 FPS, 640×480/25 FPS, 320×240/25 FPS for Sharing
Audio Codec: MP3, AAC LC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB
Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Additional Features Built-in Pop-up flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
S Voice, S Translator
Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document (PDF, PPT), Play Games
Trip Advisor, Photo Suggest
Google Mobile Services Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music, Google Play Magazine
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)GPS, GLONASS (Support A-GPS)
Sensor Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light
Memory 16GB Internal memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 2.0GB RAM *User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
Bundle Software Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Dimension (WxHxD) 136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7 (37.65) mm, 410g (without battery) / 495 (with standard battery)
Battery 4,360 mAh

The highlights here are that the phone part runs Android 4.2 on an unknown 1.6Ghz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a 4.8-inch 720p screen. That puts it somewhere in between the S4 and S3, depending on what the processor and GPU actually end up being. The most interesting choice is the replacement of the usual Samsung AMOLED screen with an IPS display, an admission that, yes, AMOLED color reproduction is wildly inaccurate. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of mobile data connection option in this spec list, despite the version demoed in June having an LTE modem. Samsung is also promising a slew of Touchwiz photo features, like location-based photography spot recommendations, and special picture display modes.

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UPDATE 1-KPN foundation intervenes to block America Movil offer for KPN

AMSTERDAM/MEXICO CITY, Aug 29 (Reuters) – An independent foundation with the power to block America Movil’s proposed 7.2 billion-euro offer for KPN said on Thursday it has intervened to safeguard the…