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NSA Laughs at PCs, Prefers Hacking Routers and Switches

The NSA runs a massive, full-time hacking operation targeting foreign systems, the latest leaks from Edward Snowden show. But unlike conventional cybercriminals, the agency is less interested in hacking PCs and Macs. Instead, America’s spooks have their eyes on the internet routers and switches that form the basic infrastructure of the net, and are largely […]

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DD-WRT

How to turn a $50 wireless router into a $500 router

Have you ever wondered what sets apart the super expensive routers from the relatively cheap ones? A good portion of the cost is in the hardware where more powerful processors and higher quality components allow for a larger numbers of concurrent sessions and greater throughput. However, another significant portion is in the firmware, the control […]

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DD-WRT

Teach your router new tricks with DD-WRT

With each passing year, hardware devices grow less dependent on proprietary components and more reliant on open source technologies. Network routers are among the main beneficiaries of this trend, especially those that can support a variety of third-party open source firmware projects. One variant, DD-WRT, has become a common out-of-the-box option for many routers, but also […]

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Wi-Fi’s dirty secret of evil twins

I recently read that Comcast is offering non-customers free access to their XFINITY Wi-Fi network, from Memorial Day to July 4th. In and of itself, not particularly blog worthy – other than the instructions for accessing a Comcast Wi-Fi hotspot. The instructions are pretty simple, you look for a Wi-Fi network called “xfinitywifi” and click on a link for non-Comcast […]

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An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans.” […]

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Governor: Leaks can’t be stopped at U.S. nuclear site — Will take years to begin removing radioactive sludge

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it may take as much as four years to begin transferring radioactive sludge from leaking underground tanks at the former nuclear weapons production complex known as the Hanford Site. […] “It’s the only option other than just to let this material leak into the topsoil of the State of Washington […]

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Location-Based Radiation Dose Estimates

This page provides interested individuals with location-based radiation dose estimates for adults and children for the period of greatest potential exposure, from March 12, 2011 through May 11, 2011. To obtain a location-based, radiation dose estimate report, click on the “Dose Information Available” icon closest to where you or your family members were located for the majority of the […]

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Fukushima

Company asking Fukushima victims to repay compensation: Greenpeace

Nearly two years on from the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, there are accusations the nuclear industry is evading its responsibilities and forcing the public to pay compensation to victims of the fall-out. A report by the environmental activist group Greenpeace, to be released later today, points out that the firms that helped design […]

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