Whilst several vulnerable backdoors in various DSL (broadband) modems were revealed by security researchers last year, would-be hackers required relatively unfettered direct IP access to the device to carry out an attack.
Now a French researcher has discovered a series of wireless flaws on DSL modems from Linksys, Netgear and other vendors, which effectively gives attackers administration level access by simply resetting the modem’s configuration settings, so bypassing the firewall settings of the unit.
Source Hack in the Box
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) – A Miami man returned from a New Year’s Eve celebration to find his prize French bulldog and two litters of puppies, valued at $80,000,
stolen from his home, police said.
Source Reuters – Oddly Enough
Niemandshand (paywall) [De Volkskrant via @hansaarsman]
Source Boing Boing
sciencehabit writes “Hoping that studying deep frying in different gravitational conditions will help them improve space food for future astronauts, scientists with the European Space Agency chopped potatoes into thin sticks and deep fried them in extra-virgin olive oil, one side at a time, in a spinning centrifuge that created conditions of up to nine times Earth’s gravity, akin to that seen on Jupiter. Higher gravity levels significantly increased the heat transfer between the hot oil and the potato, shortening frying time and resulting in thick, crispy crusts, the team reports. In fact, the scientists may have discovered the ideal gravitational condition for creating crunchy fries: The crust reached its maximum thickness when the potato was fried at three times Earth’s gravity; any further increase in gravity levels did not improve the fries’ crispiness.”
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