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Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life

Years ago, the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth-largest freshwater lake with an area of some 26,000 square miles. But in the 1950s, it became the victim of the Soviet Union’s agricultural policies. Water from its two river sources — the Amu Darya and Syr Darya — was intentionally diverted for cotton cultivation. The Aral Sea began to disappear and ... Read More »

When China Hoards Its Hackers Everyone Loses

An anonymous reader shares a report: For over a decade Pwn2Own — happening this week — has brought together security talent from across the globe in a friendly hacking competition that is a cornerstone of research and advancement on par with Black Hat and Def Con. China’s hackers routinely win, sweeping the board — notably, the Tencent and Keen teams. ... Read More »

Firefox Master Password System Has Been Poorly Secured for the Past 9 Years, Researcher Says

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: For at past nine years, Mozilla has been using an insufficiently strong encryption mechanism for the “master password” feature. Both Firefox and Thunderbird allow users to set up a “master password” through their settings panel. This master password plays the role of an encryption key that is used to encrypt each password string the user ... Read More »

YouTube Kids Has Videos on How Reptilians Rule the World, Moon Landing Was Fake

An anonymous reader shares a report: YouTube Kids, the supposedly child-friendly version of YouTube that’s been shown to often play host to troves of slop content and disturbing videos, apparently was showing videos from British conspiracy theorist David Icke, a guy who believes reptilian aliens secretly control the world and are responsible for the Holocaust. According to a Saturday report ... Read More »