March 9, 2007

Hacker Steals French Presidential Candidate Data

As the French presidential race came into full swing, trouble started brewing for the far-right. Police reports state that a hacker made way into sensitive data stored in the National Front party headquarters’ database. The headquarters is the base for the presidential candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen. The stolen information included a list of the candidate's backers needed to run for office.

The motive behind the electronic theft is believed to be an act to keep Le Pen out of the presidential race. Le Pen, after placing second in the 2002 elections, needs 500 backers in order to run in the current race. He fears that his opponents may be trying to steal the list of potential and already acquired backers in order to persuade them not to sign on or to reverse their decisions.

La Pen has asked police to open the investigation after suspecting that a mole may have leaked the names already, according to Reuters.

The hacker accessed the information using an internet site that specialized in breaking access codes. The news came in a week after the Socialist party reported to police that there had been several burglaries of the party's campaign team.

The investigation is still underway as La Pen is struggling to gain the 100 more backers by March 16, which he is required to have in order to run.

Future Watch:- New Autopilot System Could Help to Prevent Another 9/11

After the tragedies that happened on 9/11, many steps have been taken to beef up the security at airports and on commercial airliners. The scientists at Boeing are doing their part by developing a new Uninterruptible Autopilot System (UAS) which would prevent the takeover of an aircraft's controls in the event of a terrorist takeover.

"We are constantly studying ways we can enhance the safety, security and efficiency of the world's airline fleet," said a Boeing spokesman. "There is a need in the industry for a technique that conclusively prevents unauthorized persons gaining access to the controls and threatening the safety of passengers."

With current autopilot systems, a pilot can trigger the system on or off with the flip of a switch. With Boeing's new UAS, autopilot is triggered by switch on the instrument panel are by pressure sensors built in to the cockpit door which detect excessive force being used to enter the cockpit.


Tech-Crunch:- Paid Blogging Gigs May Affect Your RSS Subscriber Count

Services like PayPerPost, ReviewMe and have opened up a new revenue stream for bloggers.

Advertisers are willing to pay bloggers who write about their website, products or services.

And the model has been immensely successful in the blogging circles. PayPerPost alone has an army of 15,500 bloggers who are open to writing sponsored posts on their blogs.

Today, Blogging Guru Darren Rowse has asked an interesting and a very relevant question on his blog - Do You Read Paid Review Posts?

The story is flooded with comments and a huge majority of readers have admitted that they don't read blog posts that have been paid for. Some of Darren's readers have completely dropped blogs from their RSS readers that accept sponsored reviews...