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BBC: Met Office three-month forecast was ‘not helpful’ # in other news, the Met Office has a ‘soul’

A soul-searching Met Office analysis later confessed: "Given that April was the wettest since detailed records began in 1910 and the April-May-June quarter was also the wettest, this advice was not helpful."

In a note to the government chief scientist, the Met Office chief scientist Prof Julia Slingo explains the difficulty of constructing long-distance forecasts, given the UK’s position at the far edge of dominant world weather systems.

via BBC News – Met Office three-month forecast was 'not helpful'.

Warning: We believe that attackers backed by certain states may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.

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Sigh. A little more info would be helpful as to what has triggered this…

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Bluetooth-Sniffing Highway Traffic Monitors Vulnerable to MITM Attack | The Security Ledger

http://securityledger.com/bluetooth-sniffing-highway-traffic-monitors-vulnerable-to-mitm-attack/

Where have we heard this before?

But researchers from the University of California at San Diego and the University of Michigan found that the Post Oak system isn’t as secure as promised. The AWAM Bluetooth Reader Traffic System doesn’t use sufficient entropy when generating authentication and host keys that are used to secure communications to and from the devices. In other words: the supposedly random keys aren’t really random. That means a knowledgeable attacker could guess the host key of reused or non-unique host keys, then carry out a man-in-the-middle attack against the traffic monitoring system.

Even World of Warcraft is tracking you! # Steganography in Virtual Reality

Check these out:

http://www.itworld.com/security/297750/even-world-warcraft-tracking-you

http://www.ownedcore.com/forums/world-of-warcraft/world-of-warcraft-general/375573-looking-inside-your-screenshots.html

Steganographic identification of images in virtual worlds – like we’ve seen previously with printers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printer_steganography

Wanna bet that someone is going to try mandating this stuff real soon now?

ps: sorry if this post looks rubbish, it appears that WordPress have recently banjaxed their Android app and the editor pane is barely usable; the Link button generates HTML in a richtext pane, yielding chaos…