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Daughter Of INEC Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikiowak, Released By Kidnappers | Sahara Reporters

Daughter Of INEC Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikiowak, Released By Kidnappers | Sahara Reporters | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
Miss Utibeabasi Ikoiwak, the 11-year-old daughter of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, kidnapped on June 19, has been released by her abductors.
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S. Korean scientists develop magnetic nanoparticles that can kill cancer cells

SEOUL, June 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korean scientists have developed magnetic nanoparticles that can destroy cancer cells under the influence of a magnetic field, local media reported Monday.
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Rapid7 Community: NeXpose: Detecting LDAP injections

Rapid7 Community: NeXpose: Detecting LDAP injections | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
It all started to go wrong when Web applications started to replace internal desktop applications in many companies around the globe and one manager proposed: "We should authenticate access to this application using our Active Directory!" and after some minutes a developer wrote a piece of code that looked like:

String ldap_search_query = "(&(user=" + username + ")(password=" + pwd + "))";
LDAPCursor ldap_result_cursor = ldapQuery( ldap_search_query );

The idea of having a centralized location for authenticating users is actually very good; but as usual the problem lies within the implementation. For LDAP injections - which are very similar in nature to SQL injections - the issue is that the developer is creating an LDAP query by concatenating user controlled variables like "username" and "pwd" with fixed strings like "(&(user=". This results in the user being able to partially control the LDAP query that's being executed on the backend server, thus controlling the result, and finally (in some cases) the application's execution flow.
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Foreign Company Admits Illegal Cash Donations to U.S. State Campaigns - ABC News

Foreign Company Admits Illegal Cash Donations to U.S. State Campaigns - ABC News | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
A foreign subsidiary of U.S. corporate giant Koch Industries acknowledged making thousands of dollars in illegal foreign contributions to state candidates between 2005 and 2009 and agreed to settle a case brought by the Federal Election Commission,...
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O2 preps first m-health consumer service - FierceWireless:Europe

O2 preps first m-health consumer service - FierceWireless:Europe | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
O2 Health, the healthcare division of Telefónica-owned O2 UK, will launch its first consumer-facing mobile app later this year.
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New Poll Gauges Americans' General Knowledge Levels

New Poll Gauges Americans' General Knowledge Levels | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
about four out of five Americans (79%) correctly respond that the earth revolves around the sun, while 18% say it is the other way around. These results are comparable to those found in Germany when a similar question was asked there in 1996; in response to that poll, 74% of Germans gave the correct answer, while 16% thought the sun revolved around the earth, and 10% said they didn't know. When the question was asked in Great Britain that same year, 67% answered correctly, 19% answered incorrectly, and 14% didn't know.
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Minnesota government shuts down after failed budget talks

Minnesota government shuts down after failed budget talks | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The government of the U.S. state of Minnesota began a broad shutdown Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a deal to balance the state budget.
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"Weird Al" Yankovic - Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me.
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‘Digital-First’ Guardian Ends International Printing

‘Digital-First’ Guardian Ends International Printing | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
The first part of Guardian News & Media’s “digital-first” strategy is to quit its print editions outside the UK.

The international editions of The Guardian and The Observer - printed in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, Malta and Cyprus - will end from October 1, the company told staff.
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IranPressNews (English): Tension in Iran as president loses ally

IranPressNews (English): Tension in Iran as president loses ally | Random or Generally Interesting | Scoop.it
A close ally of the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been arrested, Iranian news agencies have reported, suggesting a power struggle between the president and the country's highest religious leader is deepening.
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