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Published September 14, 2010
AFP – July 28: A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the fence separating the U.S. from Mexico, near Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Border Patrol agents fired gunshots into Mexico after coming under attack during a half-ton drug bust and giving chase to a truck along the Rio Grande, U.S. authorities said Monday.
No Border Patrol agents were hurt during the “fire fight” early Saturday in Mission, agency spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey said. She did not say whether Border Patrol gunfire hit anyone, citing the ongoing investigation.
“The firing they received came from the Mexican side,” Huey said.
Huey said several Border Patrol agents, at least some of whom were patrolling in boats, were seizing a half-ton of marijuana when they came under gunfire. Federal officials said the shots from Mexico began when a truck that was being chased by another group of Border Patrol agents entered the area.
FBI special agent Jorge Cisneros said the truck, which was on the U.S. side, appeared to be connected to the drug seizure. He said the gunfire from Mexico was a “direct result” of Border Patrol agents doing their jobs.
By Blake Snow
Published September 14, 2010
Intel is investigating reports that the main copy protection on HDTV broadcasts has been cracked. Will broadcasters wave the white flag or fight to shore up content-protection?
Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, the encryption that protects most high-definition video content may have just been cracked.
Intel Corp. officials confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com an investigation into a security breach, possibly a fundamental compromise of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) — the digital rights management software that governs every device that plays high-def content.
HDCP is the main means of encoding and protecting HDTV broadcasts, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and more, and reports Tuesday suggested that a hole in the security scheme had been uncovered. Representatives from Intel, which invented the specification, acknowledged that they were investigating the security breach.
“We’re familiar with the rumors that are out there on the alleged HDCP compromise and are currently investigating it,” Intel officials told Fox News. “We have so far been unable to verify. So at this point, any alleged hack is speculative and rumor.”
Stephen Balogh, a business development manager at Intel and president of Digital Content Protection LLC — the group that oversees licensing of the HDCP specification — confirmed that the group is investigating the breach. Were the hack eventually verified, “it would represent a free-for-all on a ton of content currently protected by HDCP,” wrote one technology enthusiast website.
Most commonly found in Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and many high-definition displays, HDCP prevents the copying of audio and video content as it travels across the cables that connect HD devices. It’s required to send a video across the thin, flat HDMI cables that link most new flat-panel TV to gaming systems, Blu-ray players, or whatever.
According to computing experts, the hack unlocks protected content by providing a “master key,” which could be used to strip that encryption from, say, the link between your cable box and your DVR. Without those restrictions, a nefarious user could make unlimited copies — rendering the copy-protection software useless.
The potential for such a hack has been theorized for years; in 2001, researchers warned of a possible loophole in HDCP, possibly similar to what was used in this hack.
HDCP has been used by Apple’s iTunes for nearly two years, said tech-news site Betanews. Since some purchased movies will not playback on incompatible displays, however, the protection software has proved frustrating for some law-abiding consumers.
But even if the HDCP crack were authenticated, it would hardly signal the end of digital rights management or the philosophy behind it. After all, HDCP is just one of many such solutions — albeit the most popular one. That didn’t stop content pirates and others who share media illegally from thrilling at the news on message boards and forums. If the security were broken, the quality of illegal movie and TV downloads might have just gotten a whole lot better, they reasoned.
Not all technology enthusiasts were giddy about the news, however. One comment on the popular blog Engadget summed up the other side of the story.
“Stupid pirates celebrate when something like this happens, and then whine when the effects of this involve stronger DRM protection, and higher DVD and movie ticket prices. How about instead of breaking the law, you go buy and support the millions of employees who work hard to create this stuff?”
September 14, 2010 – 11:56 AM | by: David Lee Miller
We could soon be seeing more of the Imam who wants to build a mosque and community center two blocks from ground zero.
On Wednesday the Imam Faisal Rauf and or his attorneys are scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Jersey. The municipality of Union City, New Jersey is suing the Imam claiming he neglected to properly maintain two apartment houses.
The city is expected to ask the court to appoint a custodial receiver to take charge of the property which has been cited for numerous fire, health and other violations. A spokesman for Union City says Rauf has been a “terrible landlord.” The lawsuit cites problems with water, garbage removal, mold and other issues beginning in 1996. Imam Rauf was unavailable for comment.
Union City spokesman Mark Albiez says the litigation has nothing to do with controversial mosque and community center Rauf wants to build in lower Manhattan and “everything to do with the well being of tenants” at the two buildings owned by the Imam.