Author: prithvi

Fix Audio control issue on BackTrack 5 R1

The latest version of BackTrack 5, R1, has an issue with audio controls. While I have experienced this problem on the GNOME version, I cannot say about the KDE version. When you make a fresh installation of BT 5 R1, the audio control applet in the panel does not work. The slider moves, but sliding it does not affect the volume. Also, clicking on Sound Preferences displays a message ‘waiting for sound system to respond’ and does nothing. However, the volume can still be controlled in any media player that you use. I use Rythmbox. The fix for this is pretty simple. 1. Navigate to System > Preferences > Startup Applications on the main menu. 2. Click on Add. 3. Give a name. I used ‘Fix Audio Control issue’. This is only to identify it, in case you run through the list at a later time and wonder what the entry is for. 4. For Command, type ‘/usr/bin/pulseaudio’ without the single quotes. 5. Click on Add, and then on Close. 6. Logout to close the X session, and restart it by typing ‘startx’ without the single quotes. That’s it. Prithvi Mandava Prithvi is an experienced cyber security professional with global experience across 3 continents. He has proven skills and experience on Cisco, Check Point, Fortinet, Juniper and other vendors' products and technologies. He also has a passion for nature and...

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WordPress upgrade and other issues

If you have a WordPress installation and have been experiencing issues with Auto-upgrades, Plugin installation/upgrading, taking backups, it could be a problem with your server. A lot of 1and1 users will be familiar with this. The issues are caused with the server having both PHP 4.0 and 5.0 installed. The workaround for this is very simple and straightforward. You need to instruct the server to use PHP 5 for parsing all PHP requests. This is done by appending the following lines to the.htaccess file in the root of your site: Options All -Indexes AddType x-mapp-php5 .php AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php If there is no .htaccess file in the root folder (ususally www or htdocs or public_html) of your site (as in some cases), create a new text file on your desktop, rename it to .htaccess(remember to remove the .txt file extension), add the above lines, and upload to your server. If there are any previous entries in the .htaccess file, append the above lines at the end of the file. But, make sure you do not remove/edit any of the lines that are already present. Though this issue is noticed by most users on 1and1, any server which has two versions of PHP running is prone to these issues, and not just for WordPress but for any PHP application. Prithvi Mandava Prithvi is an experienced cyber security professional with global experience across 3 continents. He has proven skills and experience on Cisco, Check Point, Fortinet, Juniper and...

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Money-Laundering Alert: Watch for $100 Bills

In Feb. 2011, there will be a new $100 bill introduced in the U.S. Recently, the Treasury Department announced the new bill will arrive at financial institutions with improved anti-counterfeiting additions. Before the new $100 bill arrives, be mindful that criminals will look to launder their old caches of $100 bills, says anti-money laundering expert Ken Rijock, financial crime consultant for World-Check, an international risk intelligence firm. Narcotics traffickers keep a percentage of their money in large denomination bills, he explains. “When they see that a new bill is coming out, I expect that they will begin converting their large cash holdings into bank deposits.” Rijock warns compliance officers to be on the watch for large amounts of the old series. “Because once the new bills come out,” Rijock says, “any amount of these old series bills will draw attention to them, because the bank will want to know ‘Where did you get all of these old hundreds from?’” At the very least, compliance officers will want to take note of the deposits, and where warranted, file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) on the transaction, Rijock says. Even non-banks that take cash transactions should be on the lookout for these old bills. People buying large ticket such as luxury cars or high end items in cash, especially when paying with hundred dollar bills, should be scrutinized as possible money...

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International Internal Audit Awareness Month

International Internal Audit Awareness Month The IIA encourages chapters and institutes around the world to participate in this important celebration to promote the profession internally to audit customers, executive management, and the board, as well as to various outside target markets within their local business community. Chapters and institutes can use this month to showcase the value of the internal audit activity in a wide variety of ways including, but not limited to: Hosting special events such as luncheons or receptions to present local area business leaders with an overview of the ways internal auditors support executive management in achieving organizational goals and objectives; Submitting a request for a proclamation from a local government official formally acknowledging International Internal Audit Awareness Month; or Participating in a local college or university career night to promote internal auditing to students who may be unaware of the various opportunities available within the profession. Regardless of how chapters and institutes choose to share the purpose and value of internal auditing with their community, the most important message to take away is that building awareness takes time and consistent effort. Tools & Resources The IIA has developed the following tools and resources to help you: International Internal Audit Awareness Month Planning Guide – Start planning your Awareness Month activities now with this guide that includes ideas, resources, and templates designed to help you “talk up”...

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Inside the New Flight Rules

The federal government is taking a stronger hand in regulating how airlines treat passengers, and new rules limiting long tarmac delays are just the first step. “I don’t know of another time in the department’s history when we’ve stood up for passengers and said enough is enough,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, mentioning the overnight stranding of passengers on a plane in Rochester, Minn., last summer as the tipping point prompting government action. “There were actually personnel in the terminal who could’ve let people off the plane — that was ridiculous,” Mr. LaHood said. Even before the latest rules, which went into effect April 29, the government had fined airlines for violations of existing regulations that cover baggage-reimbursement policies, fare advertising and compensation when passengers on over-booked flights are denied boarding. It seems carriers may be getting the message. Although airline executives predicted “unintended consequences” and widespread cancellations if planes were required to return to the terminal after sitting on the tarmac for three hours, there have been no reports of this happening in the two weeks after the rule took effect. And tarmac delay problems have declined significantly ever since government officials signaled they would take action after the Rochester incident. In fact, other provisions in the new rules may ultimately have an even bigger impact on travelers. The Transportation Department is also requiring carriers to better inform passengers about frequently...

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