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VirusComputer virus warns of FBI arrest, demands ransom

Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 03:10 PM
kval.com — “All of the sudden this window popped up,” Wells said. “It said we’ve been watching you. We’re the FBI.” Wells’ computer caught the MoneyPak computer virus after she clicked on a photo of a cat online. See the complete story here.

InternetToshiba taking pre-orders for new Windows 8 lineup

Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
pcworld.comToshiba has introduced a new line of computers that, in keeping with Windows 8's emphasis on touch, offers an array of products with displays that can be poked and pinched. See the complete story here.

InternetApple Removes Default Java Support In Browsers

Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 03:08 PM
darkreading.comApple yesterday made another bold move in its efforts to double-down on security -- by removing its Java plug-in from Safari and other Web browsers. See the complete story here.

VirusFrench hacker 'admits app fraud' in Amiens

Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 03:08 PM
bbc.co.uk — A 20-year-old hacker has been arrested in northern France for spreading a virus via smartphone "apps" that defrauded thousands of victims. See the complete story here.

InternetRegulators shut down global PC 'tech support' scam

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
news.cnet.com — Regulators from five countries joined together in an operation to crack down on a series of companies they say orchestrated one of the most widespread Internet scams of the decade. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other international regulatory authorities today said they shut down a global criminal network that allegedly bilked tens of thousands of consumers by pretending to be tech support providers. See the complete story here.

InternetMicrosoft settles botnet case against Chinese site

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:03 PM
news.cnet.comMicrosoft reached a settlement in its legal case against a Web site that has been linked to malicious activity, with the Chinese company agreeing to block malware tied to its domain. See the complete story here.

VirusComputer hacking arrests: 'Jonathan Rees and Alex Marunchak' bailed

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:03 PM
bbc.co.uk — A 61-year-old journalist and a 58-year-old man have been arrested as part of a Met Police probe into computer hacking. See the complete story here.

Virus'Scareware' trickster fined $163m by US authorities

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:02 PM
bbc.com — A woman behind a massive "scareware" scam has been fined $163m (101m) by US authorities. Kristy Ross ran an operation that tricked its victims into thinking their computer had been infected with malicious software - and then charged them between $40 and $60 to "fix" it. See the complete story here.

InternetGive a store your e-mail address, it'll find you on Facebook

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 11:59 AM
arstechnica.comFacebook wrote up a post on Sunday attempting to explain some of its new approaches to selling and analyzing ads on the site, responding to user alarm about its partnership with data firm Datalogix. Among the revelations: stores can give Facebook hashed versions of customer e-mail addresses they've collected to target users with ads, and Facebook is allowing users to opt out of entire ad networks via a link in real-time ads. See the complete story here.

ComputerFacebook Now Lets US Users Pay $7 To Promote Posts To The News Feeds Of...

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 11:37 AM
techcrunch.comFacebook is expanding to the US the controversial Promoted Posts feature that lets users pay to get their posts more visibility in the news feed. It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used for garage sales, parties, wedding photos and other important announcements. Promoted Posts has already been rolled out to 20 other countries, and is available to people with less than 5000 total friends and subscribers. See the complete story here.

VirusGhostShell university hack: By the numbers

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 11:37 AM
zdnet.com — Records stolen from university databases including the University of Michigan, New York University, Princeton and Harvard were made publicly available yesterday, after hacker group leader 'DeadMellox' tweeted a link to the release posted on Pastebin. See the complete story here.

InternetNissan previews self-driving car

Submitted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 11:35 AM
techhive.com — Watch out Google, here comes Nissan: The Japanese car maker has unveiled a concept car based on the all-electric Leaf that is able to drive and park itself. See the complete story here.

ComputerFacebook deleting fake 'likes', independent data suggests

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:04 AM
bbc.comFacebook has begun deleting fake page "likes", independent data suggests. According to Pagedata, many of the site's most "liked" pages suffered large drops in numbers on Wednesday. See the complete story here.

InternetMinecraft creator attacks Microsoft's Windows 8 plan

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:01 AM
bbc.com — Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has become the latest developer to attack Microsoft's Windows 8 games strategy. He claimed that the software firm risked ruining its gaming ecosystem. See the complete story here.

InternetApple apologises for Maps switch 'frustration'

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:00 AM
bbc.comApple's chief executive has penned an apology following a barrage of criticism caused by its switch to a new maps system. See the complete story here.

InternetScary New Malware Targets Android Phones, Steals Images, Reconstructs R...

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:00 AM
businessinsider.com — The fellas at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are calling it, "The Malware that will steal your life," and their doomsaying is not unfounded. See the complete story here.

VirusAdobe code signing infrastructure hacked by 'sophisticated threat actor...

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 06:59 AM
zdnet.comAdobe today warned that an internal server with access to its digital certificate code signing infrastructure was hacked by "sophisticated threat actors" engaged in "highly targeted attacks.". See the complete story here.

VirusRented Computers Caught Spying on Customers

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 06:58 AM
technorati.com — The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with DesignerWare Corporation and numerous computer rental companies for installing software on rented computers which secretly snapped explicit webcam pictures, captured emails and a variety of other personal information, including Social Security Numbers, medical and bank account information from thousands of users. See the complete story here.

VirusDid a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov?

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 06:58 AM
wired.com — In May 1997, an IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. See the complete story here.

InternetInternet Explorer Blocks More Malware Than Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 06:56 AM
darkreading.com — It hasn't been the best month for Internet Explorer given the recent zero-day attack, but the Microsoft browser got some good news today with a new test that shows it's by far better at stopping malware than Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. See the complete story here.

VirusCanada aware of two cyber attacks, won't say if China involved

Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 06:44 AM
news.yahoo.com — Canada said on Friday it was aware of an attempt by hackers to target a domestic energy company, the second time in 24 hours Ottawa had acknowledged a cyber security attack against a Canadian firm. See the complete story here.

ComputerWarrantless wiretap bill passes in US House, authorizes 5 more years of...

Submitted Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 11:26 AM
theverge.com — In a 301 to 118 decision, the US House of Representatives has voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012, a bill which will extend the US government's previously established warrantless wiretapping programs for the next five years. The bill preserves far-reaching and highly controversial enhancements to government surveillance powers granted under amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 2008, and has been met with considerable resistance from privacy groups and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. See the complete story here.

InternetIran blocks Google, Gmail, users report

Submitted Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 11:25 AM
techhive.com — The Iranian government appears to have blocked access to Google's search engine and Gmail webmail service from inside Iran, according to Internet users there. See the complete story here.

Game$30 gadget lets you control computer with your eyes

Submitted Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 11:23 AM
edition.cnn.com — Take two video-game console cameras and one pair of horn-rimmed glasses and for around $30 you have a device that will allow you to control a computer or, potentially, even a wheelchair with your eyes. See the complete story here.

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