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Stuxnet and Flame could have three sister viruses

September 18, 2012

Stuxnet and Flame could have three sister virusesTwo major security firms say the people behind the Flame virus may have already developed three similar viruses that haven’t yet been discovered in action. The claims will raise more questions about the involvement of the US government in cyber-warfare.

Clint Eastwood and his empty Obama chair go viral on the InterWebs

August 31, 2012

I’m not sure Clint Eastwood has even ever been online before, but he’s now succeeded in going viral and kick-starting several memes after his RNC speech.

Obama Reddit Q&A shows crowdsourcing format

August 30, 2012

Obama Reddit Q&A shows crowdsourcing formatPresident Barack Obama took part in an “Ask Me Anything” question and answer thread yesterday. The event was prestigious in itself for the site, but also proved a great advert for the site’s format.

Reuters hacked yet again with bogus Middle East reports

August 16, 2012

Reuters hacked yet again with bogus Middle East reportsNews agency Reuters has been hacked for the third time this month. This time the culprits posted a bogus report claiming the Saudi Arabia foreign minister had died.

Web giants form Internet Assocation lobby group

July 26, 2012

Web giants form Internet Assocation lobby groupFour of the most prominent websites are among those forming a new lobbying group to promote Internet forms. Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google are the first known members of the Internet Association.

Washington State will use Facebook voter registration app

July 18, 2012

Washington State will use Facebook voter registration appIn an age when Presidents (or at least their staff) Tweet, it really isn’t surprising that someone has figured out a way to use social media to register voters.  Washington State is going to begin registering voters using a Facebook application.  The application will be out sometime within the next few weeks.

US & Israel blamed for Flame virus

June 21, 2012

US & Israel blamed for Flame virusThe Flame virus has been described as both the most sophisticated spyware yet and the successor to Stuxnet. Now anonymous government insiders say that both it and Stuxnet are the part of American and Israeli operations against Iran.

Cell phone carriers and law enforcement are teaming up to fight phone theft

April 10, 2012

Cell phone carriers and law enforcement are teaming up to fight phone theftUnfortunately cell phone theft is happening more and more these days.  Most people know to call their wireless carrier to prevent outrageous calls,  Sometimes they can get their private information wiped from their phone.  Still cell phone insurance is costly and purchasing a replacement phone is even more expensive.  For many of us, it also means losing a lot of personal information that may not automatically back up to Google or the iOS cloud.

Obama’s Facebook hit by unlikely immigration protest

April 9, 2012

Obama's Facebook hit by unlikely immigration protestIt wouldn’t be unusual for a United States president to be flooded with claims that an immigrant should be given citizenship. But in a bizarre twist, Barack Obama’s official Facebook page has been bombarded with calls to deny somebody was a legitimate citizen.

Government launches online privacy bill of rights

February 23, 2012

Government launches online privacy bill of rightsThe White House has published what it’s calling a “bill of rights” to protect Internet users. It’s entirely voluntary for internet firms to follow, but could pave the way for future legislation.

Pentagon’s Avatar brings science fiction to warfare

February 19, 2012

Pentagon's Avatar brings Sci Fi to warfareBlend a little Terminator with Avatar and you have the Pentagon’s next project.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been watching science fiction movies and hopes to turn them into reality.  DARPA has allocated $7 million for project Avatar.  A Project that aims to put robot soldier surrogates on the battlefield.

Anonymous continues its attack on government websites knocking the CIA offline

February 12, 2012

Anonymous continues its attack on government websites knocking the CIA offlineAnonymous knocked the CIA website offline in one of its latest attacks.  The group posted “CIA Tango down” @YourAnonNews Twitter feed, apparently feeling rather good about their latest disruption.

Cloud services are vying for government business

January 22, 2012

Cloud services are vying for government businessWhile many people are still trying to figure out what “cloud computing” really means, various businesses specializing in cloud services are going after the U.S. government’s business.  Companies like Box and Amazon Web Services are looking to pick up federal government business by providing extra security and specialized “cloud areas”.

Twitter belittles Wikipedia blackout

January 17, 2012

Twitter belittles Wikipedia blackoutWikipedia has narrowly decided a site blackout to protest against laws billed as combating piracy should be international rather than US only. That’s prompted Twitter’s chief executive to call the move foolish.

Israel and Saudi Arabia in hacking battle

January 12, 2012

Israel and Saudi Arabia in hacking battleForces appearing to come from Israel and Saudi Arabia have engaged in a tit-for-tat round of attacks. But these aren’t physical engagements: rather the field of battle is stolen credit card details.

Road blunders prompt sat-nav summit

January 6, 2012

Road blunders prompt sat-nav summitThe British government is to hold a special event to tackle the problems of outdated information on satellite navigation (GPS) systems. It’s designed to deal with high-profile blunders that have even damaged houses.

Verizon axes ‘convenience charge’

December 30, 2011

This little tidbit comes from the bass-ackwards school of business where the customer is stupid and exploitable until proven otherwise. That said, Verizon didn’t get to get to be the largest wireless and wireline carrier in these oddly dysfunctional United States by knowing when to quit, so gird your loins Joe and Jane Sixpack — they will be back.


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