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Jan 20, 2015 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Tech World: If you find lifelike robots unnerving, try attending a news conference held by a pair of androids. That was the scene on Tuesday in Tokyo when the androids Kodomoroid and Otonaroid introduced a new pair of communication robots developed by an Osaka-based company, Vstone, and its partners. Sota and CommU, each about 30cm ...

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Jan 12, 2015 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from USA Today: The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon's command for its forces in the Middle East were hacked Monday, according to U.S. Central Command. The command's Twitter and YouTube sites "were compromised for approximately 30 minutes," a statement released by CENTCOM said. "These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers, and both ...

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Jan 11, 2015 No Comments ›› Helen Wheels

Hacktivist group “Anonymous” posted a video Thursday in response to the Paris attacks. Calling it #OpCharlieHebdo, they also posted a statement summarizing the points made in the video as well: Never attack the media Message to the enemy of the freedom of speech. January 7, 2015, freedom ...

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Dec 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from GotNews: Multiple police, FBI, cyber analyst sources are confirming that the focus of the FBI’s investigation has moved from North Korea to Los Angeles. A LAPD officer and FBI agent confirmed that the Bureau is no longer looking at a North Korean angle for the Sony leak but have moved to an insider group ...

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Dec 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Shannon Silver

Excerpted from The Hill: The FBI will hear evidence on Monday that six individuals, including one or more former employees, were behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. The bureau has publicly blamed North Korea for sponsoring the attack, but security experts have since questioned the official story, arguing they cannot find a solid link between ...

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Dec 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

BEIJING — The Chinese government appears to have blocked the ability of people in China to gain access to Google’s email service through third-party email clients, which many Chinese and foreigners had been relying on to use their Gmail accounts after an earlier blocking effort by officials, according to Internet analysts and users in China. The ...

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Dec 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Shannon Silver

Excerpted from The Los Angeles Times: Sony's decision to stream the controversial comedy "The Interview" has upended the often fractious relationship between Silicon Valley's biggest Internet company and Hollywood's film industry. Google has repeatedly clashed with major studios over the piracy of films, which can be readily viewed and downloaded online. In fact, leaked emails ...

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Nov 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft ...

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Oct 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FREE BEACON: The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag. “Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report ...

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Oct 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via TIME: Roughly 10 years from now we will see the End of Human Driving — a seminal moment of the first half of the 21st century. I’m guessing my young sons will not need to learn how to drive This Influencer post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Sam Shank shares his thoughts as part of LinkedIn’s Influencer ...

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Oct 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON — Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building. "We're in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement," said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the ...

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Oct 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from THE TELEGRAPH: an Burkhart concentrated hard. A thick cable protruded from the crown of his shaven head. A sleeve sprouting wires enveloped his right arm. The 23 - year-old had been paralysed from the neck down since a diving accident four years ago. But, in June this year, in a crowded room ...

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Oct 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS: Facebook has a message for the Drug Enforcement Administration: we don’t like what you’re doing on our website. The social networking giant said in a letter Friday it wants assurances that the federal agency is no longer using fake profile pages to conduct investigations. The letter was in response to a New York woman's ...

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Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via BALLOT BOX: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic White House contender, said in an interview published Wednesday that "Wi-Fi is a human right." O'Malley, a two-term governor who has fundraised vigorously for Democrats running in midterms races this year, said in an interview with CNN that he can relate to his 20-something daughters. "I am noticing ...

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Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via NATIONAL JOURNAL: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt warned Wednesday that the Internet will undergo fundamental changes if governments don't alter the way they spy on other countries. Speaking at an event in California hosted by Sen. Ron Wyden, Schmidt said the Internet will splinter unless the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency and foreign governments doesn't ...

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via WaPo: Twitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights. With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other ...

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Oct 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

ORLANDO - Gartner sees things like robots and drones replacing a third of all workers by 2025, and whether you want to believe it or not, is entirely your business. This is Gartner being provocative, as it is typically is, at the start of its major U.S. conference, the Symposium/ITxpo. Take drones, for instance. "One day, a drone ...

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Sep 26, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FT: High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email [email protected] to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b145bb98-404d-11e4-936b-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3ES9upZAK Tears can expose our most private emotions but could they also secure our most private information ...

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Sep 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from WFB: Chinese officials held closed-door talks in Washington last week with U.S. cyber security counterparts despite Beijing’s formal cutoff of talks on the subject following the federal indictment of Chinese military hackers. “We exchanged views with Chinese counterparts on cyber issues in Washington last week,” a State Department official confirmed, adding, “We do not ...

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Sep 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

A jetpack for the Pentagon's "4-minute mile" project shaves 18 seconds off an individual's 1-mile time. (Image: Arizona State University) Jetpack helps soldiers run faster from ASU Research on Vimeo. Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: Researchers at Arizona State University were asked by the Pentagon’s research arm if they could come up with robotic devices to give ...

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Sep 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from DAILY MAIL: Islamic State militants are planning the creation of a 'cyber caliphate' protected by their own encryption software - from behind which they will launch massive hacking attacks on the U.S. and the West. Both Islamic State and Al Qaeda claim to be actively recruiting skilled hackers in a bid to create a ...

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Aug 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Computers within the United States’ primary regulator for commercial nuclear power plants were successfully attacked three times in three years by at least two different hacking groups. Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers were infiltrated twice by foreigner attackers, and once by an unidentifiable individual, but both using recognizable tools: two attacks traced back ...

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Aug 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNET: A bill that mandates antitheft technology to come pre-installed on all smartphones sold in California is headed to the governor after passing a final California Senate vote on Monday. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, asks that device makers put so-called ...

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Aug 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Telegraph: Technology giant Google has developed state of the art software which proactively scours hundreds of millions of email accounts for images of child abuse. The breakthrough means paedophiles around the world will no longer be able to store and send vile images via email without the risk of their crimes becoming known to ...

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Aug 1, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Tracer rounds ricochet off of a tank as security police fire a mounted .50-caliber machine gun. Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: American military personnel use the pyrotechnic glare of tracer rounds to see exactly where they’re firing and adjust when necessary. Unfortunately, that glare also gives away a soldier’s position. Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are ...

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