Archive for 2011/03/01
Record companies make millions of dollars per month on the advertising that goes with their music videos on YouTube
Google awarded 9 researchers $14,000 in payments for the security fixes in version 9.0.597.107, while we hear that version 10 is being prepared for a final release (now at version 10.0.648.119 beta). Google noted that it has now paid more than $100,000 for the discovery of bugs in Chrome.
The Patches arrive just in time for the Pwn2Own hacking fest, which will be held next week at CanSecWest in Vancouver. Google said it is offering $10,000 in rewards for the person who can hack Chrome on the first of the contest’s three days. HP Tipping Point, sponsor of Pwn2Own has put up another $10,000 for a total prize of $20,000.
International computer hacker sentenced to 82 months – Ordered to pay $7.9 million in forfeiture and $2.2 million in back income taxesPosted: 2011/03/01 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to driving the worldwide growth of PC gaming, today unveiled the preliminary findings of its third annual Horizons research reportPosted: 2011/03/01 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Among the key findings: the global PC games market continues to show surprisingly strong growth in 2010, reaching a record $16.2 billion. This represented overall growth of 20% over 2009. No geographical market segments tracked showed a decline in 2010 in overall PC game revenue.
Dutch media report that anti-piracy organization BREIN is experiencing the effects of a Denial of Service attack which started on Tuesday 1st March at 00.00 CET. BREIN Managing Director Tim Kuik believes it could be related to the closure of Usenet service FTD, which had to take place on the exact same day.
Dutch language news article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2457677/stichting-brein-slachtoffer-ddos-aanval.html
Morgan Stanley experienced a “very sensitive” break-in to its network by the same China-based hackers who attacked Google Inc.’s computers more than a year agoPosted: 2011/03/01 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection
A former manager at Apple has pleaded guilty in a major kickback case that could land him 20 years in prisonPosted: 2011/03/01 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Litigation
Indexing and search engines The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, isoHunt, Kickasstorrents and BTjunkie all make appearances, with Demonoid, OpenBitTorrent and PublicBT described as trackers which have become “notorious for infringing activities.”
Swebits, one of Sweden’s largest BitTorrent communities, has ceased its activities with immediate effect. While the site’s founders cite a DDoS attack, hardware problems and a lack of donations as the reason for the closure, the Swedish authorities and local anti-piracy outfit Antipiratbyran link it to the arrest of a prominent uploader a few days ago
Mediacom, who recently started using DNS redirection to feed ads (rather than 404 pages) to people who ended up on non-existent web pages, has jumped into the fray and is injecting its own ads for its own services on all sorts of websites including those of Google and ApplePosted: 2011/03/01 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
HBGary Federal chief exec Aaron Barr has resigned in a bid to allow the firm to draw a line under the continuing revelations from the Anonymous hack attackPosted: 2011/03/01 in Education / Awareness
“I need to focus on taking care of my family and rebuilding my reputation,” Barr told Threatpost in a phone interview. “It’s been a challenge to do that and run a company. And, given that I’ve been the focus of much of bad press, I hope that, by leaving, HBGary and HBGary Federal can get away from some of that. I’m confident they’ll be able to weather this storm.”
Huawei-Symantec (H-S) is a joint venture between data protection and information management software vendor Symantec and Chinese IT giant Huawei, which says it has over 1,000 customers in more than 40 countries.
Ripples from the recent Anonymous hack continue to spread. Twelve Democrats want a probe of HBGary Federal and its work targeting pro-union websites as part of the “Team Themis” group. Separately, two of those pro-union groups filed ethics complaints against the DC law firm at the heart of the scandal
European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments in legal dispute – Confiscations ordered after Asian electronics giant LG wins preliminary injunction against Sony in acrimonious patent battlePosted: 2011/03/01 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence
The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PS3s have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days