Archive for 2012/04/10
U.S. government claims no further MegaUpload data needs to be preserved. Other parties have claimed that all of the data is necessary – Mega for its defense, EFF for the return of data to innocent users and MPAA for use in future litigationPosted: 2012/04/10 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, Public Policy
He didn’t take kindly to Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer’s comments regarding some DPAs failing to meet for pre-briefings on Google’s terms of service changes.
He told Reuters that it was not up to him to get together for “a cup of tea and a chat” regarding such matters. “I am not going to give advice to Google and do so on taxpayers’ money,” he thundered.
42% of employees admit to using their own computer or smartphone to do their jobs, and 27% say they have better tech at home than at workPosted: 2012/04/10 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
We’re taking huge amounts of data, much of it unstructured, using cheap servers and disks. And then we’re on-boarding that sifted data into our traditional systems. We’re answering new, bigger questions, and a lot of them. We’re using data we once threw away, because storage was too expensive, processing too slow and, going further back, broadband was too scarce.
The chip achieves unprecedented accuracy by processing information from many different sensors
Operators of an off-the-shelf botnet kit have unleashed new malware that can steal large sums of money by targeting cloud-based payroll service providersPosted: 2012/04/10 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
After the SOPA and PIPA uproar the Internet has become increasingly aware of the US Government’s attempts at meddling with the web. In recent days the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has moved to the forefront. Critics of the bill point out that it would allow companies to spy on Internet users, and as it’s written CISPA would further allow ISPs to block allegedly infringing transfers and report pirating users to a variety of organizations.
When it comes to legislation involving the Internet, the masses have become quite paranoid. Perhaps rightly so.
Customers enjoy return to human contact after malware attack
The pull Netflix has over politicians could be major in terms of seeing CISPA or other similar acts are signedPosted: 2012/04/10 in Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Legislation, Public Policy, Stats / reports
At the dawn of the SOPA scandal, Netflix was among the entertainment industry titans to support the proposed bill, only to late alter their stance as “neutral” amid massive public backlash. With other Internet services and service providers still throwing their weight behind the newest anti-piracy bills, however, Netflix is expected to follow suit, and use more than just urging to influence lawmakers.
Among the newest bills authored out of Washington is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. While proposed under the guise of legislation necessary to implement federal protection from foreign and domestic cyberattacks, if passed CISPA would also put in the hands of the government the power to monitor and interfere with practically any online interactions.
Netflix has confirmed through its official Twitter account that the PAC was not set up to support SOPA/PIPA.
Facebook says it is a company made up of hackers. In fact, the social networking giant now has a ‘The Hacker Company’ signPosted: 2012/04/10 in Education / Awareness
The idea for the purchase came from… you guessed it, a hacker.
There is currently an arms race underway inside software companies today with each trying to build its own cloud platform stackPosted: 2012/04/10 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution, The Cloud
Unfortunately, too many firms may be too late in the development of their platform technology and worse, may have missed the boat altogether in developing a vibrant platform ecosystem.
Assuming one can trust the operators / developers of these services
Anonymous hacks into tech and telecom sites. Supporters of Cyber Security Bill and enforcement authorities thankful and more determinedPosted: 2012/04/10 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The hacker group has claimed responsibility for leading denial-of-service attacks on two technology trade association Web sites, USTelecom and TechAmerica, according to Bloomberg. Anonymous is reportedly lashing out because these organizations support a cybersecurity bill that some members of congress are working to pass.
The attacks began yesterday when users were unable to log onto the sites, reports Bloomberg. USTelecom represents telecom companies, including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink; and TechAmerica’s members include tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Apple.
Both sites say that technicians are working to restore service for their users. Despite the high-profile companies that the sites represent, both organizations told Bloomberg they don’t host any sensitive information.
Major US wireless providers – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile – are joining forces with the US government in an effort to combat phone theftPosted: 2012/04/10 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
The Wall Street Journal reports the wireless companies will build and maintain a centralized database to track phones reported as lost or stolen. Phones on the list will then be denied voice and data service. Ideally, this makes the stolen phone virtually useless and drastically reduces resale value.
Ya Haq instead of Google. Iranian Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Skype equivalents to follow?