19 Jun 2013

China completes Internet, phone monitoring scheme for Tibet

China has completed a monitoring scheme in restive Tibet that requires all telephone and internet users to register under their real names, state media said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to crack down on what officials describe as rumors. via China completes Internet, phone monitoring scheme for Tibet

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15 Jun 2013

Obama wants government to free up more wireless spectrum

President Barack Obama is directing federal agencies to look for ways to eventually share more of their radio airwaves with the private sector as the growing use of smartphones and tablets ratchets up the demand for spectrum, according to a memo released on Friday. via Obama wants government to free

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15 Jun 2013

Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal

Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program. via Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after

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14 Jun 2013

Iranians Targeted In Massive Phishing Campaign

“Google says it has detected and derailed several email-based phishing attacks targeting tens of thousands of Iranian users during the past few weeks in what appears to be a politically motivated campaign. Eric Grosse, vice president of security engineering at Google, said in a blog post that for three weeks

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14 Jun 2013

Anti-Mugabe hackers attack website of South Africa’s ruling ANC

Hackers opposed to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took out the website of the African National Congress (ANC) on Friday, accusing South Africa’s ruling party of a corrupt and bloodstained relationship with the former British colony’s leader. via Anti-Mugabe hackers attack website of South Africa’s ruling ANC | Reuters.

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14 Jun 2013

Medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, warns FDA

“The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to the healthcare industry, calling for more vigilance when it comes to protecting medical devices from hacking. Anything from Pacemakers to hospital x-ray machines are at risk, thanks to a wide array of lax cybersecurity practices like ‘hard-coded passwords,’ out-of-date

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13 Jun 2013

Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election

Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election. via BBC News – Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election.

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12 Jun 2013

Drudge Report Links to Malware-Infected Story

“Drudge readers who clicked on the Free Beacon link would in many cases have been infected immediately. The malware being used had polymorphic code, meaning it changes often and would not have been detected by code-analyzing anti-virus software.” Source:Drudge Report Links to Malware-Infected Story – Technology & science – Tech

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12 Jun 2013

NSA chief says data disrupted ‘dozens’ of plots

“The US electronic spying chief has said massive surveillance programmes newly revealed by an ex-intelligence worker had disrupted dozens of terror plots. In a US Senate hearing, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander defended the internet and telephone data snooping programmes. Also, US Secretary of State John Kerry said

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12 Jun 2013

Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility

“We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier’s

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