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As part of a surprise move to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, the White House announced that it would be “initiating new efforts” to help the island nation access the Internet.
Posted on: December 20, 2014 8:54 pm
Just fewer than half of Americans say that a retailer, bank or credit-card company has told them or a household member that their payment card details were stolen in a data breach, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Posted on: December 20, 2014 12:28 pm
Kaspersky has discovered a fresh ZeuS malware strain which has targeted financial institutions worldwide. The company says the banking trojan’s latest form has targeted a total of 150 different banks and 20 payment systems worldwide; focusing on the infiltration of online banking.
Posted on: December 20, 2014 12:28 pm
Following a devastating cyberattack on internal servers, Sony has decided to pull the controversial film ‘The Interview’ and has finally bowed to the demands of hackers.
Posted on: December 20, 2014 11:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies,
Posted on: December 20, 2014 11:54 am
Sony Pictures announced Wednesday it was canceling the scheduled Christmas Day opening of The Interview amid threats from hackers warning of 9/11-scale violence if the film’s release went forward.
Posted on: December 19, 2014 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON — American officials have concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers, even as the studio canceled the release of a far-fetched comedy about the assassination of the North’s leader that is believed to have led to the cyberattack.
Posted on: December 19, 2014 3:26 pm
Note: This article is being updated almost daily with new developments regarding the leaks from the Sony Pictures breach. Changelog of updates:
Posted on: December 19, 2014 12:38 pm
A group purporting to be the Guardians of Peace or #GOP sent a new warning to Sony Pictures Thursday, causing an ominous message to flash across employee computer screens, an individual familiar with the situation tells TheWrap.
Posted on: December 16, 2014 9:10 pm
Most gamblers were still asleep, and the gondoliers had yet to pole their way down the ersatz canal in front of the Venetian casino on the Las Vegas Strip. But early on the chilly morning of Feb.
Posted on: December 16, 2014 6:10 pm
Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, journalist, and author of the novel The Transhumanist Wager. He writes an occasional column for Motherboard in which he ruminates on the future beyond natural human ability. Over the next decade, we’ll see the rise of lightweight drones that fit in your pocket.
Posted on: December 16, 2014 5:55 pm
Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.
Posted on: December 16, 2014 1:07 am
Captain Markus Aarnio, chief of the Gulf of Finland naval command, has the sort of craggy good looks associated with the hero of a cold war movie.
Posted on: December 8, 2014 8:48 pm
China is constructing a giant island in disputed waters in the South China Sea that could be used as an airstrip.
Posted on: December 8, 2014 8:48 pm
In 2006, the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, signed between then-US president George W Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quickly became the then-high point in Indo-US relations — and indeed was supposed to signal a new glorious dawn in economic and business cooperation between the t
Posted on: December 8, 2014 12:56 pm
Malware that cannot be uninstalled by the end user is being pre-loaded onto some cheap Android smartphones. The malware is pre-loaded into the system directory of the handsets at an unknown point within the supply chain.
Posted on: December 5, 2014 2:11 pm
The chart shows the sky at the start of December. The positions of the stars on other nights can be found from previous charts (our last appeared on November 3) for they rise two hours earlier each month.
Posted on: December 4, 2014 3:06 pm
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) threatened to use lethal force against Ferguson protesters; Anonymous successfully retaliated against the Ku Klux Klan’s Ferguson threats by taking over two primary Twitter accounts, keeping KKK websites offline and outing KKK members.
Posted on: November 23, 2014 8:22 pm
Researchers at network security company Palo Alto Networks have uncovered a new and sophisticated form of malware which attacks iOS devices through USB connections from OS X systems. They have called it WireLurker. Palo Alto Networks says that “…
Posted on: November 12, 2014 12:54 pm
As U.S. banks and retailers are barreling toward a 2015 deadline to replace magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards with more secure cards that come embedded with a microchip, researchers have announced a critical flaw in the card system.
Posted on: November 4, 2014 6:20 pm