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GitHub facing DDoS siege cyberattack dating back few days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 10 mins ago

Having trouble trying to access GitHub, a website known for hosting and sharing programming code and other specialized content? The site is facing a major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that started on Thursday and has continued to evolve and pose problems throughout the weekend.

 

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The site seems to be working better now, but the company has confirmed problems starting on Thursday - and continuing until early afternoon on the east coast: "87 hours in, our mitigation is deflecting most attack traffic," GitHub said in a public post. "We're aware of intermittent issues and continue to adapt our response."

 

It's unknown what perpetrators are behind the attack, but it appears a reflection attack - which pulls traffic from other sites to overwhelm GitHub's server - could be to blame, according to Arbor Networks.

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Google teams up with Johnson & Johnson to research surgical robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 15 mins ago

Google has partnered with Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon medical device company to help develop advanced surgical robotics technology for surgeons, patients and health care providers. Increased collaboration could also mean better information delivery for surgeons and medical practitioners during surgeries.

 

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Both companies look to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform that is able to utilize advanced technologies, making surgeries more efficient for surgeons - and hopefully safer for medical patients.

 

"For more than 60 years, Ethicon has developed products and technologies that have transformed the way surgery is done," said Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman of the global surgery group at Johnson & Johnson. "This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care, and together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world."

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Data breaches lead to increased prevalence of e-file tax fraud

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 17 mins ago

Electronic filing of federal tax returns has become even more complicated, as fallout from a number of high-profile data breaches continues. The Social Security numbers and other stolen personal information from these issues has led to more fraudulent tax returns - and the IRS is informing unknowing victims that someone else filed their tax return for them.

 

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Tax refund fraud is the most prevalent form of identity fraud the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received since 2012, according to the National Consumers League. To make matters worse, it's extremely difficult to avoid, so it will remain an appealing crime for cybercriminals.

 

"Tax fraud this year is very prevalent, primarily because of these recent high-profile data breaches," said Julie Miller, spokesperson for Intuit, in a statement published by the San Jose Mercury News. "We are seeing tax refund fraud being driven by identity theft. That has implications for people who use TurboTax online or any online tax preparation."

Monolith Software says Xenoblade Chronicles 3D pushes mobile RPGs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

Monolith Software is still surprised that its Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which was designed for the Nintendo Wii, transitioned to handheld devices. It will be the first 3DS game requiring Nintendo's New 3DS to play it - and will be released on April 10.

 

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Gamers have the chance to play the RPG exploring the story behind the Monado blade, while fighting the Mechon army. Monolith Software wanted to blend real-time combat with RPG strategy, and gamers can look at animated models of both allies and enemies.

 

"Now we can play Xenoblade Chronicles on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and... now, this may sound a little egotistical, but I thought, 'This is really going to raise the bar for RPGs on portable devices," said Tetsuya Takahashi, director of Monolith Software, in a statement during the Iwata Asks.

These Corsair K65 RGB keyboard replacement keycaps are amazing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 23 hours, 2 mins ago

Posted on YouTube by Water_Cool_Fool you can get your very own set of Corsair K65 RGB keycaps from Amazon but they're currently listed as out of stock.

 

 

This video helps show off the might of what is current keyboard modding. The addition of several peripheral companies making further steps into RGB development has certainly seen focus stray away from 256 million membrane keyboards with copious macros and more so towards keyboards with extended lighting options and keycap customization - much like a chassis!

 

There's nothing left to say but, enjoy.

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North Korean's exposed to the world through smuggled media devices

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 23 hours, 19 mins ago

Some North Korean residents have been reportedly using Chinese media players worth $50 to watch smuggled information about the outside world in the form of TV, news and movies. Named 'notels' or 'notetels,' these devices contain USB and SD card support alongside live radio and TV capabilities.

 

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To keep the device running, you can charge them through the help of a car battery which is explained by Gizmodo as helpful due to North Korea's unreliable electricity infrastructure.

 

With 18,000 units smuggled across the border by a single man and North Korean defector named Lee Seok-young, he told Reuters in an interview about the importance of these products and how the end-users are getting around authorities questioning their practice: "To avoid getting caught, people load a North Korean DVD while watching South Korean dramas on a USB stick, which can be pulled out. They then tell the authorities, who feel the heat from the notel to check whether or not it has been recently used, that they were watching North Korean films."

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Aussie underdog CS:GO team Vox Eminor loses a player

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 36 mins ago

We've talked about these Aussie battlers before as they caused a global upset by taking down 3DMAX, ESC Gaming and Dignitas to qualify for the latest ESL tournament.

 

 

In sad news, Azad "topguN" Orami is the second ever person to depart from their active roster, quoting life commitments are now taking over as a priority.

 

Quoted as "the spiritual backbone of the team," the ex-CGS player was well known for his witty humor and amazing Desert Eagle plays.

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Jackman to play X-men's Wolverine just once more

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day ago

X-Men character Wolverine might be immortal, but the actor that has portrays him for the last 16 years; Australian Hugh Jackman is not. Now, the 46 year old has taken to Twitter to confirm that the next X-Men film to include him - the sequel to the 2013 Tokyo set 'The Wolverine' will sadly be his last.

 

 

The last time Jackman played the character was in last year's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', but he is not due to appear in the that film's sequel 'X-Men: Apocalypse' which Jennifer Lawrence has also confirmed will be the last time she'll play rogue mutant Mystique.

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Russia announces plans to create new space station with NASA, others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day ago

Russia said it will work with NASA and other partner space programs to develop a next-generation space station, after the International Space Station (ISS) is retired in 2024. It's possible the ISS could be utilized for additional time past 2024, but decisions will be made on projects underway close to the deadline.

 

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The announcement was made alongside NASA administrator Charles Bolden at a Russian launchpad in Kazakhstan.

 

"Roscosmos together with NASA will work on the program of a future orbital station," said Igor Komarov, head of the Roscosmos space agency, told Interfax. "We agreed that the group of countries taking part in the ISS project will work on the future project of a new orbital station."

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The F-35 JSF continues to destroy taxpayer dollars at alarming rate

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

The escalating cost of the already expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) increased $4.3 billion in 2014 alone - as the project already racked up more than $113 billion than original expected costs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) discovered.

 

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The US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy all will have F-35 aircraft designed to one day replace legacy fighter jets. However, the F-35 designed for the USMC won't be operational until this summer, if all goes according to plan, while the Navy won't receive aircraft until 2018.

 

"Affordability is our number one priority, making the F-35 affordable... there's been a lot of improvements and a lot of changes," said Joe DellaVedova, Pentagon F-35 program spokesperson, when asked by ABC News regarding major cost issues. "We have done a lot to reduce the cost of the program... it is going to be able to deliver on the capabilities that the warfighter is going to need."

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