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UK government not focused on cybersecurity enough to make a difference

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

The UK government must do more to help educate consumers about cybercriminal behavior, as political leaders haven't carried out much mainstream messaging, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab. Many national governments are struggling with their own security efforts to defend against cybersecurity, so it might be difficult to try to promote initiatives to the public.

 

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"I'd like to see the government doing more to get the message out to mainstream citizens and individuals because that's the bone in which the industry is growing; the individuals with ideas," said David Emmm, Kaspersky security researcher, during a recent tech roundtable. "If you look at it, the recent Cyber Street Wise campaign aside, I don't think the government is doing very much in terms of mainstream messaging and I would certainly like to see it do more."

 

The UK government is on a long list of western nations struggling to improve cybersecurity so attacks can be better defended against. The Cyber Street Wise marketing campaign helped drive interest in larger cities, but wasn't well received by many UK residents located in smaller towns.

Dell embraces bitcoins, accepting the cryptocurrency on its website

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

PC manufacturer Dell is the latest major company to join the bitcoin cryptocurrency bandwagon, with CEO Michael Dell confirming the announcement. Dell has partnered with Coinbase to help process payments, and the cryptocurrency receives a 1 percent processing fee following $1 million in sales.

 

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"We've fostered a close partnership with the Dell team and that's been instrumental in getting the Coinbase integration up and running in such a short timeframe," said Fred Ehrsam, Coinbase co-founder, in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to support the team as they explore other ways to offer even more functionality when it comes to bitcoin payments."

 

The updated Dell 'Terms and Conditions' portion of the website indicates if a customer wants a refund from a bitcoin payment, they will receive a check in U.S. dollars.

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Bethesda, id Software unveil newest Doom game at QuakeCon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

During its annual QuakeCon LAN party and PC video game convention, id Software and Bethesda Software unveiled the newest Doom video game to attendees. Instead of calling the title Doom 4, however, developers decided to just call it Doom - and it will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles.

 

 

It has been more than 10 years since the release of Doom 3, and while gamers long expected a fourth title, no one held their breath. The title runs using the id Tech 6 game engine and can run 1080p with 60 fps, described as an "origin game." It appears to be an old school shooter and while it will be graphically pretty, looks like the id team decided to go back to its development roots.

 

The demonstrations during QuakeCon revealed large weapons with major ass-kicking power, and a load of monsters, both big and small, promising to be a rather enjoyable experience.

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Cybercriminals enjoy targeting Facebook users with phishing attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

One in 10 of all attacks stopped by security company Kaspersky Lab's software are phishing attacks from Facebook accounts, as cybercriminals continue to target the No. 1 social networking website. Despite a drop from 22 percent of all user blocks in 2013 - with the number currently at 11 percent - it is still the second most likely attack source, behind Yahoo.

 

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Many of the phishing messages originate from fake accounts created by cybercriminals, in an effort to compromise as many users as possible. The use of social engineering and phishing tactics to compromise users remains a popular method by cybercriminals - as many people aren't vigilant when clicking links shared by email, social media, or instant messaging.

 

"Fraudsters often lur their victims by promising them interesting content," said Nadezhda Demidova, Kaspersky Lab Web content analyst. "When users follow the link provided, they land on a fake login page that contains a standard message asking them to log in before viewing the page. If users don't become suspicious and enter their credentials, their data will immediately be dispatched to cybercriminals."

Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S. market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

A lack of interest has forced Chinese vendor Lenovo to stop selling Microsoft Windows-powered tablets with screen sizes 10 inches or smaller in the United States. The decision means the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have been available for less than one year in the U.S., will be halted for the foreseeable future.

 

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It's an unfortunate issue for Lenovo, the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, as sales simply haven't been strong enough. Lenovo is heavily promoting tablets to consumer and business users, trying to present an appealing alternative to the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab series. The company will still offer the tablets to foreign markets, because demand has been stronger outside of the United States:

 

"In North America, we're seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10," said Raymond Gorman, Lenovo spokesperson, in a statement to the media. "In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets."

Too many governments 'rubber stamping' mass surveillance, UN says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

The United States and British governments were left angry and embarrassed after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed mass surveillance programs aimed at citizens and foreign nationals. However, there are other governments accused of "rubber-stamping" mass surveillance programs, according to the UN human rights watchdog.

 

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The constant stream of new revelations shows how disturbingly little we really know about the precise nature of surveillance," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Pillay also said Snowden should be appreciated for his decision to publish details regarding NSA and GCHQ spying behaviors.

 

Although many users are upset with government spying, with Pilay's office saying it's "neither necessary nor proportionate," it's a common practice with communications taking place over mobile phones and via the Internet. The more information that is collected, however, the more governments need to try to justify the behavior - and to limit it to avoid too much personal intrusion.

'Business consumers' demanding digital workplace, Gartner says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 5 days ago

Businesses need to adapt to a constant technological evolution, with "business consumers" helping drive a shift in the traditional workplace. Emerging digital technologies is disrupting the workplace, as embracing consumer computing for business purposes is becoming increasingly beneficial and can transform the workplace.

 

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IT administrators must deal with 'bring your own device' (BYOD) and 'bring your own application' (BYOA), in addition to mobile app development and trying to keep all of these newer solutions secure.

 

"Starting with the rise of PCs and the Internet era, users have a greater influence on IT strategy and we are currently witnessing the rise of what Gartner calls the 'business consumer' - an employee for whom business activities are one part of a wider lifestyle," said Matthew Cain, Gartner research VP. "Individuals do not stop being consumers when they go to work. Business consumers often make more consumer-like choices in their workplace computing tools and styles to increase efficiency."

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Snowden says NSA workers shared intercepted sexts, NSA defends itself

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has revealed widespread spying and surveillance, but there has been a large amount of other revelations made by the American. Snowden recently said it's not uncommon for NSA workers to share "intimate nude photos of someone in a sexually compromising situation," including intercepted sexts sent among phone users.

 

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"You've got enlisted guys 18-22 years old," Snowden said. They've suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all your private records. During the course of their work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense, for example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation. But they're extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their char and show a coworker who says, 'Hey that's great. Send that to Bill down the way.' Then Bill sends it to George, who sends it to Tom."

 

An NSA official didn't deny the activities occurs, but said the organization "has zero tolerance for willful violations" of professional conduct and would address "credible allegations of misconduct." If true, it's not necessarily surprising to hear that this type of behavior happens, though certainly is inappropriate.

Oculus plans to launch motion controllers for headsets

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

When you say the name Oculus, the product that we all think of right away is the Rift VR headset. That headset allows you to play some of the most immersive games we have seen in a long time. Oculus plans to offer more to the gamers out there than the headset alone.

 

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Oculus is also working on motion controllers that will work alongside the Rift headset. The controllers will allow you to manipulate objects in games via hand and body movement according to people familiar with the products.

 

The goal of the motion controllers according to these sources is to make for more immersive games and simulations. Some developers out there that aren't directly associated with Oculus are already working on motion controllers to go with the Rift. The move into first party controllers by Oculus will likely upset these firms. Exactly when Oculus will rollout those motion controllers is unknown.

Facebook Mentions app is only for the famous and influential

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

Facebook has launched a new app called mentions that is very exclusive. In fact, we normal folk can't get our hands-on the app at all right now. The Mentions app is aimed only at actors, musicians, and other influencers and it is designed to help them discover and join conversations on Facebook.

 

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Facebook only allows people who are verified public figures to get their hands-on the app and it is designed to display mentions to let the famous person know what the public is saying about them. Mentions also gives tools to make status updates, post photos, and videos like the normal Facebook app.

 

Another big feature for the famous person is the ability to host live Q&A session from within the app right from their iPhone. Facebook does have plans to make mentions more widely available in the future.

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