Bitcoin exchange service Mt. Gox plans to open up a call center to help customers as the company continues to deal with bankruptcy and 750,000 lost customer bitcoins.
After hackers successfully compromised the company's computer network, almost $500 million of bitcoins were stolen from Mt. Gox and its customers. Mt. Gox reportedly has around $31 million in assets, but now has $63.6 million in debt.
In a recent post on the Mt. Gox official website:
"A call center has been established to respond to all inquiries. The call center is planned to start on March 3, 2014. All inquiries to MtGox Co., Ltd. should be made to the following telephone number: Telephone number: +81 3-4588-3921. Working hours: Monday to Friday (10AM to 5PM) Japan Time"
Ever wanted to know what's there in the menu of a restaurant you haven't been before? Google search engine will now show menus anytime you search for a restaurant in the United States. This announcement was made officially via Google+ post.
Google said,"Next time you're planning a brunch or a date night, check to make sure the menu has something to satisfy everyone in your group, without having to browse through several restaurants' websites". As of now, this feature is available in United States and wasn't clear if they will make this feature available in other countries. Some say that the move is made you try to compete with services such as Yelp.
In a complex world, identity theft was the biggest consumer complaint in 2013, according to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In 2013 alone, the FTC received 290,016 consumer complaints regarding identity theft - capturing around 14 percent of all complaints the FTC received.
American consumers lost around $1.6 billion due to fraud-related activities last year, with the 20-29 age group reporting the highest number of incidents.
"Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft, and it remains the most common consumer complaint to the Commission," said Jessica Rich, Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "We urge consumers to visit FTC.gov/idtheft for tips to prevent and mitigate the damage from identity theft."
Russia's news website RT.com was recently compromised, and hackers have changes multiple articles with the word 'Russian' to 'Nazi'. Currently there's tension going between the country and Ukraine as Russia decides to move its troops towards the border and planning many military exercises.
The hack was reported at about 11 pm EST, which lead to changed in many news headlines such as 'Thousands rally again 'illegitimate govt', raise Nazi flags in eastern Ukraine' and 'up to 143,000 Nazis requested asylum in Russia in two weeks'.
To celebrate this week's release of Marvel's 2013 blockbuster sequel Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray, thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment we have three copies of the film to give away to some lucky readers.
To go into the running to take one home, simply correctly answer the following question:
In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of what power?
Send your answers, along with your address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on March 6th.
Thor: The Dark World is available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray + HD Digital copy play, DVD & Digital from Australian retailers from March 5th.
Struggling retailer Sears is the latest company to suffer a security data breach that is now being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, according to unnamed resources.
Details regarding the reported attack haven't been released, including time of the breach or how many customers could have been affected.
"There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach," said Howard Riefs, Sears spokesperson, in a statement. "We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach."
Security experts like to point fingers at various sources of cyberattacks and malware creation, and quite a bit of attention is focused on Russia and Eastern Europe. The most recent example comes as German security firm G Data Security blames the Russian government for creating the "Uroburos" malware.
G Data Security blog author "MN" believes the Russian government was behind the malware due to its sophistication - Uroburos is a rootkit that has a driver and encrypted virtual file system, with the rootkit hijacking infected machines while running commands anonymously.
"According to all indications we gathered from the malware analyses and the research, we are sure of the fact that attacks carried out with Uroburos are not targeting John Doe but high profile enterprises, nation states, intelligence agencies and similar targets," the company's blog reads.
TweakTown publishes a large amount of security and hacking stories largely focused in the cyber world, but there also is a need for physical security. Both businesses and a growing number of private residences use closed-circuit television (CCTV) security systems, which can be found for as low as $100.
CCTV technology continues to develop and vigilant store security staff are able to monitor and sometimes prevent a potential theft. Footage proves valuable to police, potentially making it easier to identify suspects, vehicles, and additional circumstances that might otherwise be overlooked.
"Armed robberies can be a terrifying experience for members of staff and the unpredictable nature of the crime means it's important to have CCTV security systems in place to protect customers and members of staff," said an AlertSystems company official.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently creating new guidelines so unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are able to commercially fly in U.S. airspace.
Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has very crowded airspace, and the potential for safety issues in commercial drone crashes, will need to be properly addressed.
"Aerial robotics will be a significant market, assuming the FAA doesn't put huge restrictions on it," said Michael Blades, Frost & Sullivan analyst, when interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News.
Drones are still typically thought of in a traditional sense: something used to shoot GPS and laser-guided missiles at targets, but civilian companies express great interest in using drones for day-to-day tasks.
During his RSA Conference 2014 keynote last week, FireEye COO Kevin Mandia again said the Chinese government is a "nation-state sponsoring intrusions into businesses in the U.S.," continuing an increasingly popular tactic used by governments.
China is notorious for using cyberattacks to try and gain trade secrets and private information which can then be used in China. In addition to rogue hacker groups, the Chinese government has been accused of secretly paying hackers to conduct cyber surveillance of networks and servers.
Of note, the Chinese government's Unit 61398, part of the national military, has launched more than 1,000 organized cyberattacks against select Western targets, according to security firm Mandiant. Following a break in the attacks, it appears the Chinese government is again attacking US government, military, banks, and other critical infrastructure on a near-daily basis.