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Chinese government continues to plague U.S. with cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 2, 2014 7:35 pm

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.

 

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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.

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Will Mac OS X Snow Leopard be the next big target for cybercriminals?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 2, 2014 5:45 pm

After deciding not release a security update in six months, it looks like Apple might not bother keeping its OS X Snow Leopard users secure, according to recent reports.

 

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The OS is only four years old, so Apple trying to retire it so seen is a bit of a surprise, though Apple might want to avoid the need of continually supporting older OSes, which Microsoft has routinely done in the past.

 

If Apple is truly turning its back on Snow Leopard, that means the company also is leaving behind 19 percent of current Mac users - and cybercriminals, licking their chops over the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP end of support next month - could shift attention towards Snow Leopard. Apple has done a good job of keeping its products secure, but there is still belief that Apple products are fully secure, and this overconfidence could plague home users and businesses.

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Experts warn remaining bitcoin holders to prepare for malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 2, 2014 4:54 pm

The supporters of the bitcoin currency, consumers and businesses alike, need to improve their security defenses and prepare for the numerous pieces of malware aimed at stealing the digital currency, according to Dell SecureWorks.

 

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"The problem is that most people are unprepared," said Joe Stewart, SecureWorks director of malware research, in a statement to Computerworld. "With bitcoins and altcoins, you're essentially acting as your own bank."

 

There are a number of different bitcoin-stealing malware in the wild, with the specific goal of targeting login credential information to bitcoin storage and exchange accounts. In fact, more than 100 types of malware have been designed specifically with the goal of stealing digital currency and giving cybercriminals access to the unregulated currency.

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A woman was assaulted and robbbed at a bar for wearing Google Glass

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 2, 2014 6:02 am

A woman in San Francisco made a complaint that she was assaulted by some Google Glass haters at Molotov bar. The situation escalated to a point where she was verbally and physically assaulted, then robbed.

 

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Sarah Slocum was flaunting her Google Glass to her friends while she was around the bar, when a few people didn't like seeing the wearable tech in their face. Slocum, who is a tech blogger said, "OMG so you'll never believe this but... I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because some *** Google Glass haters."

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Dailymotion ready to invade US, thrown down with YouTube

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 5:44 pm

Online video site Dailymotion has set its sights on the U.S. video market, and wants to steal YouTube market share by launching original content to woo viewers.

 

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In the first mini-series, Super chef Mario Batali will host fives episodes in which he speaks with musicians he is a personal fan of. Each episode will be 22 minutes in length and is a major gamble on Dailymotion's part, though was the brainchild of analytics that indicate many viewers enjoy music and cooking videos.

 

"It's our particular goal to package and distribute our own original IP that captivates and engages our existing community of over 127M global viewers season after season," said Roland Hamilton, Dailymotion US Managing Director, in a press statement. "We believe having original and exclusive content is a great way to differentiate so we're looking for interesting projects - passion projects from extraordinary people that deserved to get made, much like Mario's 'Feedback Kitchen'."

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Japanese researchers testing 'Earclip-type wearable PC' prototype

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 4:30 pm

Researchers in Japan have made an 'Earclip-type Wearable PC' which can be controlled by blinking or the 'click' of a tongue. Currently the prototype is being tested.

 

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The wireless device weighs 17 grams and is equipped with Bluetooth, GPS, Compass, Gyro-sensor, barometer, speaker and a microphone. What's being said by many commentators is that this device could be the 'next big thing' in wearable technology. The device uses a microchip and has data storage. The design of the Earclip PC was inspired from a traditional 'ikebana' flower setup. Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Hiroshima City University said,"We have made this with the basic idea that people will wear it in the same way they wear earrings."

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Dark Souls 2 to be released on PC via Steam

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 3:20 pm

Dark Souls 2 will be available for PC via Steam on April 25th according to the report. Earlier, Amazon listed the release date for May 31st, but an advertisement of Dark Souls 2 'Collectors Edition' which contains an art book, a cloth game map, game, official T-shirt and 'Black Armour Weapon Set' DLC confirmed that the game will be released on April 25th.

 

 

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It is said that the game will have 4 times more resolution than the console version of the game, but will come with a cap of 60 FPS. Meanwhile, the PS3 and Xbox 360 version pre-orders are on, and the console versions will be released on March 11 in North America, and March 14 in Europe.

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'Halo' news and an unnamed Xbox One exclusive to arrive at E3 2014

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 2:59 pm

Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer recently replied to certain queries via Twitter which gives some good indication of upcoming games, including news about the next Halo title.

 

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It is speculated that Microsoft studios is working on Halo 2 Anniversary Edition, though its also being speculated that there will be a Halo 2 remake. It will be interesting to get to know what 343 Industries has in mind for Halo, and whether there will be any footage, screenshots, official title announcement or any E3 2014 teaser for the next gen console from Microsoft.

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California court allows use of mobile navigation while driving

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 1:27 pm

A California court made a ruling which pointed out that using maps or any mobile navigation while driving is not against the law.

 

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The judge said that the statute was enacted in 2006 at a time when wireless telephones was just a telephone rather than an electronic device with multiple functions. Recently it was known that a driver was fined for $165 for using his mobile phone to navigate in heavy traffic. Though the driver was found guilty of violating the laws of the state of California, he made an appeal which worked in his favour.

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Next-gen Wolfenstein game is 1080p at 60FPS on both Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 1:25 pm

Bethesda has confirmed that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be running at 1080p, but also at a silky smooth 60FPS on both the next-gen consoles. Bethesda announced the news through a statement to GamingBolt, in a response to reports that the PS4 version of the game would be the higher fidelity version.

 

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But, that was wrong, as both the Xbox One and PS4 will be running at 1080p at 60FPS. Bethesda put it simply: "The Xbox One version of Wolfenstein will run at 1080p/60fps". This is some good news for Microsoft's struggling next-gen console, which seems to be second-best to the PS4 when it comes to gaming horsepower.

 

Thief runs at 900p on the Xbox One, versus 1080p on the PS4, and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes runs at 1080p on the PS4, versus the piddly 720p on the Xbox One.

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