After being exposed by former IT contractor Edward Snowden last year, the NSA has the difficult task of trying to regain trust among the American people.
It's not impossible for the NSA and federal government to earn trust back, but without a sign of good faith, people will likely remain skeptical.
"I think we need to step back, set a framework for discussion with the American people," outgoing NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander said during a recent Senate Armed Services Committee. "This is going to be absolutely important in setting up what we can and cannot do in cyberspace to protect this country. And from my perspective, that's going to be one of the big issues that we move forward. I think a precursor to that is getting the NSA issues resolved. We have to get those resolved because, ironically, it operates in the same space."
The NSA and President Obama's administration can promise reform and future changes, but it's likely a lot of people just believe the government will cover its tracks better. In addition to leaving the NSA with egg on its face, foreign governments accused of hacking and cybercrimes have leverage to say the U.S. cannot criticize anyone else.
Disney's 2013 animated hit Frozen crossed two separate creative and financial milestones for the company in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, the company announced Frozen had become first animated feature film to cross the $1 billion mark in international grosses, putting it at number 18 on the list of the highest grossing films of all time, inching above The Lion King and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
In a separate win today, the film also marked the Disney studios first animated feature to take home the Oscar for best animated film, since the category was created in 2002. These two events are seen to be extremely significant for the animation arm of the company, which has languished behind competitors such as DreamWorks and Blue Sky Animation in recent years.
Whilst live action features leveraging Marvel characters in The Avengers and Iron Man 3 have been extremely lucrative for Disney, costly misfires including The Lone Ranger, and John Carter in recent years have bitten hard into the companies bottom dollar.
A new flaw was recently found in the Google Android Jelly Bean and Kit Kat OS flavors, with the "critical flaw" compromising the virtual private network (VPN) in the Android OS.
Compromised devices allow cybercriminals to monitor communication after VPN traffic is sent to a different network address.
The flaw, which was found in India, can be successfully remedied by installing updates from OEM manufacturers, the CERT-In team says. Installing anti-virus and anti-malware protection on the device should help add additional layers to prevent Android exploits from causing problems.
Mercedes-Benz has recently put up a job listing for a 'software engineer' who require help to 'seamlessly integrate' Google's upcoming in-car system called 'Google Projected Mode'.
The German car maker said in a job advert that it would require to integrate android smartphones in the car's dashboard's head unit. The unit would most likely have a larger than smartphone display and would probably have a simplified version of Android UI. Google did use the word 'projected' but its difficult to speculate what does the company has in mind.
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."