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Glenn Greenwald says there is a second NSA whisleblower

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jul 11, 2014 4:28 am

It looks like Edward Snowden might not be the only NSA whistleblower according to Glenn Greenwald, with the tease coming from Greenwald who tweeted over the weekend that the fact of a second US whistleblower "seems clear at this point".

 

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Greenwald believes there is a second US whistleblower that is leaking information about the NSA to media around the world. Greenwald added: "The lack of sourcing to Snowden on this & that last article seems petty telling". The tweet was made after a German site published an analysis of the NSA's XKEYSCORE code, which doesn't seem to have some from Snowden.

 

It was only after this that speculation of a second US whistleblower began, with experts agreeing that it looks like Snowden isn't alone. ARD, a German public broadcaster, said in a report last week that the NSA is using its XKEYSCORE program to track Internet users who search the web on how to stay hidden when on the Internet. Greenwald added: "I've long thought one of the most significant and enduring consequences of Snowden's successful whistleblowing will be that he will inspire other leakers to come forward".

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Gartner: Digital risk and digital risk officer roles to grow in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:42 am

The rise in cyberattacks and digital threats forced business leaders to pay closer attention, and that means more job opportunities. More than half of CEOs will include some type of "digital" leader by the end of 2015, according to research firm Gartner. Moving ahead, one-third of large organizations participating in digital business will have some type of "digital risk" officer.

 

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It's a complicated time with cybercriminals finding great success compromising companies, stealing employee and customer personal data. IT security teams are suffering while trying to keep information secure, the digital risk officers will be tasked with being business savvy and have appropriate knowledge on how to address digital risk issues.

 

"Digital risk officers will require a mix of business acumen and understanding with sufficient technical knowledge to assess and make recommendations for appropriately addressing digital business risk," said Paul Proctor, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst. "Many traditional security officers will change their titles to digital risk and security officers, but without material change in their scope, mandate, and skills they will not fulfill this role in its entirety."

Microsoft hiring industrial designer for a new, next-gen Xbox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 11, 2014 2:53 am

Microsoft hasn't even had its Xbox One on the market for over 12 months yet, but that shouldn't stop you from thinking the company isn't thinking ahead for its true, proper next-gen console. The company is looking for a new Industrial Designer for its Xbox team.

 

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The company has posted an ad looking for a new Industrial Designer, with their responsibility being: "The Xbox Industrial Design studio is building a world class in house team. We love entertainment. We live for building transformative entertainment experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers who want to help us create next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft".

 

I think we're going to see a new console from Microsoft much quicker than previously thought, something I hope replaces the Xbox One as a proper next-gen console capable of at a bare minimum, 4K at 60FPS. This will pave the way for Microsoft to allow VR headsets like the Oculus Rift to work with it, as VR requires serious horsepower. The Xbox One has seen most of its games rendered at 720p, with most of the frame rates on 'next-gen' games locked at, or around 30FPS. This isn't really any better than the Xbox 360, and if the Xbox One is going to be here for another five years or so, it's simply not good enough.

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Smartphone addiction helps fuel other forms of addiction, report says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 11, 2014 2:38 am

Potential smartphone addiction mixed with emotional problems can make gambling and other addictions even harder to treat, according to researchers. Smartphones are blamed as part of underlying problems, and have been linked to driving addictions "faster and with more intensity," according to Morningside Recovery executive director Joel Edwards.

 

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The use of smartphones provide accessibility, affordability and anonymity - known as the three A's - and is an easy way to arrange the sale or purchase of illicit narcotics. In addition to drug problems, smartphones are linked to gaming, social networking, and pornography problems, with instant access to any type of vice.

 

"They may be addicted to sexual content on their phone or gaming on their phone in the same way that people are addicted to gambling rather than casinos," said Larry Rosen, California State at Dominguez Hills psychology professor. "There is no treatment for cellphone addiction or Internet addiction."

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Chinese government hacked into U.S. government personnel records

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 11, 2014 12:19 am

Chinese hackers successfully breached a U.S. government network that includes personal data of federal employees and their security clearance applications. The incident took place in March and specifically targeted the Office of Personnel Management, and files included everything from financial data to medical records and other sensitive information.

 

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It's troublesome how easily foreign hackers are able to breach networks, especially when they contain personal data. An unnamed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official didn't announce that type of data was taken in the breach, but confirmed a security issue did occur.

 

"The administration has never advocated that all intrusions be made public," said Caitlin Hayden, Obama Administration spokesperson. "We have advocated that business that have suffered an intrusion notify customers if the intruder had access to consumers' personal information. We have also advocated that companies and agencies voluntarily share information about intrusions."

The 'Lecpetex' Facebook spam bot shut down, as police make arrests

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:14 pm

Two people with alleged ties to the Lecpetex botnet, compromising more than 250,000 computers to help mine for bitcoins, were arrested. Lecpetex brought infected PCs into the growing botnet, and compromised machines tried to infect machines using No. 1 social media website Facebook.

 

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Facebook officials contacted Greek police and were able to identify multiple suspects allegedly involved in running the botnet.

 

"Late last year, our abuse-fighting teams started to see a distinct new botnet," Facebook said in a blog post. "Based on statistics released by the Greek Police, the botnet may have infected as many as 250,000 computers. In addition, the Lecpetex authors appeared to have a good understanding of anti-virus evasion because they made continuous changes to their malware to avoid detection."

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Utilities understand they face cyberattacks, but don't do enough

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 10:19 pm

The issues related to cybersecurity among utilities companies has a unique twist that sounds like something from a hacker movie made in Hollywood. A cyberattack to compromise a utility provider and demand cash ransom in exchange for access to the networks is possible if security measures aren't improved, according to Dr. Larry Ponemon, Ponemon Institute founder.

 

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Ransomware attacks, made up of custom malware designed to encrypt files and interrupt business operations, is a successful technique that hackers from Eastern Europe and China have deployed. If altered to breach utility networks, the same type of attack might be extremely effective.

 

"With the increased convergence of cyber and physical world's, attacks are no longer limited to office computers and networks," said Steve Durbin, International Security Forum Managing Director, in a statement. "They can now have physical impact in the real-world."

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New movie teaser for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' released

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 9:39 pm

A new teaser for the latest "Hunger Games" movie was recently released - showing a video broadcast of President Snow, however, it's hacked and the "pirate transmission from District 13," with Beetee proclaiming the Mockingjay lives. The film will be released later this year.

 

 

Part 1 is expected to be a platform to help set up most of the action in Part 2, as extending books into multiple movies has become more common in recent years. Although "Mockingjay" is the least bloody book in the series written by Suzanne Collins, it will be curious to see what happens on the big screen.

 

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Germany boots CIA spy from country because of NSA-related spying

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 8:45 pm

The German government remains upset that the NSA snooped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other government leaders, requesting the top U.S. intelligence official in Germany to leave the country. It was an unexpected move by the German government, as the CIA official works at the U.S. embassy in Berlin - as parliamentary inquiries continue in Germany.

 

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The German government wants to speak with Snowden, but the American turned down an in-person meeting that would have taken place in Russia. Even if German investigators are unable to chat with Snowden in the near future, there are obvious political tensions between Germany and the United States at the moment.

 

"The representative of the U.S. intelligence services as the Embassy of the United States of America has been requested to leave Germany," said Steffen Seibert, a Germany government spokesperson, in a statement. "The Federal Government takes these incidents very seriously. It remains vital for Germany, in the interest of the security of its citizens and its forces abroad, to cooperate closely and trustfully with western partners, in particular with the USA. To do so, however, mutual trust and openness are necessary. The Federal Government continues to be ready for this and expects the same from its closest partners."

North Korea whines to the United Nations about Seth Rogen comedy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:45 pm

North Korea is so upset about "The Interview" that an official protest has been filed with the United Stations by government officials. The Seth Rogen and James Franco movie features the two popular actors serving as tabloid journalists eventually tasked with trying to assassinate North Korean president Kim Jong Un.

 

 

The real North Korean government wants the U.S. government to stop the film from being released, with a scheduled release date of October 14. Instead of simply ignoring the movie, North Korea is helping indirectly promote the film, even though it won't be released for another three months.

 

"To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war," said Ja Song Nam, North Korea's U.N. Ambassador, in a statement. "The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."

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