When Edward Snowden blew the lid on the NSA's spying last year, everything changed. The NSA has asid that even though it intercepts pretty much every single person's communications, it only "targets" a very small number of these people.
This smaller percentage of traffic is flagged as a pattern, or suspicious by the NSA, which then starts their data retention. These targets don't see their data flushed from NSA databases on a 48-hour or 30-day basis like the rest of the world, instead their data is kept forever. This news comes from German site Tagesschau, where Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz reported the NSA's rules on what is deemed a "target" to the US spy agency.
They report that the NSA targets anyone who searches for online articles about Tails, or Tor. Anyone who even uses Tor becomes an instantly target for long-term surveillance and data rentention. Both Tor and Tails have been part of the mainstream discussion for online security, surveillance and privacy for quite sometime. For the NSA to just instantly put surveillance and retention on these people is yet another step of unbelievable, in an already unbelievable breach of users' privacy and rights.
HTC promised the world good things with its new flagship smartphone, the One M8, and now, it has delivered. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has just posted $92 million in profits from $2.2 billion in revenue this quarter.
After a very long period of time bleeding both sales and money, this is a good turn around for the company. Sure, it's not Samsung or Apple money, but it's profits instead of losses. And in an even more competitive world, this is a good sign for the company. The company recently launched the One M8 Ace, which has a plastic body, and the One Mini, which should help those profits a little more.
QuakeCon 2014 is nearly here, but now we can start forming a plan of action thanks to Bethesda Softworks unveiling the schedule of events for the convention. The biggest part should be the reveal of Doom 4, id Software's next-gen Doom title.
The Doom 4 reveal will happen during the annual QuakeCon welcome ceremony, which kicks off at 6PM CT on Thursday, July 17, at the Ventrilo Main Stage. Bethesda has also said that this presentation will be exclusive to QuakeCon 2014 attendees, so we unfortunately won't see that footage. Other events that will take place during QuakeCon's first day include tournaments for The Elder Scrolls Online.
On Saturday, July 19, there is a "Designing the Perfect Game" panel that will see Obsidian Entertainment's CEO, Feargus Urquhart take the stage, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and others. This will be livestreamed over Twitch, running from 5-6PM. The full schedule can be found over on the Bethblog.
GIGABYTE is already breaking various records with its LN2-only motherboard, the Z97X-SOC Force LN2. Today, the company has announced that the new SOC Force LN2 motherboard has broken the DDR3 memory world record, not once, but twice.
Once at launch, hitting 4.5GHz, and then just three days later, the motherboard was used for another world record. The second time was at the Kingston HyperX OC Takeover World Finals, where a team of overclockers breached the massive 4.56GHz speed. If you thought this was the end, you were wrong. After a bunch of reports hitting the Internet of suspicious memory overclocks, GIGABYTE took it upon itself to pull out the big guns with its Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard.
Using this motherboard, the GIGABYTE overclocking team smashed the DDR3 memory world record once again, reaching a gigantic 4.62GHz. This was achieved using Kingston's HyperX Predator DDR3 RAM. It looks like these days, posting a score with clear pictures of your work on HWBOT.org isn't enough for these super overclocks. To make sure nothing was left out, and that the public could see the overclocker's work, they uploaded everything onto YouTube.
It wasn't even a week ago that we reported that Crytek wasn't paying some of its staff on time, but now according to people familiar with the matter, Crytek's UK office has seen the majority of its employees stop coming into work.
Kotaku's Jason Schreier has "spoken with four people connected to Crytek's UK studio" and according to those people "Crytek's UK staff have still not been paid the full amounts they are owed, and this week, according to two sources, the staff at Crytek's UK office handed in formal grievance letters and went home".
One person familiar with the studio has said that an estimated 100 people have left the company, but we don't know if these people have left permanently or not. The new rumors are that Deep Silver, the studio behind Dead Island, the Metro series, Saints Row IV and Homefront: The Revolution (which the Crytek UK studio is currently working on) will buy Crytek. One source said: "They have invested a lot in Homefront and will want to protect their investment". We should see some movement on this story in the coming weeks.
The 'Horrible Bosses 2' trailer has been released, and will feature the likes of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day serving as the main characters - but Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx also will be in the sequel.
'Horrible Bosses 2' is scheduled for release on November 26.
The original 'Horrible Bosses' was released in June 2011 - and despite a relatively low $35 million budget - generated $209 million at the box office.
Microsoft is raising prices of Office 365, with the Enterprise Agreement (EA) E1, E3 and E4 and government SKUs affected by the price increase. The price hike begins in August and will increase pricing around 15 percent, focused on customers that don't have a Software Assurance (SA) plans.
"The vast majority of our customers will not see an increase in the cost of Office 365. All existing Office 365 EA customers are guaranteed prices will not change for the duration of their agreement," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "New Office 365 EA customers who don't have a previous investment in our products will see an increase to align our pricing to our other channels."
When Office 365 was first launched, and business users were still unsure if they wanted to move into the cloud, there were many confusing SKUs. Microsoft trimmed back on the number of SKUs, and its value-added resellers (VARs) are more comfortable recommending the appropriate plan for their clients.
Banks and financial institutions must work through a new generation of malware designed to lurk on Web browsers and only collects data when users access a banking website. Similar to other methods, it all starts with clever social engineering used to compromise victims, which leads to the malware being secretly installed.
The new tactic has led to at least 400 cases, with banking users often unaware of many threats that face them. At the very least, security experts recommend customers never click links in emails that look like something from their bank - but even if users go directly to the bank website, that's when the malware causes mayhem.
"It's going to have graphics and terminology that would make you believe, hey, that sounds pretty legitimate," said JD Sherry, Trend Micro VP of technology and solutions, in a statement. "Once you click on that, you don't have intelligence to basically say that's a bad link. The device is going to download that particular malware."
The 2014 World Cup has been a great success for broadcasters and online social media websites, as ESPN and Univision are seeing big viewership numbers. Despite a number of TV viewers and legal online services providing game coverage, millions of users also are tuning in using online piracy streams to watch their favorite soccer matches.
Viaccess-Orca, which is a content protection company, has sent around 2,000 takedown notices, targeting sites that are able to generate scores of new viewers during live sporting events. In addition, the group also sends takedown notices to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites - where users share links to online streams.
"The success rate varies per content platform but overall we managed to get 35 percent of the streaming links disable before the game ends," said David Leporini, Viaccess-Orca EVP of marketing, products and security, told TorrentFreak. "I think this is a great success rate, especially compared to direct download sites."
The 'MiniDuke' hacker group are targeting governments and drug dealers, likely serving as cyber mercenaries working for a paid backer, using malware to compromise users. It's not uncommon to hear government departments, the private sector and public infrastructure being targeted, but focusing on drug dealers seems to be a newer twist.
A total of 23 countries were affected by MiniDuke, with an aim of plucking data and credential information - and the malware is evolving to now include commercial code, as it appears a subdivision could receive funds from law enforcement or rival criminal groups trying to steal drug-related information.
"They are more like underground cybercriminals than a typical nation state," said a Kaspersky Lab researcher. "This is what makes them stand out. They were collecting everything like emails, names, nicknames and handles."