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Obama failing to create security relationships in Silicon Valley

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 5:50 am

Tech executives aren't impressed by President Obama's current efforts to streamline cybersecurity, with a strong lack of trust after increased knowledge of government surveillance operations. It's a fragile relationship that must be improved, especially if Obama is serious about Silicon Valley companies sharing threat data with the US government.

 

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"I think we missed an opportunity," said Jason Healey, former director of cyber infrastructure protection for the White House, in a statement published by The Hill. "Real leaders focus on privacy and they don't compromise on that."

 

There will need to be an open discussion from the Obama Administration regarding encryption, privacy, and other matters - but trying to boost cybersecurity efforts appears to be a more pressing matter.

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'Birdman' swoops 2015 Best Picture Academy Award

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 5:04 am

Surprising exactly no one, the 2014 drama 'Birdman' starring Michael Keaton which gently ribs his own role in 1989's 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns', has taken out the Best Picture category of the 2015 Academy Awards.

 

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The picture, labelled as 'pretentious' by some, and a masterpiece by others enjoys a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film edged out 'American Sniper' as the other anticipated winner.

The countdown to House of Cards season three begins, 5 days left

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 3:46 am

Netflix will be unleashing the third season of House of Cards on February 27, but before then, the streaming giant has released a very short teaser, which you can view below.

 

 

The teaser itself shows off some of the familiar characters having a conversation, but what are those conversations about exactly? Then we have the shoes... the damn shoes. Just release it already, Netflix - my binge watching awaits!

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Presto has launched on Android and iOS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 2:28 am

How much time to you spend being entertained by your phone? Presto has joined Stan and Quickflix, fighting for your eyes by providing another video streaming subscription option in Australia.

 

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With Netflix said to launch in 'The Land Down Under' next month, Citrix Mobile Analytics claims that "the mobile user experience is, increasingly, a video experience," which would explain the sudden surge in openings.

 

Compatible with iPhone 5S, 5S and higher Apple models, Android users will see multiple devices supported across Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE. Access can be granted through the Presto app on either the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Samsung App Store.

 

As we've written previously, Presto is a project by Foxtel and Seven West Media in order to take control of this emerging scene.

Math Military Modding's real carbon fibre rigid rubing, an update

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 1:35 am

Remember when we teased that real carbon fiber custom PC project by Math Military Modding? It's now one step closer to completion and we wouldn't be more excited.

 

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We've recently shared Mathieu's take on the MSI GTX970 Krait Edition, but here's an update on the project at hand. Featuring a Seasonic PSU, Kingston HyperX RAM and SSD, EK WaterBlocks cooling components and some beautiful ASUS hardware, his updated project Facebook album has a plethora of images on display, however we've condensed the information down here for you.

 

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This ASUS Strix build sets out to use real carbon fiber as the rigid tubing for the watercooling loop, which makes sense given Mathieu's modding name - Math Military Modding.

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Google Now updated to include gas stations while you're driving

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:17 am

Google Now continues to get more powerful, with the Mountain View-based search giant adding in a way to find gas stations for that possibly long drive of yours.

 

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Many drivers have noticed that Google Now is now showing "gas stations on your route" as a Now card, which pinpoints gas stations that are near you. Not that you'd be using this feature while driving, but Google Glass users could find this super useful. Better yet, if it found its way onto an Android Wear-powered smartwatch, it could be a really good feature going into the future.

Internet of Things taking over amid legal, regulatory uncertainty

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 10:20 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) is invading at a rapid pace, with even more Things being deployed, but privacy and security legalities remain confusing. Consumers are concerned of how collected data is stored and used, and users are also wary of the government creating IoT legal expectations.

 

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Privacy advocates want companies to be transparent when discussing what information is collected - and give owners the chance to control how much data is collected. However, if there are no laws to control data collection, then there is nothing to force companies to be forthcoming.

 

"Under most circumstances, information that many people may consider very personal or sensitive legally can be collected, shared and used for marketing purposes," according to US Government Accountability Office. "This can include information about an individual's physical and mental health, income and assets, mobile telephone numbers, shopping habits, personal interests, political affiliations and sexual habits and orientation."

US Marshals will auction Ross Ulbricht's 50,000 bitcoin stash

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 9:15 pm

Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht's stash of 50,000 bitcoins will be auctioned by the US Marshals in an auction on March 5. Pre-registered participants will have the chance to place bids during a six-hour window, with the winning bidder contacted on March 6.

 

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The value of bitcoins has decreased from $1,147 in December 2013 down to $238 over the weekend.

 

"This sealed bid auction is set for 50,000 bitcoins separated into two series: Series A (10 blocks of 2,000 bitcoins), and Series B (10 blocks of 3,000 bitcoins," according to a public statement from the US Marshals. "You will not have the opportunity to view other bids. You will not have the opportunity to change your bid once submitted."

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Ransomware cyberattacks rack up victims, creating millions in revenue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 8:05 pm

Ransomware cyberattacks are on the rise, and businesses must be ready to address the threat head on, with law enforcement constantly one step behind.

 

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The FBI previously issued a warning regarding ransomware attacks, especially as cybercriminals tweak their malware code. Similar to statements issued by cybersecurity experts, the FBI says users should be extremely careful when opening email attachments - the most popular infection method to compromise business users.

 

The authors of the CryptoLocker ransomware were able to quickly generate at least $3 million in revenue from ransomware attacks, collecting hundreds of dollars in ransom at a time. Cybercriminals are opportunistic and will continue to rely on ransomware attacks as long as they easily find victims installing the malware on PCs and laptops.

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Police department forced to pay $500 bounty in ransomware cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2015 7:25 pm

The Midlothian Police Department paid $500 after being compromised with the Cryptoware ransomware, encrypting files on one computer. A spear-phishing email likely is the culprit behind the Cryptoware infection, with Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirming a cybersecurity incident.

 

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The police department spent a total of $606 to rid itself of the infection, following the addition of bank fees and subsequent surcharges.

 

Cybersecurity experts recommend business users routinely back up their data - and that is often left to IT administrators - with urgent need to train employees so they can spot social engineering attempts.

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