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Chinese hackers suspected in recent cyberattack on United Airlines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 7:26 pm

United Airlines, the No. 2 largest airline company in the world, was apparently attacked by Chinese hackers in May or June.

 

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If true, it looks like hackers could have been able to collect movement data on millions of American travelers. Passengers, flight origins and destinations, and other data was likely taken by the hackers, according to unnamed officials speaking with Bloomberg.

 

"Speculation that China is responsible for the United Airlines breach is interesting but at this point, irrelevant," said Jason Polanich, founder and chief architect of SurfWatch Labs. " Too many companies have a false sense of security, thinking it won't happen to them. Pair that with the fact that hacking tools are available to virtually everyone today via illicit trade on the Dark Web and in other places and you've got a recipe for disaster.

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US government unsure what to do after major cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 7:14 pm

The United States faces an overwhelming number of foreign-based cyberattacks, and there is no clear strategy on how to defend - and retaliate - against these attacks.

 

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"We have known for a long time that there are significant vulnerabilities and that these vulnerabilities are gonna accelerate as time goes by, both in systems within government and within the private sector," Obama noted during an international summit last month.

 

Even though it's important to be able to conduct surveillance - the United States, which arguable has more to lose in the cybersecurity space than other nations - should have worked more diligently to improve its security infrastructure.

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Walmart now selling $100 Nextbook Flexx 8 tablet, can use Windows 10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 4:45 pm

E FUN has announced the Nextbook Flexx 8, an 8" tablet that is powered by Microsoft Windows - is now available at Walmart.com - and can be upgraded to Windows 10. Nextbook also includes one year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal and 60 Skype world minutes per month.

 

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The tablet has the following specifications: Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8" 1280x800 IPS screen with capacitive multi-touch, and 32GB internal storage. The Flexx 8 also features Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, audio jack, front webcam and 2-megapixel back camera.

 

The tablet is available at Walmart.com for just $99.99.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 4:14 pm

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id Software blended old school with the modern era while making Doom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 3:40 pm

id Software has blended characteristics from the original Doom video games with a more modern twist, hoping to keep gamers interested.

 

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"Ultimately, I don't think it's about old and new," said Marty Stratton, executive proder of Doom at id Software, in a statement to IGN. "It's about what's fun and what's Doom. We started early on with trying to figure out the game's identity. Not what is 'old Doom,' but what is Doom? How does it make us feel? What do we want from a Doom experience? When we boil it down, are the things we're doing feeding into that?"

 

When playing Doom next year, there are a few things you'll likely notice: your health doesn't regenerate, so you won't need to bother trying to hide and wait fights out. You also won't need to bother reloading, and your actual movement in the game is quite fast. The multiplayer experience features loadouts, and the minute you spawn, you'll be ready to go.

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Bethesda: Fallout 4 was 'basically done' when the game was unveiled

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 2:35 pm

If there are certain features you'd like to see in Fallout 4, don't hold your breath, as the game is "basically done."

 

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With most of the hard work already done, and the gaming community excited, Bethesda is spending its time fixing bugs and finalizing things.

 

"Let's be honest, [right now] it doesn't matter what anybody wants for a feature in Fallout 4," Pete Hines, VP of marketing at Bethesda, in a statement published by GameSpot. "The game is basically done. It was by and large done before we announced it, in terms of the features going in. You're not adding new features in May, June, July in the next year you're releasing; you're trying to get everything fixed."

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US government worried as more Americans wooed by Islamic State online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 1:40 pm

More US citizens are being stopped as they try to leave the country, in an effort to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

 

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FBI Director James Comey admits the group's recruitment efforts using social media is successful, as they recruit "troubled souls." IS has been able to radicalize potential recruits from across the world, and those responsible for running the accounts are quick to create new online profiles if one is taken down.

 

"What worries me most is that ISIL's investment in social media - which has been blossoming in the last six to eight weeks in particular - will cause a significant increase in the number of incidents that we will see," Comey said while speaking at a national security conference. "That's what I worry about all day long."

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Anonymous continues siege against Canadian intelligence agency

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 12:30 pm

As part of its "Operation Anon Down," the Anonymous hacker collective promises to continue leaking documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). In its first data release, Anonymous shared a 2014 Treasury Board memo regarding funding of the Canadian spy agency's operational ability overseas.

 

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During a protest of a dam project, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) shot and killed James McIntyre, a protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. The police said McIntyre ignored their commands while approaching in an "aggressive manner." Here is what Independent Investigations Office said:

 

"According to the police, officers were responding to a report of a male causing a disturbance at a public information session. Upon arrival, police encountered a masked individual outside, believed to be connected to the complaint. A confrontation occurred and the male affected person was shot."

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Report: Apple Music already has 10 million users testing the service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:30 am

Apple Music launched on June 30 and has quickly amassed more than 10 million subscribers, according to a report published by Hitsdailydouble.com.

 

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The website spoke with anonymous sources inside a few major record labels, as Apple doesn't release those types of figures publicly. Each new member can enjoy a three-month free trial of the service, so it will be interesting to see how many subscribers stick around following the trial period.

 

The entry-level plan costs $9.99 per month, and a $14.99 per month family plan allows for up to six users to enjoy the streaming music service.

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Former NSA lawyer: Snowden 'really set back' cybersecurity discussion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 10:30 am

Edward Snowden doesn't have very many fans when it comes to people in the US government and the National Surveillance Agency (NSA).

 

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"It is hard to quantify this harm, such as it is, but I think the inflammatory nature of the way the Snowden affair played out really set back our collective discussion on cybersecurity," said Rajesh De, former general counsel for the NSA, when asked about Snowden's data leaks during the Big Law Business Summit.

 

The White House recently responded to a petition to the White House that sought an official pardon for Snowden. Of course, that's not going to happen:

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