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The FCC passes Net Neutrality, the strongest set of rules yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 11:24 pm

Great news everyone! The FCC has just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules that have ever been placed onto paper in the United States.

 

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The new rules haven't been seen by anyone outside of the US government or the FCC, so we don't know what the details of these documents state apart from the fact that the FCC now considers, and looks at the Internet as a public utility in the same vein the government looks at power and water. It gives the FCC the keys to the Internet kingdom.

 

The FCC has signed on a new Net Neutrality set of rules, but we can't say it's great because we haven't read the details of the paper. No one has. Wouldn't you like to read the new set of rules that give the FCC the power of owning the Internet as a utility? I know I would.

Study: Gamers buy PlayStation 4 for graphics, Xbox One for brand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 9:35 pm

Console gamers chose the Sony PlayStation 4 for "better resolution," the Microsoft Xbox One for the "brand," and Nintendo Wii because of the console's "fun factor," according to a report from Nielsen. Processing speed was the only similar response between Xbox One and PS4 gamers, with

 

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In addition, nine out of 10 survey respondents said they owned previous generation consoles - 86 percent of Wii U owners have owned a Wii and 76 percent of Xbox One owners had an Xbox 360. The 2014 holiday shopping season helped gamers upgrade their hardware from the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, as they transitioned to newer game platforms.

 

Both PC and console gamers can be thankful for increasingly sophisticated hardware - and more visually appealing game titles - as the gaming industry continues to evolve.

Kaspersky: 28% of mobile users don't have knowledge of malware attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 8:25 pm

Twenty-eight percent of consumers know nothing or very little about mobile malware, while another 26 percent said they are aware of cyber threats but aren't worried, according to the "Consumer Security Risk" survey from Kaspersky Lab.

 

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In addition, 31 percent of Google Android smartphones and 41 percent of tablets aren't password-protected, while 58 percent of Android smartphones and 63 percent of tablets have some form of anti-virus software.

 

"It is not surprising that mobile users are facing online threats more often now: devices are capable of doing so much more, and many more people are using them, so of course they will attract fraudsters," said Victor Yablokov, head of mobile product line at Kaspersky Lab. "To avoid falling victim to scams, users are advised to protect their devices against cyber threats and be especially careful with any sensitive data store on them."

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Official: Cyber doomsday less likely as continued low-level attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 6:40 pm

Even with the rising sophistication of cyberespionage campaigns, US critical infrastructure is less likely to suffer from a single major incident - and faces a higher risk of continued low-to-medium attacks.

 

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"Rather than a 'cyber-Armageddon' scenario that debilitates the entire US infrastructure, we envision something different," said James Clapper, director of national intelligence, in a recent report. "We foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyberattacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security."

 

Clapper's statements were made as part of a report submitted to the Senate committee, with growing concern regarding cybersecurity.

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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition to be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 5:25 pm

Overkill Software has announced that Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will be released for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 this June. The game will run in 1080p, with the game studio also including enhanced textures, and faster frame rates for console players.

 

 

"We're relaunching Payday 2 for the new platforms," said Almir Listo, producer at Overkill Software, told Eurogamer. "You'll get a year's worth of post-launch updates for the PC version available from the get-go - that's both the paid-for and free content."

 

Payday 2 has racked up 9 million copies sold for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 after launching in August 2013.

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FireEye: Breach detection time is dropping, averages 205 days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 4:20 pm

FireEye's Mandiant found that the average data breach was discovered in 205 days, dropping from 229 days (2013) and 243 days (2012). Enterprises were only able to self-detect 31 percent of breaches, with third-parties and the government helping identify cybersecurity incidents.

 

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Companies are becoming more vigilant in detecting cybercrime-related activity, such as credit card companies noticing fraudulent behavior.

 

"Over the last several years, organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gotten increasingly involved in notifying US businesses that they have been identified as being compromised," said Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, in a statement to eWEEK. "The result of the FBI's efforts has led to increasing numbers of victim notifications."

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Pebble CEO says his company isn't intimidated by Apple Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 3:40 pm

Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble is looking forward to the future, and understands challenges loom ahead in the increasingly competitive market. However, as of Wednesday night, the Pebble Kickstarter had support from 46,645 backers, generating $10,033,525 - all with 29 days left to go.

 

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When asked about Apple's looming launch of the Apple Watch wearable, this is what was said:

 

"I think you do exactly what we're doing now, which is going to the community that has supported us from the beginning," said Eric Migicovsky, co-founder and CEO of Pebble, while speaking on CNBC's "Squad Alley."

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BlackBerry working with Google to better secure Android mobile OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 2:35 pm

Google is receiving help from BlackBerry to make it safer and more secure to switch from personal use and work use on Android-powered smartphones.

 

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"BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can confidently deploy on all major mobile platforms within their organization," said Billy Ho, EVP of enterprise products at BlackBerry.

 

BlackBerry wants to increase its BES12 software client base, while Google wants to use the company's "highly secure mobility solution." BES12 will be available during Q2 2015, though an invite-only preview will be released sometime next month. Smartphones can use BES12 if they are not already using Android for Work.

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Europol cripples Ramnit botnet, helping free millions of hijacked PCs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 1:25 pm

Europol's European Cybercrime Center is actively dismantling the Ramnit botnet, which relies on up to 3 million malware-infected zombie PCs. Twenty-seven percent of Ramnit infections were identified in India, with Indonesia (18 percent), Vietnam, the United States, Bangladesh and the Philippines also impacted.

 

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Europol didn't say if any arrests were made at this stage of the investigation, but offered this public statement:

 

"This successful operation shows the importance of international law enforcement working together with private industry in the fight against the global threat of cybercrime," said Wil van Gemert, Deputy Director of Operations at Europol. "We will continue our efforts in taking down botnets and disrupting the core infrastructures used by criminals to conduct a variety of cybercrimes."

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IDC: Android, iOS capture 96.3% of smartphone OS market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:21 pm

Google Android and Apple iOS accounted for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments in 2014, as both platforms work their way towards total domination. Android leads with 81.5 percent, greatly ahead of iOS (14.8 percent), Microsoft Windows Phone (2.7 percent), and BlackBerry (0.4 percent) - with Android continuing to dominate.

 

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"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager of the Mobile Phone team at IDC. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices - particularly for Android - drove volumes higher."

 

Android topped the one billion unit mark in 2014, with Samsung still dominating the market - but faces pressure from Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, and LG Electronics.

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