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Stolen laptop opens up 20,000 students in South Carolina to data theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:27 pm

Around 20,000 current and former students at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina are at risk of data theft following a stolen laptop taken from a staff office. Data taken includes names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of both students and faculty going back at almost seven years.

 

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The technical college will now use encryption software on all laptops and PCs, while those affected by the data breach are being contacted. The laptop was stolen on July 7 and an investigation is currently underway to try to identify those responsible.

 

"College officials were disappointed to learn that someone entered a staff member's office on campus and removed a computer," said Kim Huff, OC Tech VP of Business Affairs, in a statement. "We are evaluating our security controls to prevent further incidents."

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Chinese man in Canada arrested for hacking Lockheed Martin, Boeing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:44 pm

A Chinese citizen living in Canada has been arrested and is accused of hacking into Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other U.S. companies with government defense contracts. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Subin and Stephen Su, is accused of unlawfully accessing computers in the United States, according to the FBI, in an attempt to steal data on military projects.

 

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Su allegedly worked with two other hackers to steal data between 2009 and 2013, with some stolen information offered for sale to Chinese companies. Specifically, they had an interest in F-22, F35, and C-17 U.S. military aircraft - along with weapons programs currently being developed.

 

"We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft or sensitive information, and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime," said Marc Raimondi, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, in a statement.

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Imprisoned Manuel Noriega sues Activision for using his name, likeness

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and likeness in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The game was released in 2012 and features a character named Manuel Noriega assisting the CIA, and then the character betrays the U.S. later in the game.

 

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Noriega, the former leader of Panama, is serving a 20-year sentence in Panama, after already serving prison sentences in the United States and France. He is seeking damages and lost profits, claiming his character helped boost game sales. There have been a few high-profile lawsuits regarding video game character likeness, but this one will prove to be especially tricky to prove:

 

"In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," said Jas Purewal, interactive entertainment lawyer, in a statement to BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."

Google introduces 'Project Zero,' tasked with hunting down bugs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 6:46 pm

Google publicly announced its Project Zero, a new effort aimed at tracking software bugs, with a public vulnerability database also in the works. The company also recruited George Hotz, responsible for hacking the Sony PlayStation 3 and Apple iPhone, among other claims to fame, as an intern to help with the bug hunt.

 

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The Project Zero team will focus solely on tracking down bugs - not just for Google software - to help try to keep the Internet more secure. In addition, Google wants to better understand the techniques, targets and motivations of cybercriminals, as state-sponsored hacking becomes extremely prevalent.

 

"Once the bug report becomes public (typically once a patch is available), you'll be able to monitor vendor time-to-fix performance, see any discussion about exploitability, and view historical exploits and crash traces," said Chris Evans, responsible for leading Project Zero.

Netflix is no longer processing DVDs on Saturdays

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 5:00 pm

It's easy to forget that Netflix has DVDs at all. I've never had DVDs, but I watch the heck out of Netflix streaming in my house. If you are one of the hoards of user still getting physical DVDs from Netflix, you may not have noticed that the company stopped working on Saturdays.

 

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Netflix no longer ships DVDs on Saturdays and is now working a five-day week. The company has been transitioning away from the old six day per week schedule for the last year and ended Saturday processing in early June.

 

Netflix says that part of the reason it stopped processing on Saturdays is that more people are streaming reducing the pressure to get discs out quickly. If you are a Netflix subscriber, have you noticed any shipment differences since June?

Oculus is cancelling shipments for people selling Rift pre-orders

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:05 pm

Oculus is having a hard time keeping its new VR headset limited to the developers that it wants to get these early units. Some of the people who have pre-ordered the headset have been putting those pre-ordered units up for sell on eBay and other places.

 

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People who pre-ordered the second version of the Rift are expected to begin receiving their headsets this week. Oculus has been checking out eBay and cancelling the pre-orders for people who have put them on eBay.

 

One of those eBay auctions was trying to sell a pre-ordered headset for $5000, keep in mind that the headset originally cost $350. The company recently found out who the guy was selling the pre-order and cancelled his order. The moral of the story here is if you are going to sell one of these on eBay, wait until it get to you to list it.

Mars geological maps contains 30 years worth of data

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 3:00 pm

One of the most studied and definitely, the most visited planets in our solar system, other than Earth, is Mars. Humans have been studying Mars for centuries and only in the last several decades have we really begun to understand the red planet and what its surface looks like.

 

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An awesome new geological map has been published that shows what the surface of Mars looks like and the map contains 30 years of data collected about the red planet. The map, pictured here, comes from the US Geological Survey. All the colors you see on the map represent parts of the crust of the planet formed at different times.

 

The green areas are believed to be lowland plains that are covered in sediment leftover for lakes and rivers that scientist believe covered the planet billions of years ago. All of the bright yellow dots are impact craters.

ESA Rosetta probe target identified as a binary comet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 2:05 pm

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched a probe to study the surface of a comet and the comet that probe is targeting is known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. An unexpected discovery was made recently that could affect the mission that Rosetta is on, its target comet isn't a single body as previously believed.

 

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67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been discovered recently to be what scientists call a contact binary. This means that the nucleus of the comet is made up of not one, but two bodies. The team believes that the comet came to be configured like this in one of two ways. The first is that a single large nucleus might have fractured at some time in the past creating the contact binary configuration.

 

The second way the comet could have come to this configuration is by the collision of two comets to form one. Rosetta is supposed to actually land on the surface of the comet and with this discovery, the discussion has now turned to which part of the comet would be the best to land on. The sequence of images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seen here were taken last Friday. Rosetta is set to rendezvous with the comet August 6.

Slingbox M1 lands July 20, smallest and cheapest Sling device yet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 1:03 pm

Sling has been making set top boxes for a long time now that are able to shoot your favorite content at home to a portable device outside the home for viewing on the go. The company has announced a new set top box that will launch later this month that is its smallest and cheapest unit to date. The new set top box is called the M1 and it will sell for $149.99 when it launches July 20.

 

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That makes it about $30 cheaper than the old Slingbox 350 it replaces and the new M1 is considerably smaller. The smaller footprint of the new device makes it easier to find space for the M1 in your crowded entertainment center.

 

The M1 is designed to work with the Sling apps for iOS, Android, and desktop apps for Mac and Windows computers. Despite being smaller and cheaper than its predecessor, the M1 still has the component and composite connectivity that the larger and older box offered. Sling also fits the M1 with Wi-Fi connectivity and ditches the Ethernet cable needed for the older set top box.

Google+ ditches real name requirement three years after launch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 12:00 pm

One of the things that irritated many people who wanted to try out the Google social network Google+ since the service launched was that you had to use your real name. For many of people using their real names wasn't such a big deal, but for those who aren't known by their real name is was a problem.

 

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That requirement to use your real name became even more annoying when Google started to use Google+ credentials to leave comments on YouTube videos. The reason for this was the idea that people would be less likely to troll if they had to use their real name.

 

Google has now made an about face three years after the launch of Google+ and issued an apology to users and is now letting people sign up with whatever name they want to use. You can now register an account with most any name you want; presumably, Google will still block names with naughty words in them.

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