Madonna thanks police for arresting hacker accused of stealing songs

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 5:26 PM CST

Police in Israel have reportedly arrested a hacker accused of stealing unfinished songs from Madonna's latest album. Adi Lederman, a 38-year-old Israeli, will face charges related to intellectual property theft and aggravated fraud, and has allegedly stolen and sold other music online.

Madonna's album "Rebel Heart" is scheduled for release in March, but songs were leaked online in December. Not surprisingly, the musician asked fans not to listen to the stolen songs, pleading to music fans that the song theft was the equivalent of a personal and professional violation.

"I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker," Madonna wrote on her Facebook page. "I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life - creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime."

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'Supergirl' TV show moving forward for Warner and CBS

Ben Gourlay | Celebrities & Entertainment | Jan 22, 2015 5:05 PM CST

The exploitation of the mostly dormant stable of DC characters continues to explode, with CBS and Warner Bros TV moving forward with a modern take on 'Supergirl'. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studios have now cast their lead, with 'Glee' actress Melissa Benoist filling her super shoes.

Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino in 1959 as a female counterpart to 'Superman', 'Supergirl' has gone through numerous revisions over the years, but the most famous is her depiction as Superman's cousin, who features many of the same powers, but the same affliction to the radioactive pieces of their former homeworld, Kryptonite.

The hour-long series has been given a full season order by CBS and is expected to air later in the year.

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Vormetric: 93% of companies face insider threat cybersecurity risks

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 4:21 PM CST

A whopping 93 percent of organizations are vulnerable to insider threats, and the problem continues to be confusing for business leaders, according to Vormetric's "2015 Insider Threat Report." The threat report also discovered 59 percent of respondents believe privileged users pose the biggest threat to their organization, and preventing a data breach is a major priority for IT security spending.

Trying to keep companies secure from insider threat - both accidental and malicious - is a problem that only seems to be getting worse, as companies are unsure how to address evolving security problems. As such, experts are concerned the number of massive data breaches, which captured headlines in 2014, will continue in 2015 while companies remain flustered.

"As the past year demonstrates, these threats are real and need to be addressed," said Alan Kessler, CEO of Vormetric. "Organizations wishing to protect themselves must do more than take a data-centric approach; they must take a data-first approach. Although we are heartened that 92 percent of organizations plan to maintain or increase their security spending in the coming year, our larger concern is about how they plan to spend that money."

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New Resident Evil movie begins filming in August, Milla Jovovich says

Michael Hatamoto | Celebrities & Entertainment | Jan 22, 2015 4:07 PM CST

It looks like "Resident Evil - The Final Chapter" will begin filming in August, according to actress Milla Jovovich. The film was expected to begin filming in 2014, but was postponed due to Jovovich's pregnancy, as the Ukrainian actor is expected to give birth in about 10 weeks.

Jovovich has gained 30 pounds because of her pregnancy, and wants to ensure she is able to physically take care of herself and her child - as she prepares for what will likely be her final role as Alice.

"I have to be ready to start filming 'Resident Evil - The Final Chapter' in August of this year," Jovovich recently said. "And I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to 'action hero' mode!"

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Software Advice: Only 56% of employees feel their passwords are secure

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 3:50 PM CST

Just 56 percent of employees believe their password habits in the workplace are secure, according to Software Advice's "Password Use in the Workplace" report. Companies are struggling to teach their employees to hold more responsibility with security, and the problem will continue throughout 2015.

"Our findings suggest that users either remain unaware of the rules despite the hype, do not believe them to be good advice or simply find them too burdensome, and thus opt for less secure passwords," according to the report.

Proper cybersecurity must start from the top and trickle down to regular employees, though that doesn't seem to be happening, according to the survey. Only 54 percent of employees report their employers require them to create complex passwords.

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Google broke out the check book to help lobby politicians in 2014

Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal | Jan 22, 2015 3:34 PM CST

If it's tech-related, it seems Google wants a piece of the action - and the company is willing to spend money to help get the job done. The search giant racked up $16.83 million in federal political lobbying throughout 2014, according to the Consumer Watchdog group.

Google's lobbying figures put it ahead of Comcast, Verizon, IBM, Time Warner Cable, and other big spenders. More importantly, Google is investing more into political action over Microsoft ($8.33 million) and Facebook ($9.34 million), as the company expands into new business ventures.

Google recently invested $1 billion into SpaceX, while Google wants net neutrality laws revamped, to help fund autonomous vehicle research, and other ventures.

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Rising demand for cybersecurity to prevent insider threats

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 2:18 PM CST

US government departments are increasingly worried about high-profile data breaches, with cyberattacks targeting US infrastructure increasing, according to General Dynamics. US military spending has declined, but due to rising cybersecurity threats, spending to help defend networks has grown significantly in certain sectors.

Cybersecurity related to preventing insider threats has proven popular, with up to five government departments interested in insider threat protection over past few months. Trying to defend against threats from the inside can be extremely difficult, but cybersecurity experts tend to look for unusual employee behavior before information is compromised.

"Across the board, I see this as still being a growth area for us," said Nadia Short, VP and GM of cyber systems at General Dynamics, when speaking to Reuters. The contractor has merged its cyber and engineering departments, providing additional expertise and streamlined security developments.

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Pentagon says its US F-35 fighter jet information secure

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 10:48 AM CST

It would appear China was able to steal details regarding F-35 fighter jets being sold to the Australian military, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden - but the US Pentagon said classified data on its F-35 fighter program remains safe.

"Classified F-35 information is protected and remains secure," according to a statement published by Reuters. US government departments and its contractors face a high volume of Internet-based attacks, with criminals interested in stealing information - which can be used or sold - as organized state-sponsored attacks continue to increase.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government said the accusations revealed by Snowden are "groundless," though China is known to conduct cyberespionage campaigns against military and political rivals.

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Maingear refreshes high-end PCs with NVIDIA GTX 960 GPU

Michael Hatamoto | Computer Systems | Jan 22, 2015 8:01 AM CST

System manufacturer MAINGEAR is embracing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 video card, rolling out the new GPU in its VYBE, SHIFT, and FORCE desktop models. All three models can be customized based on consumer needs, with MAINGEAR pointing out that the new GTX 960 "delivers up to 60 percent faster performance and improves energy efficiency."

The VYBE gaming desktop is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM - with a current promotional price of $999.

"The integration of NVIDIA's GTX 960 GPU further cements MAINGEAR as the dominant leader in high performance gaming hardware," said Wallace Santos, founder and CEO of MAINGEAR, in a press statement. "NVIDIA's newest GPU delivers the performance of high-end video cards without the premium price. We are impressed by its features and the extra horsepower."

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Study: More than half or companies increased security budget by 34%

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jan 22, 2015 7:25 AM CST

Sixty-one percent of companies increased their cybersecurity budgets by an average of 34 percent in 2014, despite a number of high-profile data breaches still taking place, according to Identity Finder and the Ponemon Institute. Companies showed the most interest in the following security resources: Security incident and event management (SIEM), endpoint security, intrusion detection and prevention, encryption, and Web application firewalls.

Companies want to step up spending related to cybersecurity, but must ensure they are investing resources in the appropriate places. For companies breached, the information is rather frightening: 95 percent didn't discover a breach for at least three months, while 46 percent admitted they found a data incident on accident.

"This study shows that organizations are dedicating greater attention and financial resources towards managing sensitive information and preventing data breaches, which is certainly encouraging news," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute. "However, 2015 is predicted to be as bad or worse as 2014 as more sensitive and confidential data and transactions are targeted by attacks and collateral damage."

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