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National Police said in a statement that the three are Spaniards ages 30 to 32,… Police said a computer server in the home of one of the suspects, in the port city of Gijon, was used to hack two major Spanish banks, an Italian energy company and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand. Police said it was also used in the attack on the websites of the PlayStation online gaming store. The investigation was launched in October after hackers swamped the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s website to protest tough legislation aimed at illegal downloads, The New York Times reports. Although police linked the group to the PlayStation attacks, it was not clear whether other groups might have also been involved in breaching about a dozen Sony sites worldwide.
A teenager in China has sold one of his kidneys in order to buy an iPad 2,… The 17-year-old, identified only as Little Zheng, told a local TV station he had arranged the sale of the kidney over the internet. The story only came to light after the teenager’s mother became suspicious. The case highlights China’s black market in organ trafficking. A scarcity of organ donors has led to a flourishing trade.
Have you ever felt so angry at a company that you wished its website was hacked… Titanic Takeover Tuesday saw the disruption of the websites for The Escapist and the IT security company Finfisher, as well as the login servers for EVE Online, Minecraft and League of Legends. Afterward, the group posted a telephone number on its Twitter feed with this message: “Now accepting calls from true lulz fans – let’s all laugh together at butthurt gamers. 614-LULZSEC, accepting as many as we can, let’s roll.” A few hours later the group claimed to have received 5,000 missed calls and 2,500 voicemails. The 614 area code represents the metropolitan area of Columbus, Ohio, but only an irresponsible gambler would wager that that’ll help authorities locate members of LulzSec in the slightest. It’s unsure whether the phone number will be used for future hacks or if its purpose has been spent. Either way, posting a number where anonymous users can recommend future victims of the group’s illegal activity is a brazen move. LulzSec is begging to get busted, but also, in a perverse way, “giving back” to a community that enjoys seeing the flaws of big companies exposed. The ironic twist is that these big companies are made big by the average public whose private information is being revealed in the hacks.
The fund declined to disclose the nature of the attack, whether its systems… “We had an incident,” said IMF spokesman David Hawley. “We’re investigating it and the fund is completely functional.” He said IMF staff received a “routine notification” about the incident by email Wednesday asking them to contact their tech department “if they saw anything suspicious.” The threat against the institution is the latest in a recent series as it responds to economic turmoil in several European nations. Earlier this month, the IMF said it had taken precautions after a group called Anonymous indicated its hackers would target the IMF website in response to the strict austerity measures in its rescue package for Greece. The IMF has faced repeated cyber attacks in recent years. It routinely collects sensitive information about the financial conditions of its 187 member nations. Some data in its computer systems could conceivably be used to influence or trade currencies, bonds and other financial instruments in markets around the world. The latest infiltration was sophisticated in that it involved significant reconnaissance prior to the attack, and code written specifically to penetrate the IMF, said Tom Kellermann, a former cybersecurity specialist at the World Bank who has been tracking the incident. “This isn’t malware you’ve seen before,” he said, making it that much more difficult to detect. The concern, Kellermann said, is that hackers designed their attack to gain market-moving insider information. The attackers appeared to have broad access to IMF systems, which would give them visibility into IMF plans, particularly as it relates to bailing out the economies of countries on shaky financial footing, Kellermann said. The IMF spokesman would not comment on any specific details of the incident, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Times…..
Apples iCloud Service Expects 150 Million Users Apples iCloud service expecting a huge following right out of the gate. Apples… In a report released today, RBC found that 76 percent of the 1,500 iPhone users polled from June 7 to 14 intend to use the iCloud service. Unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, iCloud will allow iOS device users to store, access, and sync their iTunes content online. iMessage also should be a hot item, according to RBC. The survey found 73 percent of iPhone users plan to use Apple’s upcoming new text messaging service, which RBC projects might mean 150 million iMessage users in total. The iMessage service, a feature in iOS 5, could boost loyalty among existing iPhone users and convince the 60 million iPod Touch users to pick the iPhone over Android or other competing phones if they upgrade, according to the report. Finally, iTunes Match proved enticing to 30 percent of those surveyed, who said they’d be likely to spend $24.99 per year for the new service. Part of iCloud, iTunes Match lets users store any music not purchased or available through iTunes in the cloud. Based on the survey, RBC is projecting that iTunes Match could add another $1.5 billion a year to Apple’s annual revenue. Looking down the road, RBC believes Apple will add additional services through iCloud, including audio and video streaming, photo and video sharing, hosted Time Machine backups, and document management and storage. The iCloud service will be accessible from all iOS devices and possibly even entry-level items like the iPod Nano and Shuffle, the report said.
iCloud Communications is asking Apple to stop using iCloud and destroy… In other words, the company wants a lot of cash from what it says is the largest tech company in the world. iCloud Communications attempts to boost its case by alleging that this isn’t the first time Apple has infringed upon others’ trademarks. “Although Apple aggressively protects its trademark rights, Apple has a long and well known history of knowingly and willfully treading on the trademark rights of others — a history which began as early as the 1970s when Apple was first sued for trademark infringement by the Beatles record label, Apple Corp.” The documents also mentions other trademark debacles Apple had in the past with McIntosh Labs, Management and Computer Services (MACS), the “Mighty Mouse” cartoon character, iPhone, iPad and iAd. If the past is any indication of how this case will turn out, Apple and iCloud Communications will likely settle out of court. After all, Apple is still using all the names from those other cases…….
LulzSec seeks revenge after the hacking free-for-all as Sega becomes the latest… The hacking free-for-all continued this week as Sega apparently became the latest victim of a network breach and none other than hacking group LulzSec offered to help the game company by taking down the responsible parties. The blog PlayStation LifeStyle posted yesterday what it said was a letter sent by Sega to users of its Sega Pass service, informing them that “unauthorized entry was gained” to the Sega Pass database and that the company is investigating.
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Microsoft Loses US Supreme Court Appeal Over $290Mil Patent Judgement i4i claimed Microsoft Word infringed a patented method for editing documents.… Microsoft has lost an appeal to the US supreme court over a $290m (£178m) award made against it in a patent dispute with the Canadian company i4i, which claimed a version of Microsoft Word infringed a patented method for editing documents. The decision means companies challenging patents being used in court battles will have to provide convincing proof that a patent is invalid if they want to have it set aside. Microsoft had sought to weaken the level of proof needed. i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, claiming infringement of a patent relating to XML in documents by Word 2007 (and products that included it, such as Office 2007). At a subsequent jury trial, Microsoft had argued the patent was invalid; the jury rejected that claim. It then appealed to the supreme court, saying the trial court’s requirements had put an “overly demanding” standard to its invalidity defence: it had had to prove its defence by “clear and convincing” evidence, rather than the more relaxed “preponderance of evidence”. The difference would be similar to a criminal v civil standard of proof, between “beyond all reasonable doubt” and “balance of probability”. The decision will have repercussions in cases where patents are the key element of the case – which will affect everyone from smartphone manufacturers to app developers.
For the past few years I have been ranting and raving. Posting numerous… Unwarranted Service Interruption Issues At Hand * Constant Signal Failures In Clear And Stormy Weather * ZERO Confidence In Signal Reliability During A Storm (Signal Is Always Lost) * Consistent Service Interruptions At Varying Times (Usually When You Are Watching A Great Movie) * Infamous “770″ Screens “System Integrity Checks” At Varying Times I have complained about the quality, tech support, price and reliability of the service for years. And now, I am officially fed up!
You do not want to mess with the Mistress of All Evil.
by Sam Stryker