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Judge Rejects Settlement Proposal in HP’s Autonomy Suit – 25 August 2014

25 August 2014 – by Quentin Hardy – “New York Times Bits Blog” Judge Rejects Settlement Proposal in HP’s Autonomy Suit. The long fight over HP’s $11.1 billion purchase of Autonomy got a new wrinkle on Monday, which might spell … Continue reading

California Governor Signs Law Requiring a ‘Kill Switch’ on Smartphones- 25 August 2014

25 August 2014 – by Brian X. Chen – “New York Times Bits Blog” California Governor Signs Law Requiring a ‘Kill Switch’ on Smartphones.Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a measure that requires smartphones sold in California to … Continue reading

In India, an App for Chats and for Keeping Secrets – 25 August 2014

25 August 2014 – by Saritha Rai – “New York Times” In India, an App for Chats and for Keeping Secrets. An app called Hike is being used for “keeping secrets” and is now the most popular Indian-made instant messaging … Continue reading

Watchdog warns of cyber threat to markets – 25 August, 2014

25 August 2015 – by Sam Fleming – “Financial Times (USA)” Watchdog warns of cyber threat to markets. A global watchdog has sounded the alarm on the growing danger of cyber attacks on financial market and the “uneven” response to … Continue reading

Market watchdog warns on danger of cyber attack- 24 August 2014

24 August 2014- by Sam Fleming- “Financial Times” The Chairman of the Board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has predicted that the next “Black Swan” event will take the form of a cyber attack on financial players … Continue reading

In India, an App for Chats and for Keeping Secrets- 25 August 2014

25 August 2014- By Saritha Rai- “The New York Times” A new messaging app, called Hike, has become popular among Indian teens because of the fine grained control the app gives users  in regards to who can see what kinds … Continue reading

California Governor Signs Law Requiring a ‘Kill Switch’ on Smartphones- 25 August 2014

25 August 2014- By Brian Chen- “The New York Times” In an effort to reduce cell phone theft, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring cell phone manufacturers to include a “kill switch” functionality on their devices, allowing them … Continue reading

Facebook is Cracking Down on Click-Bait- 26 August 2014

26 August 2014- By Gail Sullivan- “The Washington Post” Facebook has announced efforts to reduce the amount of gratuitous click-bait that is seen in user feeds. This is in response to user discontent with the low quality of this genre … Continue reading

The Chief Technology Officer of the United States is leaving. What now?- 25 August 2014

25 August 2014- by Nancy Scola- “The Washington Post” The nation’s current “Chief Technology Officer”, Todd Park, is resigning his position. Mr Park will remain associated with the Obama Administration, and is the second technologist to hold the role.

Researchers Present Evidence Smart Phone Gyroscopes Can Be Used to Record Speech- 14 August 2014

14 August 2014- By Andy Greenberg- “Wired” Researchers have presented a proof of concept at the USENIX security conference which shows the feasibility of eavesdropping on nearby conversations using the gyroscope included in smartphones. This is especially concerning because in … Continue reading

Cell-Phone Data Might Help Predict Ebola’s Spread- 22 August 2014

22  August 2014- By David Talbot- “MIT Technology Review” Using cell phone data provided by carriers, researchers have been able to map population movement in West Africa. This data could provide important assistance to the medical community as they attempt to … Continue reading

New Variant of Bugat Malware Borrows Lucrative Gameover Zeus Techniques- 14 August 2014

14 August 2014 by Etay Maor- “IBM’s Security Intelligence” A new version of the Bugat/Cridex/Feodo/Geodo malware family has adopted techniques of HTML injection used in the highly successful but now largely defunct GameOver Zeus botnet. The new versions have been … Continue reading

UPS Stores hacked, possibly compromising user data 20 August 2014

20 August 2014 by Dara Kerr- “CNET” UPS has disclosed a malware attack on at least 51 of its branch locations which has resulted in the possible compromise of consumer credit and debit card information. An incident response company has … Continue reading

Twitter Steps Up, Suspends Accounts That Share Horrific Beheading Video- 20 August 2014

20 August 2014 by Issie Lapowsky- “Wired” Twitter has announced plans to suspend any accounts which share the video of the beheading of journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State. This marks a continuing evolution in policy … Continue reading

How to Break Cryptography With Your Bare Hands- 20 August 2014

20 August 2014 by David Talbot- “MIT Technology Review” Researchers have found a new method of breaking encryption, by measuring the electrical potential changes in the chassis of the device as it performs cryptographic operations. The attack can even be … Continue reading

BuzzFeed Receives $50 Million Investment – 11 August 2014

11 August 2014 by Steve Inskeep – “NPR: Morning Edition” BuzzFeed Receives $50 Million Investment. Listicle giant BuzzFeed has received $50m from a venture capital firm. The company is expected to use that money to add a number of new … Continue reading

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics – 12 August 2014

12 August 2014 by Vindu Goel – “The New York Times” As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics. Scholars are grappling with the ethical implications of using big data collected by corporations in order to conduct social science research. … Continue reading

Fugitive Juggler Caught by Facial-Recognition Technology – 13 August 2014

13 August 2014 – “BBC Technology” Fugitive Juggler Caught by Facial-Recognition Technology. US citizen Neil Stammer who jumped bail fourteen years ago on child sexual abuse charges has been arrested in Nepal after the use of facial recognition technology. He … Continue reading

Michael J Fox Foundation Tests Sensors to Track Parkinson’s – 13 August 2014

13 August 2014 – “BBC Technology” Michael J Fox Foundation Tests Sensors to Track Parkinson’s. The Michael J Fox Foundation has teamed up with Intel to equip patients with smart watches. The watches allow more than 300 data points on … Continue reading

New Site Recovers Files Locked by Cryptolocker Ransomware- 6 August 2014

6 August 2014- By Brian Krebs- KrebsOnSecurity.com New Site Recovers Files Locked by Cryptolocker Ransomware. FireEye and Fox-It have collaborated to help out the hundreds of thousands of users worldwide who fell victim to the Cryptolocker ransomware.  Users simply need … Continue reading