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US gives up its last bit of control over the internet – but really, it’s just a PR stunt

On Friday, the United States government announced that it would give up the last vestige of control it still exerts over the internet, and would hand over control for DNS maintenance and the assignment of new global domains to ICANN … Continue reading

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Basecamp Held Hostage by Hackers

It looks like hackers have hit Basecamp with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and are demanding that the company pay a ransom. 

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: A Would-Be Dropbox Meant to Thwart the NSA

BitTorrent was best known as an internet protocol that let people swap pirated movies and music at the expense of big Hollywood studios and record labels. But then came a Belarusian engineer named Konstantin Lissounov. 

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Malware communicates at a distance of 65 feet using built-in mics and speakers.

Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate, a capability that allows the malware to covertly transmit keystrokes and other sensitive data even when infected machines have no network connection.

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Google brings automatic voice search to computers running Chrome

Laptop and desktop users can now do a Google search without typing just by speaking aloud, with a Chrome extension that Google made available on Tuesday. 

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How To Avoid CryptoLocker Ransomware

Over the past several weeks, a handful of frantic Microsoft Windows users have written in to ask what they might do to recover from PC infections from “CryptoLocker,”  the generic name for an increasingly prevalent and nasty strain of malicious … Continue reading

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Report: NSA Is Intercepting Traffic From Yahoo, Google Data Centers

Not satisfied with the bulk data it collects through court orders from internet giants Google and Yahoo, the National Security Agency reportedly vacuumed up traffic from communication links between the companies’ data centers, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. 

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Flash Player now sandboxed under Safari on Mac OS X

Adobe has worked with Apple to sandbox Flash Player under Safari in Mac OS X, restricting the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they might find in the browser plug-in. 

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Piracy site IsoHunt shut down and to pay $110m fine

IsoHunt, a popular website offering BitTorrents of mostly pirated material, is to shut down following a court settlement. 

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Iran’s Cyberwarfare Chief Gunned Down

Two bullets to the heart have terminated the life of Iran’s chief of cyberwarfare, according to the Daily Telegraph. Mojtaba Ahmadi, commander of Iran’s Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, northwest … Continue reading

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