Category Archives: News

Republicans Give SOPA Architect Power Over Science Committee. Goodbye, Geek Supporters

Nov 29, 2012
News

Just when you think that Republicans are developing a respectable reputation on innovation, they nominate the most reviled policymaker in the technology industry to chairHouse Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rep Lamar Smith (CrunchGov Grade: F), sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, which sparked arguably the largest online public outcry in …

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#StuffMicrosoftSays: “Don’t Get Scroogled”, Launches Holiday Bing Campaign

Nov 28, 2012
News

Microsoft just launched a campaign for holiday shoppers called “Scroogled.” Yes, it’s what you think it is, it’s an attempt to tell people not to get screwed over by Google this holiday shopping season. This is a Bing campaign, in case you weren’t sure. It’s pretty strong words, coming from any …

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CyberCity allows government hackers to train for attacks

Nov 27, 2012
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CyberCity has all the makings of a regular town. There’s a bank, a hospital and a power plant. A train station operates near a water tower. The coffee shop offers free WiFi. But only certain people can get in: government hackers preparing for battles in cyberspace. The town is a …

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Lanyrd Jumps Into The Space Left By LinkedIn’s Events App Closure With New Features

Nov 26, 2012
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As of today, LinkedIn is shutting down its LinkedIn Events application. As you can see, the events industry is gnashing its teeth over this move. The events side of the app has been long used as a marketing element for many B2B event organisers and even as a revenue generator because …

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Finnish Police Seize 9-Year Old’s Winnie The Pooh Laptop For Using The Pirate Bay

Nov 23, 2012
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How young will the casualties become in the ongoing war against online piracy? You sadly have to wonder, when you learn that a 9-year old girl’s laptop was seized by Finnish police in a raid on her family home, following a complaint by the CIAPC anti-piracy group which had ISPs block The …

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OIG finds 85 percent of VA encryption licenses lay dormant

Nov 22, 2012
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The Veterans Affairs Department has failed to make good on a hard drive encryption policy, finds the VA office of inspector general. In a report (.pdf) dated Oct. 11, the OIG says the department has installed and activated only 65,000 of the Guardian Edge encryption licenses it bought since a massive data breach in …

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Trojan uses Google Docs to communicate with its control server

Nov 21, 2012
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IT security firm Symantec has discovered a trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs that hides in Rich Text Format (RTF) and Microsoft Word documents and injects malicious code via Trojan.Dropper. Apparently, it uses the Google Docs service’sViewer feature to communicate with its command-and-control (C&C) server. Symantec currently rates the trojan’s threat level as “very low”. In a post on …

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