Information Technology

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

Twitter has become the latest target of a sophisticated cyber attack, with around 250,000 accounts exposed. The breach appears to be the latest in a string of attacks on news content sites that’s being blamed on Chinese hackers. In its blog, Twitter has announced that it has detected “unusual access” patterns to user’s data and one live […]

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression. The list disclosed data requests from over 30 nations, and revealed that the US government was responsible for 815 of the 1,009 information requests in […]

Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

Google is embroiled in its biggest privacy battle yet in the UK over reportedly tracking users’ online habits. At least 10 UK citizens began legal action with dozens more lining up. According to media estimates up to 10 million Britons could join in. Google is accused of evading security settings on Apple’s devices and Safari’s […]

Facebook democracy: Israelis ‘share’ votes with Palestinians

Facebook democracy: Israelis ‘share’ votes with Palestinians

In a move of high-tech civil disobedience, thousands of Israeli citizens are donating their right to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections to their Palestinian neighbors via Facebook. The political initiative, called Real Democracy, so far has over 1,400 followers and is allowing Israelis to “donate” their votes for the Palestinian cause, giving their second-class […]

US programmer outsourced own job to China, spent workdays on Reddit and Facebook

US programmer outsourced own job to China, spent workdays on Reddit and Facebook

A programmer at a US company outsourced his job to a Chinese contractor for a fraction of his six-figure salary. After handing over his login information, he spent his days on Facebook and perused cat videos while the Chinese firm worked in his name. ‘Bob,’ as he has been dubbed in the media, had his […]

Satellite Wars: China unveils ‘cheaper’ answer to GPS

Satellite Wars: China unveils ‘cheaper’ answer to GPS

China’s rapidly-expanding rival to GPS, called BeiDou, has become available to customers across Asia-Pacific for the first time. It aims to claim a fifth of the satellite services market in the region in just three years. Previously, the satellite constellation was only used by the country’s military and government services. Now, it is being commercialized. […]

RT recalls 2012: Assange’s ordeal

RT recalls 2012: Assange’s ordeal

In 2012 Julian Assange was fighting against extradition in the UK courts. He lost and ended up in the Ecuadorian embassy: granted asylum, but unable to leave. Yet he managed to host his own show on RT, write a book and talk about freedom of speech. Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on August […]

Superhumans, supercities and supercomputers: US intelligence’s vision of 2030

Superhumans, supercities and supercomputers: US intelligence’s vision of 2030

Things are about to get a little weird. This according to the National Intelligence Council, at least, a US-based coalition of spy agencies that has just released its predictions for what’s in store for the Earth in 2030. The NIC released on Monday “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds,” an 140-page report that brings together the […]

Obama secretly signs the most aggressive cybersecurity directive ever

Obama secretly signs the most aggressive cybersecurity directive ever

Six years after the White House first started running amok on the computer networks of its adversaries, US President Barack Obama has signed off on a top-secret order that finally offers blueprints for the Pentagon’s cyberwars. Pres. Obama has autographed an executive order outlining protocol and procedures for the US military to take in the […]

McAfee bugs out: AntiVirus guru hits rock bottom after fleeing murder charge

McAfee bugs out: AntiVirus guru hits rock bottom after fleeing murder charge

Once the toast of the antivirus software world, John McAfee’s life has spiraled into a world of zombifying drugs, Belizean gangsters, illegal firearms and run-ins with authorities. He’s now on the run after being charged with murdering his neighbor. John McAfee, 67, is thought to be hiding somewhere in Belize as evidence continues to implicate […]