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Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Australia Passes Data Retention Laws

Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.

Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.

The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»

Apple Races to Patch Security Flaw

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Races to Patch Security Flaw

Apple Race to Patch Security FlawApple says it is about to issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial data and other sensitive information from Mac computers and mobile devices.

The consumer electronics giant confirmed findings that a major security flaw in it’s mobile devices – iPhones and iPads – also appears in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller says “We’re aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”

Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, most devices will update automatically. \However, when the fix went live, experts dissected it finding the same fundamental issues in the operating system for Apple’s Macintosh machines.

Apple is apparently racing to push out the fix before intelligence agencies and crooks get to write programs to take advantage of the flaw. Many analysts are questioning the accidental nature of the flaw :: Read the full article »»»»

Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside Control

Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside Control

Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside ControlCyber-security experts have uncovered a serious flaw in a component of the operating system of Google’s widely used Android smartphone that they say hackers can exploit to gain control of the devices.

Researchers from startup cyber-security firm CrowdStrike said they have figured out how to use that bug to launch attacks and take control of some Android devices.

CrowdStrike – which will demonstrate its findings next week at RSA 2012 in San Francisco – said an attacker sends an email or text message that appears to be from a trusted source, like the user’s phone carrier. The message urges the recipient to click on a link, which if done infects the device.

At that point, the hacker gains complete control of the phone, enabling him or her to eavesdrop on phone calls and monitor the location of the device, said Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer and co-founder of CrowdStrike :: Read the full article »»»»

Poles Protest Against Anti-piracy Laws

Posted: January 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bow Down, Hack! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Poles Protest Against Anti-piracy Laws

Poles Protest Against Anti-piracy LawsTens of thousands of young Poles hit city streets across the country in a mounting wave of offline and online protest against a government decision to sign an international anti-online piracy accord.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – ACTA – which Poland’s centrist prime minister Donald Tusk has vowed to endorse, aims to create international standards for intellectual property protection. Internet groups including global hacker collective Anonymous oppose it as limiting online freedoms.

Poland, an ex-communist state which joined the European Union in 2004, has committed to signing ACTA on Thursday.

A protest by thousands organised largely via Facebook in the central Polish city of Kielce on Wednesday turned violent when some protesters trashed cars and attacked police, the commercial TVN24 news channel reported. Protesters also turned out for anti-ACTA rallies in Wroclaw, Szczecin, Olsztyn and Bialystok.

Online protest pages on Facebook have attracted more than 300,000 supporters, while an anti-ACTA online petition had drawn about 130,000 signatures by Wednesday evening.

Protesters are upset Mr Tusk’s government pushed ahead with ACTA after meetings with record companies and commercial media, but held no public consultations with online rights groups :: Read the full article »»»»

Online Behemoths Begin Piracy Law Protest

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , | Comments Off on Online Behemoths Begin Piracy Law Protest

Blacked Out Logo

UPDATED: Wikipedia went dark, Google blacked out its logo and other popular websites planned similar protests to voice concern over laws in the US congress intended to crack down on online piracy. The online encyclopedia shut down its English version for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act – SOPA – introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate version, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Google placed a black redaction block over the logo on its much-visited US home page to draw attention to the bills, while social news site Reddit and even good old WordPress is in on the blackout.

Wikipedia said via statement that; “The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate – that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia. This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made.”  The full statement is available at: http://wikimediafoundation.org

The draft legislation has won the backing of Hollywood, the US music industry, America’s national association of manufacturers and the chamber of commerce.

But it has come under fire from digital rights and free speech organisations for allegedly paving the way for US authorities to shut down websites accused of online piracy, including foreign sites, without due process and threatening the technical architecture of the internet. Read the full article »»»»

UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science Matters | Tags: | Comments Off on UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

A team of UK scientists have cleverly used sound waves to levitate tiny objects, the breakthrough, published in Nature Communications, could lead to applications as out-there as Star Trek style tractor beams :: Read the full article »»»»

How to Make Your Facebook Missteps Less Easily Searched

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, UPDATED! | Tags: , , | Comments Off on How to Make Your Facebook Missteps Less Easily Searched

How to: Make sure no one can search through your old Facebook posts

Ever done anything a little woeful, something you’d rather wasn’t plastered all-over your social media, ooops. Facebook’s new search feature, called Search FYI, is either really helpful or really creepy, depending on how you look at it.

Last week, Facebook made it so that anything – possibly everything –  you’ve ever posted on the platform is now much more easily searched :: Read the full article »»»»