Saturday, February 23, 2013

Can You Hack Chrome OS? Google Might Give You $3 Million

Can You Hack Chrome OS? Google Might Give You $3 Million | News & Opinion | "Pwnium 3 will take place at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver on March 7. Google said it has been working with the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) on the conference's rules and decided that since Chrome is already featured in the larger Pwn2Own competition, Pwnium 3 will have a new focus: Chrome OS, Google said.Google promised to dole out up to $3.14159 million in rewards, including $110,000 for each browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a Web page; and $150,000 for a each compromise with device persistence - guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a Web page. Google might issue partial rewards, depending on what people create."

Inside the Ring: New al Qaeda threat - Washington Times: "A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West. The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.” The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring. “The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times,” the threat states. The attacks will be “strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying.”"

Threats to cyber-freedom, domestic and foreign | from the Phillipines Sun.Star: "Cybercrime is certainly a problem that needs to be addressed. We definitely need an Anti-Cybercrime law, but there are good and bad ways to fight cybercrime. Good ways preserve the open, inclusive and dynamic nature of the Internet, while punishing people that exploit that openness for crimes such as fraud or child abuse. Bad ways tackle the issue like a sledgehammer, granting excessive powers to governments or trans-national agencies that infringe civil liberties and stifle innovation. The issues become much clearer when we treat the Internet as we would any other part of the economy, both national and global, and focus on what the overarching, long term goals of our nation (Phillipines) are."

FBI launches $1B ID search program | ZDNet: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is stepping up in its quest to exploit new technology to hunt down criminals, investing in a new system steeped in biometrics. The FBI's $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) program's aim is to significantly improve the existing fingerprint identification service. The ambitious project may raise the hackles of privacy advocates, but the FBI is intent on including facial recognition, iris scanning, DNA analysis and voice identification tech as the new face of criminal investigation -- reliability and accuracy concerns aside."

FBI turns up heat in hunt for Stuxnet leakers | ZDNet: "The FBI and US prosecutors are analysing email accounts and phone records as well as interviewing current and former officials in a search to find links to journalists, according to the report on Saturday. The investigation is likely to centre on a small circle of senior officials, given the highly classified nature of the cyberattacks against Iran, details of which were published in a report by The New York Times in June 2012. The report said Stuxnet was the product of a joint effort between the US government and Israel's military, codenamed 'Olympic Games'. The programme began in the Bush Administration in 2006 and was accelerated under Obama's command."

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