Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Google's Eric Schmidt on drone wars, virtual kidnaps and privacy for kids

Google's Eric Schmidt: drone wars, virtual kidnaps and privacy for kids | Technology | guardian.co.uk: "Google's chairman has sketched out a future world in which cyberterrorists are targeted by government drone strikes, online identities are taken hostage and held for ransom, and parents explain online privacy to their children long before the subject of sex. Eric Schmidt also said that his recent trip to North Korea had shown that the population there lives in an "utter information blackout" – but that change was certain to come, as well as for the 5 billion people worldwide not yet connected to the internet, for whom connectivity would bring enormous benefits and transform their lives. Speaking to an audience at Cambridge University, in the first of a number of speeches outlining his view of the technological future, Schmidt said that he thought change would come "slowly and incrementally" to North Korea as the use of mobile phones spread, and with it information. Google has already updated its maps of the country since Schmidt's visit using "citizen mappers" inputting information to its Mapmaker software. . . . "

On the eve of a battle to confirm his pick for America's CIA chief, President Barack Obama agreed Wednesday to let a small group of lawmakers look at a long-sought, classified Justice Department opinion explaining his administration's legal justification for targeting killings of American terror suspects in other countries.The secret legal memo has became a flash point in the nomination of White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Lawmakers this week wrote to Mr. Obama demanding the release of Justice Department documents that they first began seeking soon after a U.S. missile struck the vehicle carrying the radical, American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011, killing him.

Kaspersky antivirus update cripples Internet for thousands of Windows XP machines - The Next Web: " . . . The good news is that Kaspersky issued an update on Tuesday morning to address the problem. The bad news is that in many cases it will require user intervention: the update should install automatically but some users will have to disable the Web protection component first. For its part, Kaspersky responded in the forum about three hours after the initial post with an apology. Two hours later, the company apologized again, released the fix and accompanying instructions. The security firm asked users to first “please disable the Web AV component of your protection policy for your managed computers”. . . . "

Microsoft and Symantec Take Down Bamital Botnet That Hijacks Online Searches - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs: "As reported by Reuters earlier today, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, in collaboration with Symantec, has taken down the dangerous Bamital botnet which hijacked people’s search results and took them to potentially dangerous websites that could install malware onto their computer, steal their personal information, or fraudulently charge businesses for online advertisement clicks. Microsoft and Symantec’s research shows that in the last two years, more than eight million computers have been attacked by Bamital, and that the botnet’s search hijacking and click fraud schemes affected many major search engines and browsers, including those offered by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. Because this threat exploited the search and online advertising platform to harm innocent people, Microsoft and Symantec chose to take action against the Bamital botnet to help protect people and advance cloud security for everyone."

Fed Says Hackers Breached Internal Site | Fox Business: "OpLastResort, which is linked to Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hacker activists who have claimed responsibility for scores of attacks on government and corporate sites over the past several years. OpLastResort is a campaign that some hackers linked to Anonymous have started to protest government prosecution of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on January 11. The Fed declined to identify which website had been hacked. But information that it provided to bankers indicated that the site, which was not public, was a contact database for banks to use during a natural disaster. A copy of the message sent by the Fed to members of its Emergency Communication System (ECS), which was obtained by Reuters, warned that mailing address, business phone, mobile phone, business email, and fax numbers had been published."

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