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Anonymous continues its attacks, hitting new and old targets

Anonymous is continuing its reprisal campaign against a growing number of organizations.  CBS News, Universal Media, some Brazilian firms… the list will probably continue to grow over this week.

PC Mag  Forbes

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Car hacking, for fun and profit

Forbes has a lovely article on the implications of cars with built-in web connectivity – which can, by definition, be hacked.  Are you ready for hackers to track your every move and listen in on your in-car conversations?

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Anonymous strikes back at copyright advocates’ & US government’s websites

Anonymous, in retribution for the FBI’s closing of the Megaupload family of websites and the jailing of their leadership, brought down the websites of some government agencies and supporters of SOPA.  Naturally, a huge flow of news on the story resulted:   Forbes   Extremetech   CNN   Eweek   Washington Post   Slashdot   Ars Technica   CNET1 CNET2 CNET3   New Scientist   PhysOrg

What’s worse, Anon’s started circulating links on Twitter and other websites that automatically turn your computer into a DDoS spammer.  This kind of trick is not cool in my point of view, and it’s definitely illegal, but then what do you expect?  Forbes

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Online retailer Zappos hacked

Another hacking, another reason to worry about identity theft.  The online shoe retailer Zappos has had one of its servers hacked, affecting over 24 million customers.  Zappos is in full damage-control mode, resetting its customers passwords and making sure that it loses as few customers as possible.

CNN  PhysOrg  CNET

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Civilian drones, hacking cars, sensor sleeves, robot farms, and more

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  • One of the things that I’m going to be keeping an eye on this year is the legal status of civilian drone use.  The reason I bring this up is that Sea Shepherd (the vigilante anti-whaling group) has received permission from the Australian government to use drones to track the Japanese whaling fleet.
  • Speaking of civvie surveillance drones… here are some toy versions for making mischief.
  • And, lest we forget, there are certain improvements that have to be made for drones to work in busy airspaces and around cities.  Like avoiding other aircraft and knowing what spots are safe for an emergency landing.
  • Smart traffic lights – they’re a dream for planners and commuters, and a nightmare for people who deal with them when they glitch.  Still, maybe if they have something that tells them what’s at the intersection, that’ll help a little.
  • A new pathway for cybercrime (and possibly assassination): hacking your car.  Seriously, if you hook a car up to the internet, this will happen.  Who, when, where, why, and how aren’t possible to determine, but it will happen.  Really doesn’t make me look forward to buying my next car…
  • Sleeves that track your arm movements, another way for people and companies to improve productivity.
  • Connect your home appliances, thermostat, power and water supply, etc, to a single electrical monitoring system, which you can access and control via the internet.  This is a smart home, and we’re likely to see more and better in the coming decade or two.

Military

  • Oh hey, I was talking about the US military’s budget plans yesterday, and here they are in the news:  Wired and DefenseTech have articles on Obama’s and Panetta’s plans for the military.  They were also on the network news quite a bit, too.

Space

  • There’s been some chatter on the blogosphere about the USAF X-37B spaceplane spying on China’s space station/lab.  Not sure if it’s legit concerns or just a bit of noise that lacks real substance.

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Technology links, 12/23/11

Fast Company writes about two new studies out, which say that cell phone use will explode in the developing world, and that governments will be able to watch and record everything on said phones.  And you thought some regimes were repressive before.

Google’s latest massive R&D project is augmented-reality glasses.  Really cool, if you don’t object to seeing ads being plastered on every flat surface (they gotta make money somehow, right?)

Keep an eye on facial recognition.  Not an earth-shattering technology, but if it becomes ubiquitous and accurate enough, it’ll lead to some… interesting changes.

Optical computers are one step closer:

Using a code made out of gestures on a screen, instead of one using a number-pad, to unlock a smartphone:

*Gulp*  Congress just authorized “offensive use of cyberwarfare.”  Oh boy.  (I’m not sure that this is going to actually change anything, actually; it seems to be more of a legal acknowledgement of what the Pentagon and CIA are already capable of)

Speaking of cyberattacks, the insurance industry is expecting a boom in demand for insurance against cyber attacks next year (and for many years after, most likely):

In support of flexible, lightweight computing power, scientists have doubled the conductivity of organic semiconductors (which may lead to that “flexible, lightweight computing” I was talking about) by compressing them.

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