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.
Tag Archives: cybercrime
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?
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
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.
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.