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Israeli websites hacked, no harm done…

This time, at least.  The Tel Aviv stock exchange and Israeli national airliner El Al were hit by a cyberattack today.  No significant damage was done (it was a DDoS attack, which isn’t hard to do and can’t do anything more than shut down a website), and there was no interruption of service for either organization, but Israelis are probably feeling a little bit rattled by the possibility of a cyberattack taking out some of their infrastructure at the wrong time.

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More on the Pentagon’s cybersecurity woes

The Pentagon is not happy about how easy it is to crack/infect/hack the systems of the various security agencies in the US.  And to give you an excellent example of why, there’s the news that Chinese hackers have found another way to get into the Pentagon’s system and steal information, this time using smart-cards.

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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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