Information Technology

Ars was briefly hacked yesterday; here’s what we know
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At 20:00 CT on December 14, an Internet intruder gained access to one of the Ars Web servers and spent the next hour attempting to get from the Web server to a more central machine. At 20:52, the attempt was successful thanks to information gleaned from a poorly located backup file. The next day, at 14:13, […]

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Sen. Al Franken questions Uber, Lyft over privacy (Q&A)
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The Minnesota senator has asked Uber and Lyft to clarify their data collection practices. He believes users should know how their personal information is being collected and used by these ride-sharing services.

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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak
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sciencehabit writes: Speak or write in English, and the world will hear you. Speak or write in Tamil or Portuguese, and you may have a harder time getting your message out. Now, a new method for mapping how information flows around the globe (abstract) identifies the best languages to spread your ideas far and wide. […]

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?
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Will the Science Museum’s new gallery keep the kids quiet this Xmas? Exhibition Review  The Science Museum’s new Information Age gallery opened in October to great fanfare. Most of that fanfare, however, was concerned with an elderly lady having sent a tweet, rather than the substance of the exhibition itself.…

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​Sony hackers offer to suppress pilfered employee information
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The cyber group that claims to have hacked Sony Pictures and has been publishing the information on the Internet says studio’s employees have a chance to keep personal data private. It says more releases are coming.

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UK spy agency makes an Android app—but it won’t spy on you
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GCHQ has released its own “fun, free, educational” Android app to teach secondary school students about cryptography. The Cryptoy app, which has no permissions to access confidential information on Android devices, helps children understand basic encryption techniques and create their own encoded messages. The government hopes the app could help find the next generation of […]

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Hollywood's Secret War With Google
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cpt kangarooski writes: Information has come to light (thanks to the recent Sony hack) that the MPAA and six major studios are pondering the legal actions available to them to compel an entity referred to as ‘Goliath,’ most likely Google, into taking aggressive anti-piracy action on behalf of the entertainment industry. The MPAA and member […]

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No Respite for Sony
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Since the hacker group calling itself “Guardians of Peace” announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly […]

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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications
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Prune writes Congress has quietly passed an Intelligence Authorization Bill that includes warrantless forfeiture of private communications to local law enforcement. Representative Justin Amash unsuccessfully attempted a late bid to oppose the bill, which passed 325-100. According to Amash, the bill “grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” According […]

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