Information Technology

The Internet’s Own Boy review: Remembering—and honoring—Aaron Swartz
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The Internet’s Own Boy Every element of Aaron Swartz’s brief, remarkable life exemplifies the stuff we cover all the time on Ars. His tech-filled upbringing, his teenage rise to geek royalty, his hand in reddit’s genesis, and his online political activism made him a worthy subject of Ars conversation well before he became a household name. Sadly, Swartz’s […]

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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers
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Bismillah writes: Russian security researchers have spotted a new malware named Mayhem that has spread to 1,400 or so Linux and FreeBSD servers around the world, and continues to look for new machines to infect. And, it doesn’t need root to operate. “The malware can have different functionality depending on the type of plug-in downloaded […]

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Chinese businessman charged with hacking Boeing and Lockheed
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday that a Chinese businessman has been charged with hacking into the computer systems of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other aerospace companies. The alleged hacker, Su Bin, is accused of helping unidentified co-conspirators to identify what to steal from the companies’ networks—including data on the F-22 and F-35 […]

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Critical Infrastructure Companies Lack Cyberdefenses
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Companies providing the world’s critical infrastructure are woefully unprepared for cyberattacks despite the increasing threat level, evidenced by the release of the Stuxnet worm and the Shamoon virus in recent years, a survey conducted jointly by the Ponemon Institute and Unisys has found. Nearly 70 percent of the 599 surveyed oil, gas, utility, energy and […]

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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners
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wiredmikey (1824622) writes “China-based threat actors are using sophisticated malware installed on handheld scanners to target shipping and logistics organizations from all over the world. According to security firm TrapX, the attack begins at a Chinese company that provides hardware and software for handheld scanners used by shipping and logistics firms worldwide to inventory the […]

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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos
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An anonymous reader writes: The used smartphone market is thriving, with many people selling their old devices on eBay or craigslist when it’s time to upgrade. Unfortunately, it seems most people are really bad at wiping their phone of personal data before passing it on to a stranger. Antivirus company Avast bought 20 used Android […]

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Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill
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 The Senate Intelligence Committee today approved a cybersecurity bill that would encourage companies to share information about threats with each other and the federal government. The Senate group voted 12 to 3 to advance the bill. It should see a full vote this year. Read More

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Deep-sea streaming: 500-mile NEPTUNE cabling brings Internet to the ocean floor
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Your home Ethernet cable doesn’t deal with any of this ish—pictured here, a sea star and a squat lobster—behind some desk. NEPTUNE Canada The Juan de Fuca tectonic plate is by far one of the Earth’s smallest. It spans just a few hundred kilometers of the Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia coast. But what the […]

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New Snowden leak: Of 160,000 intercepted messages, only 10% from offical targets
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Late Saturday night, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell of a report related to a trove of documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The documents included 160,000 e-mail and instant-message conversations intercepted by the NSA, as well as 7,900 documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts. The Washington Post says […]

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