Information Technology

Facebook, NY DA Lock Horns Over User Data Warrants
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Facebook, not known for respecting users’ privacy, is battling a New York County district attorney’s demand for all information pertaining to the accounts of several hundred of its subscribers. DA Cyrus Vance’s office issued 381 secret warrants for the information in July of 2013 in a hunt for retired police officers and firefighters wrongfully claiming […]

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Nexus program manager says Nexus devices “can’t ever go away”
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Google’s Dave Burke seems confident that the Nexus 5 won’t be the last Nexus handset. Ron Amadeo Back in April, The Information released a report about a heretofore unknown project called Android Silver, a Google initiative that would pay OEMs to ship unskinned “stock” Android on their high-end phones. That sounds great for people who […]

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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers
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cgriffin21 writes: The security industry is adding layers of defensive technologies to protect systems rather than addressing the most substantial, underlying problems that sustain a sprawling cybercrime syndicate, according to an industry luminary who painted a bleak picture of the future of information security at a conference of hundreds of incident responders in Boston Tuesday. […]

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Samsung loses again: Judge awards Apple, Nokia $2m in leak-investigation fees
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‘All information leaks’ not a valid excuse, Sammy A US district court has awarded Apple and Nokia over $2m to reimburse them for legal fees incurred during their investigation of leaks of “attorneys’ eyes only” information by Samsung’s legal firm, Quinn Emanuel, during the long-running patent infringement dust-up among the companies.…

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Broadband Connectivity As Basic As Education: New Policy
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The Department of Telecom is working on framing a National Broadband Policy in India that will treat high-speed Internet as a basic necessity similar to health and education. According to the Economic Times the policy is expected to be finalised within the next 100 days, and should help increase the penetration of broadband in India. […]

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs
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Decision could scupper nascent cyberbullying, privacy bills Canadian ISPs can no longer simply hand over customer information without a warrant after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that internet users were entitled to a “reasonable” expectation of privacy.…

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Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US
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New submitter criticalmass24 writes: 42-year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known as Guccifer, the hacker that gained unauthorized access to email and social network accounts of high-profile public figures, has been charged in the United States. According to the Department of Justice, “[F]rom December 2012 to January 2014, Lazar hacked into the e-mail and social media […]

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Romanian hacker who leaked George W. Bush’s terrible paintings indicted
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An apparent self-portrait from George W. Bush, who has taken up painting in his post-presidency. The Smoking Gun Marcel Lehel Lazar, a Romanian citizen and former taxi driver also known by the hacker moniker “Guccifer,” was indicted by a US federal grand jury on Thursday on charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, […]

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Chris Nolan’s Interstellar and the irresistible pull of out there
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Quick, is this a scene from True Detective or Interstellar? Paramount/Warner Bros. Welcome to The Multiverse, a new column where’ll you’ll find Ars’ explorations and meditations on the world of science fiction. The Multiverse covers things we love, the things we hate, and the things we do not yet understand from source materials new and […]

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