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Hacker Claims 7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised, Dropbox Denies Hack - 0 views

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    "Dropbox is at the centre of a leak scandal, following the releasing of 400 usernames and passwords by an anonymous user on Pastebin. The hacker claims the initial dump is just a portion of the 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts he claims to have compromised on Tuesday. He then requested Bitcoins in payment before he would allow access to more accounts."
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False claims spread online after Iran missile attack on Iraqi airbases | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Iran's missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases have been accompanied by a spread of online disinformation, falsely labelled images and claims of news sources being hacked, which have added to jitters in the region regarding the attacks."
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BBC News - Prescott to launch legal challenge over phone hacking - 0 views

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    Lord Prescott is to launch a claim for a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police's handling of phone hacking claims involving the News of the World.
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UK government online disability benefits signup requires IE6 - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "To claim Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance in the UK people are being asked to use Internet Explorer 5 or 6 and other systems that are so out of date they are available on less than 2% of computers. If you want to claim online you will need to take a step back to the 1990s and hunt through second hand shops for an old PC that you can power up. "
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'Anonymous Korea' Attacks North Korean State Websites - 0 views

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    ""Anonymous Korea" claimed to take down several North Korean state websites Saturday, just hours after North Korea said it has entered into a "state of war" with South Korea. North Korea's main official state website was back up and running, as of 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday. But Mashable was still unable to access three of the five listed websites that Anonymous Korea claimed to have attacked. "
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Hackers are selling powerful cyber weapons to anyone with the money to buy them - 0 views

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    "This person or group, who go by the names BestBuy and Popopret, recently spammed an ad to folks on Jabber, an instant messaging service. They offered to perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on whomever their client(s) wanted, and they backed up their offer by claiming to wield the ability to perform some of the strongest DDoS attacks ever seen. Recent events in the history of the internet show us that these kind of attacks - if these hackers indeed have the power they claim - can wreak internet havoc by blocking user access to a range of some of the web's most popular destinations."
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US prosecutors ponder what to do with multimillion-dollar Bitcoin hoard | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "No one stepped forward to claim these bitcoins, which were found in electronic "wallets" used to store the digital currency. An additional 144,336 bitcoins, worth more than $128m today, were also discovered, but the government's claim on them is being disputed by Ross William Ulbricht, 29, who US authorities say was the founder and main operator of Silk Road. They had been stashed on his laptop."
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Porn Studio 'Harassed' Man Over Piracy Claim - 0 views

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    A porn studio "harrassed" someone it claims illegally downloaded their films by threatening to subpoena their neighbours and spouse if they didn't pay up, a judge has said.
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Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people's public photos | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski - 0 views

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    "Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest association of hackers, claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers. At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, also known by his alias "Starbug," explained how he copied the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen"
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Facebook employees 'strongly object' to policy allowing false claims in political ads | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Hundreds of Facebook employees have signed a letter to executive Mark Zuckerberg decrying his decision to allow politicians to post advertisements on the platform that include false claims."
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Social Nets Need New Privacy Rule Book, Says Senator - 0 views

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    Clear rules are needed to govern what social networks can do with the massive amount of personal data they collect and how they inform their users about their practices, said Sen. Charles Schumer, who has asked the FTC to articulate a set of guidelines. Facebook claims it offers users "powerful" privacy tools, but Paul Stephens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse suggested consumers need a PhD to understand them.
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BBC News - Ash compensation e-mail 'is fake' says Wrexham firm - 0 views

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    An e-mail scam claiming it can help passengers hit by the volcanic ash flight ban is under investigation after being uncovered by a Wrexham company.
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Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder created DoNotPay initially to help people appeal against fines for unpaid parking tickets. Dubbed "the world's first robot lawyer", Browder later programmed it to deal with a wider range of legal issues, such as claiming for delayed flights and trains and payment protection insurance (PPI)."
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Amazon pushes customers towards pricier products, report claims | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Amazon's algorithms encourage customers pay more than they need to for popular products and appear to give more prominence to items that benefit the retail giant, according to an investigation by ProPublica. The investigation looked at 250 frequently purchased products over several weeks to see which ones were chosen to appear in the highly-prized "buy box" that pops up first as a suggested purchase. "
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Tech is disrupting all before it - even democracy is in its sights | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "It was robot accounts that caused "#TrumpWon" to trend after each TV debate and allowed Trump to claim "victory"."
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Quantum Computers Are Coming. The World Might Not Be Ready. - Bloomberg View - 0 views

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    "As dire as that sounds, panic isn't in order just yet. Researchers are already working on "quantum-resistant" encryption. Some companies claim to have made significant progress in the field. Google, among others, is working on a new form of security for its browser that might rebuff a quantum algorithm."
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Family of student killed in Paris attacks sues Facebook, Twitter and Google | Media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The family of a California design student killed in November's terror attacks in Paris have sued Twitter Inc, Google and Facebook Inc, claiming the social media companies provide "material support" to the militant group Islamic State."
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Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "The Authors' Guild originally sued Google, saying that serving up search results from scanned books infringes on publishers' copyrights even though the search giant shows only restricted snippets of the work. The writers also claimed that Google's book search snippets provide an illegal free substitute for their work and that Google Books infringes their "derivative rights" in revenue they could gain from a "licensed search" market."
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