Technology

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Required Routine Testing of Computer Trading Systems

March 9, 2013

“The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 4-0 to seek comment on rules that would require routine testing of trading systems. The exchanges would also be required to notify the SEC about a problem, including a system compromised by hacking.”

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): White House Delaying Release of Embarrassing Federal Government Cybersecurity Assessment

March 9, 2013

“The annual report from the White House Office of Management and Budget was due March 1, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told a joint hearing of the homeland security and commerce committees on U.S. cybersecurity.”

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Harlem Shake Videos Provoking Sectarian Violence in Tunisia

March 6, 2013

“Videos posted by Tunisian students have provoked a violent backlash by conservative Muslims, condemnations from the education minister and hundreds of new copycat videos online.”

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White House Responds to Petition Expressing Support For Cellphone Unlocking

March 5, 2013

“Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.””

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Pew Research Center Survey: Internet Access Disparity Between Rich and Poor Students

March 4, 2013

“The findings come as educators debate the role of technology in classrooms, which pose great advantages for students to research and find information.”

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President Obama’s “Autonomous” Organizing For Action Accused of Generating Fake Tweets Supporting Obama

February 26, 2013

“The Obama group Organizing for Action is fighting back against accusations that it generated fake tweets supporting the president’s call for gun-control legislation.”

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U.S. Internet Service Providers Launch Controversial “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Program

February 26, 2013

“The “Copyright Alert System,” or CAS, will allow content owners to monitor peer-to-peer networks for illegal downloading or uploading.”

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Symantec Security Response Discovers Earliest Version of Stuxnet 0.5 in

February 26, 2013

“Analysis of this code reveals the latest discovery to be version 0.5 and that it was in operation between 2007 and 2009 with indications that it, or even earlier variants of it, were in operation as early as 2005.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) Dismisses China’s Hacking Denials

February 24, 2013

“He said the attacks were illegal and unprecedented in scope, and that the United States was not currently able to protect American companies from them.”

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Security Experts: Chinese Hackers Have Infiltrated Most Powerful Washington Institutions

February 21, 2013

“The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal agencies.”

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Mandiant: Chinese Hackers Outed Themselves By Logging Onto Facebook, a Website Blocked By China

February 20, 2013

““The easiest way for them to log into Facebook and Twitter is directly from their attack infrastructure,” the company’s report explains. “Once noticed, this is an effective way to discover their real identities.”"

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Copyright Dispute Prevents Germans From Viewing Video of Russian Meteorite

February 20, 2013

“Germany doesn’t have an equivalent of the American fair use provision, which this would almost certainly fall under in the United States.”

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White House Considering Trade Restrictions as Punishment for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks

February 20, 2013

“The White House plans come after a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm released a torrent of details Monday that tied a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai to years of cyberattacks against U.S. companies.”

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Google Unveils High-Tech Glasses

February 20, 2013

“Google began selling Glass developer prototypes called Explorer last year for $1,500 that are due to ship this year.”

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White House: State Department Inquiring About Cyber Hacking at “Highest Levels” of the Chinese Government

February 19, 2013

“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stopped short of saying whether the U.S. was in a cyber-war with China. But she and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said U.S. officials have started a dialogue with the “highest levels” of the Chinese government.”

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