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Police using ‘predictive analytics’ to prevent crimes before they happen

Crime fighters have long used brains and brawn, but now a new kind of technology known as “predictive policing” promises to make them more efficient. A growing number of law enforcement agencies, in the US and elsewhere, have been adopting software tools with predictive analytics, based on algorithms that aim…

8.7 million mobile customers hacked in South Korea

SEOUL — South Korean police have arrested two hackers who stole personal data of 8.7 million customers of the nation’s second-biggest mobile operator, the company said. KT said the hackers — formally arrested on Sunday — had stolen data such as customers’ names, phone numbers and residential registration numbers for…

Internet addiction even worries Silicon Valley

The latest trend on the internet is to step away from the internet, according to a growing band of American technology leaders and psychologists for whom the notion of the addictive power of digital gadgets is gaining sway. Although the idea of a clinical disorder of internet addiction was first…

Big money for Microsoft ‘Blue Hats’

As hackers from around the world converged on Las Vegas, Microsoft doled out a quarter million dollars in prize money to researchers who found ways to thwart attacks on its software. The winners of Microsoft’s first Blue Hat prize were unveiled at a hip club at a mobbed party complete…

Hackers could haunt global air traffic control: researcher

Air traffic control software used around the world could be exploited by hackers to unleash squadrons of ghost planes to befuddle those entrusted to keep the skies safe, a security researcher said Thursday. Cyprus-based Andrei Costin demonstrated his findings at a Black Hat gathering of cyber defenders that ends Thursday…

Apple ‘considering investment’ in Twitter

Computer and smartphone maker Apple has been discussing with social media company Twitter the possibility of making a significant investment in it, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed “people briefed on the matter”, the newspaper late Friday said Apple was considering investing into Twitter hundreds of millions of dollars,…

NSA director shows up at hacker conference to recruit talent

LAS VEGAS — US spy master Keith Alexander courted hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering rife with software tricksters wary of police and ferociously protective of privacy. National Security Agency (NSA) director Alexander was the latest, and perhaps the most controversial, federal official to attend the annual hacker conference…

Engineers design ‘Mantabot’ to swim like a ray

Engineers at the University of Virginia and three other universities are designing an “autonomous underwater vehicle” that will swim with the effortless grace of a ray. According to Science Daily, “Batoid rays, such as stingrays and manta rays, are among nature’s most elegant swimmers. They are fast, highly maneuverable, graceful,…

Google seeks dismissal of lawsuit against massive book-scanning project

Google asked a US court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit over the Internet giant’s massive book-scanning project, saying the effort is “not a substitute” for books themselves. In an effort to end the long-running litigation, the US tech giant offered its defense by arguing that its Google Books project should…

Man who tweeted airport bomb joke wins appeal

Paul Chambers, who was found guilty of sending a menacing tweet, has won his high court challenge against his conviction. Outside the court, Chambers, 27, said he felt “relieved and vindicated”, adding: “It’s ridiculous it ever got so far.” He had tweeted in frustration when he discovered that Robin Hood…

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