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Cyber-attack concerns raised over Boeing 787 chip’s ‘back door’

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a “back door” in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet. The discovery will heighten concerns about the risks of cyber-attacks on sensitive installations, coming on…

Court says YouTube not obligated to control content

PARIS — A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against YouTube filed by French television, saying the video-sharing website was not obligated to control content of uploaded material. YouTube is “a priori not responsible for the content of videos posted on its website” and “is under no obligation to…

BlackBerry maker to study options, warns of loss

NEW YORK — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion warned Tuesday it could report a loss in the current quarter and said it had hired investment firms to study its strategic options. The move comes with the BlackBerry, which pioneered the smartphone, rapidly losing market share to Apple’s iPhones and devices…

Samsung releases Chrome desktop computer

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung on Tuesday released the first Chrome desktop computer that essentially shifts work into Internet “cloud” using a version of the Google Web browser as its operating system. Staunch Google partner Samsung unveiled Series 3 Chromebox along with a beefed-up Series 5 Chromebook that is the latest…

Facebook tumbles, extends post-IPO slump

NEW YORK — Facebook shares tumbled nearly 10 percent Tuesday, extending their slump after the much-hyped public offering earlier this month ran into investor skepticism about the social network. Facebook closed with a loss of 9.68 percent at $28.82, dropping below $30 for the first time and ending down more…

Bradley Manning optimistic on brink of Wikileaks court martial

Two years into his military confinement for allegedly being the source of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Bradley Manning is keeping himself in a relatively positive state of mind, buoyed by trust in his lawyers and the support of close family and backers from around the…

Japan firm unveils radiation-gauging smartphone

Mobile phone operator Softbank on Tuesday unveiled a smartphone that can measure radiation as consumers in Japanclamour for reassurance following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. The latest model in the firm’s Pantone series comes complete with a sensor that enables users to see at the touch of a button how much radiation they are…

New computer virus potential destructive to Iran

A Russian computer firm has discovered a new computer virus with unprecedented destructive potential which could be used as a “cyberweapon” by the West and Israel against foes such as Iran. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, said its experts discovered the virus — known as Flame — during an…

Facebook smartphone could come by next year: report

Facebook hopes to release its own smartphone by next year, as the newly public social networking giant looks to boost its revenue in the mobile Internet market, the New York Times reported Monday. The company has hired more than half a dozen software and hardware engineers who have worked on…

Cyber attack on Iranian oil ministry is ‘most sophisticated’ computer worm yet

A cyber-attack that targeted Iran’s oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have warned. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab…

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