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Federal appeals court overturns conviction for ‘white hat’ hacker ‘Weev’

An appeals court in the United States overturned Friday the conviction of a self-described “security research” hacker for breaking into the AT&T online network to reveal a security flaw. Andrew Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” was sentenced to just over three years in prison last year for breaching the AT&T…

White House and intelligence agencies deny report that NSA exploited ‘Heartbleed’ bug

By Mark Hosenball and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and U.S. intelligence agencies said on Friday neither the National Security Agency nor any other part of the government were aware before this month of the “Heartbleed” bug, denying a report that the spy agency exploited the glitch…

Justice Department charges nine in million-dollar bank hacking case

US officials said Friday that nine people, including three Ukrainians and a Russian, were charged in a scheme that stole millions of dollars by hacking into online bank accounts. An indictment unsealed Friday alleges that the hackers used “Zeus” malware to steal passwords, account numbers, and other information necessary to…

Ohio high school athlete sues over suspension for pro-marijuana retweet

A Ohio high school soccer player, who was suspended from his team for re-tweeting a pro-pot message on Twitter, is suing the school district over his punishment. Clear Fork High School senior Jakob Neumann, 18, claims that school administration officials violated his 1st Amendment right to free speech and denied…

U.S. official warns that hackers are attempting to exploit the pervasive ‘Heartbleed’ bug

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Government warned on Friday that hackers are attempting to exploit the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in targeted attacks by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable. It asked organizations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks to the Department of Homeland Security, on a website…

Music industry joins legal battle against defunct Megaupload website

The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the civil lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment…

Extra-terrestrial ‘tweet-up’ links Tokyo with the International Space Station

An unusual “Tweet-up” — a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter — involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy chatted with…

Federal regulators tell banks to address ‘Heartbleed’ risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. financial regulators on Thursday told banks to upgrade their systems as soon as possible if they are vulnerable to the recently uncovered “Heartbleed” bug, which exposes data to hackers. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, an interagency group that includes the Federal Reserve and the Federal…

Google prepares to start selling Glass eyewear to the public

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than…

U.S. warns Facebook not to alter ‘WhatsApp’ privacy settings after $19 billion mega deal

U.S. regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion. The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources…

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