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‘Anonymous’ intercepts secret law enforcement call on hacking probe

In a stunning release, the mysterious hacker organization “Anonymous” has published audio of an international coordination conference call between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the British Scotland Yard, revealing officers’ secret communications on investigations into the group’s recent exploits. The FBI and Scotland Yard have both said…

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran on Friday launched an observation satellite into orbit above Earth, its third since 2009, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The Navid satellite was launched successfully…. It will be placed into an orbit (at an altitude) between 250 and 370 kilometres,” IRNA quoted the head of Iran’s Space Organisation,…

Kim Dotcom’s bail rejected in New Zealand

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has failed to overturn a ruling that he remain behind bars in New Zealand while US officials seek his extradition for alleged copyright piracy, according to reports. Dotcom appeared in the Auckland High Court to appeal a judge’s refusal last week to grant bail because he…

U.S. seizes 307 websites during Super Bowl crackdown

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that it had seized the domain names of 307 websites as part of “Operation Fake Sweep,” a campaign targeting those selling counterfeit sportswear ahead of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Sixteen of those sites streamed live sporting events over the Internet, including…

Facebook stocks up for Google fight

WASHINGTON — As Facebook and Google jockey for dominance of the Web, the social networking titan’s $5 billion stock offering will give it a hefty warchest for the ongoing fight, analysts said. “It gives Facebook the ability to roll out more services,” Gartner technology analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “It’s going…

Facebook goes public, seeks to raise $5 bn in IPO

Investors came down with Facebook fever after the social networking titan filed to go public and seek to raise $5 billion in the largest flotation ever by an Internet company on Wall Street. The paperwork filed on Wednesday for the initial public offering provided the first glimpse of the financial…

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom to appeal for bail in New Zealand

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom will appeal on Friday against a ruling that kept him behind bars in New Zealand while US officials seek his extradition for alleged copyright piracy, his lawyers said. The German millionaire was refused bail last week when a judge ruled that he posed a serious flight…

EFF hopes to retrieve MegaUpload data for users

The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Tuesday that it would try to help users retrieve data from the file sharing website MegaUpload.com, which was shut down by the FBI on January 19 because of alleged copyright infringement. “EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken…

User privacy key as Facebook goes public

NEW YORK — Respect for privacy and the personal data of of its hundreds of millions of users is going to be an even greater concern for Facebook as the booming social network prepares to list on Wall Street. “We might see a public Facebook that’s now facing more scrutiny…

‘Anonymous’ hackers attack Brazilian bank websites

BRASILIA — The shadowy computer hacker group Anonymous said Wednesday it attacked the websites of three major Brazilian banks over the past few days to protest widespread inequality in Latin America’s leading economy. Hackers from Anonymous’s Brazilian branch told the economy daily Valor that their attacks on Bradesco, Itau and…

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