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Computer hackers plan to protect the internet by launching own satellites

Forget science fiction — this one sounds like pure fantasy — but hackers at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin are dreaming of creating their own network of communications satellites and ground stations to forestall any attempt to control the internet. They’d also like to put a hacker on the…

U.S. still spending billions on Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ missile defense

WASHINGTON — Boeing won a $3.48 billion contract Friday to retain its leading role in building a US shield against long-range ballistic missiles, defeating rival Lockheed Martin Corp., officials said Friday. The US Missile Defense Agency announced the decision for the seven-year contract in which Boeing will test, engineer and…

Verizon gives up on $2 payment fee after customers rage

WASHINGTON — Leading US wireless carrier Verizon Wireless backed down Friday on instituting a $2 charge for people paying their bills by credit card after a sweeping popular backlash over the plan. The reversal just one day after announcing the fee came also after the industry regulator, the Federal Communications…

Stratfor hackers publish email, password data

Boston (Reuters) – Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group published hundreds of thousands of email addresses they claimed belong to subscribers of private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc. The list, published late on Thursday, includes email addresses appearing to belong to people working for large corporations, the U.S. military…

Doomed teen Ben Breedlove shares life after death experiences on YouTube

CHICAGO — A week before Ben Breedlove died of a heart attack, the Texas teenager posted a remarkable video describing the peace and bright lights he’d found the other times his heart stopped. Breedlove, 18, tells his story with simple note cards and the occasional smile, sitting close to the…

Google top U.S. Web destination in 2011: Nielsen

WASHINGTON — Google was the most-visited Web destination in the United States in 2011, followed by Facebook and Yahoo!, industry tracker Nielsen said Thursday. Google received an average of 153.4 million unique US visitors a month from home and work computers, according to Nielsen. Facebook notched up 137.6 million unique…

Stratfor delays website launch after hack attack

The website of Strategic Forecasting, also known as Stratfor, has been offline for several days following the hacking attack. “As part of our ongoing investigation, we have also decided to delay the launching of our website until a thorough review and adjustment by outside experts can be completed,” Stratfor said…

Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era

Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news or lose themselves in novels. “It is only a matter of time before we stop killing trees and all publications become digital,” Creative Strategies president and…

Holiday shopping online rockets in U.S.

WASHINGTON — US consumers turned in record levels to the Internet for holiday shopping this year, further boosting online sellers’ share of the huge national retail pie. Shopping via the Internet in the seven weeks before Christmas jumped 15 percent over a year earlier, according to market analysts ComScore. That…

‘Anonymous’ stages Christmas hack on military merchant

In a recent post to text-sharing website pastebin, a hacker or hackers with the cyber activist group “Anonymous” claimed responsibility for stealing confidential data from the website of a military gear merchant whose customers are thought to be mostly former soldiers and members of law enforcement. The website SpecialForces.com retails…

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