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In Iran, Internet surfers battle cyber police

TEHRAN – Western sanctions have done little to stop the flow of computers and software to Iran, where the real challenge for cyber surfers is getting around local censors who block thousands of websites, including Facebook and YouTube. Last month, authorities launched the Islamic republic’s first Internet police unit to…

TSA tests less-revealing airport scanners

The US Transportation Security Administration began rolling out new airport scanner software Tuesday that produces less revealing images of travelers. The new software “enhances privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detects potential threat items and indicates their location on a generic outline of a person,” the TSA said. McCarran…

Cablegate: MPAA, RIAA, BSA weighed in on France’s Internet disconnection law

According to a US diplomatic cable given to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, US business interests played a role in the passage of a French law that created Internet user blacklists, ostensibly to be used against people who access copyrighted content online. The “Creation and Internet law,” which became law in Sept.…

WikiLeaks supporters download ‘Low Orbit Ion Cannon’ software en masse

Security experts see surge in downloads of spam used to attack sites hostile to WikiLeaks WikiLeaks supporters on Friday downloaded increasing amounts of the spam-shooting software used to attack companies seen as hostile — a development that could challenge even Internet giants such as PayPal and Amazon.com during the crucial…

SocialMiner: New software allows employers to spy on Twitter, Facebook, social networks

Now, it seems, you have nowhere to hide. New software released by Cisco Systems Inc. on Wednesday makes it much easier for banks, retailers, and other businesses — including your employer — to monitor the mountain of data on social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The new…

US not sure where ‘Stuxnet’ worm came from, official claims

The United States is analyzing the “Stuxnet” computer worm but does not know who is behind it or its purpose, a top US cybersecurity official said Friday. “One of our hardest jobs is attribution and intent,” Sean McGurk, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), told reporters.…

CIA used pirated, inaccurate software to target drone attacks: lawsuit

‘They want to kill people with my software that doesn’t work,’ software exec tells court The CIA used illegally pirated software to direct Predator drone attacks, despite apparently knowing the software was inaccurate, according to documents in an intellectual property lawsuit. The lawsuit, working its way through a Massachusetts court,…

Whoa, Dude: Fox News parent company’s ‘Big Lebowski’ game developed by North Koreans

Network of partner groups led to Fox Mobile selling games developed in Pyongyang: report North Korea, one of the poorest and most politically isolated countries in the world, is undergoing something of an economic renaissance thanks to a growing software industry fueled, at least in small part, by American media…

US House passes border bill amid India anger

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to toughen US-Mexico border security, amid anger in India at the steep increases in work visa fees proposed to pay for the new measures. The measure, unveiled 90 days before November mid-term elections, aims to add another 1,500 agents and deploy…

Microsoft patches “critical” crack in Windows

Microsoft released an emergency patch for a “critical” crack in Windows operating system software that could let hackers take control of computers over the Internet. “The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed,” the US technology giant said in a security…

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