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+ - Mother Russia sponsors cyber spying of rival nations->

Submitted by DW100
DW100 (2227906) writes "The Russian government has been tacitly backing hacker groups that infiltrate the networks of other nations and groups such as NATO, according to security firm FireEye. The security firm has dubbed the group APT28, and believes its aim is to "collect intelligence that would be most useful to a government"."
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+ - Julian Assange: Google has the US government in its pocket->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "In an extract from a forthcoming book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at Google, claiming it has a very cosy relationship with some of the top power brokers in US politics. "Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of US power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive mega-corporation," he writes."
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+ - Ex-NSA director defends PRISM and suggests not talking to terrorists->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has issued a sweeping defence of the PRISM surveillance campaign he oversaw, claiming that everything was above-board and legal. He said that only those conversing with terrorists had anything to fear and the concerns around PRISM were distracting people from the real threats they face, such as state-sponsored hackers in China"
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+ - Unique UK broadband deployment to change remote island life forever->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "A unique broadband rollout in the UK has taken place this week, with operator BT bringing a previously disused international undersea cable ashore in the tiny island community of the Isles of Scilly. This will bring speeds of 60-80Mbs to the islands, making it one of the best connected communities in the world."
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+ - Bank of England warns UK firms on US cloud use over FBI and CIA data snooping->

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DW100 (2227906) writes ""The CIO of the Bank of England, John Finch, has told UK businesses to be wary of using US cloud firms due to concerns that the FBI, CIA or other agencies could access their data whenever they want, as concerns caused by the PRISM revelations of 2013 continue to plague the tech sector"
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+ - Announcing the MIT Bitcoin Project

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Two MIT students have raised half a million dollars for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall. Jeremy Rubin, a sophomore studying electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and Dan Elitzer, founder and President of the MIT Bitcoin Club and a first-year in the MBA program at MIT Sloan, have undertaken an ambitious project aimed at creating an ecosystem for digital currencies at MIT. Through the MIT Bitcoin Project, Rubin and Elitzer aim to help MIT continue its long tradition as the preeminent educational institution at the forefront of emerging technologies, and establish MIT as a global hub where Bitcoin-related ideas are studied. The bulk of funding for the project is being provided by MIT alumni with significant additional support from within the Bitcoin community. Rubin and Elitzer have engaged with a handful of Bitcoin parties and are holding a MIT Bitcoin Expo on Saturday, May 3rd. The event will feature presentations and technical workshops from prominent figures within the Bitcoin community."

+ - MIT gives 4,500 students $100 in Bitcoins->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "Two students seeking to make friends at the renowned MIT university have given over 4,500 fellow scholars $100 in Bitcoins, just to see what they do with them. They hope to understand more about the use of the digital currency and whether merchants on campus show any inclination to accept the new cash."
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+ - US judge rules cloud firms must hand over data, even if stored overseas-> 3

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DW100 (2227906) writes "Cloud computing uptake could suffer after a US judge in New York ruled that vendors in the US must turn over data to the authorities under warrant, even if the data is stored in other nations. The ruling was handed down during a case brought by Microsoft as it tries to avoid having to hand over data on an customer in Ireland, where the data is stored. However, the magistrate judge said that search warrants should apply to all data gathered by a US firm, regardless of any local laws. Microsoft has already said it will appeal."
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+ - Apple iTunes users slate Microsoft Word for iPad app with 500 one star reviews->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "In the first month since Microsoft launched its Word for iPad app it has received 500 one-star reviews from users of the Apple iTunes library, just under half the total of 1,028 ratings left by users. Issues ranging from the price to the lack of printing functionality were cited by many as the reason for the low scores. However, over 300 users have provided five stars reviews, suggesting for some the firm can do no wrong."
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+ - 95 percent of Londoners use iPhones and Android devices-> 1

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DW100 (2227906) writes "A staggering 95 percent of Londoners use iPhone or Android devices in the capital, according to WiFi data from Virgin Media. This means just five percent of remaining smartphone users are BlackBerry or Windows Phone users. With BlackBerry use doubling over the past year, this suggest Windows Phone is nowhere to be seen. Microsoft better get its act together and quickly."
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+ - Microsoft open sources ancient DOS and Word for Windows tools->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "Microsoft has moved to make the source code for its ancient MS DOS operating system and Word for Windows tools available for use, via the Computer History Museum based in California. "Microsoft is making these historic systems from the early era of personal computing available to the community for historical and technical scholarship" said distinguished Microsoft engineer Roy Levin. The move marks a notable softening on the firm's otherwise hardline nature against open source software, which it has always seen as a threat to its business."
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+ - Web at 25: Computer where web was invented on display in London->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "The NeXT terminal Sir Tim Berners-Lee used to write his proposal for the World Wide Web has gone on display at the Science Museum in London to mark the 25th anniversary of its creation. While perhaps not much to look compared to modern machine it is one of the most historic pieces of IT equipment in the world and has had more impact on the world than any other computer before or since."
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+ - UK fines abortion charity £200,000 for convicted hacker stealing its data->

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DW100 (2227906) writes "A UK charity that provides help and guidance for women seeking abortions has been fined £200,000 after a hacker breached its website in 2012 and was able to gather data on 9,900 people that had requested help from the organisation. The hacker was given almost three years in jail for the attack. The charity's CEO has condemned the decision, arguing it rewards the hacker for his efforts. The data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office said the poor IT security in place at the charity — the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) — warranted such a high fine. An appeal has already been lodged."
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