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Submission + - Google Accuses China of Interfering with Gmail 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Guardian reports that Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with Gmail. According to the search giant, Chinese customers and advertisers have increasingly been complaining about their Gmail service in the past month and attempts by users to send messages, mark messages as unread and use other services have generated problems for Gmail customers. The announcement follows a blog posting from Google on 11 March in which the firm said it had "noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target." The search firm is not commenting further on this latest attack, but technology experts said it seemed to show an increasingly high degree of sophistication. "In the wake of what is happening in the Middle East I don't think China wants to be seen making heavy-handed attacks on the internet, that would draw too much attention," says one internet executive who wished to remain anonymous adding making it look like a fault in Google's system was extremely difficult to do and the fact that these attacks appear to come and go makes the attack look "semi-industrial and very, very sophisticated.""
Networking

Submission + - HTTPS is more secure,so why isn't the Web using it 1

suraj.sun writes: HTTPS is more secure, so why isn't the Web using it?

You wouldn't write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online? Every time you log in to Twitter, Facebook or any other service that uses a plain HTTP connection that's essentially what you're doing.

There is a better way, the secure version of HTTP — HTTPS. But if HTTPS is more secure, why doesn't the entire Web use it? Web security got a shot in the arm last year when the FireSheep network sniffing tool made it easy for anyone to detect your login info over insecure networks. That prompted a number of large sites to begin offering encrypted versions of their services via HTTPS connections.

ARS Technica: http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/03/https-is-more-secure-so-why-isnt-the-web-using-it.ars
Security

Submission + - Questions Remain Following RSA Cyber Attack (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: After notifying customers on Thursday that it had been breached after hackers mounted a highly sophisticated cyber attack that has put its SecurID product at risk, RSA has yet to expand on the details and potential impact of the attack, leaving customers concerned and with many questions.

In the meantime, reactions are pouring in from customers and the information security community in general, some saying to prepare for the worst, and some brushing it off as not-so-serious incident.

Google

Submission + - Breathtaking airplane view added to Google Maps (brightsideofnews.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Absolutely awesome, if you like maps.

They call it the airplane view with a good reason. The new view in Google Maps boasts slightly tilted aerial shots that provide way better overview of ground structures.

Currently available in 43 cities around the world in Google Maps web app on desktop and mobile, the new perspective automatically becomes available upon zooming in to the third highest zoom level.

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