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Submission + - Why Are Hackers Flooding Into Brazil? (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports, "In recent years, Brazil has become a major source of malware that steals online banking passwords, a development that may surprise you given the attention paid to attacks originating in Eastern Europe and Asia. To understand why ... it helps to consider the country's long history in electronic banking, according to a report by Trend Micro ... Brazil's banks have been on the forefront of online finance, pioneering electronic systems in the 1980s ... The country is now home to the world's second-largest ATM market ... It's also home to surging cybercrime. Brazil's large online population — 88.5 million people, or more than 40 percent of the population — makes for a big target. And $1.4 billion was lost in the country in 2012 to electronic fraud ... growth in people getting online combined with financial institutions enabling Internet banking lead to increased risks for consumers. Brazil is home to the famous ... Bancos Trojans, a family of malware that steals banking information from Latin American consumers. And lately, other popular banking Trojans such as ZeuS, SpyEye and CARBERP ... have now been spreading quickly ... A big part of the reason is many people don't patch their systems."

Comment Re:Comparative sacrifice (Score 0) 273

Not so - Washington power brokers were calling for Snowden to swing from the gallows, and that's after he got NDAA'ed and waterboarded at Gitmo.

Which is all nonsense. Pundits and legislators have no power over the prosecutorial or judicial process. The only people sent the Gitmo, less than 800 ever, were people known or thought to be connected to al Qaida or other related terrorists groups. The US only waterboarded three people in total, the last of which was ten years ago.

You don't have any information linking Snowden to al Qaida, do you?

Comment Re:Comparative sacrifice (Score 1) 273

Al-Awlaki was quite open in his declarations. If you bothered to read the previously linked story it shows he was directly connected to multiple plots.

He placed himself in the same status as the American citizens represent here that were also shot dead en mass by the US federal government without arrest, charge, trial, conviction, or sentence. It wasn't needed in their case, it wasn't needed in his. He decided to make war on the US, the US made it back.

Comment Re:Comparative sacrifice (Score 2, Informative) 273

Snowden was and continues to be at far higher risk of assassination than Malala. He's just been luckier.

So far.

Snowden is at no risk of assassination from the United States. He is at risk for arrest and prosecution for the crime of espionage. The most likely outcome of that would be a long sentence in prison. The only American citizens that the US has been targeting are those that have taken up arms against it such as al Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki .

If you want to claim otherwise, I think you need to provide some evidence.

Submission + - Dice Ruins Slashdot (slashdot.org) 12

An anonymous reader writes: In an attempt to modernize Slashdot, Dice has removed everything that made Slashdot unique and worthwhile and has turned it into a generic blog site. User feedback has been unanimously negative, but this is to no avail, and users will have to head elsewhere for insightful and entertaining commentary on tech news.

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