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Submission + - U.K. Riot Plans To Control Social Media Won't Work (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "U.K. government proposals to prevent individual users accessing social media during periods of civil disorder were not technically viable and would be legally highly problematic. “It is all bluff,” said BT’s former CTO. Facebook, Twitter and specifically Research In Motion’s messenger service, BBM, have been blamed for helping to fuel the violence that has plagued several British cities this week. Speaking to an emergency session of the House of Commons Thursday, the U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron told MPs: "when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality. I have also asked the police if they need any other new powers." Nick Tyler, senior associate at Reed Smith’s London office, said attempts to block individuals from accessing particular websites could fall foul of both article 8 and 10 of the Human Rights Act. “It would go to the heart of democracy and liberal society,” he said. “There is a confusion here between preventative measures, stopping people from doing things, and investigative matters, investigating things once they have done it. “I would say it would be very difficult to use the law to stop people from accessing these sites. The government would have to do the sort of thing China did during the Olympics,” he said."

Submission + - Terrorist target mexican nanotechnology professors (m-x.com.mx)

An anonymous reader writes: A new mexican terrorist organization sent an explosive device to an ITESM professor due to his research in nanotechnology. ITS or Individuals with Wild Tendencies in english, is a group that claims to be against the "nanotechnology revolution" in fear of a nanomachine take over that will mean the end of civilization. The group has published in their website that they plan to target individuals in this research field to ensure the survival of mankind. Mexican authorities are investigating the case.
Social Networks

Submission + - Syrian Hackers Deface Anonymous' Social Network (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group retaliated on Monday by posting gruesome photos on Anonymous' embryonic social network. The defacement of AnonPlus — the site Anonymous set up last month when it was booted off Google+ — did not include the name of the group responsible. The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, however, credited the AnonPlus defacement to the 'Syrian Electronic Army' in a message posted to Twitter. 'In response to your hacking to the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Syrian people have decided to purify the internet of [y]our pathetic website,' the defacement read."
Government

Submission + - North Korea Training Hackers To Hack Online Games (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: New reports suggest that the North Korean government is encouraging its young hackers to penetrate into the arch enemy South Korea’s popular online gaming websites and find loopholes to collect points convertible to cash in abundance. According to experts, the North Korean government has taken the initiative as a part of their desperate attempt to recover their gradually falling economy in whatever way possible. It has been often covered by the media, especially those in the West, how the North Korean establishment has been spending a hefty amount in training an army of hackers and computer programmers despite its economic downfall.
Microsoft

Submission + - No Sex Please, We're Microsoft 2

theodp writes: Microsoft's Kinect has been out for less than two months and already there's an adult company looking to produce a 3-D sex game for the Xbox 360 console (PG-13ish YouTube demo). But Microsoft immediately shot down any speculation that the game will pass the certification process. 'This isn't the first example of a technology being used in ways not intended by its manufacturer, and it won't be the last," a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. 'Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use. Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect.'

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