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WikiLeaks supporters’ cyberattack on Amazon.com appears unsuccessful [Updated]

December 9th, 2010

Global hacker group “Anonymous” announced its plans Thursday morning to launch a cyberattack on Amazon.com. The attack is part of a larger endeavor called “Operation Payback,” which targets the websites of companies the group believes to have impeded WikiLeaks’ efforts to disseminate information. Recent targets include Visa and Mastercard. Anonymous’ cyberattack on Amazon.com was scheduled …

Windows Phone 7 jailbreak imminent

November 12th, 2010

As noted by enthusiast blog istartedsomething, Windows Phone 7 is on the verge of being jailbroken. Actually, hackers have already gained root access Windows Phone 7’s registry and file system — their methods simply aren’t yet bundled up in a nice little user-friendly package. “Jailbreaking” or “rooting” is a process that will allow users to …

FTC will not fine Google for stealing passwords with Street View cars

October 27th, 2010

Following Google’s recent admission that it accidentally stole passwords, emails and other personal information with its Street View cars, the Federal Trade Commission has decided not to issue any fines. Earlier this week, Google confirmed accusations that its Street View cars — the vehicles Google uses to take Street View images for its popular Google …

Reality Check: Modding the DROID X may not lead to a bricked phone

July 15th, 2010

A post by p3Droid on the My Droid World forums claims to shed some light on the rumored locked bootloader of the DROID X. According to the posting, the Droid X ships with an e-fuse chip that locks the bootloader and will brick the phone if the bootloader is modified. The news is spreading like wildfire …

Google ditches Windows in favor of OS X and Linux

June 1st, 2010

Citing a renewed focus on security thanks in part to a recent series of cyber attacks originating in China, The Financial Times is reporting that Google is abandoning support for Microsoft’s Windows. Citing several anonymous employees of the search giant, the FT said that as recent as January, new Google employees were permitted to run …

iPhone hacked and hijacked at Pwn2Own

March 25th, 2010

Smartphones might have proved to be a tough nut to crack at last year’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own, but the same cannot be said for 2010 as two European hackers were able to gain control of a stock iPhone’s SMS database. The hack, which takes 20 seconds to execute by having the iPhone visit an infected website, allows its …

Suspected Chinese cyber attack may have ties to two schools in China

February 19th, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that the Chinese cyber attack launched on Google and other major companies, which was made public last month, may have ties to one university and one vocational school in mainland China. While most of the collected data seems to point to servers in Taiwan, two anonymous Times sources claim …

Google and NSA team up to protect the cloud

February 4th, 2010

The Washington Post is reporting that internet search giant Google, and America’s electronic security agency, the NSA, will be teaming up to analyze data from the recent cyber attack that is believed to have originated from China. Neither the NSA nor Google is commenting on the partnership, however the Post has an anonymous source who …