Buzz Out Loud 1523: Global cyber cold war imminent? (Podcast)

On today's show, security researchers report that Anonymous and LulzSec are, if anything, just distracting us with their antics while the true threat is a years-long cyberwarfare campaign that's stolen everything from private intellectual property to high-level government secrets. So, that'll probably lead to some reasoned and logical cyber-security discussions, no? No. Also, is the Amazon App Store screwing developers, and are you finally getting what you pay for, broadband-wise?

On today's show, security researchers report that Anonymous and LulzSec are, if anything, just distracting us with their antics while the true threat is a years-long cyberwarfare campaign that's stolen everything from private intellectual property to high-level government secrets. So, that'll probably lead to some reasoned and logical cyber-security discussions, no? No. Also, is the Amazon App Store screwing developers, and are you finally getting what you pay for, broadband-wise?

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EPISODE 1523

NEWS

Global cyber-espionage operation uncovered
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20087268-245/global-cyber-espionage-operation-uncovered/?tag=topImage1
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/09/operation-shady-rat-201109
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/03/us-cyberattacks-idUSTRE7720HU20110803

Internet Explorer story was bogus
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14389430
http://www.aptiquant.com/news/tell-tale-signs-that-should-have-uncovered-the-hoax-in-less-than-5-minutes/

Court Shuts Down Zediva: Apparently The Length Of The Cable Determines If Something Is Infringing
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110802/02374615353/court-shuts-down-zediva-apparently-length-cable-determines-if-something-is-infringing.shtml
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20086666-261/federal-court-to-order-film-service-zediva-shut-down/

Major breakthrough claimed in wireless technology
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18603178

Broadband subscribers mostly get what they pay for
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20087115-266/broadband-subscribers-mostly-get-what-they-pay-for/?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core http://shiftyjelly.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/amazon-app-store-rotten-to-the-core/


Shifty Jelly
Oh this just gets better. Amazon will agree to remove our app from their store if we remove it from the Google Market as well. WTF?

Facebook: "Anonymity on the Internet has to go away"
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-8220anonymity-on-the-internet-has-to-go-away-8221/2270?tag=mantle_skin;content

Twitter's 30 Most Eligible Bachelors
http://www.bitrebels.com/social/twitters-30-most-eligible-bachelors/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bitrebels+%28Bit+Rebels%29&utm_content=Twitter

Quick Hits

Don’t Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You: Oppose the Data Retention Bill
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=497

Toshiba announces 1TB 2.5-inch standard internal hard drive
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20086955-1/toshiba-announces-1tb-2.5-inch-standard-internal-hard-drive/?tag=cnetRiver

Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook
http://pushpoppress.com/about/
http://allthingsd.com/20110802/facebook-acquires-interactive-ipad-book-maker/

Time Inc. to launch tablet editions for all 21 of its magazines
http://mashable.com/2011/08/03/time-inc-tablet-apps/

Chrome 13 Renders Pages Before You Click
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237110/chrome_13_renders_pages_before_you_click.html#tk.hp_new

Google+ speeds to 25 million users in first month
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20087374-93/google-speeds-to-25-million-users-in-first-month/

Newt Gingrich accused of Twitter follower fraud
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20087188-93/newt-gingrich-accused-of-twitter-follower-fraud/

VOICEMAIL

Video Voice Mail from The Botch Kid

Video Voice Mail from Chris in Dallas Tx

EMAILS

Hi Molly:

I love the show and I don’t think I have ever disagreed with a point you have had before.

On this issue I agree with half of what you said but the other half sounds like you are blaming PayPal for the failure of the authorities.

Consider that if CNET was under a cyber attack it would likely ask the the authorities for help. The authorities would request that CNET provide log data as part of the investigation. As a business you should have some faith that when you provide logs to authorities that they would use that data in a reasonable way to help track down the true source of the attack.

The fact that the authorities took legal actions against people who most likely are part of a BOTNET and not the true source of the attack is not really the fault of the company who provided the log. Once the the logs are given over to the authorities the company who provided them are really have no control. In addition they company likely HAD to provide if the authorities are doing any sort of investigation into the denial of service.

However when you said that you did not wish to use PayPal anymore because they blocked payment to Wikileaks. I totally agree that is PayPal fault and they totally deserve blame for this. However to be fair you should also stop using Visa and Mastercard as they also took the same actions of blocking wikileaks payments.

All the best,

Joe

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Hi Buzzz-crew,

As a European I don’t understand all the commotion on your wifi-day. Half a year ago we already celebrated it, as did the rest of the world, where people use the proper date format DD-MM-YY. So on the 8th of February 2011 we had our wifi-day.

Love the show anyhow.

Keep up the good work.

Met vriendelijke groet, With kind regards,

Marlon Simons
The Netherlands

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Hey BOL heard Molly Wood mention to email if you feel at&t is throttling you. Well I feel they are throttling me. It started last month and I noticed it right when I passed 2GB of data. I’ve come up with an experiment: I’ll use speedtest.net app on my iPhone every day to test 3g. I’ll do this 5 times per day to get a good average and keep the results. So the day I pass 2GB I should be able to see if speeds are throttled. We’ll see if I’m just seeing things or if I am truly being throttled. I’ll let you know.

Kevin

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Pure Android goodness for free!!!

Nexus S is free at Best Buy today
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/nexus-s-is-free-at-best-buy-today/2011/08/03/gIQA28inrI_blog.html

Android fans should be very happy today: for one day only, every model of Google's Nexus S is free at Best Buy stores.

T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T customers can get the phone as a new phone or upgrade purchase with a two-year activation at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com today.

iPhone user myself, but thought you would like this since it IS the reference Android phone.

Steve

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Okay, so I assume roughly a billion people have written in with the same thing, but if you look closely on the ‘iphone 5′ you showed on episode 1522, it clearly says:

esigned by Apolle in California Assemeaded in USA”"

‘Nuff said?

Cheers; Love the show,

Toby from Melbourne, Australia

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