Of stolen secrets and surveillance (week in review)
Global cyber-espionage effort steals dozens of secrets, while a White House report recommends social networks aid in monitoring extremists. Also: Microsoft and Google square off.
A, sensitive corporate documents, and other intellectual property for five years from more than 70 public and private organizations in 14 countries, according to a McAfee researcher who uncovered the effort.
The campaign, dubbed "Operation Shady RAT" (RAT stands for "remote access tool"), was discovered by Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at the cyber-security firm McAfee. The targets cut across industries, including government, defense, energy, electronics, media, real estate, agriculture, and construction. The governments hit include the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and India.
Meanwhile, a White House terrorism strategy says Facebook, Twitter, and other
David Drummond, Google's senior vice president and chief legal officer, says the tech troika's attacks on Android patents serve to stifle innovation and drive up costs.
A new survey of mobile developers finds Google's innovation in its new social network and its integration into existing products may help the service eventually topple Facebook.
With the likely launch of the iPhone 5, Apple could see sales of 30 million iPhones around the world and 10 million just in the U.S. during this year's final quarter, says BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
Gawker and an anonymous ex-staffer of Newt Gingrich are accusing the presidential candidate of buying more than a million (fake) followers on Twitter.
The malware is launched after a user tries to place a call. The conversation is stored in the .amr file format, research at CA say.
Perfect 10, which has a lackluster record fighting copyright cases, is taking on one of the largest, most mysterious, and highly controversial sources of pirated video on the Web.
Porn site dings Megaupload in copyright case
Most smartphone subscribers only use about 20 percent of the data in their monthly plan. But heavy data subscribers are flocking to Sprint Nextel, while light users looking for a good deal are going to T-Mobile.
Are you overpaying for smartphone data?
So far, 28 state governments have voiced an opinion on the proposed merger between T-Mobile and AT&T. Most are in favor, but a few are expressing concern.
States weigh in on AT&T-T-Mobile merger
After a customer's home was vandalized by a guest, travel marketplace Airbnb makes a slew of changes to its policies to help guard against future incidents.
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