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US and UK spy agencies are exploiting flaws in security software

Those worries that governments are trying to undermine security software? They're well-founded. <i>The Intercept</i> has learned that both the US' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters have been reverse engineering security software, such as antivirus tools and …

Tim Cook's attacks on Google and Facebook reveal a giant problem for Apple's future

"Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts," Tim Cook said earlier this week. "I'm speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They're …

Personal Information

The State of Antivirus for Android

(Image credit: Shutterstock)<p>Over 80% of smartphones today run Android. With such a large amount of phones using Google’s operating system, Android has become an ever more viable target for malware developers. The question is, are currently used antiviruses effective? The answer is more complex than …

Google Play

A fight is brewing over ads in the 'open-source Photoshop'

Far from just being <i>that</i> character in <i>Pulp Fiction</i>, GIMP is also an open-source alternative to Photoshop that's given away freely for all to use. Unfortunately, there's been a kerfuffle between the project's creators and SourceForge, one of the places that the software is available to download. The …

How to Maintain Your First-to-Market Position in a Copycat World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let’s face it: surreal moments in business can happen at the most unexpected times. But what I’ve discovered through the years is that they can often be the catalyst to eye-opening realizations.<p>Two years after launching my beverage bottle …

Business Strategy

Tips for home A/V cable management

Your home theater system should be a source of joy — both for sound and appearance. If yours looks like an explosion in a spaghetti factory, read on. …

Tech billionaires are paying hundreds of millions to get their privacy back

The purchase included two separate parcels: the Kahu'aina Plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, and Pila'a Beach, a 393-acre property with bright white sand.<p>The property is large enough for a set of villas or even a resort. But Zuckerberg apparently plans to only build one home: an …

Real Estate

FBI says police can disclose Stingray use, but not what they can do

Look, none of us should be surprised that police departments across the country use things like Stingrays -- sophisticated surveillance devices that suck up cell phone communications -- in their investigations. Still, more than a few of those PDs have insisted in court on trying to keep that …

Nova Launcher gets a Material Design refresh and much more in version 4.0 update

Nova Launcher, one of our favorite third party launchers here at Android Authority, is receiving quite the update today. The Nova Launcher beta channel received the big update a few weeks ago, and now it’s finally time for the stable version to receive the huge Material Design refresh.<p>After you …

Google Play

Google under fire from academics over 'right to be forgotten' transparency

A group of 80 internet scholars have written an open letter to Google, demanding greater transparency over its handling of 'right to be forgotten' requests<p>Google’s process for dealing with EU ‘right to be forgotten’ requests looks likely to come under new scrutiny, after a group of 80 leading …

Privacy

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

United Arab Emirates

Unmanned cargo chopper shows off its search-and-rescue talents

For three years between 2011 and 2014, the unmanned Kamen K-Max 1200 helicopter delivered more than <i>4.5 million</i> tons of supplies to the most dangerous and far-flung US Forward Operating Bases throughout Afghanistan. It followed that feat up in 2014 by demonstrating its ability to coordinate with …

U.S. Marines

Nearly 1 million new malware threats released every day

Companies are struggling to fend off cyber attacks as hackers get faster, sneakier and more creative.<p>New reports from the Internet security teams at Symantec (SYMC) and Verizon (VZ) provide an alarming picture of how difficult it's becoming for computer users to stay safe online.<p>Last year was a big …

Cyber-attacks

Ex-NSA director: China has hacked 'every major corporation' in U.S.

The Chinese government -- seeking to steal valuable secrets -- has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation's former spy director.<p>Mike McConnell, who served as director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush, made the comments during a …

George W. Bush

NSA thinks it can keep spying without compromising your security

American police and spies love the idea of back door access to encrypted data that lets them snoop on suspicious types, but many will tell you that they're wildly optimistic. Even if you don't mind the implication that the government has a right to spy on anyone, this could easily introduce a flaw …

Computer Hacking

Super-sneaky malware found in companies worldwide

A shadowy hacking group has infected computers at companies, universities and governments worldwide with the sneakiest malware ever.<p>That's according to a report Monday by Internet security company Kaspersky, which described a hacking campaign "that exceeds anything we have ever seen before." The …

Kaspersky Lab

The NSA failed to hack your phone

OK, so the U.S. National Security Agency may have attempted to hack your mobile phone. But relax! It looks like it failed to pull off the attack successfully.<p>Gemalto, the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards, said it believes it was jointly hacked by U.S. and U.K. spy agencies.<p>At the time of …

Surveillance

Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

Google, a search company, fired back today at a string of reports published in the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks that have brought the company and its business practices under scrutiny.<p>The collection of pieces implied that Google has decision-tilting influence in the federal …

Wall Street

Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices.<p>Tech companies represented by groups that …

Surveillance

Google Fiber is working on a game-changing way to measure TV ad views

Google will be rolling out a system that allows advertisers to see exactly how many views their TV ads are getting from Fiber users in Kansas City, one of the first places to get its blazing fast internet and TV service.<p>With the current status quo, advertisers rely on viewership numbers from …

Google Fiber

US threatened Germany over possible Snowden asylum, Greenwald says | DW | 21.03.2015

Star journalist and part of the team that brought the revelations of former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to the world, the …

Surveillance

U.S. Regulators Give Amazon Go-Ahead For Drone Tests

SEATTLE, March 19 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.<p>The Federal Aviation …

Drones

The Google backlash is growing

A few years ago, Google faced a lot of criticism, for everything from letting some of its Street View cars collect people's Wi-Fi data, to showing ads from Canadian pharmacies who violated US laws.<p>But the criticism seemed to have died down in the year or so.<p>Now, a consumer advocacy group in the US …

Privacy

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world

Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by Congress<p>Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would …

Surveillance

What is HTTP/2 and is it going to speed up the web?

Biggest change to how the web works since 1999 should make browsing on desktop and mobile faster<p>The web is about to get faster thanks to a new version of HTTP – the biggest change since 1999 to the protocol that underpins the world wide web as we know it today.<p>Hypertext Transfer Protocol is …

Web Development

Without naming names, Apple CEO Tim Cook jabs firms selling user data

Why did the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Yahoo decline invitations to attend President Obama's speech at Stanford's cybersecurity conference? Only they know for sure.<p>But they did avoid the embarrassment of sitting in the audience while<p>AppleCEOTim Cookobliquely lambasted the kind of companies they …

Here’s how to unlock your phone under the new rules

Image copyright ponsulak / Shutterstock.com.New rules governing U.S. wireless carriers went into full effect on Wednesday, although many carriers had …

T-Mobile

'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary shares the best advice he's ever received

O'Leary, an investor on the hit show "Shark Tank," briefly worked at Nabisco after receiving his MBA in 1980, but decided to build his own television production company, Special Event Television. There was a point when there was "a huge problem" with the business and his partner and cofounder Gerry …

Entrepreneurship

UK spy agency's Internet surveillance was illegal, court rules

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal says that until December, the GCHQ was violating human rights dictates -- but now is in compliance with the law.<p>A top UK intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, engaged in unlawful spying until late 2014, a tribunal ruled Friday.<p>The …

Surveillance