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Kaspersky on How to Protect Yourself

Italian Surveillance Software Maker Targeted in Major Hack

Italy's Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to police the web, appeared to be the victim of hacking on a grand scale itself on Monday.<p>The Milan-based company, which describes itself as a maker of lawful interception software used by police and intelligence services …

Hackers of Apple, Facebook Seen As Independent Group Seeking Money

A hacking group best known for breaking into top-tier technology companies Apple, Facebook and Twitter more than two years ago is now believed to be one of a handful of highly skilled independent gangs pursuing corporate secrets for profit.<p>According to new research from the largest U.S. security …

FBI Director Says Encryption Poses Law Enforcement Challenge

Widespread digital encryption presents a massive challenge to law enforcement, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers at back-to-back hearings on Wednesday, urging Silicon Valley to come up with a solution.<p>"Our job is to look at a haystack the size of this country to find needles that are …

Israeli Jailed for Hacking Madonna's Computer

A former contestant in Israel's version of "American Idol" was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for hacking the computers of singers including Madonna, who had complained about unfinished tracks from her latest album being leaked online.<p>Under a plea bargain, Adi Lederman confessed to computer …

OPM: 21.5 Million People Affected By Background Check Breach

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced on Thursday that sensitive information including Social Security numbers for 21.5 million people was among the data stolen in a hack of its computer networks.<p>An investigation determined that this hack and a separate, smaller breach of an OPM …

Hacker Gets 13 Years in Prison for Massive International ID Theft

A Vietnamese hacker who took part in a scheme to sell access to the stolen personal data of 200 million U.S. citizens has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro in New Hampshire. Ngo earlier pleaded guilty to federal …

Hacking Team CEO Talks Down Seriousness of Data Breach of Its Systems

A week after saying a massive data breach had left its technology open to abuse by "terrorists, extortionists and others," Italy-based surveillance software maker Hacking Team sought to assure governments and other clients on Tuesday that the situation isn’t really that dire. In a statement posed …

Using Emacs and Git with Magit 2.1

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List of freely available Programming Books

<b>You may also like to see:</b><p><b>Design Patterns : Singleton Pattern</b>• <b><br>Design Patterns : Decorator Design Pattern - Decorating Objects</b><p>Here I listed freely …

The rise of the new Crypto War

James B. Comey, Jr., the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is afraid of the dark.<p>“The law hasn’t kept pace with technology, …

Firefox, you're supposed to be in my pocket, not the other way around.

<i>Disclaimer</i>: I'm a bit pissed off, so this article might contain some anger.<p>Today, I updated my Firefox, and had a new icon on my toolbar: pocket. I …

Hacking Team orchestrated brazen BGP hack to hijack IPs it didn’t own

Hijacking was initiated after Italian Police lost control of infected machines.<p>Spyware service provider Hacking Team orchestrated the hijacking of IP …

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Interview: Larry Wall

Larry Wall is a fascinating man. He’s the creator of Perl, a programming language that’s widely regarded as the glue holding the internet together, …

Tracking down the Villains: Outlier Detection at Netflix

Shadows in the GlassFinding a Rabbit in a SnowstormHow DBSCAN WorksHow We Use DBSCAN <br>• Parameter SelectionInto the RingThe Ones We Leave BehindWorld on …

Why you should buy Amazon’s Echo home hub

Amazon’s Echo — an odd voice-activated domestic hub — just went on sale to the general public. If you’ve got $200 to burn, I recommend it. It’s oddly great — and it gives you a glimpse of the future.<p>If Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit comes close, controlling your home by voice is going to be a lot …