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Supreme Court quotes rap as it mulls Facebook free-speech case
DEC 3rd 2014

The US Supreme Court on Monday began to wrestle with violent rap lyrics, internet trolling, and the notion that posting bomb and homicide threats is a form of therapy in which a now-jailed ranter could vent his frustration and thereby not really intend to kill anybody.

The ranter in question is Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who had adopted the rap persona Tone Dougie.

In 2010, his wife left him and took their two kids with her. He responded by writing death threats - or rap lyrics, as his defense contends - on Facebook.

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Dirt-cheap PS4 Amazon listings in Walmart price-match scam
NOV 24tH 2014

Every day is Black Friday when you defraud store price-matching policies!

That's exactly what some people were doing after Walmart announced on 13 November that it would price-match select online retailers, including Amazon.

Walmart says that if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, just speak up, and the store will match the price - right at the register.

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16 webcam hijacking suspects arrested in wake of bedroom-peeping
NOV 24tH 2014

An international bust of people illegally using remote-access Trojans (RATs) to hijack people's webcams last week led to the arrest of 16 people across Europe.

The UK National Crime Agency said on Friday that five people had been arrested in the UK, and another man was brought in for voluntary questioning.

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Apple ships OS X 10.10.1 - does it fix those Wi-Fi problems?
NOV 18tH 2014

Depending on whom you ask, Apple's latest OS X update, 10.10.1, may be the most anxiously-awaited ever.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite didn't introduce big technological changes.

Despite working much the same as earlier versions of OS X, its visual tweaks were probably the biggest differences.

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Breached US State Department takes email offline to update security
NOV 18tH 2014

The US State Department spent the weekend trying to mop up its unclassified email system and public sites in the aftermath of a recent attack.

The attack was first reported by The Associated Press on Sunday.

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Old-time phishing scams are working just fine, Google finds
NOV 11th 2014

Pfft! Phishing - so old-school.

Well, sorry to say, but it's not yet time to feel smug about being able to successfully spot a phishing scam.

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Is your webcam or baby monitor video feed being streamed to this website?
NOV 11th 2014

In 2013, a cyber creep took over a baby monitor to spy on a 2-year-old Texas girl, to broadcast obscenities at the child, to swivel the camera so as to watch her shocked parents as they came in, and to then call the parents insulting names.

Her father was shocked. Both the router and the IP camera were password-protected, he said, and the firewall was enabled.

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GATSO! Speed camera phish leads to CryptoLocker ransomware clone...
NOV 3rd 2014

Recently, we came across an intriguing phishing campaign that combines two feared products of the information age.

Gatsos (speed cameras) and ransomware, rolled into one attack!

It all started with a phishing email claiming to be from the Office of State Revenue in New South Wales, Australia.

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Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to 3.5 years in jail over CSC hack
NOV 3rd 2014

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and an accomplice identified only as "T2" have been convicted of hacking into a server belonging to American tech giant CSC on 13-14 February 2012.

The pair's infiltration allowed them to steal sensitive information including police records and social security numbers in what prosecutors described as "the largest hacking case to date."

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HTML5 goes officially live - now you really CAN say goodbye to Java in your browser!
NOV 3rd 2014

Do you remember what happened on the night before Christmas in the last year of the last millennium?

That's right!

HTML 4, or (to be more precise) the HTML 4.01 Specification, was published.

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