Τρίτη, 5 Ιουλίου 2011

Technology Report: Hackers falsely claim Obama dead on Fox Twitter feed

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How do hackers spend the Independence Day holiday weekend? Why, hacking, of course. Well, some of them do anyway. Anonymous, the group behind several high-profile hacking incidents this year, posted a document online Sunday allegedly containing a small number of usernames and passwords for access to one of Apple's servers. The hacker collective announced the breach via its Twitter feed as part of its Anti Security, or "AntiSec", campaign, warning that the gadget maker could be targeted in further attacks. ZDNet wonders whether Apple is a sort of "Holy Grail" for malicious hackers given the massive amounts of customer data stored on the company's iTunes and iCloud servers.

In a separate incident, hackers temporarily hijacked a Twitter feed operated by Fox News and posted several false messages early on Monday morning claiming that President Barack Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa. The ScriptKiddies, a group that may be loosely connected to Anonymous, claimed responsibility for the prank. FoxNews.com later regained control of the feed and removed the tweets. The president is actually at the White House enjoying the July 4 Independence Day festivities with his family. A Secret Service investigation is underway.

Coming soon: English-language search on Baidu. Thanks to new pact Microsoft has signed with China's most popular search engine, Baidu will no longer be just for Chinese users. Under the alliance, English searches on Baidu will be powered using Microsoft's Bing search, which will then deliver results back to Baidu's Web pages. The new alliance should prove to be a win-win for both companies by helping Microsoft increase its puny presence in China and Baidu extend further beyond China's borders.

One of the most-talked about features of Google's new social network Google+ is its video conferencing capabilities, something that Facebook has yet to offer. That could change this week, though. According to a report on TechCrunch, Facebook will use a much-hyped press event this week to launch a new in-browser video chat service powered by Skype.

Sony will finally restore the remainder of its Sony PlayStation Network in Japan this week, months after a massive security breach by hackers forced them to shut the videogame service down globally. Restoration of the service in Japan, which accounts for less than 10 percent of the network's users, will mark the full resumption of the network globally.
Hackers falsely claim Obama dead on Fox Twitter feed
July 04, 2011 03:00 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers took control of a FoxNews.com Twitter account on Monday and sent six false tweets saying that U.S. President Barack Obama had been shot dead, prompting an investigation by the Secret Service. | Full Article
Baidu picks Microsoft for English search
July 04, 2011 01:25 PM ET
SHANGHAI/LONDON (Reuters) - China's Baidu is to partner with Microsoft for English-language search, giving the U.S. software giant a chance to expand its tiny Web presence in a market Google has stepped back from, and helping the Chinese company's international ambitions. | Full Article
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July 04, 2011 02:33 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Despite a recent move to classify mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain tumors, according to a new study on Saturday. | Full Article
Sony to restore all PlayStation network services in Japan
July 04, 2011 03:36 AM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said it will fully restore all Playstation Network videogame services in Japan, marking the resumption of all network services worldwide after a massive security breach forced the company to shut them down in April. | Full Article
World stocks at 4.5 week high, risk back in favor
July 04, 2011 03:07 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks hit a 4-1/2 week high on Monday as investors grew confident over global economic prospects after Greece avoided an early debt default and data pointed to a moderate slowdown in China's growth. | Full Article
Greek fiscal survival vital for euro zone: FinMin
July 04, 2011 05:22 PM ET
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will stave off default not only for its own sake but because its survival is vital for the euro zone and the global economy, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters on Monday. | Full Article
Markets anticipate Nasdaq/LSE tie-up after TMX flop
July 04, 2011 09:16 AM ET
LONDON, Jul (Reuters) - The London Stock Exchange should consider a tie-up with Nasdaq OMX to secure its place as a global competitor, after its failed bid for Canadian group TMX made it vulnerable as a takeover target, investors and market participants said. | Full Article
EU sees delays in derivatives, short-selling rules
July 04, 2011 01:48 PM ET
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European Union rules to tighten derivatives rules won't be agreed until at least the early autumn, as a global crackdown on the opaque sector faces delays on both sides of the Atlantic. | Full Article
Moody's says not involved in Greek rollover talks
July 04, 2011 03:51 PM ET
ATHENS (Reuters) - Moody's is not involved in talks on a Greek debt rollover plan and will only make its views known once there is a final decision on it, the ratings firm said on Monday after Standard and Poor's warned about the plan. | Full Article
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July 04, 2011 01:35 PM ET
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The jury in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony began deliberations on Monday afternoon as the trial entered its seventh week with no break for the Independence Day holiday. | Full Article
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