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Articles tagged with: united states

Anonymous Hacks FBI Contracted Firm

Anonymous has dumped files about IRC Federal, a government contracted IT firm, in honor of their F**k FBI Friday ‘holiday’. They’ve gotten access to contracts, internal documents, development schematics, logins and more.

Nothing of great importance had been leaked, but Anonymous did leave a message for the company asking them to stop working for the government.

Hacked Fox News Twitter Feed Reports Death Of President Obama

The Fox News Twitter feed has reportedly been hacked Monday, with a series of tweets announcing that President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

According to the Guardian News blog,the first tweet to announce that Obama had been shot dead were sent by @foxnewspolitics at approximately 2am local time to its feed’s 33,000 followers. The tweets were rapidly shared on the internet.

AT&T Gave $500K To Congressmen Supporting The Merger

72 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the FCC and Justice Department praising the AT&T merger with T-Mobile. And guess what? 66 out of the 70 signatures received a total of $500,000 in campaign contributions from AT&T in the most recent election cycle.

Most of the donations came from political action committees associated with AT&T, the largest corporate donor to members of Congress for the past twenty years.

New Snapdragon-Powered Sharp Smartphone- LEAKED!

It looks like Sharp is working on another Android smartphone, with the model number SH8188U representing it. No clue on how large the screen is on this slate, and it will be running Android 2.2 Froyo, telling us that we don’t deserve Gingerbread? But what about the holidays?

In either case, it will have WiFi, HDMI output, and HD video recording via the 5MP camera. The device will be fueled by a roaring 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

LulzSec Brazil Takes Down Brazilian Government

It seems like LulzSec is a group of hackers that are spread all over the world, and not just in the previously suspected U.S., Spain, and U.K, but also Brazil. A branch of LulzSec called LulzSec Brazil has taken down the Brazilian government portal and the homepage of the President of Brazil.

It appears that both websites under a packet flood as neither can be reached at the time of this blog. The LulzSec Brazil group started on June 19th, and promised to attack the government of Brazil if they had reached 1,000 followers on Twitter. The group currently has 1,200 followers on Twitter

Xbox Live Hacked- 60,000+ Accounts Leaked

The name you all should know by now, LulzSec, has just hacked Xbox Live and has exposed over 60,000 Xbox Live gamertags, passwords, and even PayPal information. The information was taken down from forums multiple times, but it keeps getting posted.

If you use Xbox Live or Paypal, I recommend changing your password on both platforms, as well as your bank account, immediately. World Of Warcraft usernames and passwords were also stolen.

Motorola Announces Milestone 3 (Droid 3) For China

Motorola has just announced its new Milestone 3 cellphone will be paired with China’s wireless carrier, Telecom. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the paces, the Milestone 3 is the latest version of the smartphone known as the Droid 3 over here in America.

Unfortunately for those in the United Kingdom, they’ll have to look towards other cellphone manufacturers when it comes to getting a new phone as the Droid 3 will not be making a debut in the UK.

U.S. Senate Makes Video Piracy A Felony

The United States Senate Judiciary committee has just made illegal video and TV streaming over the Internet, a felony. In most cases, these will be handed to the full Senate for consideration, as Hollywood Reporter reports. The Commercial Felony Streaming Act was introduced by Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn and applies only to videos, although severe sentences can be given for music piracy and software piracy as well.

This is a huge step taken against digital theft. Previously, the number one targets in the industry were uploaders. The number two targets were downloaders, and video streamers went largely unnoticed.

U.S. Spreads Democracy Through Shadow Networks

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and Mobile phone systems that citizens of repressed governments can use to bypass censorship in their native countries. The initiative is funded with $2 million from a State Department grant and the Internet is deployed from a small briefcase.

The idea is to smuggle the briefcase (full of Internet) across the border and quickly set it up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the world wide web. This could be the first step out of many that gives people a greater freedom to step up against their government. The new liberation-technology movement involves creating these stealth wireless networks so activists can communicate outside their government’s ears in countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

U.S. Invests In Smart Grid Tech + Security

According to eWeek, The United States government has recently came forth with a series of initiatives to implement information technology to the national power grid to make it “smarter”, more efficient, and secure. The council of National Science Technology outlined plans to create a smart grid innovation hub, in a report released yesterday called “Building the 21st Century Grid.”

The innovation hub will be composed of federal researchers, companies, and utility executives and will support research, development, and deployments of smart grid technology.