The security and privacy implications of rapidly moving into a world where intelligent computers assist convenience-spoiled humans are unknowable at this juncture. That said, Microsoft is pioneering natural user interfaces — that go beyond touch screens. Fans of Microsoft’s Kinect sensor can look forward later this year to vastly refined controls that enable you to use open and closed palm gestures to play games and manage Xbox …More
SEATTLE – The $731 million fine European regulators slapped on Microsoft Wednesday for failing to abide by an antitrust sanction reinforces the European Union’s longstanding insistence on fair competition.
What’s more, the huge penalty also signaled that Europe won’t …More
By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY, 02Mar2013,
SEATTLE — Cybercriminals are stepping up the spread of data-stealing programs via pornographic content optimized for viewing on smartphones and touch tablets.
What’s more, free apps and mobile ads are being pervasively manipulated by scammers bent on re-directing your clicks to weblinks you had no intention of visiting. …More
Twitter hoaxes on Burger King, Jeep, MTV disrupts social media
February 21, 2013
The defacements of the commercial Twitter accounts of Burger King and Jeep, and the publicity stunt executed by MTV and BET, pretending to be victimized, are the latest example of pranksters disrupting the social media presence of corporations and celebrities.
LasrWatchdog asked branding guru Wilson Tang, head of Digital Creative at TBA Global, and privacy expert, Michael Hussey, Founder and CEO of PeekYou, to weigh in on the …More
Why Google and Facebook continue to track you online very closely
February 21, 2013
(Editor’s note: Google is being taken to task for collecting personal information from Android users and forwarding it to app developers without asking permission. And Facebook has raised privacy concerns anew with the launch of a controversial “promote-and-share” service. In this guest commentary, Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at antivirus firm Bitdefender explains why the tech giants are so eager to track where you go …More
Cyberbullies active at work and in romances gone bad
February 16, 2013
By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY 19FEB2013, p1B
SEATTLE — Cyberbullying is no longer restricted to children.
Adults routinely use content from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social-media services to intimidate and harass subordinates and rivals at work.
And When romantic relationships go sour, aggrieved lovers often …More
Why the New York Times network was simple to breach
February 2, 2013
(Editor’s note: The recent network breaches of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal may be the tip of the iceberg. At least six separate Chinese hacking groups, steeped in Advanced Persistent Threat, or APT tactics, are likely responsible for targeting US, UK, Australian, Canadian, Korean and Philippine media organizations, says Adam Vincent, CEO of security startup Cyber Squared, which runs the ThreatConnect …More« go back — keep looking »