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Lizard Squad gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live attacks to Tor

The developers of Tor, the software that tries to mask netizens' identities on the internet, have downplayed the arrival of 3,000 new relays – which are courtesy of a gang of mischief-makers.
Chris Williams, 27 Dec 2014
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Our artist's impression of how the bus-spotting terrorist bust may have looked

Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

CommentA bus is a fantastically efficient way to move a large number of people. Buses however are not. They are a dreadful system for getting people to work.
Simon Rockman, 27 Dec 2014
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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013!
Matt Asay, 27 Dec 2014
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Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

¡Bong!Ten days ago we disclosed to investors and partners that a huge cyber-attack on Bong Ventures LLC and its subsidiary companies had taken place. This resulted in a catastrophic loss of confidential information, correspondence, strategy documents, and animated movies catering to niche tastes which we only needed for research purposes.
Steve Bong, 27 Dec 2014
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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

ON-CALLIn the spirit of our popular eXpat Files column, we've decided to chronicle some of the weird things that have happened to readers who work on-call.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Dec 2014
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Headshot of Trojan horse

Vawtrak challenges almighty ZeuS as king of the botnets

Crooks behind Vawtrak, a dangerous banking Trojan, are ramping up its reach and sophistication, security firms have warned.
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2014
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PlayStation clambers back online days after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

UpdatedSony's PlayStation network is slowly returning to normal service roughly 48 hours after it was hit by another major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Christmas Day.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Dec 2014
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Artist’s impression of sunset on the newly discovered super-Earth world Gliese 667 Cc. Credit: ESO

Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

Page FileFresh from his multiverse world-building with Terry Pratchett in The Long Earth series, Stephen Baxter turns to his own multiverse in the two-book set Proxima and Ultima – a very different hard sci-fi tale.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Dec 2014
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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

North Korea has launched a personal attack against Barak Obama and blamed the US after its internet connection went titsup earlier this week.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Dec 2014

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