security stories

 
Kim Dotcom is an attention-grabbing machine. His new ploy is to fund free broadband Internet access for his native New Zealand. He aims to win the money in a suit against the U.S. government for the takedown of his site, Megaupload, and then use it for the common good like a digital-age Robin Hood.
 
In today's hacking news, the National Broadcasting Company, better known as NBC, fell prey to some V for Vendetta-loving hackers. Included in the hacked pages was Saturday Night Live's homepage. Most of the hacked pages are back up, though some pages remain dead and/or nonfunctional.
 
The U.K. is infamous for its "ring of steel," a large array of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in London designed to offer security to the city by surveilling its streets and alleys 24 hours a day. But a new report indicates that the ever watchful electronic eyes may be having the opposite effect.
 
The Copyright Alert System (CAS) aims to identify pirates, notify their ISPs and then use a six-step process to "educate" users about copyright law and legal alternatives to piracy. That doesn't sound so bad on paper; a closer look reveals an intrusive, if polite, new partner in the relationship between consumer and ISP.
 
Protecting the accounts of users is a huge point of concern across the Internet, but the gaming industry may have just caught a break. The PUFFIN Project (physically unclonable functions found in standard PC components) has brought forward research suggesting that GPU manufacturing processes leave each product with a unique "fingerprint."

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