technology

Cybercrime Market Sells Servers for As Little as $6 to Launch Attacks

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT, June 15 – A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread cyber-attacks around the world, security experts said on Wednesday. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab, a global computer security firm based in Moscow, said the

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Dubai: Printing The Future

Dubai’s new 3D printed building might just set the stage for sweeping change across the construction landscape By Ali Khaled Photographs by Museum of the Future Last week, a trailer for summer blockbuster Star Trek created a buzz on social media as it tantalizingly showcased some stunning glimpses of scenes shot in a futuristic city

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Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 – Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias

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Software Security Suffers as Upstarts Lose Access to Virus Data

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, May 8- A number of young technology security companies are losing access to the largest collection of industry analysis of computer viruses, a setback industry experts say will increase exposure to hackers. The policy change at the information-sharing pioneer VirusTotal takes aim mainly at a new generation of security companies,

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FBI Would Gain New Hacking Power if Search Warrant Rules Change

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, April 27 – U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants giving law enforcement agents power to access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas, under a controversial rule change likely to be approved by the Supreme Court by May 1. Magistrate judges can normally only order searches within the

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Microsoft Sues U.S. Government Over Data Requests

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Seattle,

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Facebook’s Next Frontier: Chatbots

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, April 12 – Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create “chatbots,” hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions. Chatbots are automated programs that help users communicate with

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“Lady Geek” in Drive to Draw More Women to Technology

By Zoe Tabary LONDON, April 11 – “Girls aren’t cut out for a career in science and technology”. Belinda Parmar has heard this sentence many times. In Britain, only 13 percent of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is made up of women – a damning figure for a sector reporting talent shortages.

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When Mobsters Meet Hackers – the New, Improved Bank Heist

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Jim Finkle March 31 – No need for stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns. The unprecedented heist of $81 million from the U.S. account of Bangladesh’s central bank is the latest among increasingly large thefts by criminals who have leveraged the speed and anonymity of hacking to revolutionise burgling banks. Hundreds of

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