Archive for November, 2007

Hacking ringleader arrested, wets his pants

A New Zealand teenager was today arrested on suspicion of stealing millions of pounds from bank accounts around the world and of being the ringleader of a hacking network which infiltrated more than 1.3m computers.The 18-year-old, from Hamilton, North Island, was taken into custody and several computers were seized, said the head of the country’s police e-crime unit, Martin Kleintjes.

The teenager cannot be named for legal reasons, but uses the online identity “Akill”. He was later released without charge, but police said they expected to interview him again.

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He is suspected of being the ringleader of an international network of hackers who allegedly assumed control of thousands of computers and amassed them into centrally controlled clusters known as botnets. (story)

Facebook makes changes after privacy complaints

Facebook has officially updated its policies with Beacon. The tool is still around and it’s still tracking your web usage on partner sites, but users will now have to OK a request to publish off-Facebook info to their Facebook feeds before anyone else sees it. If a user doesn’t explicitly grant request or ignores it, then it will not be published. Facebook also says that notifications on the main page of the site will also be visible so that users can better spot and understand what’s going on, according to a statement sent to allfacebook. (story)

Samsung Securities office raided

Prosecutors raided Samsung Securities, a key financial arm of Samsung, on Friday, to find traces of a slush fund as they expanded their investigation into a widening corruption scandal at the largest South Korean conglomerate.Armed with a court-issued warrant, 40 prosecution officials ransacked the brokerage firm’s headquarters in downtown Seoul for eight hours, questioning its president, Bae Ho Won, and 13 other executives, company officials said.

They took away eight boxes of documents, hoping to find evidence that Samsung operated secret funds with many millions of dollars disguised as stock investments and used the money for bribery. Samsung has denied any wrongdoing.

Separately, a team of 20 investigators searched two computer centers in the Seoul suburbs, where data for Samsung Securities were stored. (story)

Travelling to Japan? Get an NEC cellphone

Japanese electronics giant NEC Corp. said Friday it has created a world-first real-time translator on a cellphone, which can instantly turn Japanese travellers’ words into English.

NEC said it was the first time in the world that automatic translation is available on a cellphone without external help.

The company made it possible by making the software, which includes a voice-recognition system and translation functions, compact enough to operate on a small microchip mounted in a cellphone, it said.

The software, which can recognise some 50,000 Japanese words, is especially designed for smooth translation of travel phrases such as “Can I have a subway route map?”. (link)

RIM: we can rebuild it, faster, stronger ….

“Let’s start this off this by stating there’s more to this device than what will be listed. This is just what’s known at this point, although these details have yet to be confirmed as final specifications. The BlackBerry 9100 will sport a screen with the dimensions of 480 x 320 (or maybe that’s 320 x 480), 1GB of on-board memory, and an Intel XScale PXA270 processor at 624MHz, clocking in slightly faster than the 620MHz ARM 1173 processor found in the iPhone. The BlackBerry 9000 will sport the dual-threat of GPS and WiFi as well as introducing 3G support (multi-band HSDPA) to the GSM carrier family devices, answering the prayers of many of us. At this point in time, there’s no update to the camera, which remains at 2 megapixels, although we’re hearing there is the possibility of seeing a 3.2 megapixel camera at launch. You all know the drill!link

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