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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - September 06, 2011

Sony Hires New Security Chief After Breaches

Months after a massive hacking attack leaked credit card and security information on 100 million of its user accounts from its games networks, embattled Sony Corp. has chosen a former official from the US Department of Homeland Security for the new post of Chief Information Security Officer.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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