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Security Firms Backing Out Of RSA Conference Over NSA Controversy
2014-01-09 13:51:05

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Following last month’s news that security firm RSA had worked with the National Security Agency to provide a digital backdoor in its encryption technology, eight computer security research firms have announced that they will not attend a security conference sponsored by RSA, reported the Washington Post. Despite the response from RSA that it had not provided the NSA with any such technological advantage to break its encryption, there...

G-Men Use Computer Laptop Cameras To Spy On Suspects
2013-12-09 13:25:56

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was notorious for the files he kept on individuals. The information contained within those files was gathered long before today’s digital era, but Hoover would likely be envious of the Bureau’s latest techniques to gather the dirt. Today’s G-Men are now utilizing malware to better monitor suspects, The Washington Post reported last Friday....

Boarding Pass App Worries Security Experts
2012-10-26 04:14:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Readily available smartphone apps that scan airline boarding passes can alert passengers to whether or not they have been selected for additional screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), security experts warn. The barcodes contain information that reveals which security protocols a traveler will be subject to, the researchers said. The vulnerability involves the TSA´s pre-screening system known as...

Judge Orders Google To Help FBI Unlock Alleged Pimp’s Smartphone
2012-03-16 03:31:16

A federal judge has given the go-ahead for an FBI warrant that will require Google to assist the federal agency in cracking into the Android cell phone of a suspected pimp currently under investigation for his role in a federal human tracking investigation. FBI agents confiscated one of suspect Dante Dears´ smartphones in mid-January believing it to contain important contacts and leads for the investigation. After several weeks of futile tinkering, however, specialists with the FBI...

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2011-05-12 15:10:00

Reports surfaced on Thursday claim that Facebook hired a PR firm to get USA Today and other news outlets to try and smear Google's name in the social network world. The Daily Beast confirmed that Facebook hired Burson-Marsteller, one of the world's largest PR firms, to get USA Today, the Washington Post and other high profile U.S. news outlets to write negative stories about Google's privacy policies. However, Paul Cordasco, a spokesman for Burson-Marsteller, told the Guardian that the...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'