Experts don't know where it came from, and aren't quite sure what it does.

But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat wasn't your typical credit-card stealing operation. It appears to be a government spying tool, and is "groundbreaking and almost peerless."

Regin, as they've dubbed it, is malware that has been lurking in computers around the world for as long as six years, according to Symantec (SYMC, Tech30), the cybersecurity firm that produces Norton Antivirus.

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Facebook wants to sign a deal with satellite company Avanti, which would supposedly bring free access to the internet over large regions in Africa.

This isn’t the first time that the social network has pushed to expand internet access in the developing world with Facebook being a founding member of the Internet.org initiative. In fact the partnership between the social giant and Avanti would work through this initiative that plans to “bring the Internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it”.

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E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.

Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging the cigarette itself directly into a USB port. That might be a USB port plugged into a wall socket or the port on a computer – but, if so, that means that a cheap e-cigarette from an untrustworthy supplier gains physical access to a device.

A report on social news site Reddit suggests that at least one “vaper” has suffered the downside of trusting their cigarette manufacturer.

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Nokia said last week that it was exploring options for licensing its brand to other companies, to be used on third-party devices. Under the terms of its agreement with Microsoft - which bought its devices and services business earlier this year - Nokia will be permitted to license its brand for use on smartphones from Q4 2016, but it can already do so for "other devices" right now.

Predictably, that's led to much speculation over when we might see the Nokia brand return on new products, and just what those products might be. It looks like we may not have long to wait.

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The ongoing war between people trying to secure software they use, and their opponents who are constantly searching for new ways to hack the secure software is raging on. According to a new report, a malware named 'Citadel' is now attacking password managers.

People rely on password managers to remember multiple and/or complex passwords for various accounts. If a person inputs a 'master password' into this manager, they can access all their previously stored credentials. These softwares are now being targeted by Citadel.

Labeled as highly evasive; the trojan has already infected millions of computers according to Dana Tamir, director of enterprise security at IBM company Trusteer.

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Privacy conscious US citizens should get their tin foil hats ready as the Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice is using two-foot-square data gathering devices attached to Cessna airplanes. These planes reportedly gather data from tens of thousands of mobile devices from criminals and innocents alike, all in a single flight.

These secret operations became fully function in 2007 run by the U.S. Marshals Service. The purpose of this operation is mainly to gather data to locate criminals but doing so, it collects data of all mobile devices similar to the towers used by major telecommunication firms.

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If you were considering buying a Chromebook this holiday season, this is probably the perfect time to do so. Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years, absolutely free of cost, on new eligible Chromebook devices. This massive amount of storage purchased separately would cost almost $240, but this amazing holiday promotion has you covered.

In a Google Drive blog post, Alex Vogenthaler, Group Product Manager & Holiday Sock Collector says:

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After spending more than two years steering the social media news website Reddit, CEO Yishan Wong resigned this Thursday. According to Reddit investor Sam Altman, this resignation was after a "disagreement with the board" over plans to relocate Reddit's offices. What's so strange and "weird" about this statement is that the CEO of a half-billion dollar company resigned over a matter so trivial as relocating the offices of the firm from one area of San Franscisco to another.

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Microsoft is having a rough week as many of its services have gone offline in a series of outages that the company can't afford to have happen on a regular basis. Everything from Xbox Live to Bing has had trouble which means that millions of users and paying consumers have been impacted.

It all started when Azure had a rather significant outage across many of its data centers around the world. The service was impacted for a couple of hours as there was an issue with storage access at the datacenters. The result was that websites and many services were not available during the outage; it was not only Microsoft sites, there are paying users whose products were impacted by the disruption.

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After a $47 billion loss in market value, Exxon Mobil has lost its coveted second place spot in market capitalization to none other than technology kingpin Microsoft.

Market capitalization is the metric by which companies are traditionally defined on the stock market - the total value of all a publicly traded company's outstanding shares, calculated using share price and number of shares. By market capitalization, Microsoft figures at around $409 billion, while Exxon Mobil dipped to around $401 billion.

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