anonymous5Chicago computer hacker and alleged Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for cyber attacks on government agencies and businesses, according to Reuters.

A New York federal judge last week handed the 28-year-old Hammond the maximum punishment for his involvement in the December 2011 hacking of security firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor).

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Microsoft has launched its previously announced new Cybercrime Center complex at its Redmond, Washington campus. The company claims that the new building will be able to help with combating global cyberthreats in real time.

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Microsoft's press release states that the center will use tools such as SitePrint, which the company claims helps to map out organized crime networks. It also uses PhotoDNA, which Microsoft developed a while ago and has been used in the past to find evidence of child pornography. Microsoft says their new center also uses what it calls "cyberforensics", which it claims is  "a new investigative capability that detects global cybercrime, including online fraud and identity theft.”

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gamestopSony announced Sunday that it sold over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles during the first 24 hours of its U.S. launch. Now it appears that one of the reasons behind its successful launch is due to people turning far more of their older games and consoles than they normally do to pay for their new hardware.

Polygon reports that retailer GameStop received four times the amount of trade-ins for games and consoles on the Sunday before the PS4 launch. GameStop's senior vice president of merchandising Bob Puzon indicated that some customers are bringing in their entire game libraries in order to make full pre-order payments on next generation consoles.

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hacker6Illegal downloads continue to thrive, despite ongoing efforts to crack down on online piracy. Methods have included legal action against file-sharers, blocking access to sites at the ISP level, with other ideas also in the works, but some companies are focusing on studying illegal downloads to understand just how impactful piracy really is to their businesses.

U.K game developer Sports Interactive did precisely that following the launch of their title, Football Manager 2013, in November 2012. After the game was cracked in May this year, copies quickly made their way on to the web, but while the developer was powerless to stop people from illegally sharing the game, it was able to track where the copies ended up.

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gadgets1The popularity of tungsten has grown over the past decade, as the metal is increasingly being used in widespread consumer technologies, such as laptops and cellphones.

Initially, many experts considered tungsten to be a benign substance, posing no threat to the environment or human health.  But now, new research has revealed that the opposite may be true.

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phone hotspot 120It looks like Americans are in for a treat this holiday season, courtesy of the FCC. The regulatory body says it wants to see carriers start offering consumers a legitimate and easy way to unlock their phones once their contracts are up, and it wants this plan in place by the end of the year.

After a number of important governmental institutions, including the White House, have come out in favour of the public’s right to unlock their mobile devices, FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a rather strongly worded letter to the CTIA. In it he tells the Wireless Association that whether by their own voluntary adoption or by the FCC’s regulatory actions such a policy will be in place by the end of this year.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has given his first interview exclusively about stepping down as the company's chief executive sometime within the next year, giving perhaps the best glimpse at why Ford CEO Alan Mulally is considered a front-runner for the position.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Ballmer and other Microsoft executives and board members regarding the CEO search, with the Microsoft CEO talking about his conversations with Mulally on how Ford focused on its brand. In the interview, Ballmer discussed how he and Mulally, a longtime friend, met at a Starbucks in Seattle to discuss Microsoft's position in the technology industry.

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Best known for its low-cost laptops, Acer doesn't really inspire thoughts of premium products. But building high-end hardware could be the Taiwanese vendor's best shot as it looks for a way to rescue its struggling business.

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With consumers flocking to tablets and smartphones, Acer's once-thriving PC business has been left in the dust. Quarterly financial losses have become routine at the company and its PC shipments declined more sharply in the past year than at any other major vendor, according to IDC.

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nigerian scammerSpam emails that try to solicit personal information, known as phishing, are taking advantage of corporate servile culture with messages feigned to resemble that of a company CEO, addressed to the firm's executives.

"Someone will spoof an email to the CFO or controller and it will purport to be from the CEO," Christopher Novak, managing principal and security expert at Verizon Business told American Banker. "The email will say something like, we need to sponsor this event or pay this vendor, it's urgent and I need you to wire $100,000 into this account immediately, we're already 30 days late. Because it's from the CEO, other staff will expedite the request."

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hacker6The Edward Snowden saga continues to serve up valuable lessons on the dangers posed to enterprise data by insiders with privileged access to systems and networks. The latest lesson involves the risks of allowing password sharing among employees.

The Reuters news service on Thursday reported that Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor turned fugitive, used log-in credentials and passwords obtained from several of his co-workers to steal classified data that he eventually leaked to the media.

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