U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post
The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination on whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between the world's two largest economies as President Xi Jinping prepares to make his first visit to the United States next month.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:08:48 -0400
Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:22:35 -0400
Paypal seen rising 40 percent from post spinoff lows: Barron's
NEW YORK (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc , the e-commerce group trading sharply off its recent offering price, could rise 40 percent to $46 a share if it succeeds with investments tied to payments systems innovation, the Aug. 31 edition of Barron's said. Spun off in July by auctioneer eBay Inc , PayPal is now clear to do deals with big vendors like Staples and move into back office operations and other services, according to Barron's. PayPal shares last week traded at $34.60, or over $4 less than its offering price in July, Barron's said. ...
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:44:59 -0400
Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows
By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:52:09 -0400
U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The ruling was a setback for privacy advocates but did not reach the bigger question of whether the NSA's actions were lawful.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:21:11 -0400
Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology
By Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber next week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:23:50 -0400
VMA 2015: Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus live on the VMA stage
While accepting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj held host Miley Cyrus accountable for comments she made in an interview withThe New York Times on Thursday. Cyrus was asked about Minaj's Twitter spat with Taylor Swift in July over this year's crop of nominees. "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind," said Cyrus.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:01:45 -0400
Taylor Swift hangs out with a giraffe in the video for Wildest Dreams
As for the song itself, the Lana Del Rey comparisons have been streaming in since 1989's release, but as a video "Wildest Dreams" is a literal translation of what would happen if Lana cast Taylor in an Ernest Hemingway short story complete with lions, elephants, and tumblers of whiskey, as well as flowing silk, cat-eye liner, and lush landscapes. Swift looks right at home in Lana's signature aesthetic, staring wistfully off of the top of a waterfall in your grandma's white "bathing costume." I'd also say she looks at home in that curly black wig, a great look for her,potential shade notwithstanding.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:38:19 -0400
Horror movie legend Wes Craven dies at 76
Wes Craven, the director behind horror classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, and Scream, has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Craven's family confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter and The Daily Beast.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:35:13 -0400
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