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Hacking Case Puts More Strain on U.S.-China Relations

The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia. That doesn't mean there will be a fracture in the U.S.-China relationship, which remains vital for both of the world powers, but it raises major doubts about the ability of U.S. and China to manage their differences. ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 21 2014, 9:37am CDT

Firefighter 'Selfie' During Wildfires Goes Viral

A "selfie" from an exhausted California firefighter sent to his wife to let her know he was OK has become an Internet sensation. The photo shows firefighter Tim Bergon in the foreground smiling while his exhausted colleagues take a moment of rest behind him as they battled the Cocos fire near San Marcos in San Diego County. After it was posted on the Facebook page for Plan 9 Alehouse Escondido with the caption "Th ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 21 2014, 9:34am CDT

Spill Your Guts: Bill Aims To Protect Online Reviewers

Some bills that ordinarily might generate some controversy fly through the Legislature with nary a vote against them. Consider AB 2365 by Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles). Introduced in February, it has encountered almost no opposition. The bill seeks to provide some new legal protection for consumers who offer online opinions or comments. It would make it illegal for retailers to require customers to agree not to complain public ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 21 2014, 9:32am CDT

No XP Support? China Bans Windows 8 on Government PCs

If you're a business user faced with Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, it's tough luck or upgrade. But if you're the Chinese government, there are other options -- like banning Windows 8 from all the computers you buy. On Tuesday, the Chinese government announced that the Windows 8 operating system would be forbidden from new energy-saving government computers. Some observers have taken the statement to mean a ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 2:30pm CDT

FCC Chairman Under Bipartisan Fire for Net Neutrality Plan

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is facing criticism from the House of Representatives over the FCC's Net neutrality plan that would create Internet fast lanes. Representatives on both sides of the political spectrum are critiquing Wheeler's proposal and many of their concerns echo the concerns raised by organizations and individual citizens. Net neutrality, the idea that all Inter ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 2:23pm CDT

Microsoft Goes Big with Surface Pro 3

Microsoft on Tuesday took the veil off the Surface Pro 3, which the company is billing as a tablet and a laptop. Although it's not officially an all-in-one computer, it does pack power many expect from a laptop. Defying weeks of rumors that the company would introduce a Surface mini, the company went big -- very big, but also light and thin. The Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch full HD display, fourth-generation Intel Core processor options, ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 1:52pm CDT

Chinese Hacker Indictments a Wakeup Call for Enterprises

The cyber wars made major headlines on Monday when the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of computer hacking and economic espionage, among other crimes. The hackers were allegedly targeting six entities in the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries. For all the celebrating in security industry circles over the U.S. government's willingness to take this bold step, FBI Director James B. Comey signaled that th ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 10:58am CDT

Symantec Releases Small Business Security Solution

Security company Symantec is out with a new Norton Small Business cybersecurity package. The firm said the subscription-based product is targeted at businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Vice President Brian Burch said in a statement that the company's Internet Security Threat Report showed that small businesses were the target of nearly a third of all cyberattacks last year. He pointed out that "small business owners with fewer than 20 employees oft ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 10:26am CDT

Man Gets 20 Years for Role in Cybercrime Syndicate

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of thousands of U.S. victims. A federal judge in Las Vegas imposed the sentence Thursday on David Camez, 22, who already is serving a seven-year term in Arizona for similar crimes. Camez, who was convicted of racketeering charges late last year, is the firs ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 20 2014, 9:31am CDT

Google Buys Mobile Device Management Provider Divide

Google is getting more involved in the "bring your own device" trend. On Monday, a company called Divide, which provides a mobile platform for work and personal apps and files in a BYOD environment, announced it had been acquired by Google. Terms of the deal were not made public, and Google has not commented on the transaction. The tech giant had previously been involved with Divide, since Google Ventures led $12 million in s ...
Full article at: NewsFactor Network May 19 2014, 2:21pm CDT

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