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AOL mail hacked, Apple SSL fix, Dinnertime bots, Iowa State breach, Aereo in court, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
April 23, 2014 8:31 am

Some news from the world of IT...

AOL confirms Mail service hacked

USA Today - AOL email addresses have been compromised and are sending out spam.

Apple Fixes Serious SSL Issue in OSX and iOS

Threat Post - Apple has fixed a serious security flaw that's present in many versions of both iOS and OSX and could allow an attacker to intercept data on SSL connections. The bug is one of many that the company fixed Tuesday in its two main operating systems, and several of the other vulnerabilities have serious consequences as well, including the ability to bypass memory protections and run arbitrary code.

Bots Attack US Mainly During Dinnertime

Dark Reading - Most bot-infected machines hail from the US and wage attacks there between 6 and 9 p.m. Eastern Time, new report finds.

Apple Recruits Beta Testers for Next OS X Mavericks Update

PC Magazine - Apple on Tuesday launched beta testing for OS X 10.9.3, giving interested parties a chance to test drive the next update to the company's Mac operating system.

Iowa State discloses data breach--attackers wanted to mine for coin

CSO - The IT staff at Iowa State University have disclosed a data breach involving five departmental servers on campus.

US to Vote on Sharp Increase in Broadband Subsidies

CIO - New funds target broadband deployment to 5 million US residents, the FCC says.

Even the most secure cloud storage may not be so secure, study finds

Network World - Johns Hopkins researchers question 'zero-knowledge' policies.

Aereo Online-TV Service Questioned by U.S. Supreme Court

Bloomberg - U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned the legality of Aereo Inc., the Barry Diller-backed startup aiming to upend the broadcast industry's decades-old business model by selling live television programming over the Internet.

Next-gen Thunderbolt doubles speeds but changes the connector

Ars Technica - Leaked slide shows Intel iterating rapidly, which is a good and bad thing.

What the Apple wage collusion case says about Silicon Valley's labor economy

Washington Post - Ironically, San Francisco's inequality would probably be worse if Apple hadn't allegedly colluded with other companies to suppress worker wages.

Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

New York Times - By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song--or a policy position.

Pentagon introduces Atlas, its new "robo sapien"

CBS - The military on Tuesday showed off its new robot that one day could take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans.

Brazil Conference to Sound Off on Future of Internet, NSA Spying

NBC - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web.

Google had secret pact with Samsung over some Apple patent claims

PC World - Google agreed to take over some of Samsung's defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday.

Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance

InfoWorld - New Dell virtual appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN aims to speed up storage I/O for data-intensive applications.

Countries meet to plot Internet governance

ZDNET - Push to create an intergovernmental organization charged with technical oversight of the internet.

Microsoft unleashes 'Bing in the Classroom' ad-free search

CNET - The tech giant looks to get an A+ with the roll out of a student-friendly version of its search engine, which has zero ads, privacy controls, and filters that block adult content and ad targeting.

Michigan man among 1st in U.S. to get 'bionic eye' at U-M facility

Detroit Free Press - The facility in Ann Arbor has been the site of all four such surgeries since FDA approval. A fifth is scheduled for next month.

Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed

Computerworld - A few office-productivity apps are protected from Heartbleed thanks to a mistake.

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