According to a Kaspersky Lab report, there could be some new cyber security threats on the horizon for the new year — including the rise of cyber mercenaries.
After suffering a significant outage yesterday, Twitter disclosed late Friday afternoon Pacific time that it had been hacked and the accounts of 250,000 users had been compromised.
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LinkedIn Launches iPad App With Bells and Whistles (SocialTimes)
Professional social network LinkedIn has finally launched an app for iPad. The social network obviously has a lot on its plate, having gone public and serving 150 million users per month, but it’s great to see that they took time to reach out to iPad users with a native app. The Washington Post LinkedIn says users often log on to the site through their iPads in the early morning to prepare for meetings and in the evening, on the couch. The iPad app targets these people with a calendar function and other features optimized for the device. Before, they had to use iPad’s Web browser or use an iPhone app that doesn’t take advantage of the iPad’s screen size. VentureBeat Typically, LinkedIn’s most avid users are a relatively affluent crowd, and they’re in their early 30s to 50s, which lines up nicely with tablet ownership demographics (college grads under 65 years of age who earn $75,000 or more per year). PCMag The new iPad app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. In addition to the app, LinkedIn also rolled out a new mobile website for the Safari browser on the iPad. Read more
The phone-hacking scandal at and subsequent shuttering of News Corp.-owned British tabloid News of the World dominated news links shared via Twitter for the week of July 4-8, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.
Last week, PBS endured an attack from a hacker with the culprits posting false information on a couple of the news sites. PBS, Frontline and NewsHour were affected by the attack. In order to take a causative approach to the violation, PBS Newshour continued delivering transcripts and video via their Tumblog without a hitch.
Programmers worldwide are chomping at the bit for their chance at glory in the first ever Facebook ‘Hacker Cup’. In between bit-chomps, however, they’re taking the time to chuckle at the fear the word ‘hacker’ strikes into the hearts of a public that still is very confused about its true meaning.