Browsing Author: Chris Brook

Categories: Slideshow

If you’ve used the bookmarking site Reddit, you’ve no doubt noted the cute little alien that is the company’s mascot. According to our research, the alien is actually called the Reddit “Snoo,” though it’s unclear whether anyone at Reddit refers to it by that name. Given the creature’s resemblance to Al Capp’s (copyright protected) Shmoo, plausible deniability around the thing’s name may be the best legal course of action.

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Hootsuite is everyone’s social media management platform – allowing mere mortals to manage complex social media campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like. And Owly, its wide-eyed mascot, has become synonymous with the service. But, like any Web-based service, sometimes Hootsuite just can’t find the page you’re looking for. To make the best of a bad situation, the site features a praise-worthy “404 Fowl Not Found” page that depicts Owly on the back of a carton of milk.

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Everybody knows the Twitter Fail Whale, but Twitter’s hardly the only flaky Web service out there, and the Fail Whale is just one creature in a whole Fail menagerie that’s sprung up in recent years to soothe hacked off Web users. Check out Threatpost’s Fail Zoo: a collection of the strangest fail creatures on the net.

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Stuxnet chat saturated the news this week after the New York Times got the cyber security echo chamber going with a story delving into the mysterious worm. But Stuxnet was hardly the only news this week, which also saw new research from the Black Hat Briefings conference in Washington D.C. and progress on the strange disappearance of security researcher Dancho Danchev. Read on for the full week in review.

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Categories: Vulnerabilities

Its not just Wall Street giants like Goldman Sachs that see dollar signs hovering over Facebook. Spammers are hopping on the social networking giant to fool users, according to a report from security firm Cloudmark. Spammers are using botnets to send a barrage of malicious e-mail spam that mimic e-mails from social networking sites. 

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An onslaught of spammy holiday cards ushered out a 2010 that saw spam, for the first time ever, in decline. Meanwhile, the DoD warned about foreign governments stealing military technology, while researchers warned that application sandboxes might not be so safe to play in, after all. Read on for the full week in review.

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Chung, a 72 year old engineer from Orange, California was charged with eight counts of economic espionage in 2008. According to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice, Chung, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had secret clearance for work on the U.S. Space Shuttle program that he performed as an employee for both Rockwell International and Boeing. According to the indictment, Chung took trade secrets related to both the Space Shuttle and the C-17 military transport aircraft and Delta IV rocket and attempted to pass it on to the People’s Republic of China.

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