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New ZeuS Based Trojan Targeting Banks Worldwide

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New ZeuS Based Trojan Targeting Banks Worldwide

A new computer Trojan developed off of the infamous ZeuS banking malware is targeting users of more than 150 banks and payment systems from around the world, security researchers warn. The new threat, dubbed Chthonic, is based on ZeusVM, a Trojan program discovered in February that is itself a modification of the much older ZeuS Trojan. “The Trojan is apparently an evolution of ZeusVM, although it has undergone a number of significant changes,” security researchers from antivirus vendor... 

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Google May Launch ‘Android Auto’ For Cars

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google May Launch ‘Android Auto’ For Cars

Google may be planning to roll out a version of Android Auto for vehicle infotainment centers — also known as head units — that will eliminate the need for a smartphone to be connected, giving native access to the Internet and mobile applications. Currently, Apple’s CarPlay, or open source standards such as MirrorLink or GENIVI, enable vehicle infotainment centers to mirror a version of a smartphone OS onto a vehicle’s head unit, thereby enabling the driver to use specific... 

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Kepler Finds New Earth Like Planet

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Kepler Finds New Earth Like Planet

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced today (Dec. 18). The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a “super Earth” about 2.5 times larger than our home planet. It lies 180 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Pisces — close enough to be studied by other instruments, scientists said. “Like a phoenix... 

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Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are using quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards. The approach, which they call Quantum-Secure Authentication (QSA), centers on single particles of light, or photons, and their ability to encode data so that attackers cannot determine what the information is. It exploits a property of photons that allows them to effectively be in multiple places at once, a phenomenon described in quantum physics. Researchers in the Netherlands... 

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Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

It turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn’t so peaceful. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic “tsunami wave,” a shock wave that first hit the probe in February, according to new research. You can hear the eerie interstellar vibrations in a video, courtesy of NASA. “Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have... 

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SoakSoak Infiltrates WordPress Websites

December 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
SoakSoak Infiltrates WordPress Websites

Hundreds of thousands of websites running WordPress have been infected by a piece of malware called SoakSoak. Google has flagged more than 11,000 domains hosting a WordPress website as malicious. Websites running a third-party plug-in called Slider Revolution are being hacked, and malicious code is being installed that will in turn infect those who visit the website. The developers of the plug-in, ThemePunch, have admitted that they knew about the vulnerability in February this year but kept quiet... 

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Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

Demand for solar power grew at an impressive clip by 16%  in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year. At the same time, China, which in past years had flooded the market with solar panels, did not see growth as strong as had been expected. The growth was mainly due to healthy U.S. and Japanese markets, according to the report from EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce. Overall, supply and demand remained stable, according to EnergyTrend. “At... 

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Will Astronomers Ever Find Dark Matter?

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Astronomers Ever Find Dark Matter?

Scientists have long known about dark matter, a mysterious substance that neither emits nor absorbs light. But despite decades of searching, they have not yet detected dark matter particles. With ten times the sensitivity of previous detectors, three recently funded dark matter experiments — the Axion Dark Matter eXperimen Gen 2, LUX-ZEPLIN and the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at the underground laboratory SNOLAB — have scientists crossing their fingers that they may finally glimpse these... 

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FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas to deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The FCC voted last Thursday to update its rules for the Connect America Fund, the broadband subsidy program funded through fees on telephone service, with a major change being the increase in minimum download speeds from 4Mbps to 10Mbps from fixed broadband providers. Broadband providers AT&T and Verizon had opposed... 

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Astronomers Find Another Super-Earth Like Planet

December 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Another Super-Earth Like Planet

Finding Earthlike planets beyond our solar system has largely been the work of space-based telescopes, but new observations from a remote island suggest that could change. The Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma — one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa — observed 55 Cancri e, a planet twice the size of Earth, as it passed in front of its parent star and caused a dip in the star’s brightness, according to a new study. This is the first time a planet in this “super-Earth”... 

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Did Astronomers Find A Signal From Dark Matter?

December 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find A Signal From Dark Matter?

Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material universe. While poring over data collected by the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton spacecraft, a team of researchers spotted an odd spike in X-ray emissions coming from two different celestial objects — the Andromeda galaxy and the Perseus galaxy cluster. The signal corresponds to no known particle or atom and thus may have been produced by dark matter,... 

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Instagram Still Gaining Users, Surpassed Twitter

December 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram Still Gaining Users, Surpassed Twitter

Photo-sharing site Instagram is reporting  that its active monthly user base reached 300 million, a dramatic 50% increase in the past nine months. Instagram, which launched in 2010, edged past 8-year-old Twitter and its reported 284 million monthly active users. Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, has nothing to worry about. In September, the social network reported that its own active monthly user base had hit 1.35 billion. “Over the past four years, what began as two... 

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Amazon Considering Expansion Of Same Day Delivery Service

December 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Considering Expansion Of Same Day Delivery Service

The No. 1 U.S. online retailer is also exploring adding a same-day delivery option on all items sold by third-party merchants on its site, a move that some logistics experts said may help offset the high costs of speedy, last-mile delivery. The company’s global ambitions for same-day delivery were echoed in at least seven listings for senior product and marketing jobs based at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, including three posted online this week. “Our long-term vision... 

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Did A Gamma-Ray Burst Destroy Life On Earth?

December 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did A Gamma-Ray Burst Destroy Life On Earth?

A gamma-ray burst, the most powerful kind of explosion known in the universe, may have triggered a mass extinction on Earth within the past billion years, researchers say. These deadly outbursts could help explain the so-called Fermi paradox, the seeming contradiction between the high chance of alien life and the lack of evidence for it, scientists added. Gamma-ray bursts are brief, intense explosions of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation. These outbursts give off as much energy as the sun... 

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Uber Hit With Lawsuits In LA, San Franciso

December 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Hit With Lawsuits In LA, San Franciso

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by the district attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco that alleges the company has been misleading consumers over its background checks on drivers and could lead to millions of dollars in fines. The DAs have also entered into a settlement agreement with rival service Lyft over similar charges for up to $500,000. Uber has refused to comply with straightforward California laws that protect consumers from fraud and harm, District Attorneys George Gascón and Jackie... 

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