Italian police in Genoa have opened an investigation into the use of Skype to trap victims into online sexual indiscretions, which are recorded and used as a pretext for extortion.
A first complaint was lodged with the police last September by a Genoese businessman, said Alessandra Belardini, a deputy police chief with the postal and communications police.
Magistrates in the northwestern port city of Genoa are now investigating a total of 11 examples of a growing worldwide phenomenon that is rarely reported to the authorities.
The Genoa case involves four attractive young women who allegedly struck up online friendships using social media, such as Facebook, Badoo and Chatroulette, and then enticed their victims into increasingly explicit sexual behavior to be recorded by webcam on Skype.
For this month?s ?Patch Tuesday? round of bug fixes, Microsoft has focused on correcting multiple vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE), including one that is already being used in targeted attacks.
Overall, Microsoft issued five bulletins, covering 23 vulnerabilities. Two of the bulletins, covering IE and Windows, are marked critical, which means administrators should test and apply them as soon as possible. The remaining bulletins, marked important, cover Windows and the Silverlight multimedia plug-in.
Apple dominates 64-bit mobile chip devices, as rival smartphone makers wait for a 64-bit version of the Android OS, but that early lead could dissipate in the next four years, ABI Research said on Tuesday.
The first 64-bit version of the Android OS is expected in the second half of the year. This will boost the adoption of 64-bit-compliant handsets and tablets, ABI said.Image: iFixit
About 182 million 64-bit mobile processors will ship by the end of this year, though only 20 percent will go into Android devices, with Apple?s A7 chip in the iPhone 5s and iPad tablets retaining a dominant market share, ABI said.
The CEO of Japan?s SoftBank mobile carrier promised to bring stiff price and speed competition to the U.S., saying he feels an obligation to improve slow speeds and drive down prices.
SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son credited his years in high school and college in the U.S. as essential to creating his entrepreneurial spirit, and he feels a debt to his ?second home.?
He promised a Washington, D.C., audience Tuesday that SoftBank?s mid-2013 acquisition of Sprint will give the carrier the ability to drive lower prices and deliver faster speeds than are now available in the U.S., with Sprint eventually providing 200Mbps service across the country.