In the hunt for terrorist activity, American and British spies reportedly donned their orc helmets and infiltrated online games such as World of Warcraft.
Classified documents, revealed to the New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that U.S. and U.K. spy agencies viewed online games as fertile ground for intelligence gathering.
One document from 2008 specifically mentions World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live as potential targets for espionage, ID tracking, location tracking, and other counter-terrorist activity. The documents also show that spy agencies used online games to recruit potential informants.
?It has been well documented that terrorists are OPSEC and tech savvy and are only getting more so over time,? One document says, noting that online games are ?trusted by their users? and ?can then be exploited.?
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Global intellectual property (IP) legislation continues to be negotiated behind closed doors this week in Singapore where discussions are underway on a secretive international trade treaty that could have far-reaching effects on Internet services, copyright law and civil liberties.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement aims to enhance trade and investments, promote innovation and help economic growth among 12 trans-Pacific countries: the U.S., Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
The negotiations, however, are covered in secrecy. Anyone not closely connected to the talks is being kept in the dark about the exact proposals being discussed. The Australian government, for instance, refused to give the Senate access to the secret text of the draft treaty being negotiated in a final round of talks in Singapore, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday. The results of the negotiations will only be made public after the treaty has been signed, the Australian government said, according to the paper.
But texts of purported drafts of the treaty have been leaked to the public, most recently on Monday by Wikileaks, which published two documents said to show the state of negotiations after talks held in Salt Lake City from Nov. 19 to 24.
There are solid-state drives with big storage capabilities, and itty-bitty solid-state drives that fit nicely into ultra-slim notebooks, but there are no itty-bitty SSDs with big desktop-class storage capabilities. Well, at least until today.
On Monday, Samsung announced the 840 EVO mini-SATA SSD, which packs a full 1TB of blazing-fast solid state storage into a pint-sized 1.5-inch mSATA form factor. That's a full inch thinner than a standard 2.5-inch laptop hard drive.
The new 840 EVO is the first mSATA drive to crack the 1TB barrier, and it didn't sacrifice any speed to do so: According to Samsung, the SSD hits 540MB/s write and 520MB/s read times, and it packs the same TurboWrite technology as its standard-sized 840 EVO brethren.
Speaking of, the 2.5-inch 840 EVO SSD delivered a big speed boost to the bevy of notebooks we tested it with earlier this year. Here's hoping the mSATA variants are just as impressive. Samsung's 1TB 840 EVO mSATA drive will launch globally later this month, alongside cousins packing 120, 250, and 500GB of storage space. Alas, Samsung's staying mum about price points for now.
Verizon has signed an agreement to acquire EdgeCast Networks, in an effort to enhance its video delivery and Web services capabilities.
The growth of online video, both in fixed and mobile networks has made content delivery networks such as EdgeCast and the services they offer more interesting. Verizon?s Digital Media Services unit will integrate EdgeCast?s capabilities to further improve ?ability to meet the exponential growth in online digital media content, as well as broaden its portfolio of site acceleration services for enterprises,? the operator said on Monday.
With the acquisition, Verizon will get its hands on EdgeCast?s content delivery network, a global network of servers that can be used to handle traffic spikes, stream content to thousands of viewers concurrently, or secure websites from attacks, according to EdgeCast.
This isn?t the first time this year Verizon has opened its wallet to improve its video distribution capabilities. Last month, Verizon announced the acquisition of technology from upLynk that streamlines the process of uploading and encoding video for live, linear and video-on-demand content.
Chinese vendors that previously accepted bitcoins stopped doing so just days after China moved to ban banks from trading in the virtual currency.
Baidu said Friday it had temporarily stopped accepting bitcoins as payment for a hosting optimization service it offers, Jiasule, blaming the move on the recent regulations, and also on bitcoin price fluctuations.
Jiasule promises to improve website performance and security. Back in October, the company announced the service would accept bitcoins, pointing to their growing popularity in the country.
Local smartphone and smartwatch vendor Geak had also jumped on the bitcoin bandwagon in late November. Several customers had bought products using the cryptocurrency, with Geak claiming that it was the first Chinese commercial company to allow bitcoin transactions.