HP held its annual Mobile Pwn2Own competition in Tokyo, Japan from 11-12 November. The purpose of this event was for security researchers, developers and hackers to exploit various phones through some previously unknown bug and then report it to the respective handset maker so the vulnerability could be patched and fixed.
The newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that the German spy agency BND will spend €28 million on what it calls its 'Strategic Technical Initiative' (SIT) next year, and that it has asked the German government for a further €300 million (original in German). The German edition of the English-language site "The Local" explains how the money will be used:
The aim of the programme is to penetrate foreign social networks and create an early warning system for cyber attacks.
An app recently available in the Google Play store claimed to be a download for wallpapers, videos and music, but in reality, it was a SMS trojan app.
The package name “com.FREE_APPS_435.android” tricked victims by getting them to allow the app to access their SMS messages, according to a Malwarebytes blog post. If a user clicked through the app's Google Play homepage to the developer's website, they found two banners and links.
The moment you say ‘net neutrality’ ISPs across the country start crying foul. “The costs of new regulations would halt innovation. It would kill the Internet. We’d have to raise our rates. Everyone will suffer. ISIS will steal our babies. We’ll all get Ebola. The world as we know it will cease to exist.” Etc.
But why, exactly are large ISPs so afraid of net neutrality? Well the obvious answer is money. In our current system ISPs can charge content providers premium fees to carry their content to the ISP’s customers (who already pay the ISPs for access to content).
At its AWS re:Invent cloud computing conference today, Amazon announced AWS Lambda, a way of performing computing in the cloud in response to events without the need for virtual machines, compute instances, or any kind of administration.