In 2012, George Lucas sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney for the staggering sum of $4 billion. Even more staggering is the $37 billion that Star Wars has raked in over the past 40 years. The Star Wars universe now comprises a vast array of products, from movies and TV shows to videogames and toys. But it all started with one movie, Star Wars (later Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope), whose modest $11 million budget was less than the average studio comedy at the time. The film’s brash, upstart quality is part of its appeal.
Following the Rosetta mission's successful landing of the European probe Philae on a comet last week, a UK-based team is wasting no time attempting to capitalize on the renewed focus on space exploration. Lunar Missions, Ltd. conducted its own launch... of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for its plan to land a robotic probe on the lunar south pole and bury a time capsule there.
Four months after Singapore’s first privacy protection laws came into effect, the chief counsel to the nation's Personal Data Protection Commission concedes there is “still a fair amount of work to do” to get the business community up to date with the demands of the new regime.
Members of the hacker collective Anonymous are targeting the Ku Klux Klan after the designated hate group reportedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The hackers claim to have seized two KKK Twitter accounts and say that they have launched denial-of-service attacks against a number of white supremacist websites affiliated with the Klan. The group has also publicized personal information allegedly belonging to KKK members.
Scammers routinely try to take advantage of humanitarian disasters to get people to open phishing emails, or to donate money to fake organizations.
This month, they combined the two approaches, sending out approximately 700,000 spam emails asking people to donate money to fight Ebola through an Indiegogo fundraiser, according to a report by Silicon Valley-based security firm Barracuda Networks, Inc.