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Microsoft denies extending Windows XP support for China

posted onMarch 4, 2014
by l33tdawg

On Monday, Microsoft China made statements on a Chinese social network that have been misinterpreted in reports in the West. Microsoft in Redmond told ZDNet that they are not extending support for Windows XP in China.

Microsoft translates the actual language used in the post as:

    Microsoft China has taken special actions to closely work with leading Chinese internet security and anti-virus companies including Tencent for them to provide security protection for Chinese Windows XP users before they upgrade to modern operating system.

Uber officially enters China with Shanghai launch

posted onFebruary 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

The U.S.-based transportation network company Uber announced its official launch in China on February 13, 2014, said a PingWest report.

During an event held in Shanghai on Thursday, Uber said that, unlike its American model in which individual drivers register as Uber drivers, it will work with Chenghuan car rental company. According to PingWest's report, Chenghuan will also walk its drivers through training sessions to get them prepared to use the Uber app.

FBI Teams With China to Nab Alleged Hackers

posted onJanuary 29, 2014
by l33tdawg

The U.S. last week brought charges against two Arkansas men for operating an e-mail hacking website, needapassword.com, which offered to obtain passwords to any e-mail account for a fee. The scheme, operated by Mark Anthony Townsend of Cedarville, Ark., and Joshua Alan Tabor of Prairie Grove, affected some 6,000 accounts, according to a Jan. 24 press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Cedarville and Prairie Grove have a combined population of less than 6,000 people. Yet the investigation into the website stretched around the globe.

Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

posted onJanuary 20, 2014
by l33tdawg

China is backing a mobile operating system designed to offer a state-approved alternative to foreign platforms.

Dubbed China Operating System (COS), the platform is set to launch first on handheld devices, with a possible expansion to other platforms.

According to reports from tech blog Engadget China, COS was designed by developers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences along with private firms. The OS is said to be based on some flavor of the open-source kernel Linux, and is hoped to compete against Android and iOS in the mobile space.

China Mobile signs deal with Apple, will launch iPhone 5s, 5c in January

posted onDecember 23, 2013
by l33tdawg

 Apple officially announced its agreement with China Mobile today. The world's largest carrier and most significant remaining mobile operator to not sell iPhones will begin taking preregistrations on December 25 and bring iPhone 5s and 5c models to retail stores for sale on January 17.

While previously hinted at by a series of leaks and promotions, the partnership is now official, according to a press release issued by Apple. The announcement described the deal as a "multi-year agreement."

Android botnet stole SMSes from South Korea, emailed them to China

posted onDecember 17, 2013
by l33tdawg

An Android botnet found in South Korea that steals text messages may be one of the largest and most advanced mobile malware operations discovered, according to security vendor FireEye.

The botnet, which FireEye called “MisoSMS,” was used in 64 spyware campaigns, stealing text messages from phones in Korea and forwarding them to email accounts accessed by hackers in both China and South Korea.

Chinese Hackers Used G20 Summit to Spy on European Leaders

posted onDecember 11, 2013
by l33tdawg

In August, as members of the G20 were preparing to meet to discuss exactly what could be done to address Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons attack in Syria, a mysterious group of Chinese hackers spied on the computers of five European foreign ministers, using the G20 summit as bait to hack them.

The cyber espionage operation was narrowly targeted and used phishing emails with malicious attachments that had titles referring to the Syrian crisis, such as "US_military_options_in_Syria," according to computer security firm FireEye, which uncovered the campaign.