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CNS News

March 1, 2012

Zynga is unveiling a new online gaming destination so people can play "CityVille," ''Zynga Poker" and other games off Facebook.

CNS News

January 12, 2012

The hiring of Barry Cottle, announced Thursday, underscores the escalating rivalry between rapidly growing Zynga and Electronic Arts, a video game stalwart.

CNS News

September 14, 2012

Zynga Inc. is firing back at rival game maker Electronic Arts Inc. in a legal tussle that it says goes beyond who copied whose game.

While saying EA's copyright infringement lawsuit filed last month has "no merit," Zynga on Friday filed a countersuit against EA for allegedly violating antitrust laws by trying to prevent its employees from defecting to Zynga. The countersuit "addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats," said Zynga's general counsel Reggie Davis in a statement.

tech.fortune.cnn.com

by Michal Lev-Ram

May 20, 2011

Facebook's founder sees the social networking site as a tool with educational potential. That of course means getting kids Facebooking at an early age.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a college drop-out, but the billionaire 27-year-old is passionate about education reform. That's why he took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the heated topic (and why he thinks young people can benefit from social networking sites) at a recent summit on innovation in education. Last year Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to the school system in Newark, New Jersey. At the NewSchools Venture Fund's Summit in Burlingame, Calif. earlier this week, Zuckerberg told interviewer (and venture capitalist) John Doerr that improving education and making the Internet more open are two of his favorite dinnertime topics.

readwriteweb.com

by Richard MacManus

January 26, 2011

Facebook announced this morning that it was making several security changes to protect users' accounts, including boosting the availability of accessing the site using a secure connection.

The announcement comes less than a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile was hacked, and while the announcement isn't necessarily a result of this, it's a good reminder of the importance of always using a secure connection to access your accounts online - Facebook and otherwise.

Short News

July 16, 2011

Internet security experts today warned that vast networks of home computers are being hijacked, many without the owner's knowledge.

Hot Air

by Allahpundit

July 17, 2013

Zimmerman's suing NBC, Martin's parents are (probably) suing Zimmerman - isn't it time that someone sued the one actor in this case whose motives were most provably malign?

Maybe this is a first small step in sending Corey to join Mike Nifong in disgraced-former-prosecutor obscurity. Ben Kruidbos, Corey's former director of information technology, was fired after testifying at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that prosecutors failed to turn over potentially embarrassing evidence extracted from Martin's cell phone to the defense, as required by evidence-sharing laws. "We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida's Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court," said Kruidbos' attorney Wesley White, himself a former prosecutor who was hired by Corey but resigned in December because he disagreed with her prosecutorial priorities. He said the suit will be filed within the next 30 days...

f-secure.com

September 27, 2010

There's an interesting Windows+mobile case today involving a ZeuS variant that steals mTANs, using a Symbian (.sis) or Blackberry (.jad) component.

F-Secure Weblog

by Threatresearch

May 21, 2012

Earlier today, while doing our daily data mining, we came across a new variant of ZeuS 2.x. It includes a new backdoor command called: win_unlock. Very interesting, turns out this slightly modified ZeuS 2.x includes a ransomware feature.

When this particular variant is executed, it opens Internet Explorer with a specific page (lex.creativesandboxs.com/locker/lock.php) and prevents the user from doing anything else with the infected system. The webpage that was opened presumably showed some type of extortion message, but it's currently unavailable because the site is offline. The most straightforward way to unlock the system is to simply delete the trojan. This can be a bit tricky since the trojan prevents doing anything with the infected system, luckily the locking itself can be easily disabled first.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

February 21, 2011

Breaking news from Poland today: A variant of the ZeuS trojan is targeting the mobile phone based, two-factor authentication used by ING Bank Slaski.

From the details that we've gathered so far, this appears to be the same type of ZeuS Man-in-the-mobile attack that took place in Spain last year. Spanish security company, S21sec first reported on ZeuS Mitmo here.

      
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