Snooping on WIKILEAKS, Anonymous -- YAHOO gets into search -- BITCOIN ATMs in Seattle, Austin -- ICYMI: iOS tops Windows PC sales -- 22 TECH EXECS make $20M+

 

February 18, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> WIKI LEAKED: Snowden documents reveal covert surveillance and pressure tactics aimed at WikiLeaks and its supporters, by Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher: "Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution. The efforts -- detailed in documents provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden -- included a broad campaign of international pressure aimed not only at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but at what the U.S. government calls 'the human network that supports WikiLeaks.' The documents also contain internal discussions about targeting the file-sharing site Pirate Bay and hacktivist collectives such as Anonymous. One classified document from Government Communications Headquarters, Britain's top spy agency, shows that GCHQ used its surveillance system to secretly monitor visitors to a WikiLeaks site. By exploiting its ability to tap into the fiber-optic cables that make up the backbone of the Internet, the agency confided to allies in 2012, it was able to collect the IP addresses of visitors in real time, as well as the search terms that visitors used to reach the site from search engines like Google." The Intercept

> NSA authorized monitoring of Pirate Bay and proxy users Torrent Freak

> NSA and GCHQ spying on WikiLeaks WikiLeaks (fair warning: by going to this site, the NSA may track you) >> NEOCURRENCY: Mt. Gox: Bitcoin withdrawals will resume soon, by Jon Southurst: "Mt. Gox has issued an official statement saying it has found a workaround for its bitcoin transaction malleability problems, which will see bitcoin withdrawals resume 'soon'. This comes after the team worked over the weekend to begin implementation of a new transaction system. It said the workaround was 'thanks to our friends at Blockchain.info', with Blockchain's Andreas Antonopoulos and Ben Reeves 'working like crazy' over the past week to help the company get things stabilized again. While some might regard the two as Mt. Gox's rivals, it is another example of different interests within the bitcoin economy teaming up for the good of the cause." CoinDesk

> As Mt.Gox implodes, rival bitcoin exchanges remain surprisingly stable TechCrunch

> The troublesome history of the bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox Anders Nilsson

> Bitstamp restores service after targeted attack The Verge

> First U.S. bitcoin ATMs to open soon in Seattle, Austin Reuters

>> CREEPY CRAWLIES: Exploit released for vulnerability targeted by Linksys router worm, by Lucian Constantin: "Last week, security researchers from the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center identified a self-replicating malware program that exploits an authentication bypass vulnerability to infect Linksys routers. The worm has been named TheMoon. The initial report from SANS ISC said the vulnerability is located in a CGI script that's part of the administration interface of multiple Linksys' E-Series router models... On Sunday, a Reddit user identified four CGI scripts that he believed were likely to be vulnerable. An exploit writer, who uses the online alias Rew, later confirmed that at least two of those scripts are vulnerable and published a proof-of-concept exploit." InfoWorld

>> BREAKING & ENTERING 1.0: Kickstarter hacked, customer addresses and other info accessed, by Greg Kumparak: "The good news: No credit card information was accessed -- and even if it somehow would've been, Kickstarter doesn't store full credit card numbers. The not-so-good-news: they've detected that the hackers were able to access a database that contained usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords." TechCrunch
> TechBrief notes: Old passwords salted and SHA-1 hashed; new ones hashed with bcrypt? Good but not great.

>> BREAKING & ENTERING 2.0: Syrian Electronic Army says it published Forbes user info on 1M+ accounts, by Arik Hesseldahl: "Forbes admitted in a statement posted to its Facebook page and on Twitter on Friday night that the email addresses of its users may have been exposed... The company said passwords were encrypted, but advised its users to change passwords on services and systems where they used the same passwords. " Re/code
> Syrian electronic army hacks Forbes, spills 1M user records - here's what you need to know Sophos Naked Security
> TechBrief notes: Passwords stored in PHPass Portable format, 6-byte random salted 8192-iteration MD5 encryption? Good job.

>> MONEY SHOT: For income inequality in Silicon Valley, look no further than tech executives' paychecks, by Pui-Wing Tam and Mark Milian: "As Americans snap up more iPhones and Android gadgets, U.S. tech industry profits are at an all-time high, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Many Wall Street bankers, who were the target of scorn by protesters across the U.S. during the recession, would be jealous of the pay packages handed out in Silicon Valley these days.... 'The financial companies have curtailed their pay,' Aaron Boyd, director of governance research at Redwood City, California-based Equilar, said in an interview. 'More tech companies will pay above $20 million a year than any other industry.'" Bloomberg

>> BROADERBAND: Punching above its weight, upstart Netflix pokes at HBO, by David Carr, Ravi Somaiya: "Netflix, the brash Silicon Valley interloper, driven by metrics and technology, not to mention a checkbook that makes seasoned Hollywood players blush like teenagers, [is] taking on HBO, the East Coast establishment player, in the rarefied and profitable world of quality television... HBO broke out its operating income for the first time earlier this month -- a move it says was a coincidence -- and showed its own very profitable muscles. It made $1.8 billion in operating profits in 2013, compared with Netflix's $228 million." New York Times
> House of Cards snubbed HBO for upstart Netflix SlashGear
> Is Netflix HBO's new nightmare? Maybe, but we've heard this one before Pando
> Netflix plan for cable boxes threatened by Comcast/Time Warner merger Ars Technica

>> GROUPTHINK: Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network, by Casey Newton: "All around San Francisco, people are devouring their Secret feeds, with their unpredictable mix of sex, drugs, and industry gossip... The secrets have all been posted by your friends, though you'll never know which friend: Secret is 'anonymish.' It's a feed of gossip created by the contacts in your iPhone, but labeled only as being from a 'friend' or 'friend of a friend.' ... Secret is working on unspecified new tools that they say will make users feel more confident about what they post." The Verge
> Secret: Is anonymity worth it if you're invisible? GigaOM
> The anonymity I know Chris Poole
> Anonymous app 'Secret' will add more privacy controls Forbes

>> COMING ATTRACTIONS: More on Mayer's search plans for Yahoo: The 'three S's' and slipping through a Microsoft loophole, by Kara Swisher: "Mayer is trying to move Yahoo squarely into competition with both Google and Microsoft... she has ordered up two under-the-radar initiatives that could potentially move the company into algorithmic search, as well as search advertising, again... rather than focusing on the Web and keywords, which Yahoo is contractually bound to allow Microsoft to serve under a 10-year search and advertising partnership deal, Mayer is aiming all this toward mobile and contextual search... Unlike keywords, which are inputted by a user, contextual search uses all kinds of signals that they share, most times without an effort, as they move through the world, both digitally and physically... as long as the query is not based on a search keyword, it... is not included in the search agreement with Microsoft to provide search and search advertising technology." Re/code

>> Intel launches Hadoop-powered big data platform Data Center Knowledge

>> How the NIST cybersecurity framework can help secure the enterprise InfoWorld

>> Oracle, Rimini Street both claim victory after judge's ruling on copyright PCWorld

>> Here comes the Candy Crush IPO! After a $1.9 billion year, King gets ready to go public Re/code

>> Language-learning platform TutorGroup raises $100M from investors including Alibaba TechCrunch

>> Pando: 'We have just finished raising our Series A round… $1.2M … lead by an unconventional group of investors in Tennessee organized by Nashville-based Jumpstart Foundry' Pando

>> Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO Reuters

>> Siemens launches $100M fund to back startups aiming to disrupt manufacturing TechCrunch

>> GoPro's IPO isn't about selling cameras, it's about creating a media empire Engadget

>> Intel invests in Chinese cloud providers, eyes makers of components for wearables PCWorld

>> Why data-as-a-service has taken off so fast InfoWorld

>> IPython founder details road map for interactive computing platform InfoWorld

>> Medtronic replaces PeopleSoft with Workday cloud HR tools for 45,000 staff Computerworld UK

>> Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales Computerworld

>> Ireland to pay $4.5M for extended Windows XP support Softpedia

>> Brian Krebs: Reporting from the Web's underbelly New York Times

>> Pandora suit may upend century-old royalty plan New York Times

>> Apple passing Microsoft Benedict Evans

>> Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth SFGate

>> Dot-bomb redux? The truth about 1999 vs. now InfoWorld

>> BITCOIN: $627 Coinbase

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Instead of lighting the entire house...Drone light bulbs that follow you around. Self dock in chargers while you sleep." @boredelonmusk

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