Anonymous DDoS attacks continued in Egypt this week as the nation’s government restored internet access to its 80 million residents, while many rallied in increasingly violent protests over President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down. Some members of the political hacker group also began to stage DDoS attacks on Yemen government websites, including that of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as that nation’s residents also took to the streets in protest.
Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up to try and compete with Research In Motion, and plans to add Microsoft Office to select Nokia handsets, the companies said in a joint statement.
When MyCE last interviewed VoIP researcher and hacker Youness Alaoui, plenty was going on in the scene: George "GeoHot" Hotz was engaged in a bitter legal battle with Sony, PS3 firmware cracks seemed to hit as quickly as the firmware itself and outrage aimed at hackers over rampant online cheating peppered gaming forums. Much has changed in the months since, and much has stayed the same. We reached out once again to Alaoui to get his thoughts on new hacking group LulzSec, the Sony v. GeoHot settlement, DRM and his new "Humble Homebrew Collection" initiative.
Massive 'Red October' cyber attack discovered
I wonder if there are any Windows Vista fans, but if there are any, then their time is running out. Microsoft has announced that it will cease support for this Operating System. No new service packs will be developed...
Trial applications downloaded from the Windows 8 Store can be easily converted to full paid versions by applying a so called 'sideload crack'.
Microsoft's new virus scanner aims for simplicity, but most importantly, it's free.
Anonymous' infamous Low Orbit Ion Cannon served its masters well over the years, aiding the collective in several high-profile operations against disparate targets ranging from Sony to Mastercard. And when a hacking tool can silence KISS frontman Gene Simmons, you know it's something special. However, good things can't last forever. By the end of the year Anonymous plans to retire the LOIC and wield a new implement of cyber warfare.
It appears that entertainment industry trade groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have found a new ally in their fight against piracy, as internet giant Yahoo! has begun censoring communications in their Messenger chat program.
ZDNet writer and Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley is reporting that while several sites have started to write about Windows 9, the information they are talking about is probably an update to Windows 8 that goes by the code...
Tablet tinkering is all the rage. Enterprising hackers rooted the Kindle Fire mere days after its November 15 launch (then re-rooted it when Amazon plugged the leak with new firmware), allowing users full Android OS support and access to the Android Market. Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet suffered a similar fate. And do we even need to mention the iPad? The latest victim (or lucky fanbase, depending on who you ask) is RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. A tutorial posted on Tuesday walks interested PlayBook owners through the jailbreaking process, letting them install the Android Market and more.
Hackers who claim to have acquired source code for Symantec's Norton Antivirus are threatening to release that code to the internet on January 17. Symantec has been quick to reassure users that releasing this code would pose no threat because it is from an old and unsupported version of NAV.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said some nasty things about Adobe Flash last week, and now both sides are fighting over the platform's relevance.
There is a possibility that the FBI will cut off Internet access for millions of people on March 8 in an effort to get rid of a Trojan. The virus is called DNSChanger and new research estimates it to be running on computers at over half of the Fortune 500 companies and on machines at nearly 50% of government agencies.
A senior Microsoft executive has gone on the record this week suggesting that virus-infected computers should be banned from the internet until it is cleared.

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