The Ambassador

The Ambassador is both warrior and diplomat. He listens to the words of those who deserve influence and guides those in his care as he guides himself. He acts not selfishly but for the betterment of all.

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?There’s little question at this point that the recent round of nude celebrity photo leaks are Apple’s fault. Hackers supposedly used simple brute force attacks, which consist of quickly and repeatedly guessing different passwords for an account until one works, to infiltrate iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Hacks of this kind are quite old and a simple security measure that restricts access to an account when incorrect passwords are used too many times in a short span would have prevented the leaks, if brute force attacks were indeed the hackers’ weapon of choice. But now, it looks like this huge ordeal could end up costing Google, not Apple, millions of dollars. FROM EARLIER: It’s Apple’s fault that the world has seen naked photos of Jennifer



Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

Student pro-democracy activists use their smartphones while sitting on the streets near the government headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded, they give an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said.



Interpol opens Singapore center to fight cyber crime

By Theodora D'cruz SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Interpol, the world's largest police organization, is opening a center in Singapore focused on fighting cyber crime, which many countries, it says, are poorly equipped to contain. Cyber crime is increasingly conducted by a highly specialized chain of software break-in experts, underground market-makers and fraudsters who convert stolen passwords and identities into financial gains. Criminals can keep data for months or even years before using it to defraud victims. China and the United States regularly trade accusations over cyber espionage. ...


Sophisticated malware already spying on Hong Kong protesters’ iOS and Android phones

Sophisticated malware already spying on Hong Kong protesters’ iOS and Android phonesWhenever mobile malware comes up, the usual reports detail new malicious apps that are found to affect Android, while iOS remains largely unaffected by such programs. However, The New York Times now says that security researchers have discovered a sophisticated malware attack that’s currently spreading in Hong Kong between Occupy Central protesters, and which is able to infect and then spy upon both Android and iOS devices. It’s not clear who’s behind the malware app, but the Chinese government is believed to be involved, as it tries to censor the current pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Furthermore, it’s not clear how many devices have been compromised, but previous similar attacks have infected one in 10 handsets that received a message prompting



ARM expands software to manage security for Internet of Things

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - ARM Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it was introducing software to make the proliferating number of Internet-connected devices many consumers surround themselves with more manageable and secure. The Cambridge-based chip designer said it was looking to expand dramatically the lifespan and manageability of the many network-connected products running its embedded microprocessors -- from home appliances to car features to wearable devices. ...


McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'

FILE - In this March 20, 2014, file photo, television personality and event host Jimmy Kimmel attends the 2nd Annual "Rebels With a Cause" Gala benefiting the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Computer security software firm McAfee says the talk-show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware.



Exclusive: U.S. to pay $300 million to end Brazil cotton trade dispute - officials

A worker stacks bundles of cotton at a farm beside the MS-306 road in Chapadao do Sul, Mato Grosso do Sul stateBy Alonso Soto and Krista Hughes BRASILIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, two officials familiar with the settlement said on Tuesday, the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal. The agreement will be formally signed on Wednesday morning in Washington after Brazilian Agriculture Minister Neri Geller and Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo traveled to the U.S. capital to finalize details. ...



Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

Hong Kong and Taiwanese demonstrators gather to support pro-democracy protestsBOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...



This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy firstEver since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. According to BBC News, it started as a small network for a group of friends. Now it has exploded and is getting at least 31,000 requests an hour from people looking to join. Starting a new social network doesn’t come without start-up problems. “We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back-end,” Ellofounder Paul Budnitz told the BBC. “It’s in beta and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s



U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

A Spanish Games blogger is silhouetted against the logo of Microsoft's Xbox during the Xbox Play Day 2014, before the Gamescom 2014 fair in CologneBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. ...