Booting Up: All the Cool Kids Aren’t Getting Twitter Verified

Twitter IPO. (Photo: Ynaija)

President Obama issued a mandate yesterday ordering government agencies to make their data “open and machine-readable.” Perhaps soon you’ll have a machine to read Betabeat for you. [Ars Technica]

The U.S. government has been buying up cyberweapons that rely on software holes in widely used programs to attack computers overseas, but that means it doesn’t want everyday consumers to know about their own computers’ vulnerabilities.  [Reuters]

The International Space Station was using Windows up until now, apparently, which seems ill-advised? They’ve finally switched to Linux. [Extreme Tech]

Oh, you got verified on Twitter? Whatever, I don’t even want to be. [The Awl]

Cybercriminals stole $45 million from ATMs across the world in a matter of hours, and their ringleader was a 20-something kid from Brooklyn. [New York Times]

Amazon is reportedly building its own smartphone and it’s going to have a 3D screen. [Wall Street Journal]

Cyber Nukes

The U.S. Government Accuses the Chinese Military of Snooping, Reading Its Diary

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

After several months of near-constant chatter about Chinese hackers, the U.S. government has finally come right out and said it: the Chinese military is probably, right this very minute, trying to hack into America’s computers to steal our precious bodily fluids state secrets.

That’s from the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress which, as the New York Times reports, was unusually direct in accusing China of hax0ring America’s shit. For example: Read More

The Russians

An Afternoon With Eugene Kaspersky, the Antivirus King with the Chesire Cat Grin

Mr. Kaspersky, with Mr. Alonso.

“The world I’m living in, which is the security world, is becoming more and more complicated,” Eugene Kaspersky ominously informed us. One would imagine: his Russia-based antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, essentially announced the new age of cyberwar with the 2010 suggestion that Stuxnet must’ve been built with nation-state support. The target–Iran’s nuclear facilities–made it Read More