Posts Tagged ‘NPR’

Internet Explorer users have low IQ? its a Hoax

Published by pratyushkp on August 4th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

It turned out that many websites (CNN, BBC, NPR, CNET, Forbes, the Daily Mail, Mashable, the Daily Telegraph are just a handful) had been duped in recent days by supposed research from AptiQuant showing that users of Internet Explorer scored lower than average in IQ tests.

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Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government

Published by pratyushkp on July 30th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Post from Matt Hartley

Matt Hartley is an award winning Toronto-based writer and journalist with The National Post newspaper where he writes about technology and the Internet for the Financial Post.

As editor of the FP Tech Desk, he is responsible for overseeing technology coverage for the Financial Post.

A product of the Queen’s Journal journalism factory at Queen’s University, his stories have also appeared in the The Globe and Mail, in numerous technology magazines and across the Postmedia Network chain of newspapers.

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Sony succumbs to another hack leaking 2,500 “old records”

Published by pratyushkp on May 8th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
PlayStation Network Card

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Sony seems to be living a nightmare this week. In a statement made today to Reuters they acknowledged another Sony property had been attacked by malicious hackers and more data stolen and published.

Even more embarrassing was the fact that the stolen information was published on a Sony web server that reportedly is part of Sony Electronics.

The information disclosed contained names and partial addresses of Sony customers who had participated in a 2001 sweepstakes. Sony’s comment is as follows:

“The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony,”

This appears to be a partial repeat of what they disclosed in their second statement acknowledging that Sony Online Entertainment had been compromised. “Don’t worry it was old data on a forgotten server.”

I spoke with John Moe from Marketplace Tech Report on National Public Radio (NPR) last Wednesday. We discussed how long most organizations keep this kind of information and whether there are any regulations requiring it to be protected or deleted.

In an organization as large as Sony the hackers targeting them may be able to continue to find low hanging fruit… Unpatched old equipment at any of the various Sony subsidiaries could continue to embarrass Sony publicly.

Meanwhile, Sony Playstation Network users are starting to get quite impatient as they await the return of the online gaming service.

In this case Sony is certainly doing the right thing. It is better to be offline and identify what must be done to return the service to a secure state than to simply turn it back on and allow attackers to target even more data.

Remember arcades? You can “chat” while competing and you even might see the sunshine when you leave the house. It will be okay gamers, soon enough you will be able to return to your couches.

Source :-

  • Sony succumbs to another hack leaking 2,500 “old records” (
  • Sony may offer cash bounty for PSN hackers (
  • Sony’s PlayStation Network hack attack repair bill: $1.6 million or $1.25 billion? (
  • The Sony Horror Hacker Show (
  • Sony cuts off Sony Online Entertainment service after hack (
  • Two veteran Anonymous members say group is responsibile for Sony attacks (
  • Playstation Network Down Indefinitely, Again (
  • Sony delays PSN revival, says 2,500 users’ names leaked (
  • Sony Hacked Again; 25M Users’ Info at Risk (
  • Sony Hackers Planning Third Attack, Have Gained Access To Servers [Rumor] (
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