Hackers to probe cyber crime defenses at British banks
By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defenses of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they'll be welcome. Banks are on red alert after cyber criminals obtained details of 83 million clients from JPMorgan Chase this year and Britain's leading lenders have signed up for tests that let teams of certified hackers attack at will. The cyber war games will mark a major escalation in how banks test defenses in a high-stakes battle with criminals. ...

China says controls on Internet needed to maintain stability

Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Jacobs sits next to Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma during a meeting at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen townBy Paul Carsten WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The comments, made at the start of the World Internet Conference (WIC), show China is unlikely to loosen its tight grip on the medium even as it has begun a transformation of its economic model. ...



Eleven kindergarten children killed in China bus crash

Relatives of kindergarten children, who died after the van they were travelling in ran into a truck, cry in PenglaiBEIJING (Reuters) - Eleven kindergarten children were killed when their packed bus crashed into a truck in eastern China, state media reported on Tuesday, in the latest of a series of accidents that have sparked anger over unsafe school transport. The collision took place around 8 a.m. when the truck collided with the minibus carrying 14 children in the eastern province of Shandong, the official Xinhua news agency said. The bus driver was also killed. Local police said the bus was overloaded at the time, Xinhua reported. It was meant to carry eight passengers. ...



Netflix to launch in Australia, New Zealand in March

The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - Online movie streaming giant Netflix Inc said it will launch its service in Australia and New Zealand in March, fuelling pricing pressure on domestic broadcasters and media firms already fighting hard for home entertainment viewers. In a statement, Netflix said it will sell content in the region for streaming on televisions, tablets, smartphones, computers and Internet-connected game consoles. Netflix will disclose pricing later, and didn't say much it will invest nor how many subscribers it hopes to attract. ...



Police launch porn probe over Oregon teen sex videos
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon are investigating reports that high school students videotaped peers engaging in sexual activity and distributed the footage via social media in a case that could lead to child pornography charges, authorities said on Tuesday. Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson said a small group of students were involved in the case, but he declined to say how many or elaborate on the content of the videos. It was also not clear whether the teens depicted in the footage consented to being filmed. ...

Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBy Andrea Shalal EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies. Boeing, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier and the world's largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected. ...



Uber exec suggests 'digging up dirt' on media critics: BuzzFeed

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign(Reuters) - A senior executive at U.S. ride-sharing company Uber suggested that the company should spend a million dollars to hire a team of opposition researchers to "dig up dirt" on its critics in the media, BuzzFeed reported. The comments, BuzzFeed said, came from Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business, during a private dinner in New York last week. He later said he believed the conversation was off the record, according to the social news and entertainment website. ...



Southern California high school closed over online threats
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A high school in a Southern California beach town was closed on Tuesday over threats made on the social media application Yik Yak, which allows users to post anonymously, officials said. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, an affluent oceanside community just south of Los Angeles, was briefly on lockdown on Monday over an online threat, said the city's schools superintendent, Michael Matthews. ...

Top German spy says Berlin under cyber attack from other states

Maassen attends a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Centre in BerlinBERLIN (Reuters) - German government and business computers are coming under increasing cyber attack every day from other states' spy agencies, especially those of Russia and China, Germany's domestic intelligence (BfV) chief said on Tuesday. Addressing a cybersecurity conference in Berlin, Hans Georg Maassen said that of an estimated 3,000 daily attacks by hackers or criminals on German government systems, around five were the handiwork of intelligence services. The latter are so sophisticated that they can easily be overlooked, he added. ...



EU leans towards broader net neutrality rules
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments are considering less stringent rules on how internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, according to a draft seen by Reuters, a move that could be welcomed by Europe's large telecoms operators. These so-called net neutrality rules are part of the European Commission's proposed overhaul of Europe's telecoms industry to help it to compete against rivals the United States and Asia. Net neutrality is the principle that all content providers should have equal access on networks. ...

U.S. patent office tightens rules for examiners working from home
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has tightened supervision of patent examiners who work full-time from home, an official said on Tuesday, but critics in Congress questioned whether the office was not going far enough to curb abuse. The estimated 5,000 patent examiners who work from home full time must now be available electronically when they are on duty, among other changes, Margaret Focarino, commissioner for patents at the USPTO, said in testimony prepared for a hearing. U.S. ...

Colombia's FARC tweets over seized general, then alleges hacking
BOGOTA (Reuters) - A tweet from the account of Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group's peace negotiators said on Tuesday that kidnapped General Ruben Dario Alzate was a "prisoner of war". But in a message from the same account minutes later, the FARC said its Twitter account had been hacked. It did not deny or confirm the general's status. https://twitter.com/FARC_EPaz (Reporting by Helen Murphy; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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