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E.U. Facing Cyberattack as Summit Approaches

The E.U. is facing a cyber-attack of unprecedented proportions, a spokesman for the European Commission said yesterday. The attack began earlier this week, as the Commission prepared for a summit during which a military response in Libya, among other topics, is expected to be discussed. This ain't exactly the E.U.'s first time at the cyber-attack rodeo; E.U. computers are attacked frequently....

Saudi Arabia Accuses Israeli Bird of Espionage

The Middle East may be once again on the brink of ornithological warfare, now that Saudi Arabian officials have detained an Israeli bird suspected of espionage. The bird was first spotted in a rural area of the country, wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet that read 'Tel Aviv University.' Officials promptly took the creature into custody, and accused it of being a Mossad spy. Its tag would...

Ahmadinejad Says Iran's Nuclear Facilities Were Hit by Stuxnet Worm

In June, security experts first discovered a dangerous new worm called Stuxnet, which, to the horror of many, possessed the ability to wreak havoc upon real-world industrial systems. The virus affected servers all over the world, but seemed to be especially focused on networks in Iran, as the country absorbed a major attack over the summer. This Iranian focus led many to speculate that Stuxnet...

Mysterious 'Myrtus' Biblical Reference Spotted in Stuxnet Code

The powerful and dynamic Stuxnet worm has completely baffled security experts since its discovery in June. The mysteriously imperceptible and untraceable mega-malware has disseminated through various machines and facilities in Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Russia, but a recent attack on an Iranian nuclear facility has sparked a global firestorm of publicity and conjecture. Now, some analysts...

Iran Introduces Flying Boats With Machine Guns, Scares Nobody

What's better than a machine gun-equipped military boat? A machine gun-equipped military boat that flies, of course -- and, apparently, Iran now has one. As part of the country's Sacred Week of Defense, which commemorates its eight-year war with Iraq, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats yesterday to the delight of the handful of people who actually...

Stuxnet Worm Strikes Nuclear Plant in Iran

Officials in Iran have confirmed that the Stuxnet super worm has infected personal computers at one of the country's nuclear power plants, just a few days after cyber-security experts warned the public that the malware might be targeting Tehran's nuclear facilities. Mahmoud Jafari, who leads Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, told the IRNA news agency that authorities at the plant are currently trying...

Stuxnet Could Be Most Complex Malware Ever, Targeting Iranian Nuclear Plants?

An awe-inspiringly complex piece of malware named 'Stuxnet' has some security experts openly wondering whether or not it's the most sophisticated worm ever to hit the planet. Others are speculating that it may be used to target a nuclear plant in Iran. Although the worm originally popped up in June, when it attacked Windows PCs operating industrial control systems, cyber experts are only now...

Stuxnet Worm Is Straight Out of a Cyber Espionage Thriller

Describing a piece of code as the "best malware ever" seems a bit oxymoronic, but Stuxnet might actually fit the bill. The malware has been operating undetected since early this year. In June, it was finally identified by a small security company in Belarus called VirusBlokAda. By early August, Microsoft had confirmed and patched an exploit that Stuxnet was using to target PCs running Windows, but...

'Asmandez' Game Marks Iran's Entry into Online Gaming

When it comes to things like human rights and gender equality, Iran still lags behind much of the developed world. But, in terms of online video games, the Islamic Republic appears to be taking significant steps toward modernity. 'Asmandez' (or 'Sky Fortress') is not just another futuristic, sci-fi online game; it's Iran's first. As Game Politics reports, the game is set in a future world in...

FTC Gives Twitter Double Secret Probation, Iranian Blogfather's Trial Commences

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Facebook garners constant criticism for various privacy issues, but the FTC just publicly reprimanded and punished Twitter for a lackadaisical approach toward security. Twitter's flaws resulted in hacks on both celebrity and employee accounts, prompting the FTC to forbid Twitter from "misleading consumers" about privacy protection...

Twitter in Iran: Revolutionary Lifeline or Media Exaggeration?

Last summer, many Western media outlets were quick to dub the Iranian political uprising "The Twitter Revolution" as a nod to the integral role that the micro-blogging site supposedly played in coordinating protest events throughout the country. But how much of what happened in Iran can actually be attributed to Twitter? Was it truly the conduit of information and communication that many have...

Video Footage Holds Sway Over Public Opinion in Israel-Flotilla Crisis

During 2009's Iranian protests, viral technology suddenly found itself center stage of the global political theater, thanks to both Twitter, and, perhaps more importantly, some powerful video footage that resonated with international audiences. Now, nearly a year after the world was exposed to the gruesome clip of Neda Agha-Soltan's brutal murder in Iran, the moving image is at the forefront of...

Facebook Support for Egyptian Regime Change Helps, But Isn't the Only Option

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who's been in power since Anwar El-Sadat's assassination in 1981, is up for re-election next year. Opposition groups in Egypt have been unable to gain any real political power over the past thirty years, but there may be hope for executive change in Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Facebook may turn out...

Virtual Reality Puts Men in Women's Bodies in Gender-Bending Experiments

Share Men may be from Mars, and women may hail from Venus, but this age-old interplanetary divide may soon be lessening -- and not because of ANTM's Isis King or Chaz Bono's fake stubble. As the Guardian reports, scientists at Barcelona University recently gave male volunteers virtual reality headsets in order to transfer them into women's bodies in an attempt to further examine human...

Iceland Proposing Blogger Protection Plan, Microsoft Considering iPad 'Office'

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Governments around the world have been implementing censorship programs, and arresting dissident bloggers and writers at an alarming rate. Iceland is reportedly attempting to become a safe haven for those beleaguered reporters with a parliamentary proposal that would provide the most protective free speech measures in the world....