Germany Says Grappling With Hacker Threat

Germany’s defence minister warned of the growing threat of cyber-attacks as a newspaper reported that malware had been found on the parliamentary-office computer of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The report came a few weeks after it emerged that hackers had attacked the Bundestag’s (lower house of parliament) computer system. Speaking to newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen ... Read More »

Networks Must Improve for Iraq to Be Internet Transit Hub

A more reliable terrestrial broadband network could enable Iraq to become a transcontinental transit route for Internet traffic, a senior executive at one of two firms providing submarine connectivity to the war-torn country told Reuters. Iraq is ideally located to carry Internet traffic between Asia and Europe and built a submarine cable landing station at Al Faw on Iraq’s Gulf ... Read More »

Your Social Media Reading Habits Reflect Your Personality: Study

Your social media activity reveals much more about you than you imagine, a study indicates.A new study by Fractal Analytics and BuzzStream – both digital analytics platforms – establishes the connections between gender, education, political leanings, and preferred publications of Facebook users, reported. It found that across all publications studied, from the BBC and Fox News, to Wired andBuzzFeed, ... Read More »

Britain Pulls Out Spies as Russia, China Crack Snowden Files: Report

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported. Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials ... Read More »

Vodafone, MTS Hike Mobile Data Tariffs in Delhi

Telecom services provider Vodafone has increased prepaid mobile data tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi NCR by up to 47 percent, while MTS hiked rates of postpaid mobile data packs by 8 percent. The increase comes in the aftermath of March spectrum auction wherein telcos had paid around Rs. 1,10,000 crores to acquire airwaves. However, Sistema Shyam Teleservices, ... Read More »

Alibaba to Launch Netflix-Like Video Streaming Service in 2 Months

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months, hoping to emulate the U.S.’s Netflix Inc and HBO, the firm’s head of digital entertainment said on Sunday. The service will be called ‘TBO’, or Tmall Box Office, with content bought from China and other countries, as well as in-house productions, Alibaba’s Patrick ... Read More »

The Infibeam Big Bang Sale Kicks Off

The Infibeam Big Bang Sale kicked off on Monday with deals across various product categories. The underdog in the Indian e-commerce scene dominated by Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal is trying to woo customers with deals on electronics gadgets, fashion & lifestyle, books, magazines & and movies, amongst other categories. The Infibeam Big Bang Sale includes memory cards starting at Rs. ... Read More »

Court Declines to Suspend US Net Neutrality Rules

New U.S. Internet traffic regulations, known as net neutrality rules, will go into effect on Friday after a federal appeals court rejected the telecommunications industry’s request to partly suspend their implementation while they are being litigated.The ruling on Thursday marked an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader enforcement authority over Internet service providers is ... Read More »

New Cloud Platform Aims to Ease Healthcare Access in Kolkata

      A cloud-based application based on Big Data is being developed to ease access to healthcare facilities for masses in the eastern metropolis and connect rural areas to the city as well. Christened ’24by7.Care’, the platform is set to be rolled out in the next three months, said developer Suvro Ghosh, the founder of a US-based biotech company ... Read More »

Cyber-Security Fears Grow as Defences Boosted: Study

The recent epidemic of cyber-attacks has led to greater investment and spending on security, but fears are rising that hackers are gaining the upper hand, a study showed Wednesday.A Rand Corporation study based on a survey of company chief information officers said rising concerns from high-profile incidents have made cyber-security a priority for many organizations. The authors cited prior research ... Read More »