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Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Over the past week we've seen several reactions to the death of freedom of information activist Aaron Swartz, one of the most disturbing being the planned protest of his funeral by the Westboro Baptist Church. It would appear that today the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous has saved the day, having promised action against the WBC if they did, in fact, show up at the funeral in Highland Park, Illinois. The WBC's lawyer has reportedly since contacted local police, stating that the group would not be attending the vigil - and by the looks of it here the day after the event, they did indeed stay away completely, not a one of them showing up.

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Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Though it's not the posthumous complete reprieve from the crimes he'd been accused of that his followers, friends, and family had wished for, Aaron Swartz's court case has been dismissed due to his death. The man known as Aaron Swartz was found to have ended his own life just this past week, his legacy of pushing for freedom of information appearing very much to be living on in his wake. The announcement this week from the US District Court stops the case that accused Swartz of involvement in the theft of digital documents from JSTOR, a journal archive, a case where he faced decades in prison time if found guilty.

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Java tipped in Red October – may be Homeland Security’s hang-up

Java tipped in Red October – may be Homeland Security’s hang-up

Over the past several days, the US Department of Homeland Security has issued warnings against using Java due to newly discovered security weaknesses - today it's been tipped that the Red October cyberespionage attacks may have had their own Java iterations. The two have not been put together by the Israeli IT security firm Seculert, the group that today suggests Red October was implemented not just via email downloads and USB sticks, but through web-based Java exploits as well. Could that and Homeland Security's warning be timed both right here at this point in time together without any relation to one another?

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Operation Red October cyberattack detailed by Kaspersky Lab

Operation Red October cyberattack detailed by Kaspersky Lab

This week the Moscow-based antivirus company Kaspersky Lab has revealed details of a five year long campaign that apparently targeted diplomatic, governmental and scientific-research organizations across the former Soviet Union. This attack used software known as Operation Red October, aka Rocra, a piece of malware designed to locate and make copies of both encrypted and non-encrypted documents in a target's computer. This attack appears to have been spread across hundreds of victims since 2007 with an intent on gathering classified information as well as geopolitical intelligence.

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Iran cyberattacked US banks according to government officials

Iran cyberattacked US banks according to government officials

Late last year, multiple US banks were attacked online by what was believed to be a hacker group. Now government officials are saying it was actually the work of Iran, possibly in response to cyberattacks it has suffered from the US. This was determined when an investigation revealed that the method used to attack the banks was too sophisticated to be the work a fringe group.

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Windows RT ported to HTC HD2

Windows RT ported to HTC HD2

We've seen the HTC HD2 running essentially every mobile operating system from its birth till now, but nothing could have prepared us for this: hackers have ported in Windows RT! This operating system is meant to be a sort of half-way point between full-on desktop mode and mobile for the Windows tablet universe hoping to join in on the Windows 8 fun - it's creators certainly never intended it to be worked with on a smartphone. But there it is, on the HTC HD2, no less, the most-hacked smartphone of all time, without a doubt.

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“Cosmo the God” hacker takes over another Westboro Twitter account

“Cosmo the God” hacker takes over another Westboro Twitter account

The 15-year-old hacker who goes by the name of Cosmo and Cosmo the God was sentenced to probation in November for his part in a variety of large hacking incidents that happened throughout the year. That hasn't stopped him, however, with the hacker targeting the Westboro Baptist Church's members and picking their Twitter accounts off one by one. His current target? Fred Phelps Jr.

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Latest iOS 6 Jailbreak scam wants you to pay $28

Latest iOS 6 Jailbreak scam wants you to pay $28

In the wake of last week's iOS 6 jailbreak hoax, we're starting to see other fake jailbreak fixes pop up on the internet in an attempt to capitalize on the success of last week's prank. Websites by the name of OpenAnyPhone.com and iPhoneJailbreakUnlock.org are claiming to have a working iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for all eligible iPhones. However, unlike last week's attempt, this is one is as fake as it gets.

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