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NSA leak reveals citizen targets: “I hunt sys admins”

NSA leak reveals citizen targets: “I hunt sys admins”

System administrators, tasked with the operation of computer systems, are unwitting potential targets for the NSA, new documents leaked by Snowden and detailed by The Intercept have revealed. According to these documents, the NSA targets the Facebook accounts and email addresses of sys admins, ultimately hacking into the systems they control -- hence one of the posts in the document reading, "I hunt sys admins."

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Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and broadcast TV networks has appeared on Business Insider. While this in itself may not be news to our readers, the nitty gritty details and the statistics to back it all up should confirm what you might already suspect. TV watchers, movie buffs and sports fans are no longer anchored to a physical home.

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Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

If you've heard about Google's latest fine at the hands of privacy seekers across the USA, you know good and well that their Street View cars are roaming around your neighborhood with their sensors on. But what are we doing to prepare for these traveling information collectors? Apparently not a whole lot, as part of the penalty being leveraged against Google is a requirement that they inform the public how to turn on the security on their own personal wifi hubs.

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4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE might be a thing of beauty for mobile users who love a good and fast internet connection while on the road, but according to a document filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a laptop and a software-defined radio unit costing about $650 is all it takes to take down a 4G network within a reasonably-size radius.

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Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

If the area you're in was hit hard hard by Hurricane Sandy, then we've got some good news to share today. Verizon has announced that its mobile network is almost back to full strength in the areas that have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, so it should be a bit easier to get in contact with loved ones and friends. As of this morning, Verizon says that 97.2% of its cell sites in the northeastern United States are functional, with the rest hopefully coming back soon.

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AT&T and T-Mobile team up to share networks in New York and New Jersey

AT&T and T-Mobile team up to share networks in New York and New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy might finally be winding down, but that doesn't mean life is back to normal. The storm ended up knocking out 25% of cell towers across 10 states, which leaves a ton of mobile subscribers without service. However, AT&T and T-Mobile are teaming up to share their respective networks with each other in New York and New Jersey until full cellular service can be brought back up.

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