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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

criticalmass24 sends news that multiple banks are indicating Home Depot stores are the source of a new batch of stolen credit cards and debit cards that hit the black market today. “There are signs that the perpetrators of this apparent breach may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers responsible for the data breaches at Target, Sally Beauty…

SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

speedplane writes: Last week, Elon Musk’s SpaceX fired two challenges (PDFs) at Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin over U.S. Patent 8,678,321, entitled “Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods.” The patent appears to cover a method of landing a rocket on a floating platform at sea. In their papers, SpaceX says that “by 2009, the earliest possibly…

NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

An anonymous reader writes: At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to ratify “a far-reaching change in the organization’s mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or…

UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy

Developments over the past 12 months have sent the clearest message yet that the UK government is not only prepared to morally support the creative industries, but also spend public money on anti-piracy enforcement. The government-funded City of London Intellectual Property Crime Unit is definitely showing no signs of losing interest, carrying out yet another arrest yesterday morning on behalf…

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

An anonymous reader writes A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report — “taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace’s Lane Middle School, was…

Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

sfcrazy (1542989) writes, based on a report from Ted T’so, that Kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed forces. Monakhov is using twitter to keep people informed about his experience with the Russian judicial system ;…

UK Police Make Third ‘Pirate’ Streaming Arrest

Set up in the summer of 2013, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit has quickly grown to become one of the world’s most active anti-piracy operations. The unit employs a wide range of strategies, from writing to domain registrars and threatening them, to working with advertisers in order to strangle the revenues of ‘pirate’ sites. PIPCU also…

Finland’s Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

mdsolar writes with news about further delays to Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor. “Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland’s biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 — almost a decade later than originally planned. Areva-Siemens blamed disagreements with its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) over the plant’s automation…

Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On ‘Privacy First’

An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it’s not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of these issues, a group of developers started work on Tox, which aims to rebuild the functionality…