A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date. Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is the work of the Russian government and linked to the same software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military uncovered in 2008.
Amazon’s tax affairs could come under more scrutiny in Britain, tax experts said, after a judge questioned whether it really was organized in the tax efficient way it said it was. The ruling comes as big technology groups, including Amazon, face increasing scrutiny in Britain over their tax practices.
Twitter paid $36 million to acquire more than 900 patents from IBM, according to a newly published Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Last year, IBM was banging the drums of possible patent-infringement against Twitter, saying that the company’s service might have violated three patents it owned related to advertising, “resource locators,” and discovery of contacts.
Vine announced that it has changed its rules and terms of service to no longer allow users to post sexually explicit videos.The video-sharing social network said users who are found to post pornographic videos will be subject to having their accounts suspended.
Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook Inc’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp’s 450 million users. WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other messages, has had a longstanding commitment to not collect user data for advertising purposes.