The reputational risk from leaked email is much more difficult to calculate than any financial risk from piracy. "In some ways, that risk can be higher because you have no way of knowing what's in those emails," said Erik Rasmussen of Kroll Cyber Security.
The cataclysmal event in the back of everyone's mind is the Sony hack in 2014 . While unreleased movies were leaked, what's remembered is the chaos unleashed amid a network shutdown and the disclosure of derisive comments about such well-known actors as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio and racially insensitive remarks about then-President Barack Obama.
Although the recent HBO leaks so far have fallen well short of the damage inflicted on Sony, there were concerns early on that hackers were setting the stage for an embarrassing sequel for Hollywood.
Piracy Still a Problem
While the attention is on leaked emails, that's not to say Hollywood isn't worried about piracy.
On online forums where criminals "advertise their ill-gotten gains," there is now entertainment content "popping up as basically sections of these websites," Rasmussen said.
Some people believe that video leaks can help gin up media and viewer attention for a show or movie, but leaking shows and movies does hurt Hollywood's take, especially if it happens before the official release, Carnegie Mellon professor Michael Smith said.
In a 2014 analysis, Smith and his co-authors concluded that a movie's box-office revenue dropped 19 percent, on average, when it was leaked ahead of the theatrical release, compared with a leak after the movie hit theaters. The research was part of a Carnegie Mellon initiative funded...
Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed late Thursday in response to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit filed against Uber last week by one of its major investors and a former Kalanick supporter, Benchmark Capital.
The acrimony sets the stage for what could be a bitter battle pitting the pugnacious Kalanick against Benchmark, a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Benchmark has seen its 2011 investment of $12 million in Uber grow into a stake now worth more than $7 billion, based on recent valuations of the company.
Uber is being thrust into the crossfire at a time it is trying to recover from revelations of rampant sexual harassment within the company and allegations that it stole trade secrets from a Google spin-off, Waymo, to build self-driving cars. The San Francisco company is also still looking for a new CEO to replace Kalanick, who resigned in late June under pressure from Benchmark and other investors worried about Uber's direction.
Benchmark alleges Kalanick has been interfering in the CEO search and manipulating Uber's board in a scheme to bring him back as the company's leader.
After his resignation as CEO, Kalanick re-appointed himself to Uber's board as part of special powers that gives him control over three board seats. Benchmark now wants those powers taken away, contending they were given to Kalanick under false pretenses.
In his filing, Kalanick contends that Benchmark had secretly plotting against him, and launched its plan to oust him from Uber "at the most shameful of times" -- shortly after his mother was killed and his father critically injured in a boating accident on May 27.
Benchmark had no...
Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others, including two alleged officers of Russia's Federal Security Service. They are accused of computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.
An extradition hearing for the 22-year-old Baratov had been scheduled for early September, but he signed documents before a Canadian judge Friday agreeing to waive it.
His lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, said that does not amount to an admission of guilt.
DiCarlo said the move will accelerate the legal process and was the best way to speed up discussions with the U.S. prosecutor. U.S. marshals will soon be sent to fetch Baratov and take him to California, he added.
U.S. law enforcement officials call Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, considered the successor to the KGB of the former Soviet Union. He has Kazakh origins, arrived in Canada in 2007 and became a citizen in 2011.
Alexsey Belan, one of the other suspects, is on the FBI's list of most wanted cybercriminals and has been indicted multiple times in the United States. It's not clear whether he or the other two defendants, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, will ever step foot in an American courtroom because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia.
The indictment identifies Dokuchaev and Sushchin as officers of the FSB. Belan and Baratov were allegedly directed by the FSB to hack into the accounts.
Three years ago, Dr. Sikka became the first non-founder to lead the 36-year-old company, which is based in India. Sikka has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and joined Infosys as CEO after 12 years with enterprise software-maker SAP.
In his letter today to the board of directors, Sikka wrote that his decision followed months of "false, baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks" that have hurt Infosys' ability to focus on growth and innovation. He also cited recent business challenges created by geopolitical developments, including U.S. leadership by President Donald Trump and last year's Brexit vote in the U.K.
Founded in 1981, Infosys has built a large global presence with nearly 200,000 employees, active in 45 different countries. The company's consultants help organizations with strategies for digital transformation, hands-on engineering and application development, knowledge management, and business process management.
In a followup statement issued today, the company's board of directors said it had accepted Sikka's resignation and appointed U.B. Pravin Rao, the chief operating officer, as interim CEO and managing director. The board said it plans to appoint a permanent replacement for Sikka "no later than March 21, 2018."
Drumbeat of Distractions 'Undermining Good Work'
"We have achieved much in the last 3+ years [during Sikka's time as CEO], and for sure we can all be proud of the powerful seeds of transformation that have already been sowed," Sikka said in his resignation letter. "But, the distractions that we have seen, the constant drumbeat of the same issues over and over again, while ignoring and undermining the good work that has been done, take the excitement and passion out of this amazing journey."...
The six new videos demonstrate how iPad users with iOS 11 will be able to do things such as drag and drop multiple images at once, quickly mark up and send email attachments, and open more than one live window at a time for easier multitasking.
Set to be released sometime next month, iOS 11 will be the "biggest software release ever for iPad," according to Apple. The latest developer and public beta versions of the operating system became available earlier this week.
Dock: 'A Foundational Change'
One of the new features arriving with iOS 11 is the Dock, which Apple has called "a foundational change for the iPad." Resembling a task bar, the Dock displays icons of recently used apps and can be customized to provide quick access to users' favorite tools.
In its new preview video about the Dock, Apple demonstrates how users can touch and hold any icon in the bar to quickly view recently opened files in that application. The company added that Dock is "spring-loaded." That means, for example, that after touching and holding any file, a user can swipe up from the bottom of the iPad screen to open the Dock and instantly include that file in an app such as Messages for easy sharing.
Files, another new app coming with iOS 11, will provide a single location for accessing all of a user's files and folders, whether they're located on the iPad itself or stored in the cloud.
"With iOS 11, your stuff is all in one place," according to the Files preview video. "You can even make and...
Here is a look at some of the technology services that have banned hate groups or have otherwise come out against white supremacists and their supporters:
Ahead of the rally, the housing booking service Airbnb barred rentals to people it believed were traveling to participate. The company said it used its existing background checks and "input from the community" to identify users who didn't align with its standards.
Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Charlottesville. Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The iPhone maker also will match employee donations to those two groups and other human rights organizations on a two-for-one basis.
Facebook removed several groups and individuals from its service and Instagram for what it calls violations of terms banning hate speech. Groups included Vanguard America, Physical Removal and Genuine Donald Trump. The company uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human moderators to weed out groups, posts and people that violate its policies. Spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja acknowledges this is a difficult task, as determining what is hate speech is more difficult than something like a beheading video or child pornography.
Twitter, meanwhile, appears to have suspended the account for neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, though the company doesn't comment on individual accounts.
The Daily Stormer's publisher said he has been effectively "banned from the internet"...
The company said it would take the service nationwide quickly, which it has now done.
"We have created a unique mobile experience that's simple and saves money by connecting to our nationwide WiFi network and allows [customers] to only pay for the data they use," Greg Butz, president of Xfinity Mobile, said in a statement Thursday. "Now that we're available across all of our distribution platforms, including our retail locations in all of our markets, we look forward to introducing even more customers to Xfinity Mobile."
Analysts believe that Comcast and Charter Communications Inc., the two largest cable operators, have to offer mobile services to remain relevant to younger consumers looking for streaming and other data services to access through their smartphones.
There has been speculation by analysts that Comcast could acquire Sprint, T-Mobile, or even telecom giant Verizon. But in his company's earnings conference call last month, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts pooh-poohed the speculation about a deal for a wireless firm, noting the difficult economics in the highly competitive sector.
Comcast did, however, purchase $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum in the latest Federal Communications Commission auction that reallocated spectrum from broadcast TV stations to wireless services.
Sprint and its corporate parent, Japan-based Softbank, also have been linked to a potential deal for Charter. Charter has said it will launch its own mobile-phone service in 2018 in a strategy similar to Comcast's, also using Verizon wireless spectrum. On Thursday, Charter did not provide any additional information about its...
The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network . It rode to orbit aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket. There were handshakes all around two hours later, when the satellite successfully separated from the rocket's upper stage.
"''We're going to really celebrate this one," said launch director Tim Dunn.
NASA has been launching TDRS satellites since 1983. The 22,300-mile-high constellation links ground controllers with the International Space Station and other low-orbiting craft including Hubble.
"It's like our baby," said NASA's Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation.
"People have invested their soul and their sweat into making it happen" over the decades, Younes said on the eve of launch. "This spacecraft has served us so well."
This latest flight from Cape Canaveral was delayed two weeks after a crane hit one of the satellite's antennas last month. Satellite maker Boeing replaced the damaged antenna and took corrective action to prevent future accidents. Worker error was blamed.
The rocket and satellite cost $540 million.
Space shuttles hoisted the first-generation TDRS satellites. The second in the series was aboard Challenger's doomed flight in 1986. It was the only loss in the entire TDRS series.
TDRS-M is third generation. NASA's next-generation tracking network will rely on lasers. This more advanced and robust method of relaying data was demonstrated a few years ago during the moon-orbiting mission LADEE. NASA hopes to start launching these high-tech satellites by 2024. Until then, the space agency will rely on the current network.
NASA needs seven active TDRS satellites at any given time, six for real-time support and one as a spare. The...
The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun's temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said.
Dantowitz, who is based at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, is lending his expertise to NOVA's "Eclipse Over America," airing at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on PBS. That hourlong special, which will incorporate his images, is among extensive coverage planned on TV and online of the first solar eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years.
Still, witnessing totality -- when the sun is completely obscured by the moon -- is best done with the naked eye, not a camera, Dantowitz said, adding that protective lenses are needed to view partial phases of the eclipse.
"Enjoying totality by eye is more rewarding," he said. "There is much to see: stars during the daytime, the million-degree solar corona, and seeing the sun blacked out during the daytime.
"I have been waiting almost 40 years for this eclipse, and although I will be operating 14 cameras during totality, I will certainly take a moment to gaze at the eclipse the same way people have done for thousands of years: with wonder."
For those not in the 14 states comprising the eclipse's "path of totality," here's a look at some of the viewing opportunities online and on TV:
-- "Eclipse of the Century ": In partnership with Volvo, CNN plans...
Coming on the heels of recent speed tests that put T-Mobile ahead of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, it's also the company's latest potential threat to competing mobile service providers.
T-Mobile said it will expand its 600 MHz LTE network, "the very first in the world," with additional sites across rural and underserved parts of the U.S. by the end of the year. Those plans would expand the company's LTE coverage from 315 million people today to 321 million, the company said.
By deploying its first 600 MHz LTE site so soon after the April FCC auction, "T-Mobile is effectively executing in six months what would normally be a two-year process," Neville Ray, the company's chief technology officer, said yesterday in a statement. The new network will also help pave the way for its plans to roll out nationwide next-generation 5G services by 2020, according to the company.
Phone for New Spectrum by Q4
"Wyoming is just the beginning!" T-Mobile CEO John Legere said yesterday on Twitter. Ray joined in with a tweet showing him and Braxton Carter, T-Mobile's chief financial officer, on horseback: "@TMobile rode into Cheyenne with 600MHz & we're riding into several other towns this year."
T-Mobile far outspent its wireless competitors in April's FCC auction of low-band airwaves that had been voluntarily relinquished by U.S. television broadcasters. Aimed at reallocating redundant TV spectrum to ease congestion in modern wireless networks, the auction saw T-Mobile walk away with 45 percent of the offerings. AT&T, by comparison, bought $910 million...
In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms.
What took so long? For one thing, tech companies have long seen themselves as bastions of free expression.
But the Charlottesville rally seemed to have a sobering effect. It showed how easily technology can be used to organize and finance such events, and how extreme views online can translate into violence offline.
"There is a difference between freedom of speech and what happened in Charlottesville," said Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, an online racial justice group. The battle of ideas is "different than people who show up with guns to terrorize communities."
A Slow Reaction
Tech companies are in a bind. On one hand, they want to be open to as many people as possible so they can show them ads or provide rides, apartments or financial services. On the other hand, some of these users turn out to be white supremacists, terrorists or child molesters.
Keegan Hankes, analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center's intelligence project, said his group has been trying for more than a year to get Facebook and PayPal to shut down these accounts. Even now, he said, the two companies are taking action only in the most extreme cases.
"They have policies against violence, racism, harassment," said Hankes, whose center monitors hate groups and extremism. "The problem is that there has been no enforcement."
Case in point: The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer has been around since 2013. But it wasn't effectively kicked...
G Suite users with paid Business or Enterprise subscriptions will also see enhanced Google search capabilities integrated into their cloud-based Docs and Slides.
Google has rolled out an ongoing series of updates to G Suite, once called Apps for Work, over the past year or so. In July, the analyst firm Gartner Inc. included Google as a leading company in its Magic Quadrant for content collaboration platforms.
New Template Customization Capabilities
Some of the changes Google announced yesterday will be familiar to users of Microsoft Word, which has long offered version control, "clean version" previews, and batched acceptance or rejection of editing suggestions. In fact, Google and Microsoft were closely ranked (with Microsoft coming in slightly higher on "ability to execute") in Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant, along with Box, Dropbox, and Citrix.
G Suite users will also be able to suggest changes to cloud-based Google Docs from Android or Apple mobile devices, and they can use add-ons to compare document versions and review suggested edits.
While Google Docs and Sheets already supported the use of templates, yesterday's update introduced new templates with built-in add-ons from companies such as LegalZoom, DocuSign, Lucidchart, PandaDoc, EasyBib, and Supermetrics. Google also added the ability for developers to create their own templates with customized built-in add-ons for their companies' specific needs.
"Teams use templates in Docs and Sheets to save time on formatting," Google Docs product manager Birkan Icacan wrote yesterday in a G Suite blog post. "At...
The man, identified only by his alias, "Profexer," turned himself in to Ukrainian authorities earlier this year and has since been made available to FBI agents investigating the historic hack, The Times reported Wednesday.
He's credited with creating a piece of malware called a PAS web shell used by the DNC hackers to discretely execute commands on hijacked computers, but hasn't been arrested because he only wrote the tool and doesn't appear to have been involved in the actual breach, Ukrainian police told the newspaper.
He distributed his malware online for free, but also took donations from customers seeking specialized hacking tools or requiring assistance, the report said. He stopped offering those services in January shortly after the Department of Homeland Security identified his PAS shell in a technical report detailing the DNC breach, however, and has since become a witness in the FBI's investigation.
"He told us he didn't create it to be used in the way it was," Serhiy Demediuk, the chief of the Ukrainian Cyber Police, told he Times.
The U.S. has blamed Russian state-sponsored hackers with breaching the DNC and other targets affiliated with Hillary Clinton's unsuccessfully 2016 White House campaign during the course of conducting an operation meant to help her Republican opponent Donald Trump and disrupt the U.S. election process.
The nature and extent of the conversations "Profexer" had with his customers was not clear, and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Anton Gerashchenko, said the programmer was unaware that his malware would be used against the DNC until after the fact, The Times reported.
"Profexer" has been made available to U.S....
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Verizon and other major players in the modern digital economy asked the justices to rule that the Fourth Amendment should require police to get a warrant before they can demand cellphone location data.
"Fourth Amendment doctrine must adapt to this new reality," the companies said in their brief.
The high court is slated to hear an appeal this fall from Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted for a string of robberies after police obtained his cell location data from a third-party telecom.
The case will test how far the justices are ready to go to update privacy interpretations in the digital world, following a 2012 case in which the court ruled GPS trackers counted as searches under the Fourth Amendment, and a 2014 case in which the justices said police can't browse through suspects' cellphones without getting a warrant.
The tech companies said in their amicus brief that Americans may not be aware that while their private communications are protected by the Fourth Amendment, other sensitive data housed by third parties like internet purchase transactions and location records are not.
"Although [the companies] do not take a position on the outcome of this case, they believe the Court should refine the application of certain Fourth Amendment doctrines to ensure that the law realistically engages with Internet-based technologies and with people's expectations of privacy in their digital data," the groups said.
Andrew Ferguson, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia who also filed an amicus brief on behalf of legal experts across the nation, said it's important for companies with a vested interest in the outcome of the case to...
The Nokia 8 [shown above] marks the culmination of efforts to bring the Finnish telecoms brand back to the mainstream handset market, which kicked off six months ago with the nostalgia-inducing remake of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone.
The Android flagship smartphone, designed to compete with the likes of the iPhone 7 and Samsung's Galaxy S8, features a polished aluminum body, Carl Zeiss cameras, spatial audio pulled from Nokia's high-end 360-degree camera, and a high-resolution 5.3-inch screen.
Nokia handsets are being revived by HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm led by former employees of the Finnish company.
The company is pushing what it calls the "bothie" as the next evolution of the selfie, using Nokia's Dual Sight technology to fire up both the rear and front-facing cameras at the same time, shooting video or photos of a subject and the smartphone operator simultaneously, which can be shared live directly to Facebook or YouTube.
"We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD chief product officer. "People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own."
The 7.9 mm-thick smartphone has similar specifications to other top-end rivals, but lacks the super-slim bezel designs of the best devices from 2017, with large panels above and below the screen, which have been eliminated by rivals.
Nokia's rekindled partnership with Zeiss has produced dual 13-megapixel cameras for the back of the phone. The new so-called computational photography technique is similar to that employed by Apple, Google, Huawei and LG in their...