Cyber espionage operations and leaks of sensitive government and corporate data are a regular occurrence these days. In our eagerness to learn hidden truths it is also imperative that we ask ourselves whether we can trust the accuracy of information offered up by unknown actors whose intentions are obscured. Is this information real, or has it been tampered with to further some powerful entity's shadowy agenda? Should our default position be to treat leaks with the strictest suspicion — perhaps even as the calculated product of digital disinformation — until proven otherwise?
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We had high hopes for the long-rumoured Amazon Echo with a touchscreen, but today, those hopes were absolutely shattered.
New York Times reporter David Sanger worked extensively with former deputy CIA director Michael Morell during the reporting of his book Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power — even arranging to provide Morell with access to an entire unpublished chapter for his review — according to documents obtained by Gizmodo.
Yesterday Bell, a Canadian phone company, accidentally posted a preorder page to Google's super secret phone project, the Pixel. Then the British phone store Carphone Warehouse leaked even more pictures. Now it appears US telecom Verizon also accidentally posted early images of the phone, and revealed it will contain something called "Google Magic". In the smartphone section of the Verizon Enterprises site — the sector of the company that sells plans to businesses, not consumer — the Pixel and the Pixel XL are listed for sale.
Google did a whole fancy hush-hush thing about a new phone the company is birthing that is totes not a Nexus. It rolled out a cryptic website the other week with little information except for that the release date would be October 5.
But the world is wild and unpredictable, and the Google's new phone, the Pixel, got LEAKED by the Canadian phone company Bell, ostensibly by accident, when it posted a pre-order page for the phone earlier this evening. The phone company has taken down the webpage, but everything you post online is forever, so the images remain.
Wikileaks withheld a batch of emails showing a $US2.2 ($3) billion transaction between the Syrian regime and a Russian government-owned bank, according to a Daily Dot report. If true, the report will likely have a lasting negative impact on Wikileaks' credibility. The report alleges that the transparency organisation betrayed its own core values of "pristine leaking" and did so in a way that protects Russia's public image.
WikiLeaks firmly believes in radical transparency, the idea that the world would be better if there were no secrets. That level of transparency can be used for good, like the time the site published a video called "Collateral Murder" showing innocent journalists shot to oblivion by US troops in 2010. But not always.
The Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca has spoken out about the huge data leak it's suffered, claiming it's been the victim of an external hack.
Ahead of Samsung's special media event on 21 February 2016, the first in hand images and confirmed information about the upcoming Galaxy S7 range have started to come to light. We've had some predictions running for a little while, and it looks like we might have been on the money. Here's what we know — for sure — so far.
It's no secret that connected home devices are riddled with security concerns. A recent investigation into Nest thermostats leaking user data onto the internet seemed especially anxiety-inducing, given how incredibly popular the gadgets are. But the story's not as scary as some reports might lead you to believe.
The jaw-dropping new Surface Book arrived with a splash of glitter and surprise. It's so beautiful, so powerful, so — Oh wait holy shit the screen comes off?! Nobody expected this, and that's exactly how Microsoft wanted it.
Want dirt on one of the dirtiest tech companies ever? WikiLeaks published a searchable database of over a million leaked emails from Hacking Team, the nefarious Italian spyware company that was massively hacked this week.
Hacking Team, the company now equally known for selling intrusive spyware to governments and getting royally hacked, has words for people who disagree with its habit of peddling powerful cyberweapons to regimes with terrible human rights records: What's a "repressive" regime, anyway?
Sometimes, all it takes is a little digging in a website's style sheets to find a vein of gold. In this case, an enterprising Reddit user discovered a set of gorgeous high-res images of the final Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a never-before-mentioned game controller — two days before Oculus's big reveal. Whoops!