Police to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns
Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company’s already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.
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Anonymous Launches Wikileaks for Hackers
Despite countless WikiLeaks copycatspopping up since the secret-spilling site first dumped its cache of State Department cables last year, the new generation of leaking sites has produced few WikiLeaks-sized scoops. So instead of waiting for insider whistleblowers, the hacker movement Anonymous hopes that a few outside intruders might start the leaks flowing.
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Horn of Africa sees ‘worst drought in 60 years’
The numbers now affected are huge, OHCA says: 3.2m in Ethiopia, 3.2m in Kenya, 2.6m in Somalia and more than 100,000 in Djibouti.
Every month during 2011, about 15,000 Somalis have fled their country, arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia, according to OCHA.
While conflict has been a fact of life for them for years, it is the drought that has brought them to breaking point.
Many have walked for days, are exhausted, in poor health, desperate for food and water.
Nearly one third of all children in the Juba region of Somalia are acutely malnourished, while in parts of Ethiopia the figure is even higher, the UN research says.
The price of grain in affected areas in Kenya is 30-80% above average.
The spokeswoman for OCHA, Elizabeth Byrs, said appeals for Somalia and Kenya, each about $525m (£328m), are barely 50% funded, while a $30m appeal for Djibouti has raised just 30% of the needed funds.
ABC Bitcoin currency case sparks business security fears
DIGITAL security experts have urged corporations to review their IT policies following the apparent use of the ABC’s web resources by an employee to transact in Bitcoins, an esoteric but popular form of virtual money.
Full Story: The Australian
Paul Higgins: A lot of people are not very happy about this:
Security researchers presenting at the Where 2.0 conference have revealed a hidden, secret iOS file that keeps a record of everywhere you’ve been. The record is synched to your PC and subsequently resynched to your other mobile devices
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"Invisible" servers let governments quietly intercept and modify their citizens’ online communications.
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