La extraña red “inhackeable” de China para que nadie pueda acceder a sus comunicaciones secretas en internet – El Mostrador

Los hackers maliciosos lanzan ataques cada vez más sofisticados en todo el mundo, pero en China están convencidos de que tienen la clave: una nueva red de comunicaciones “inhackeable”, capaz de detectar los ataque rápidamente.

Fuente: La extraña red “inhackeable” de China para que nadie pueda acceder a sus comunicaciones secretas en internet – El Mostrador


Google corteja a China tras años de enfrentamiento a través del juego del go – El Mostrador

Google, el buscador más popular de internet y una de las mayores empresas del mundo, está bloqueado en China desde 2010, pero esta semana la compañía estadounidense ha intentado ganarse de nuevo a las autoridades del país con más internautas del mundo con algo tan sorprendente como un torneo de un juego mental.

Fuente: Google corteja a China tras años de enfrentamiento a través del juego del go – El Mostrador


Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to China, Researchers Say

The code instructs users’ phones to send a large amount of data back to China, and possibly around the world.That information that could potentially be used to spy on users and their communications.

Fuente: Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to China, Researchers Say


Apple censura la aplicación del New York Times en | ELESPECTADOR.COM

El gigante estadounidense de la electrónica Apple confirmó este jueves que había retirado la aplicación del New York Times de la versión china de su tienda en línea, mientras que el sitio web del diario lleva bloqueado en China varios años.

Fuente: Apple censura la aplicación del New York Times en | ELESPECTADOR.COM


¿Por qué China prohibió los juegos de realidad aumentada? – El Mostrador

El gigante asiático ha decidido prohibir aplicaciones para celulares como el mundialmente popular Pokémon Go porque “amenaza a la seguridad” de los ciudadanos. ¿A qué se refieren los censores y cuáles son esos riesgos?

Fuente: ¿Por qué China prohibió los juegos de realidad aumentada? – El Mostrador


KFC China is using facial recognition tech to serve customers – but are they buying it? | Technology | The Guardian

Despite being billed as artificial intelligence, the technology is more about convenience – and publicity – at this stage of development. “The digitalisation of the restaurant will also help to provide faster and easier services,” said Zhao Li, general manager of Beijing KFC.

Fuente: KFC China is using facial recognition tech to serve customers – but are they buying it? | Technology | The Guardian


China’s new cybersecurity law sparks fresh censorship and espionage fears | World news | The Guardian

Legislation raises concerns foreign companies may need to hand over intellectual property and help security agencies in return for market access

Fuente: China’s new cybersecurity law sparks fresh censorship and espionage fears | World news | The Guardian


Chinese webcam maker recalls devices after cyberattack link | Technology | The Guardian

An enormous DDoS attack was a network of hacked Internet of Things devices, many of which were made by Xiongmai

Fuente: Chinese webcam maker recalls devices after cyberattack link | Technology | The Guardian


Your new iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality – and vast profit | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian

Human battery hens make Apple’s devices in China. The company, which has a bigger cash pile than the US government, symbolises a broken economic system

Fuente: Your new iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality – and vast profit | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian


El pionero satélite cuántico chino que puede revolucionar las comunicaciones del mundo – El Mostrador

Se trata de un millonario y ambicioso proyecto apodado QUESS, que pone al gigante asiático a la cabeza de una revolución tecnológica: crear nuevas redes de comunicación globales a prueba de hackeos.

Fuente: El pionero satélite cuántico chino que puede revolucionar las comunicaciones del mundo – El Mostrador


Uber makes a U-turn in China as subsidy war ends in Didi deal – FT.com

Uber’s abrupt decision to sell its Chinese unit to its rival Didi Chuxing highlights the extremely costly battle that was raging behind the scenes. Both companies were pouring money into subsidies for drivers and riders to gain market share, with Uber spending more than $1bn annually.

Fuente: Uber makes a U-turn in China as subsidy war ends in Didi deal – FT.com


China exige un modelo de gestión privado y estatal para censurar Internet · Global Voices en Español

Recientemente China presentó una nueva política que intentaba regular las transmisiones en vivo de las plataformas. De acuerdo al informe de Caixin en la revista de negocios, las autoridades pronto pedirán un video popular de las plataformas de transmisión para vender entre el 1 y el 10 por ciento de sus acciones a la denominada empresa de propiedad del estado, facultada a supervisar la producción de las plataformas y a tomar decisiones.

Fuente: China exige un modelo de gestión privado y estatal para censurar Internet · Global Voices en Español


China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works – The Washington Post

BEHIND THE FIREWALL: How China tamed the Internet | This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

Fuente: China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works – The Washington Post


Gone bananas: China bans ‘erotic’ eating of the fruit on live streams | World news | The Guardian

China has reportedly outlawed the “erotic” online consumption of bananas after the president, Xi Jinping, called for steps to “rehabilitate” his country’s “cyber-ecology”.Speaking at a Communist party summit last year, Xi said action was needed to promote “civilised behaviour” on China’s already heavily controlled internet.

Fuente: Gone bananas: China bans ‘erotic’ eating of the fruit on live streams | World news | The Guardian


Russia’s chief internet censor enlists China’s know-how — FT.com

For an authoritarian government looking to tighten control of an unruly internet, who better to call than the architect of China’s “great firewall”? That was the thinking of Konstantin Malofeev, a multimillionaire with close links to the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church, who has become a key player in Moscow’s drive to tame the web and limit America’s digital influence.

Fuente: Russia’s chief internet censor enlists China’s know-how — FT.com


Google warns red tape threatens European tech sector – FT.com

Europe risks falling behind in digital innovation, as regulators and governments discourage entrepreneurs and suffocate technology companies with red tape, says Google’s leading executive on the continent. Matt Brittin told the Financial Times that EU authorities were sceptical of digital change and a maze of regulations were holding back the continent, leaving it lagging behind the US and in danger of being overtaken by China.

Fuente: Google warns red tape threatens European tech sector – FT.com


China tech companies pledge to tackle content that promotes terrorism

The companies promise to ‘handle in a timely way terror-related harmful, illegal information, create a clear internet space and maintain social stability’

Fuente: China tech companies pledge to tackle content that promotes terrorism


China: When big data meets big brother – FT.com

When browsing the internet in China, be sure to avoid logging on between 2am and 4am, steer clear of websites offering quick loans and beware of changing your mobile phone handset too often. A good rule of thumb is to order curtains for your office,

Fuente: China: When big data meets big brother – FT.com


China instala un gran cañón en su cibermuralla | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

China instala un gran cañón en su cibermuralla | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.


La estrategia de la censura da un vuelco y pasa de la defensa al ataque.

Para algunos es el comienzo de la primera guerra en el ciberespacio

Una internauta navega utlizando los diferentes servicios de empresas exclusivamente chinas. / Z. A.

“Debido a la interrupción del servicio que Google prestaba en China, le recomendamos que provea otra dirección de correo electrónico”. Ese es el mensaje que aparece de forma automática en la página web de la aerolínea Hainan Airlines cuando el usuario introduce una cuenta de Gmail para que se le notifique sobre posibles incidencias en su vuelo doméstico. Es solo un ejemplo de los mil obstáculos a los que se enfrenta el internauta que navega por la Red en el gigante asiático, donde la Gran Cibermuralla que el Partido Comunista ha construido para evitar cualquier tipo de contaminación ideológica de la población ha reducido el vasto ciberespacio chino a una intranet cada vez más aislada del mundo: las búsquedas no se hacen con Google, bloqueado paulatinamente desde que decidió dejar de censurar los resultados en 2010, sino con Baidu; Twitter y Facebook son inaccesibles, pero están las alternativas locales Weibo y Renren; lo mismo sucede con YouTube, que se convierte en Youku; WhatsApp funciona con intermitencias, pero WeChat va como la seda; y para el correo electrónico nada mejor que una de las características direcciones numéricas que proporciona QQ.

Hasta hace poco, la estrategia de China en Internet era meramente defensiva: la Gran Cibermuralla impide el acceso a páginas en las que el Gobierno considera que se almacena contenido inadecuado, un cajón de sastre en el que caben desde periódicos de información general como EL PAÍS hasta portales de pornografía, y filtra el resto de webs en busca de palabras clave y de direcciones IP prohibidas para determinar si existe peligro. En caso afirmativo, rompe la conexión del usuario con la página web. Es un sistema muy efectivo para mantener a la población china libre de cualquier influencia política o social procedente del exterior, y también ha propiciado el auge de empresas de Internet chinas en detrimento de las extranjeras a las que han copiado en muchas ocasiones. Pero el muro no está exento de fisuras.

Una amplia comunidad de expatriados, empresarios, e incluso académicos paga por saltar la Cibermuralla

La más grande es la que abren las redes virtuales privadas (VPN en sus siglas en inglés), que se crean gracias a una tecnología que permite conectarse a servidores fuera de China para acceder a la Red sin las restricciones que impone Pekín. Además, este sistema, que también utilizan muchas empresas de todo el mundo por razones de seguridad, enmascara la dirección IP del usuario y hace que sea más complicado seguirle el rastro por el ciberespacio. Diferentes empresas ofrecen este tipo de servicios en China, donde una amplia comunidad de expatriados, empresarios, e incluso académicos pagan por saltar la Cibermuralla.

No obstante, después de haber hecho la vista gorda durante años, en 2014 Pekín advirtió de que este software es ilegal y comenzó a bloquear los servidores de las VPN, una medida que no solo dificulta el establecimiento de las redes privadas sino que complica también transacciones empresariales legítimas. Y ahora ha decidido atajar también otro de los grandes quebraderos de cabeza de los censores: las páginas que sirven de espejo para otras que están bloqueadas. Reproducen el contenido de las primeras y lo alojan en dominios que no están vetados por las Autoridades, de forma que los internautas chinos pueden acceder a ellas sin problema. O, mejor dicho, podían. Porque, según el detallado informe publicado el pasado día 10 por Citizen Lab, un instituto de la Universidad de Toronto, China ha desarrollado durante el último año un sistema ofensivo que puede cambiar por completo el funcionamiento de la Red en el mundo: es el Gran Cañón.

El sistema sirve para atacar a páginas web, independiente de dónde estén alojadas, y lograr así que dejen de reflejar aquellas que incomodan al gobierno chino

Se trata de un arma que sirve para atacar a páginas web, independiente de dónde estén alojadas, y lograr así que dejen de reflejar aquellas que incomodan al gobierno chino. Buen ejemplo de cómo funciona el sistema es la ofensiva que lanzó a finales de marzo contra GitHub, una biblioteca de código para programadores en la que GreatFire, una organización de expatriados chinos contra la censura, alojó varias webs espejo de medios de comunicación bloqueados en China. En un principio se creyó que se trataba de un ataque de negación de servicio (DDoS) al uso, pero el detallado análisis de Citizen Lab ha demostrado que fue algo diferente, mucho más sofisticado. El Gran Cañón se descubrió a sí mismo cuando interceptó una pequeña parte del tráfico que se genera el extranjero con destino al buscador Baidu -en torno al 1,7%- y lo redirigió a GitHub cargado con código malicioso. “Aunque la infraestructura del ataque es adyacente a la Cibermuralla china, el ataque fue lanzado desde un sistema ofensivo separado, con diferentes capacidades y diseño”, concluyen los investigadores de Citizen Lab.

Según explicó en una entrevista concedida a CNN uno de los autores del estudio, Bill Marczak, el Gran Cañón no sólo puede atacar páginas web con código maligno e incluso poner en la diana las direcciones IP de usuarios individuales; con pequeñas modificaciones, también sirve para espiar fuera de las fronteras del gigante asiático: “Cualquier petición que un ordenador haga a un servidor en China, aunque sea simplemente a través de una página que muestra publicidad que se carga desde allí, puede ser secuestrada para espiar a los usuarios si no está completamente encriptada”, dijo. El informe concluye que el Gran Cañón, similar al sistema QUANTUM de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional estadounidense, “representa una notable escalada en el control de la información a nivel del Estado”, y añade que “supone la normalización del uso generalizado de un sistema de ataque para imponer la censura” en Internet y es “un precedente peligroso”.


'Great Cannon of China' turns internet users into weapon of cyberwar | Technology | The Guardian

‘Great Cannon of China’ turns internet users into weapon of cyberwar | Technology | The Guardian.

Researchers identify new tool in Chinese internet censorship, first used in late March against free-speech activists GreatFire.org

A receptionist works behind the logo for Baidu.com, the Chinese search engine whose customers were hijacked by the first firing of the Great Cannon.
A receptionist works behind the logo for Baidu.com, the Chinese search engine whose customers were hijacked by the first firing of the Great Cannon. Photograph: NG HAN GUAN/AP

The “Great Cannon” has entered the cyberwar lexicon alongside the “Great Firewall of China” after a new tool for censorship in the nation was named and described by researchers from the University of Toronto.

The first use of the Great Cannon came in late March, when the coding site GitHub was flooded by traffic leaving it intermittently unresponsive for multiple days. The attack, using a method called “distributed denial of service” or DDoS, appeared to be targeting two specific users of the site: the New York Times’ Chinese mirror, and anti-censorship organisation GreatFire.org.

Both users focus their efforts on allowing Chinese residents to bypass the country’s Great Firewall – the system China uses to restrict access to parts of the internet.

The attack, which continued for almost two weeks, was observed by researchers led by the University of Toronto’s Bill Marczak. They concluded that it provides evidence of a new censorship tool above and beyond the Great Firewall.

“While the attack infrastructure is co-located with the Great Firewall, the attack was carried out by a separate offensive system, with different capabilities and design, that we term the ‘Great Cannon’,” the researchers write.

“The Great Cannon is not simply an extension of the Great Firewall, but a distinct attack tool that hijacks traffic to (or presumably from) individual IP addresses, and can arbitrarily replace unencrypted content as a man-in-the-middle.”

Where the Great Firewall was a tool for largely passive censorship – preventing access to material and providing the Chinese state with the ability to spy on its residents – the Great Cannon provides the ability to effectively rewrite the internet on the fly.


Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack | Technology | The Guardian

Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack | Technology | The Guardian.

 A Chinese national flag flies in front of the Google China headquarters in Beijing.Google’s headquarters in Beijing. Surfers in China might have found it harder to access an uncensored Google via Greatfire.org since the attack. Photograph: Sinopix/REX

An advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blocks on censored content says it is suffering a denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations.

US-subsidised Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and traffic is 2,500 times above normal. It has affected “mirror”, or duplicate, websites that it has set up via encrypted web services offered by companies such as Amazon.

Greatfire.org said the attack has interfered with visitors to sites including Boxun.com, which publicises allegations of corruption and human rights abuses inside China, German provider Deutsche Welle, and Google.

The statement from a co-founder of the group, who goes by the pseudonym Charlie Smith, said it’s not clear who is behind the attack, but it coincides with increased pressure on the organization over the last few months and public criticism from Chinese authorities.


FBI probes possible China military involvement in cyber attack – FT.com

FBI probes possible China military involvement in cyber attack – FT.com.

hacking hackers chinese registry.com©Dreamstime

The FBI is investigating possible Chinese military involvement in a cyber hack at Register.com, which manages more than 1.4m website addresses for businesses around the world.

Hackers, who appear to have stolen network and employee passwords, have accessed Register’s network for about a year, said people familiar with the probe. But the breach, which the company reported to the FBI but not to customers or investors, is not known to have caused disruptions or resulted in any theft of client data.

Although the investigative trail has pointed to Chinese military involvement, it is unclear what China would want to accomplish by hacking the site. Some current and former law enforcement officials said, however, that the hack could be aimed at obtaining the ability to undermine large parts of internet infrastructure.That has bolstered investigators’ belief that the hackers are state-sponsored rather than criminals intent on making money from credit card data or social security information.

 


Microsoft offers free Windows upgrade in assault on China piracy – FT.com

Microsoft offers free Windows upgrade in assault on China piracy – FT.com.

epa04425404 A screenshot of the newly unveiled Microsoft Windows 10 is seen during a preview event in San Francisco, California, USA, 30 September 2014. The new task-view button on the task bar gives you one-click access to all of your running apps and programs. EPA/MICROSOFT / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES©EPA

Screenshot of Microsoft’s Windows 10

Microsoft is to offer hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers who use pirated software a free upgrade to legitimate copies of the Windows operating system, as it seeks to consolidate its unofficial position as a leading technology supplier to the world’s most populous country.

Piracy has long bedevilled Microsoft in China, where it is estimated that more than 80 per cent of PCs running Windows are using pirated software.

Ironically, however, the illegitimate software has ensured that Windows remains the dominant PC operating system in the country, reducing the risk that consumers would turn to free alternatives such as Linux instead.

That has given Microsoft a foot in the door to one of the world’s most promising tech markets — and a chance to sell its online services and other products — at a time when rivals including Google and Facebook are effectively shut out.

Terry Myerson, head of Windows, announced the giveaway plan at an event in Shenzhen on Wednesday. He also used the occasion to reveal that Windows 10, which had been expected to be released late in the year, would be made available “this summer”.

The free upgrade offer is a smart way for Microsoft to “keep users in the fold,” said Al Hilwa, an analyst at IDC, a tech research firm. Giving away the technology also reflects the fact that the way the company makes money “will ultimately shift to apps, services, content and hardware as opposed to direct OS licences,” he said.

The free copies of Windows 10 in China will be distributed through partnerships with local tech companies, which will be able to use the offer to cement their own relationships with consumers. Microsoft refused to comment on the commercial terms it had reached with these companies, or the precise methods it would use to “legitimise” PCs that have been using stolen software.

 


Wired women: the $3tn women powering China's tech boom | Technology | The Guardian

Wired women: the $3tn women powering China’s tech boom | Technology | The Guardian.

China’s 115 million upper middle class women are driving ecommerce and social media in China, outspending their US equivalents by double on the biggest shopping days of the year

Wealthy Chinese women are using WeCat for socialising, paying can fares and finding work
Wealthy Chinese women are using WeCat for socialising, paying can fares and finding work Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

“Women hold up half the sky,” Chairman Mao once said. In the Chinese digital economy the same is true, with a newly empowered middle class of wealthy, well educated women who live and breathe social media and online shopping, spending $3tn annually in China alone.

The average Chinese ‘wired woman’, according to research presented by Evelina Lye, SapientNitro’s head of marketing for Asia Pacific told SXSW on Sunday, typically own as many as five devices each. This group of around 115 million women are aged 25-35, half if them are mothers, 75% are college graduates and 87% are in employment.

The Chinese tech ecosystem looks very different to the rest of the world, with a domestic market that has become very powerful in the past three years; WeChat is ubiquitous, used for everything from taxi cab fares to messaging friends, but for every household name in western technology there are ten viable Chinese services.


La arremetida de los celulares chinos en Chile: ¿Vale la pena comprar uno? – BioBioChile

La arremetida de los celulares chinos en Chile: ¿Vale la pena comprar uno? – BioBioChile.


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El mercado de la telefonía móvil es sin duda, uno de los de mayor competencia en el sector tecnológico. Sus fabricantes intentan mejorar año a año, en un esfuerzo de innovación que busca lograr el ansiado interés del público.

En este constante desarrollo de nuevos y mejores productos, en China un grupo de empresas ha aprovechado su experiencia en ensamblaje y producción de equipos, para elaborar sus propias marcas y disputar de igual a igual las preferencias de los consumidores.

No ha sido fácil, pero de a poco lo han conseguido. De hecho ya se han ganado un nombre marcas como Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO y OnePlus.

Nuestro país no está exento de esta arremetida de marcas chinas y así al menos lo demuestran algunas empresas chilenas que exportan estos equipos.


China takes environmental documentary off the web | World news | The Guardian

China takes environmental documentary off the web | World news | The Guardian.

A man measures air quality from his balcony in Beijing as his daughter looks on.A man measures air quality from his balcony in Beijing as his daughter looks on. Smog has become a concern across China. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China has begun deleting the documentary about smog that became an overnight sensation, notching up hundreds of millions of views.

Under The Dome took the country by storm with its vivid depiction of air pollution and its effect on the health of the nation. Made by a former reporter for the state broadcaster, it was available across the most popular video portals for several days.

Notably, the film was even promoted in state media, helping to explain how it reached such a staggering audience: it was viewed more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours, and more than 300 million times at last count. Discussion on social media was widespread and the environment minister said he had texted filmmaker Chai Jing to praise her work.

But despite the initial tolerance and outright support from at least some in authority, on Friday the film began to vanish, disappearing from hugely popular services including Youku and TenCent even as viewers were watching.

The page on the website of the official People’s Daily which was dedicated to the documentary had also been removed.

That may suggest disagreements among those in authority over the film. It may also indicate that officials feel it has already served its purpose or are alarmed by its runaway success.


Cyber security rules raise fears of digital protectionism – FT.com

Cyber security rules raise fears of digital protectionism – FT.com.

March 5, 2015 1:48 pm

Computer board with chips and components©Dreamstime

Talk of protectionism once meant bemoaning barriers being erected in far-off lands for offcuts of beef or steel rods, but in Washington these days the protectionism fears have gone digital.

Mindful of the world-leading position of domestic technology companies like Google and Microsoft and eager to maintain their competitiveness in the face of new challengers, the US is increasingly pushing back against what it sees as a rising tide of protectionism aimed at the US tech sector in China, Europe and elsewhere.

In the latest example, President Barack Obama has led US complaints over new Chinese cyber security rules for the banking industry that tech companies complain would in effect shut them out of an important market.

The president said this week that he had raised American concerns over the new rules with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. “We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States,” he told Reuters on Monday.

Senior US officials including Jack Lew, the Treasury secretary, and John Kerry, secretary of state, have also raised “serious concerns” about the regulations. “The rules are not about security. They are about protectionism and favouring Chinese companies,” said Mike Froman, the US trade representative.

Mr Froman raised the possibility that China might be violating its commitments under bilateral and multilateral trade agreements if it implemented the new rules for the banking sector as planned this month. Other US officials have said Washington is examining whether it could take China to the World Trade Organisation over them in what could become a landmark case at the trade body.

But the concerns being expressed in the US capital about digital protectionism go beyond the new Chinese rules. Mr Obama last month accused European officials of disguising protectionism behind “high-minded” security and privacy concerns. They have also become a growing part of the conversation technology executives have with political leaders when they visit the US capital.

“We’re focused on the situation around the world,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said after a day of meetings with members of Congress this week. “China is an important market. Other countries are obviously important as well. There are aspects of protectionism that we have to worry about in many countries.”

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The perceived pushback against US tech companies is partly the result of concerns triggered by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden about US cyber-snooping around the world. US officials and executives, however, argue that the response in places like Europe and China now appears targeted more at keeping US businesses out of competitive markets than protecting citizens from privacy concerns.

“We also have to get the balance right between privacy and security. There are trade aspects but there are other aspects as well,” Mr Smith said.

“The short story is that these issues are of growing importance and have a broadening impact. We’re seeing more countries consider them and it is going to require a thoughtful dialogue among a number of governments to sort this out.”

US policy makers and experts are also beginning to fret about the US’s competitive advantage in the trade in all things digital.

To many, the future of globalisation is overwhelmingly digital with emails and 3D printing threatening to replace container ships, and services increasingly delivered online and across borders.

In that context, online barriers such as the “Great Firewall” of China erected to keep out content Beijing objects to, look like impediments to free trade as much as to free speech.

Before the recent controversy over China’s new rules, the US was focusing its energies on making sure that new trade agreements — such as the vast, 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership now nearing conclusion — limit the restrictions that can be put on the flow of data across borders.

The US has also been pushing for a new agreement on services it is negotiating in Geneva with the EU and more than 20 other countries to guarantee the free flow of data across borders. China has sought to join those negotiations but has been blocked from joining by the US.


Hackers take down Lenovo website – FT.com

Hackers take down Lenovo website – FT.com.

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February 26, 2015 2:45 am

Hackers take down Lenovo website

 

A pedestrian walks past the Lenovo Group Ltd. flagship store on Qianmen Street in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing has expanded in computer servers and mobile phones, including the $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, to help combat a shrinking personal-computer market. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg©Bloomberg

Lenovo’s website has been hacked, less than a week after the personal computer maker was forced to disable controversial software that left users of its laptops vulnerable to cyber attacks.

On Thursday, the group – the world’s largest PC manufacturer by unit sales – said that users trying to visit its website had been redirected to another site by hackers.Hacker collective Lizard Squad had claimed credit for the attack via Twitter, where it also posted internal Lenovo e-mails discussing Superfish, the advertising software that the PC maker disabled on its products last week.

Lizard Squad has previously claimed credit for cyber attacks on Sony’s PlayStation network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network. On Thursday, it also boasted of an attack on Google’s Vietnamese website.

Lenovo said it had taken its website down and was also investigating “other aspects” of the attack.

Later on Thursday morning, visitors to lenovo.com on Thursday morning received a message stating: “The Lenovo site you are attempting to access is currently unavailable due to system maintenance.” It was restored on Thursday afternoon.

Last week, Lenovo acknowledged that its consumer division had sold laptops pre-installed with controversial advertising software called Superfish that potentially left its computers open to being hacked. It said it had stopped installing Superfish on new units in January and disabled the software on existing machines.

Computer experts had warned of a security hole in the software that hackers could exploit to eavesdrop on a user’s web-browsing behaviour.

 


Lenovo admits to software vulnerability – FT.com

Lenovo admits to software vulnerability – FT.com.

 

Last updated: February 19, 2015 7:00 pm

Lenovo admits to software vulnerability

 

Lenovo Group Ltd. signage is displayed near laptops in an arranged photograph at a Lenovo store in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong, China, on Friday, May 23, 2014. Lenovo, the world's largest maker of personal computers, reported a 25 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit as its desktop models and mobile devices gained global market share. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg©Bloomberg

Lenovo, the world’s largest computer manufacturer by unit sales, has been forced to disable controversial software that left users of its laptops vulnerable to hacking attacks.

The software Superfish, which was pre-installed on Lenovo’s devices, was billed as a free “visual search” tool. But Lenovo used it to inject adverts into web pages.

More controversially, however, computer experts have discovered that Superfish contains a major security hole that hackers can potentially exploit to eavesdrop on a user’s web-browsing behaviour.

Users have been raising concerns about Superfish on Lenovo’s own online forums since September, complaining that the software is putting additional advertising into web pages without their permission.

Computer manufacturers often pre-install so-called “adware” into their laptops and PCs in exchange for payment by the software makers, which in turn make money from advertisers.

Lenovo said its customers were given a choice about whether to use the product.

However, Graham Cluley, an independent security expert, said the way in which Lenovo had installed the adware was “cack-handed, and could be exploited by a malicious hacker to intercept the traffic of innocent parties”.

While there is no evidence that hackers have exploited the vulnerability, Mr Cluley said: “If you have Superfish on your computer you really can’t trust secure connections to sites any more.”

 


Nine things we learned from Apple's monster financial results | Technology | The Guardian

Nine things we learned from Apple’s monster financial results | Technology | The Guardian.

Apple's last quarter saw the largest corporate profit ever. But what else did it teach us?
 Apple’s last quarter saw the largest corporate profit ever. But what else did it teach us? Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

Apple enjoyed an impressive last three months in 2014, reporting record revenues of $74.6bn and a net profit of $18bn – the largest quarterly profit ever for any company, energy firms included.

We already know about Apple’s record iPhone sales – 74.5m units – during the quarter, but the company’s earnings call with analysts after the results were announced yielded more information about its business in 2014 and its plans for 2015. Here are the key lessons.


“Zuckerberg no es Charlie”, denuncia escritora tibetana censurada en Facebook – El Mostrador

“Zuckerberg no es Charlie”, denuncia escritora tibetana censurada en Facebook – El Mostrador.


Tsering Woeserdifundió este jueves una carta en la que critica el doble estándar del fundador de la red social al defender públicamente la libertad de expresión después de censurar publicaciones de activistas chinos, específicamente el video de la inmolación de un tibetano que ella misma subió al sistema.

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“Yo también soy Charlie”, afirmó el fundador de la popular red social Facebook, Marck Zuckerberg, en apoyo a la libertad de expresión y a las víctimas de los ataques del semanario satírico francés Charlie Hebdo, si bien en China su compromiso con las libertades ha sido puesto en entredicho.

“¿Ha olvidado algo Zuckerberg?”, se pregunta de forma retórica la reconocida escritora tibetana Tsering Woeser, quien difundió este jueves una carta en la red social en la que critica el doble rasero del fundador de Facebook al defender públicamente la libertad de expresión después de censurar publicaciones de activistas chinos.

La autora, una de las activistas tibetanas más conocidas, explica que la red social censuró un video que ella publicó en el que se veía una inmolación de un tibetano en China.

Al mismo tiempo, añade, la cuenta del escritor chino exiliado Liao Yiwu, que ha publicado numerosos libros sobre los problemas sociales en China y que están censurados en el país asiático, fue suspendida temporalmente por publicar fotografías de la protesta de un artista desnudo en Estocolmo en la que se pedía la liberación del premio Nobel de la Paz encarcelado Liu Xiaobo.

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Tsering Woeser cree las palabras de Zuckerberg son “oportunistas” e instó al joven empresario a no tener miedo del Partido Comunista de China (PCCh).

“Zuckerberg no puede describirse como un héroe que moriría para defender la libertad de expresión”, opina la escritora tibetana, quien cree que la censura aplicada por Facebook responde al interés de la empresa por agradar al Gobierno chino y poder finalmente ser desbloqueado en China, país con el mayor número de internautas del mundo.


China limita Uber a los conductores de taxis | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

China limita Uber a los conductores de taxis | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

El ministerio de transporte chino prohíbe dar el servicio de la compañía a particulares

Esta nueva restricción se suma a los litigios y bloqueos contra Uber en Europa, California o Corea del Sur

Un usuario de Uber consulta la aplicación en Valencia ante una parada de taxis. / M. Torres

China también bloquea a Uber; al menos, parcialmente. El Ministerio de Transporte chino ha anunciado que los conductores que no tengan licencia de taxi no podrán usar esta aplicación: “Aunque alimentamos la innovación, prohibimos el uso de coches privados en el negocio”, informó el ministerio en un comunicado el pasado viernes.

Este nuevo golpe para Uber llega después de la suspensión del servicio de la empresa en España, tras la orden de cese de actividad emitida el pasado 9 de diciembre por el Juzgado de lo Mercantil número 2 de Madrid, tras una enconada polémica con el colectivo de taxistas. La compañía ha confirmado a este periódico que los planes para relanzarse en España continúan, y que “cumplirán con la legalidad no solo española, sino europea”.

Este mazazo chino a Uber se embarca en una guerra interna por el servicio de taxis ente los gigantes tecnológicos del país. Didi Dache de Tencent y Kuaidi Dache del amazon chino Alibaba Group son los principales adversarios de Uber en el país, aunque sus servicios son usados mayormente por compañías de taxis. El buscador Baidu es el respaldo chino de Uber ya que se sumó a los inversores de la empresa el pasado mes de diciembre.