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U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring

The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with breaking into computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulinfollowing his arrestby Czech police in Prague on Oct. 5.

LinkedIn has said that Nikulin was involved in the 2012 breach of the company that stole details from over 167 million accounts. However, a U.S. court filingunsealed on Friday only gave limited details on Nikulin's alleged crimes.

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An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies.

Since Friday morning, the assault has been disrupting accessto popular websites by flooding a DNS service provider called Dyn with an overwhelming amount of internet traffic.

Some of that traffic has been observed coming from botnets created with the Miraimalware that is estimated to have infected over 500,000 devices, according to Level 3 Communications, a provider of internet backbone services.

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Windows: When no growth is an improvement

Microsoft yesterday said that revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the fifth contraction in the last six quarters.

Windows revenue, which accounts for the bulk of More Personal Computing?s (MPC) total, was flat. But that was an improvement over the prior quarter, when sales of the operating system were down 4%.

?Our total [Windows] OEM business was flat this quarter, more in line with the PC market and better than we expected,? said Amy Hood, Microsoft?s chief financial officer, during a call with Wall Street analysts Thursday. Most of Microsoft?s income from Windows comes from license sales to device makers, called OEMs for ?original equipment manufacturers.?

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Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, PayPal, and mor...

Update 5:At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn't occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn's incident report here.

Update 4:Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are ?well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at the same time,? the company told CNBC.

Update 3:A heat map purportedly showing backbone internet provider Level 3?s East Coast outages was removed from this piece at 2:50 p.m. Eastern, as a Level 3 spokesperson says its network ?was operating normally this morning, and [the company] did not see an East Coast outage.? See the informative Periscope from its CSO embedded below.

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This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch

I thought I?d be posting news about Red Dead Revolution 2here this week, but since Rockstar didn?t bother announcing a PC version, instead we'll roll withDiablo 4 rumors, Stellaris getting a big story expansion, Watch Dogs 2 needing two extra weeks to hit PC, and King?s Quest finally drawing to a close.

Definitely no Nintendo Switch or Red Dead news here.This is your PC gaming news for October 17 through 21.

Watch (everyone else play) Watch Dogs

In a now-familiar move for anyone who follows Ubisoft?s November releases, Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed on PC?but only for two weeks! Now it?ll launch November 29 instead of day-and-date with consoles on November 15. Good news for people who don?t want a repeat of Assassin?s Creed: Unity, bad news for people who hoped to play it over Thanksgiving.

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Chrome for Android keeps the music going with background media playback

The music and videos don?t have to stop in the latest build of Chrome for Android. Version 54, which launched Wednesday, supports background media playback, which means you can leave Chrome and keep listening to whatever is playing in the background.

With the update, you can hit the home button and move onto another task while the audio keeps going. Swipe down and hit pause or sweep away the tab to end the playback.

Chrome 54 keep the music going in the background.

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Bankers plan to give Corda blockchain code to Hyperledger project

Corda, a distributed ledger platform developed by a finance industry consortium, will go open source next month when its developers donate the code to the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project.

The move was reported by Reuters on Thursday and the story subsequently reposted to the websites of Corda backer R3 and the Hyperledger Project.

A distributed ledger, sometimes referred to as a blockchain, is a database shared across a number of servers and that relies on a consensus among those servers to guarantee its integrity.

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Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux PCs at risk

The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that?s already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to servers, desktops and other devices that run the OS.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2016-5195, has existed in the Linux kernel for the past nine years. This means that many kernel versions that are used in a variety of computers, servers, routers, embedded devices and hardware appliances are affected.

The Red Hat security team describes the flaw as a ?race? condition, ?in the way the Linux kernel?s memory subsystem handles the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings.? This allows an attacker who gains access to a limited user account to obtain root privileges and therefore take complete control over the system.

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75% off DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker, 10W Outp...

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13 gadget-friendly travel bags for the discerning techie
The best travel bags and backpacks for techies

Would you use a rolling suitcase with a built-in laptop tray? How about a backpack designed specifically for GoPro fans, or a purse that recharges your iPhone?

Bag makers, including startups and more established brands, clearly think you would. During the past year or so, a variety of bags hit the market that aim to make the life of the gadget-laden traveler a little easier, often in clever or unusual ways. These 13 bags range in style, size, features, and price. We road tested a few of them, and we selected the others because they're in some way different, cool or otherwise compelling.

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Celebrating 12 years of Ubuntu: A look back at a Linux flagbearer
Happy birthday

Image by Thinkstock/Ubuntu

Founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the first public release of Ubuntu ? version 4.10, or ?Warty Warthog? ? on Oct. 20, 2004. The idea behind what would become the most recognizable and widely used Linux distributions ever was simple ? create a Linux operating system that anybody could use. Here?s a look back at Ubuntu?s history.

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Battlefield 1 review: Satisfying chaos, solemn silence

?If history only remembers one in a thousand of us, then the future will be filled with stories of who we were and what we did. How we lived, how we fought, and how we died. When this is all over and the war is won, they will remember us.?

These solemn lines close out Battlefield 1?s campaign, and it?s as bittersweet a note as I can think to start this review on. (You can also watch the YouTube video below to see me play through the game?s first mission.)

Total warfare

Because the truth is we haven?t remembered. Not enough of us, anyway. To put a twist on a Churchill quote, ?Never has so much been owed by so many to so many.? Be it because World War I is too distant a part of our past or because the horror was too great or simply because it was overshadowed by its follow-up twenty years later, the so-called ?War to end all wars? doesn?t get nearly the attention it deserves.

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Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an ?unfair and deceptive? business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

The companies, including Disney?s Maker Studios and DreamWorks? AwesomenessTV, use popular ?influencers? on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos that ?masquerade? as unsponsored content, said the complaint, filed Friday by the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Public Citizen, and the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood (CCFC). YouTube and corporate parent Google reap the benefits through advertising sold alongside the videos.

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Intel asserts trademark rights against John McAfee

Intel does not object to John McAfee using his personal name in connection with his business, but it objects to the use by the maverick entrepreneur and security expert of the McAfee trade name and trademark in a way that could confuse or deceive consumers or dilute the brand.

The issue came up when John McAfee teamed with MGT Capital Investments, which had been until recently mainly into gaming sites, and announced in May that it is in the process of acquiring a diverse portfolio of cybersecurity technologies. MGT also announced that it intended to change its corporate name to ?John McAfee Global Technologies, Inc.? with John McAfee at the helm of the new company.

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3 handy image tools you can use in File Explorer

Believe it or not, File Explorer has a few handy image tools that can make your life easier. They?re nothing exciting?we?re not talking about hidden image-editing here. Nevertheless, these tools are helpful to know about in a pinch.

All three of these tools exist under the Manage tab when you open a folder in File Explorer that contains images. The Manage tab will not appear if you?re looking at a folder with just documents or other file types.

These features are available on Windows 8 and up.

File Explorer?sManagetab for photos.

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