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Tuesday
Oct092012

First Apple Computer, Apple 1, Could Sell for $130,000

Tom Munnecke/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Apple manufactures some of the world's most coveted computers and gadgets, and now, you can own one of the originals for a hefty chunk of change.

On Tuesday, Christie's auction house in London is selling an Apple 1 computer -- the first built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. This rare personal computer comes from the estate of Joe Copson, a former Apple employee.

Introduced in July 1976, the Apple 1 was sold without a casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor. With only 200 put on the market, only six are believed to be functional today, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reports a working Apple 1 was sold by Sotheby's in June for almost $375,000.  The computer up for sale at Christie's is not in working condition, but is estimated to fetch between approximately $80,000 to $130,000.

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Thursday
Aug302012

HP Announces Windows 8 Laptops and Tablets

HP(NEW YORK) -- It's not just Samsung and Toshiba with brand new Windows 8 computers to announce this week.  HP is also putting out details about its upcoming Windows 8 PCs, which include two ultrabooks with touch screens and a "hybrid PC."

Of the three computers, the HP Envy x2 stands out the most with its detachable screen, which allows it to be used as a standalone tablet or docked with the accompanying keyboard.  Like the Samsung Series 7 and the Microsoft Surface, the dock has a full sized keyboard and a touchpad.

HP says it has spent a considerable amount of time on the hinge design: the screen is joined to the keyboard dock with two separate hinges as opposed to one big latch.  Like the Samsung, HP's tablet has an 11.6-inch HD touch screen.

The Envy x2 has a brushed aluminum casing, weighs 3.1 pounds (the tablet weighs just 1.5 pounds) and will be available with Intel's third-generation processors and a 64GB solid state drive.  Similar to the Android Asus' Transformer, there are two separate batteries: one in the screen and one in the keyboard, which the company says should provide over eight hours of battery life.  It also has a front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the tablet.

For those who prefer that the screen always be attached to the keyboard, there's the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook.  As its name implies, the 15.6-inch HD Radiance (1920 x 1080-resolution) display is a touch screen and has been optimized for Windows 8.  The 4.8-pound laptop is 17.9 mm thick, making room for HDMI, Ethernet, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt ports.  It also has NFC (Near Field Communications) so you will be able to tap another device against it to share a file or photo.  The Spectre XT will cost $1,399.99.

For those looking for a cheaper laptop with a touch screen, HP will also have the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4.  With a 14-inch touch screen, the TouchSmart is smaller than the Spectre, but will also be available with the latest Intel processors.  Samsung also showed Windows 8 laptops this week with touch screens.

HP isn't releasing pricing on the Ultrabook 4 or the Envy x2, but all products will be available on Oct. 26 when Windows 8 is officially launched.

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Sunday
May292011

Hackers Target Lockheed Martin

Stockbyte/Martin Poole(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Global security company Lockheed Martin said its information system network was the target of a “significant and tenacious attack” on May 21.

The company issued a news release on Saturday saying that the attack was picked up by Lockheed Martin’s information security team “almost immediately,” and that its personnel took swift and deliberate action to protect the company’s systems and data.

This aggressive action, has allowed the company’s systems to remain secure, and no customer, program or employee personal data was compromised in the hack attack, say company officials.

Lockheed Martin is a global security firm that specializes in research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services, according to the company’s website.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Fed's Disable Cyber-Crime Computer Network that Stole Millions 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI and the Justice Department say they have disabled a "botnet" of more than two million computers infected with malicious code that Eastern European cyber criminals may have used to drain millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world.

The victims include a Tennessee defense contractor that had $241,000 stolen from a bank account, a Michigan real estate company that lost more than $115,000, a South Carolina law firm that had $78,000 taken from accounts and a North Carolina investment firm that lost $151,000 from fraudulent wire transfers, according to court documents.

U.S. authorities continue to combat the network of remotely controlled computers called the "Coreflood" botnet, which has secretly recorded computer users' keystrokes to compromise vast amounts of banking and financial data. Botnets are armies of so-called "zombie" computers, often ordinary people's machines, that have been hijacked by hackers and ordered to vacuum up private information from bank accounts, credit card data, email services and social media sites.

Coreflood is believed to have been operating since 2002 and has resulted in an unknown number of U.S. bank accounts being broken into with losses that could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to FBI officials.

The Justice Department and FBI filed a civil complaint against 13 "John Doe" defendants, charging them with wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal interception of electronic communications. Investigators will seek to identify the "John Does" as the investigation continues.

The FBI and Justice Department also have executed search warrants to seize Internet domain names believed tied to be the control servers for the Coreflood program.

The botnet has stolen vast amounts of funds from bank accounts in the United States, FBI officials said, and could have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide.

Investigators received a temporary restraining order from the district court allowing them to seize control of the infected computer servers to try to further dismantle and disable the Coreflood botnet. According to Justice Department officials, the server that will seek to counter Coreflood will be run by the Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit group that works on Internet infrastructure and security issues.

FBI officials say that Coreflood program still will be present on victims' computers, but those victims can take action to remove the malicious software through proper security measures.

In a press release Wednesday, DOJ noted, "The public may go to the following sites operated by U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and the Federal Trade Commission, respectively: us-cert.gov/nav/nt01 and onguardonline.gov/topics/malware.aspx."

Microsoft also has developed malicious software removal tools to remove botnets including Coreflood.

Although FBI officials declined to say where the Coreflood botnet originated, previous media reports and cyber-security experts have traced it to cyber criminal gangs in Russia. Researchers at Dell SecureWorks claim they were the first to trace Coreflood to a computer crime ring from Russia. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Gordon Snow, the assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, spelled out how Russia and Eastern Europe were a hotbed of computer crime.

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