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Highly-complex malware has secretly spied on computers for years, say researchers

Security researchers have discovered one of the most advanced pieces of malware ever created — and it’s been in use since at least 2008. Symantec researchers published their findings today on a new Trojan they’re calling “Regin.”

The researchers say the tool is “a complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen.” It’s been cleverly designed to spy on computer systems around the world while leaving hardly a trace behind. The software’s “authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks,” reports Symantec, by using multiple layers of complex encryption to mask spying activities. Even when Symantec’s researchers did discover the presence of malware on clients’ machines, they had to…

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NSA secretly taps into Google, Yahoo networks to collect information, say leaked documents

The NSA intercepts millions of pieces of Google and Yahoo user information each day by tapping into the links between servers, The Washington Post reports. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency secretly exploits the data links in Google and Yahoo’s global networks through a project called MUSCULAR, allegedly operated jointly with the GCHQ (which was accused earlier this year of snagging data from fiber optic cables). A January 9th document says that in the preceding 30 days, collectors had processed over 181 million pieces of information, including both metadata and the actual contents of communications.

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‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling assumed male identity to secretly release a detective novel

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The Harry Potter series made J. K. Rowling one of the most famous authors on the planet, and as such she’s stayed a bit under the radar since wrapping up the series in the summer of 2007. She’s only published one non-Harry Potter book since, last year’s The Casual Vacancy — or at least that’s how it seemed. However, according to The Sunday Times, Rowling is the scribe behind a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling, a book that was released in April to positive reviews but minimal sales. The book, which Rowling released under the pen name of Robert Galbraith, apparently only sold 1,500 copies in hardback since its release — but now it’s already the top-selling book on Amazon in the US and the UK.

The Sunday Times acted on an…

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