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BBC Server Hacked and Offered For Sale on Christmas Day

How about giving a nerdy Doctor Who fan the ultimate gift this year -- hacked access to a BBC server. That was the deal apparently on offer on some "underground" internet sites on Christmas Day, after a hacker allegedly gained access to a BBC server and tried to sell on his access method. Read More >>

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How YouTube Works

You're about to watch a video via YouTube. Hell, you watch dozens of videos every day on YouTube. But do you have any idea how it works? Read More >>

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Network Issues Bring Down Spotify in the UK

Break out the hard drive with the MP3s on -- Spotify's down. The streaming site is refusing to work for many people in the UK right now, with Spotify's support account saying it's currently investigating why "people connecting to our UK data centre" are unable to get online. Are you up or down, or a defiant vinyl enthusiast with an extra reason to be smug today? [Spotify Support] Read More >>

wikileaks
The WikiLeaks Server That Hosted Cablegate Is for Sale on eBay

Shopping for a new server? Want a piece of whistleblower history? Want to piss off Julian Assange? You can do all three of these things at once, if you buy the server that hosted hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks a few years ago. And it still works! Read More >>

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Sick Porn Stashed on Hacked Servers to Escape Detection

The Internet Watch Foundation has unearthed a clever yet depressing technique sickos are using to stash and distribute child porn online, with illegal images apparently being hosted on hacked servers without the knowledge of site owners. Read More >>

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New Mac Pro Racks Look More Like Missile Batteries

The new Mac Pro's bin-like design is certainly a departure from your usual power desktop towers, which means you need a new kind of rack to host the suckers. Thing is, it makes them look more like a rack of rockets ready to be fired at hackers than a server farm. Read More >>

megaupload
A Whole Tonne of Megaupload Data Just Got Obliterated

If you had your heart set on getting back some of the data you had stored on Megaupload, now would be a good time to stop hoping. According to Kim Dotcom, petabytes of user data have already been deleted off old Megaupload servers. Thousands of pirated movies cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Read More >>

facebook
How Facebook Will Power Graph Search

Facebook's new Graph Search is an ambitious project, and brings with it the need for some serious computational grunt. Here's how Facebook is taking on that challenge. Read More >>

gaming
Forget 'Piston': Valve's Going to Sell Its Own 'Bigfoot' Steam Box With Fancy Biometric Controller

Gabe Newell isn't quite being the fountain of information we'd like him to be right now, but having been cornered by the Verge, he let slip a few choice details on the incoming Steam Box. Valve's going big here, and its plan is pretty console-killing ambitious. Read More >>

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Google's Guts Look Like a Technicoloured Dreamland

We saw the insides of one of Google's once-secretive data centres for the first time last month. But now, as part of Google's new 'Where the internet lives', big G has thrown open the doors to eight of its back-end buildings across the globe, including the myriad of multi-coloured guts that make up Google's nerve centre. This is the technicoloured dreamland where your data is stored, people. Read More >>

piracy
Pirate Bay Ship Sails to the Clouds for Ultimate Indestructibility

The Pirate Bay has made a big change in its server infrastructure, moving most of its functions to the mysterious, un-raidable place known as "the cloud" to further beef-up its security against physical takedowns. Read More >>

piracy
Pirate Bay's Two-Day Downtime Was a Boring PSU Issue, Not a Global Crackdown

The Pirate Bay suffered nigh-on 48 hours of downtime earlier this week, prompting millions of internet users to consider paying for legitimate DVD copies of movies. Or, more likely, to spend 30 seconds looking for an alternate torrent tracker. Anyway, it's back up. Read More >>

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What Happens to Your Life When the Cloud Disappears?

Steve Wozniak recently lost his calendar. Mat Honan saw his iCloud security breached and his entire digital life was obliterated. In the cloud, when something goes wrong, you are screwed. There are no rules to stop it, no protections in place. There's no responsibility. Companies like Apple or Google or Microsoft or Dropbox change features at whim, disable services without really caring about the user. Your photostream, your calendars, your reminders, your documents, your home movies — they are at their mercy or at the mercy of market forces. Read More >>

internet
World's Third-Largest Spam Botnet Is Knocked Offline for Good

Salutations, My Dearest One: I am writing to you this blog post with joy and happy feelings in my heart, bringing news that will be of great interest and benefit to you. Oh, beloved, there is indeed a special reason for why I have chosen to contact you in this moment of your day, I write to you now because of the urgency of our situation: the world's third-largest spam botnet was knocked offline, today—for good. Read More >>

piracy
The Pirate Bay Wants to Take Piracy Into Orbit With the Raspberry Pi

Now here’s a very clever use of the Raspberry Pi – The Pirate Bay wants to run its servers from the skies using the mini-marvel because it’s simply fed up of the law messing with its ground-based operations. No one will be able to screw with it unless they get in a plane to physically switch it off in orbit, "a real act of war". No, it’s not April 1st. Read More >>

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How Facebook is Shaking the Hardware World With Its Own Storage Gear

Facebook already built its own data center and its own servers. And now the social-networking giant is building its own storage hardware -- hardware for housing all the digital stuff uploaded by its more than 845 million users. Read More >>

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