Freggy (825249) writes "An anonymous blogger found out that his new LG Smart tv was spying on him. Using a packet sniffer on his router, he discovered that the television sends the channels being wachted every time when switching channels. Also when watching movies stored on a USB disk connected to the television set, the complete file name being watched and sometimes all file names in the directory, were transferred to LG servers. When asked about this, LG just referred to the T&Cs of the device and did not give any other comment." Link to Original Source top
Belgian telecom operator victim of "state-sponsored cyber espionage"
Freggy (825249) writes "The Belgian telecom operator Belgacom has been a victim of "international state-sponsored cyber espionage". A complex unknown virus capable of intercepting international calls from Belgacom subsidiary BICS was found on computers. It is being suggested that the NSA is behind the virus. Belgacom has filed a complaint and the Belgian government, Belgacom's largest shareholder, has condemned the espionage." Link to Original Source top
Freggy writes "The Nigerian government recently chose the Intel Classmate PC and Mandriva for an educational project. The PC will be used in local Nigerian schools by teachers, parents and students all over the country. The Classmate PC was selected by the Nigerian government in spite of a competitive offer by Microsoft, because of its openness and customization possibilities. Now it seems the Nigerian government is replacing Linux by Windows on the Classmate PC, although they payed for the Mandriva software. Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon has written an open letter to Steve Ballmer complaining of Microsoft's "unethical" behaviour. The letter remains pretty vague though, so we can only guess what really happened." Link to Original Source