You may have heard about the Conficker Worm from way back in 2008. It caused quite a scare as it was infecting a huge amount of computers, was able to spread on it’s own, and no one knew how to stop it. Well, at this point this worm isn’t as popular or thought of as much, especially as there are now patches and protections from it, however, this worm is still alive and well with an estimated 12 million computers under its control.

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The protests in Egypt continue to dominate international headlines despite, and likely because of, the Egyptian government’s suppression and stripping of civilian’s rights to communication. Thus far, the government has successfully shut down the Internet all across Egypt, but hackers and large Web communications companies are working to help the Egyptian protesters as much as they can.

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obamaOn CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senator Joseph Lieberman proposed  the idea of an “Internet kill switch” in a recent bill. The “Internet kill switch” will give the government the power to shut down parts of the Web in case of an emergency situation. But this bill has people worrying it would provide the government with too much control.

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poke-at-own-riskI’m sure you’ve heard of criminals getting themselves caught through Facebook with such things as status updates telling the police where they are, or even “friending” police officers. But for the very first time, we now have someone who was actually arrested for something they did on Facebook. And I’m talking about “Poking.”

If you poke someone, if sends them a notification telling that that they’ve been poked and asking them if they want to poke back. In the case of Shannon D. Jackson of Tennessee, she apparently violated a restraining order when she poked someone she is not supposed to have any contact with. The U.S. law prohibits her from “telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner” and a Facebook poke is considered to be “communicating with the petitioner.” In the state of Tennessee, violating a restraining order is a class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The lesson here is, be careful who you poke.

(Via WebProNews)

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