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Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:57:27 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat Message-ID: <email@example.com> N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH MARCH 22, 2014 WASHINGTON - American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create "back doors" in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets. But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors - directly into Huawei's networks. The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei's sealed headquarters in Shenzhen, China's industrial heart, according to N.S.A. documents provided by the former contractor Edward J. Snowden. It obtained information about the workings of the giant routers and complex digital switches that Huawei boasts connect a third of the world's population, and monitored communications of the company's top executives. One of the goals of the operation, code-named "Shotgiant," was to find any links between Huawai and the People's Liberation Army, one 2010 document made clear. But the plans went further: to exploit Huawai's technology so that when the company sold equipment to other countries - including both allies and nations that avoid buying American products - the N.S.A. could roam through their computer and telephone networks to conduct surveillance and, if ordered by the president, offensive cyberoperations. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html -or- http://goo.gl/MJ4ZyB
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:23:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Can You Trust 'Secure' Messaging Apps? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Can You Trust 'Secure' Messaging Apps? By MOLLY WOOD MARCH 19, 2014 It's officially a post-Snowden and post-WhatsApp world, and my inbox is filled with pitches from companies promoting their secure messaging apps. But can you trust them? As the messaging wars heat up, security seems to be the big differentiator -the levels of security range from "military grade" to lightweight, depending on the app. But all of them have one thing in common, said the cryptographer and security expert Bruce Schneier: You shouldn't use them if your life is on the line. Mr. Schneier said when it comes to evaluating the security of a secure messaging app, the real question lies in why you need it. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/can-you-trust-secure-messaging-apps/
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:34:31 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas Message-ID: <email@example.com> Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas Stephanie Rosenbloom MARCH 19, 2014 YOU WANT TO USE your smartphone while traveling abroad. But choosing an affordable method can seem mind-numbingly complicated. Should you buy an international roaming plan? And if you do, what does 100 megabytes of data get you anyway? Perhaps you need a hot spot pass? Or a SIM card? If you don't want an eye-popping phone bill, it's essential to decide before you're on the plane. "The pain you can get from just a couple of mistakes can be big," said Bill Menezes, a principal research analyst covering mobile services for the technology research firm Gartner. With a little planning, however, you can stay in touch and on budget. Let's walk through the three simplest ways to do just that, from the most obvious to more creative (and cheaper) solutions. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/travel/being-smart-about-phone-fees-overseas.html
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:23:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Revelations of N.S.A. Spying Cost U.S. Tech Companies Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Revelations of N.S.A. Spying Cost U.S. Tech Companies By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER MARCH 21, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil. IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centers overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government. And tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J. Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency's vast surveillance program. Even as Washington grapples with the diplomatic and political fallout of Mr. Snowden's leaks, the more urgent issue, companies and analysts say, is economic. Technology executives, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, raised the issue when they went to the White House on Friday for a meeting with President Obama. Rest at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/business/fallout-from-snowden-hurting-bottom-line-of-tech-companies.html -or- http://goo.gl/dtBJil RELATED COVERAGE Obama and Tech Executives to Meet Again on Privacy Issues MARCH 21, 2014 It is impossible to see now the full economic ramifications of the spying disclosures - in part because most companies are locked in multiyear contracts - but the pieces are beginning to add up as businesses question the trustworthiness of American technology products. ... Rest at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/technology/obama-and-tech-executives-to-meet-again-on-privacy-issues.html?action=click&contentCollection=Technology&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article -or- http://goo.gl/XncF6V
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:23:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Not the Best Way to Sell a Smartphone Message-ID: <email@example.com> Not the Best Way to Sell a Smartphone By DAVID SEGAL MARCH 22, 2014 As HTC readied a new version of its flagship smartphone, it planned for many challenges. It didn't know that one of them would be Roshan Jamkatel, a teenager from Schaumburg, Ill. On March 2, Roshan - a self-described prankster - turned up on YouTube offering a hands-on, guided tour of the sequel to HTC's highest-profile product, the One. The world's first glimpse of the device was scheduled for this Tuesday, March 25, at the sort of orchestrated reveal that has become the industry standard, with product demonstrations, plenty of video-screen close-ups and a crowd to give the proceedings a sense of moment. Locations in New York City and London were booked for the occasion. But Roshan upstaged this show with a rambling, mumbly critique that was posted for all the world to see. (The video was up, then taken down, then resurrected on a batch of Android fan sites, and now is much harder to find.) Forget stagecraft. The phone was placed on what appears to be Roshan's outer-space-themed bedspread, and his monologue was sprinkled with bland endorsements like, "The build design of this phone is really nice," and "This camera, I give it a 9 - no, an 8.7." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/technology/marketing-missteps-at-htc.html
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