Iran Plans To Launch an 'Islamic Google Earth'
Shipwack sends this quote from the Guardian: "The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3D mapping service one step further — by planning the launch of an 'Islamic' competitor. ... The minister, however, gave little information on what he meant by an Islamic 3D map. 'We are developing this service with the Islamic views we have in Iran and we will put a kind of information on our website that would take people of the world towards reality Our values in Iran are the values of God and this would be the difference between Basir and the Google Earth, which belongs to the ominous triangle of the U.S., England and the Zionists [a reference to Israel].' Experts, however, have serious doubts about the project. An IT consultant who has worked on Iran's national internet project in the past said the announcement was merely an excuse to obtain funds and secure working contracts for the future. 'They ...
Why Laws Won't Save Banks From DDoS Attacks
kierny writes "Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) should know better. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed to told NBC News that the Operation Ababil U.S. bank disruption DDoS campaign could be stopped, if only private businesses had unfettered access to top-flight U.S. government threat intelligence. Not coincidentally, Rogers is the author of CISPA (now v2.0), a bill that would provide legal immunity for businesses that share threat data with the government, while allowing intelligence agencies to use it for 'national security' purposes, thus raising the ire of privacy rights groups. Just one problem: Numerous security experts have rubbished Rogers' assertion that threat intelligence would have any effect on banks' ability to defend themselves. The bank disruptions aren't cutting-edge or stealthy. They're just about packets overwhelming targeted sites, despite what Congressionally delivered intelligence might suggest."
Obama meets with CEOs to push cyber-security legislation
The meeting in hopes of getting the stalled legislation passed comes a day after intelligence officials warn of the threat to national security. WASHINGTON — President Obama met with more than a dozen corporate chief executives to seek their support for stalled cyber-security legislation amid increasing evidence that government agencies, businesses and individuals are vulnerable to computer network break-ins.
Closing Europe’s Borders Becomes Big Business
ATHENS/WARSAW - The European Union is implementing a new border management system with tougher migration control the core aim. Major security and weapons companies are already reaping the benefits. Frontex, the EU border agency, has financed major weapons and security equipment producers to present their equipment in demonstrations. European national border guards have participated in these demonstrations as potential customers, IPS learns.
Video Management Startup Kaltura Raises Another $25 Million To Expand Into Asia
Video management startup Kaltura is growing fast, but it’s looking to expand even more, and has raised even more money to do so. The company has closed a $25 million Series D round of funding, which includes money from new investors Mitsui Global Investment and Orix Ventures. Existing investors Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital,.406 Ventures, and Avalon Ventures also participated in the round. Mitsui’s participation is strategic, as Kaltura looks to expand more into the Asia-Pacific market. Kaltura differentiates itself from online video platforms like Brightcove and Ooyala in a few ways: For one thing, it has an open-source platform that can be deployed by enterprises for free. It also has a modular structure, and allows its customers to purchase pieces of the platform based on their individual needs, rather than providing some kind of one-size-fits-all SaaS-based system. The product is designed so that customers can hook into Kaltura’s own hosted platform, or deploy it behind ...