Counterfeiters, hackers cost US up to $600 billion a year

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Counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the American economy as much as $600 billion a year, a private watchdog says. In a report out Monday, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property says the annual losses range from about $225 billion to $600…


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WKU to host hacking, coding competition

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Western Kentucky University is set to host its first hackathon. Aaron Brzowski, a WKU senior majoring in robotics who is organizing the event, said he got the idea to start a hackathon at WKU after attending several at other universities in and out of state. “I really enjoy them and…


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Pursuit of James Bond Film Rights Kicks Into High Gear

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The distribution rights to one of the movie industry’s highest-profile franchises are about to be up for grabs, leaving Hollywood shaken and stirred. After “Spectre”—which opened last week overseas and will make its U.S. debut this week —the current deal for Sony Pictures Entertainment to release James Bond movies will…


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‘Hackers’ Blu-ray 20th Anniversary Edition Review: Angelina Jolie Hacks the 90s

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Hackers is the sort of film that was dated the minute it began production. From the music, to the costumes, to the tech, Hackers functions as a film of 1995 even more than something like Clueless, which is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary. That said the film, which has become…


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Recreating The Plot Of Hackers Using Nothing But My Fading Memories

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Hackers, a 1995 movie starring Angelina Jolie’s haircut, hit theatres exactly two decades ago. Its themes have never been more relevant or concerning to our connected society. Can you remember them? I almost can. Rather recently, I revisited the movie Hackers in the context of reviewing its 2015 counterpart Blackhat,…


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‘Hackers’ Director: Rollerblading Didn’t Hold Up, But the Rest of the Movie Does

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On September 15, 1995, Hackers was released in the theaters to a relative thud, recovering less than half its production budget at the box office. But the tale of a group of high school hackers—with cool-sounding hacker handles like “Zero Cool” and “Acid Burn”—stumbling upon a grand corporate conspiracy found…


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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hackers at San Francisco’s DNA Lounge

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JWZ, owner of San Francisco’s legendary DNA Lounge, writes, “Hey nerds, I think this might be up your alley. It’s the 20th anniversary of the movie HACKERS and we’re doing a movie screening, dance party, costume contest and Wipeout XL contest down at Ye Olde DNA Lounge.” “Hackers penetrate and…


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Maxine Peake and Russell Tovey to star in Comic Strip’s phone-hacking comedy

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Peter Richardson’s Comic Strip series will turn its attention to Rupert Murdoch and the phone-hacking scandal in a new one-off comedy, The Red Top!, starring Maxine Peake, Russell Tovey and Stephen Mangan. Peake will play flame-haired Rebekah, an “innocent and beguiling northern girl who accidentally becomes chief executive of News…


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Ten fictional hackers, from the Matrix to Jonathan Franzen

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Just published a few days apart, Stieg Larsson sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web and Jonathan Franzen’s Purity show how far the hacker has come in fiction: a 30-year journey from cult SF, via world-conquering book and movie trilogies, to post-WikiLeaks literary novels in which ageing lords of the Gutenberg Galaxy try…


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Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show

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When Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to make a movie focusing on the death and dementia professional football players have endured from repeated hits to the head — and the N.F.L.’s efforts toward a cover-up — it signed Will Smith to star as one of the first scientists to disclose the…


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“Hackers” was ahead of its time

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SINCE “Hackers” was released more than 20 years ago, the number of Internet users has grown from 25 million in 1994 to more than 3 billion in 2014. Do the math. The term also is more engrained in our brains because of people like Edward Snowden, who leaked information about…


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5 Fantastic Hacker Flicks

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In the real world, hacking gets a bad name, what with it being immoral (except inrare, delightful instances) and illegal. But in the world of cinema, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. Movie hackers are fascinating folks with rich backstories, lofty ambitions, and seriously big obstacles to overcome. And oftentimes they’re…


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Hackers – 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

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Since hacking became a thing, Hollywood has wanted to make movies about it. The worst of these movies regard hacking as some sort of magic, such as 2008’s Eagle Eye, in which a supercomputer hacks into a power line and somehow makes it physically fall on someone. Hackers was not…


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New on Video: Cyber-Silliness in Hackers

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Man oh man, the Internet was scary to a lot of people back in the 1990s. Kids these days (kids these days!) who’ve grown up with it probably can’t grasp the fear that the mainstream, particularly the Baby Boomers, had of computers and the Internet and what many people either…


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Hackers And Its Mysterious Soundtrack’s 20th Anniversary

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This week, Shout factory releases the 20th Anniversary edition of the film Hackers. You may remember this as the film starring a young Angelina Jolie and her real life future one-time husband Jonny Lee Miller as computer hackers, with a plot centered around saving the Earth thanks to a floppy…


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I Watched Hackers Pull Off A Real Life Ocean’s 11 Heist

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The scene was set: a surveillance camera, a safe full of money in a Las Vegas casino, a pair of thieves with lock picking tools and a laptop. I watched in awe as the skinny geeks clipped wires and rewired the feed so that it would loop ad finitum. Basically,…


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China jails TV hacker for 12 years over anti-govt broadcast

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SHANGHAI (AFP) – An engineer who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party — including showing the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” image. Wang Yibo accessed the cable feed to 465,000 set-top boxes…


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4 steps to protect your small business from hackers CYBERTRUTH

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If you’re running your business in the cloud, you’re likely under attack already. Here are four simple things you should be doing:   Update. Update. Update. Make sure that you’re running up to date software. Old software makes it easy for bad guys to compromise you by using widely available exploits….


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Google Fiber in Kansas City Makes Hollywood Nervous

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Of all the media industries dragged kicking and screaming into the brave new digital world—news, music, publishing—Hollywood has held up comparatively well. Although physical sales of DVDs and Blu-ray are falling, no single Web company dominates the online video realm, and consumers mostly still get their programming via pricey cable…


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Dutch developers win contest with Spotify cover scanner mash-up

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A team of Dutch developers won a 30-hour hacking challenge at the Next Web conference Thursday with a service that uses a webcam to scan album covers in the database of online streaming music service Spotify. The service, called Covify, scans the covers and matches them with Spotify’s library. “We…


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