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Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 08/30/2011

The Circuit: N. Korea cyberattack, Sprint strategy session, Google teams up with OpenDNS

LEADING THE DAY: A suspected North Korean cyberattack on South Korean banks has raised worries that Pyongyang is gaining access to more sophisticated cyberattack skills, The Washington Post reported. That could endanger South Korea’s military networks, as well as the secrets of its allies, including the United States.

North Korea denied any part in the attack, which crippled a South Korean bank’s ATM and online services. It was one in a series of attacks that are stirring much concern in South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations.

Sprint strategy: Sprint has invited members of the media to attend a strategy session in New York on Oct. 7. The company did not say what it plans to discuss at the session, though there are many things that the country’s third-largest wireless carrier could have to chat about.

One would be to announce its rumored deal for the iPhone. Another would be deployment of 4G service, as the company has said it will transition from its WiMax system to an LTE network. There has been speculation that the company is considering acquiring its rollout partner Clearwire. The company also recently announced a deal with LightSquared to operate a nationwide 4G network.

Google, Open DNS focus on internet speed: Google, domain name service OpenDNS and Internet content delivery services announced Tuesday that they are partnering to create a faster experience for Internet users, The Washington Post reported. In an effort called the Global Internet Speedup Initiative, the companies have agreed to tweak the way they route network traffic to shorten the distance between the user and the servers that contain the information they are trying to access.

The group has come up with a code that allows for more intelligent routing, the companies said, and has already started using it. The coalition is asking other Web companies to do the same.

WikiLeaks denies it has a leak: WikiLeaks is denying reports from German publications Der Spiegel and Der Freitag that the group, facing security problems, has accidentally released unredacted versions of more than 250,000 cables from the U.S. government. If true, the unredacted cables could endanger the lives of confidential assets, sources and informants named in those documents.

The group has vehemently denied a leak, saying that the there is a security issue, but not on the scale reported in the news media. “There has been no 'leak at WikiLeaks'. The issue relates to a mainstream media partner and a malicious individual,” the group said via Twitter on Monday. The group also posted a tweet criticizing the New York Times for reporting that WikiLeaks sources have been or will be revealed.

Network analysis can share info, even when you don’t: Network analysis can reveal personal information even when users have taken measures to protect their privacy, Slate reported Monday. Analysis of someone’s social network, for example, has allowed researchers to identify a person’s sexual orientation based on information posted by his or her friends. Variations in word choice, or simply analysis of the personal information of one’s peers can also reveal a lot about an individual, the report said.

Apple counterfeits in China: A WikiLeaks cable leaked last week shows that Apple has fought a long battle against counterfeiters in China, with little help from the Chinese government, CNN reported. The reports, unclassified documents from the U.S. embassy in Beijing, say that Apple has focused its anti-counterfeit efforts on street vendors, manufacturing facilities and online sales.

The Chinese government has reportedly been less cooperative with these raids than they have been with imitation pharmaceutical raids, believing the fake electronics to be far less dangerous to the public. The report said that the government has refused to investigate in some instances because a raid would hurt local jobs or commerce.

iTunes Match will let you stream: A developer beta version of iTunes Match, Apple’s cloud-based music service, revealed that the company has enabled cloud music streaming, after all. When then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the service in June, it originally sounded as though iTunes Match would be a $24.99 per year service that added cloud versions of music customer did not buy from iTunes.

But a video from Insanely Great Mac shows that the developer beta also includes a feature to stream, setting Apple up to play hardball with Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Player. Apple would be wielding the triple threat of the iTunes store, streaming music and the convenience of automatically uploading customer libraries.

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Tags:  Apple, IP, International, Google, privacy, Sprint, International, Cybersecurity

 
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