The Switchboard: Are these two coders linked to the Target malware?

January 21

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Two coders closely tied to Target-related malware, security firm says. "A Los Angeles security company has named a second individual living in Eastern Europe whom they suspect coded malicious software that was modified and used against Target," Computerworld reports. "The information comes from an analysis of 'cyberprints,' or a collection of data and postings on underground password-protected forums where stolen card data and malware are sold."

Silicon Valley fights to keep its Dutch Sandwich and Double Irish loopholes. "Taxes on tech firms are 'going to go up and they are squealing like stuck pigs,'" according to Ars Technica.

Intel formally shuts off its Web TV plans, with sale to Verizon. "Intel is now officially out of the Web TV business: The company has formally announced the sale of its Intel Media unit to Verizon," Re/Code reports. "Verizon doesn’t spell out what it intends to do with OnCue, the Web TV system Intel Media had developed, but the wording of its release suggests that it may bundle it with both its FiOS pay TV service, as well as with Verizon Wireless’s LTE network."

FBI drags Google Glass man from theater on piracy fears. "After wearing a turned off and prescription lens-equipped model to the theater, a man had it torn from his face on suspicion he was engaging in movie piracy," according to TorrentFreak. "Several hours later the FBI conceded they’d made a big mistake."

BlackBerry surges on continued Pentagon dominance. "About 80,000 BlackBerrys and 1,800 phones and tablets based on Apple Inc.’s iOS software and Google Inc.’s Android operating system will start being hooked up to the Department of Defense’s management system at the end of this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency said in a statement last week," Bloomberg reports.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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