Noon News: Email Accounts Of White House Officials Targeted, Skype Reverse Engineered, Cyber Security Challenge II Launched

The recent cyber attack on Gmail also targeted the personal email accounts of White House officials, it has been revealed. Google recently reported that hackers procured Gmail log-in credentials belonging to several US government and military officials and Chinese human rights activists.

Just a few weeks after its acquisition by Microsoft, VoIP service provider Skype’s desktop implementation has been reverse engineered by a Russian researcher, and subsequently made available online as open-source software. The researcher, named Efim Bushmanov, set up a new Blogspot account to showcase his findings, and to make binaries necessary to compile the reverse-engineered software available for download.

Daily deals giant Groupon has filed for an initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company plans to raise up to $750 million from the IPO but could increase the limit as the IPO approaches. Groupon is the second hot technology company to offer its IPO recently. Professional social networking platform LinkedIn recently launched its own, highly successful IPO

Kingston presented a new range of storage products at Computex called the Wi-Drive which is allows users of iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) to store and share content wirelessly with a device that is flash-based.

The UK government has launched the Cyber Security Challenge II, a competition aimed at finding the best of the best to secure its interests in cyber-space. The competition includes a series of extensive online as well as face-to-face challenges, before the successful participants can safely claim their rewards, which include free training courses and cash to assist them further in exploring a career in the domain of computer security.