Noon News: Wyoming Gears Up For The Cloud, FBI Takes Down Coreflood Botnet, Travelodge Database Hacked

Wyoming has passed a virtualisation milestone by becoming the first US state to shift its entire executive department to Google’s government-centred, cloud-computing productivity suite. The state of Wyoming has dropped its in-house software by transferring its 10,000 employees on Google’s cloud-based service, Google Apps for Government on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The US Federal Trade Commission confirmed on Thursday that it has accepted Apple’s plea to participate in the bidding for Nortel Network's patent portfolio. The patent portfolio of Nortel comprises of 6000 patents, including those for many potentially ground-breaking technologies.

Federal authorities claim that they have finally taken down the Coreflood botnet, and shut down the substitute server which was used by the FBI to issue commands to the PCs that fell victim to the Coreflood. The shutting-down of the substitute server was the final step in the two-month-long “Operation Adeona”, an attempt to take down the botnet which was controlling over 2.3 million infected computers.

A new report suggests that more people are using iPhones to connect through wireless connections than are using Android-based devices. According to the figures generated by comScore’s new service Device Essentials, it has been revealed that nearly 47.5 percent of iPhone users in the United States have accessed a wireless Internet connection to view mobile web pages through their Smartphone, but only 21.7 percent of Android-based Smartphone users have used Wi-Fi to view web pages.

The UK based hotel chain Travelodge has finally admitted that its customer database was hacked or otherwise compromised 24 hours after the first reports about a possible breach made the news. A spokesperson from Travelodge acknowledged that its customer database had been compromised but refrained from disclosing the details of the breach, and concluded by saying that a limited number of people might have been affected during the attack.