Tech wrap: Sony says Anonymous set stage for breach

May 4, 2011

Sony said that its video game network was breached at the same time it was defending itself against a major denial of service attack by the well-known Internet vigilante group Anonymous. The group attacked the two credit card companies with “denial of service” attacks in December that overwhelmed their servers for blocking payments to WikiLeaks. The company also said it waited two days after discovering data was stolen from its PlayStation game network before contacting law enforcement and didn’t meet with FBI officials until five days later. The theft prompted the Justice Department to open an investigation, officials said on Wednesday.

Intel took the wraps off next-generation technology that crams more transistors onto microchips, hoping it will help the chipmaker catch up in a red-hot tablet and smartphone market. Intel expects to start production of its first PC and server chips using new technology — code named Ivy Bridge — by the end of 2011 and said that it would also make new processors for mobile devices.

Shares of Renren, China’s largest social networking company, surged more than 50 percent in its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in the latest sign investors are eager to snap up stock in social media companies.

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China announced a new State Internet Information Office to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet, which Beijing views as both a potential gold mine and a political threat.

Google’s Android platform rose to a dominant position in the smartphone market in the first quarter, research firm Canalys said, increasing its lead over struggling Nokia. While Google’s software platform increased its market share to 35 percent from less than 10 percent just a year earlier, Nokia’s Symbian saw its market share dropping to 26 percent from 45 percent. Canalys said the market for more advanced cellphones grew 83 percent from a year ago in the January-to-March quarter to 101 million phones.

 

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