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Tech wrap: Spain makes Sony attack arrests

June 10, 2011

Spanish police arrested three men suspected to be members of the hacker group Anonymous, charging them with organizing cyber attacks against the websites of Sony, Spanish banks BBVA and Bankia, and Italian energy group Enel SpA– but not the recent massive hacking of PlayStation gamers. Anonymous responded by threatening to retaliate for the arrests: “We are Legion, so EXPECT US,” the group said on its official Twitter feed.

EU countries agreed on tougher sanctions against people conducting cyber attacks. Under the new rules, which have to be agreed by the European Parliament, hackers would face a sentence of at least five years if found guilty of causing serious damage to IT systems.

Nokia was expected to report a loss for this quarter and next as it cuts prices to try to prevent more customers defecting to rivals’ smartphones, a Reuters poll found. Analysts also forecast a meager profit in the normally buoyant fourth quarter, as the once-undisputed leader in mobile phones loses the initiative to smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and devices based on Google’s Android software.

Research In Motion will roll out its PlayBook tablet computer in 16 countries outside North America over the next month amid roiling criticism of its competitive stance. But analysts warn it risks repeating the tepid North American start, with limited marketing clipping sales potential.

Apple was accused of copying an app that was developed and submitted for use in its App Store by a student, which it subsequently rejected. Apple unveiled the app as part of a set of features for the upcoming iOS 5, which included the same wireless-syncing functionality as developer Greg Hughes’s WiFi Sync and a near identical logo, writes The Register’s Dan Goodin.

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