Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Beyoncé and Jay-Z all victims of online hackers |Tory MP Sarah Wollaston defiant over Twitter ‘ban’ |Google To Pay States $7 Million For Privacy Violations Related To Street View | The first good look at a hi-tech revolution – but is Google making a spectacle of itself?
Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé are among at least 17 high-profile victims whose personal financial details have been published online by hackers. FBI Director Robert Mueller and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck were also targeted by the hackers, as was the US Attorney-General, Eric Holder.
Sensitive information including social security numbers, credit card records and mortgage amounts were released on Monday in a so-called “doxxing” attack on a series of celebrities and political figures, including Donald Trump, Mel Gibson, the US Vice-President, Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A Conservative MP ordered to end critical comments on the party leadership on Twitter has said she will not be silenced. Sarah Wollaston was among Tory MPs to face the wrath of David Cameron’s strategy chief Lynton Crosby at a meeting of backbenchers on Tuesday. The Australian spin doctor told the MPs they had to decide whether they were “commentators or participants”. Mrs Wollaston said she felt “uncomfortable” about his remarks.
Google has faced a US lawsuit relating to Google Streetview cars accessing private WiFi networks between 2008 and 2010. In all, the 38 plaintiff states — Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington — and the District of Columbia will share a not-that-whopping $7 million pot. In Europe, Google has faced investigation from UK, French, German and EU regulators.
The Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently described touchscreen smartphones as “emasculating”. This week, tech fans finally got their first good look at what he plans to replace them with: a $1,500 (£1,000) pair of hi-tech spectacles.
At the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Timothy Jordan, Google’s senior developer advocate, gave the first detailed demonstration of Google Glass, the search giant’s hotly anticipated web goggles, which display digital information on a tiny screen just in front of the wearer’s right eye.
Mr Brin, 39, who was photographed sporting a pair on the New York subway in January, has suggested the specs are the first in a new generation of “wearable tech” items. He first demonstrated an early iteration of Google Glass at a conference in May 2012. The device has massive implications for personal privacy.