Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/19/2013 11:47 am

An American cybersecurity firm has linked one of the world's most prolific groups of computer hackers to the Chinese government, saying in a new report that an extensive cyber-espionage campaign is being waged from a location near Shanghai. The security firm, Mandiant, detailed the allegations in a 60-page report published Tuesday that describes the group's tactics over a six-year period. The Virginia-based firm said that it has observed the group of hackers -- called the "comment crew" -- systematically steal hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations across 20 industries worldwide since 2006. The activity can be traced to four networks near Shanghai -- with some operations taking place in a location that is also the headquarters of Unit 61398, a secret division of China's military. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei dismissed the hacking charges on Tuesday, insisting that China was the victim of many cyberattacks -- most originating in the United States. Earlier this month, President Obama signed an executive order designed to address the country's most basic cybersecurity needs -- and highlighted the effort in his State of the Union address.

NASA lost communications with the International Space Station Tuesday. The space agency can only communicate with the ISS every 90-minutes when it passes over ground stations in Russia. During the last pass, the station commander confirmed that the station is safe. This has happened before but officials say any loss of communications is not good. One American Astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are currently on the station.

Google may be looking to open retail stores in several major cities. That's according to a report from The tech news website cites an unidentified source as confirming that Google is building stand-alone stores in hopes of opening them in time for the holidays this year. The stores would allow consumers to test out some of Google's products, like the Google Glass, before buying them. Google hasn't yet confirmed the rumor.

And the winner is... we'll find out this coming Sunday. It's the biggest night in Hollywood as the Oscars are handed out. The official Academy Awards app will give you a behind-the-scenes view of the ceremonies. You'll be on the Red Carpet as the celebs walk past. You can also vote for your favorites with an Academy Awards virtual ballot and see how your picks compare to this year's winners. The Official Oscars App is a free download on Apple's App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

RT @nypost: Apple attacked by hackers from China, admits unprecedented security breach

Researchers name three hackers tied to one of China's most active military intrusion teams

RT @WBNGActionNews: NASA Mission Control has lost direct contact with the ISS. Sure hope this gets fixed soon!

NASA Loses Contact With International Space Station

Google Eyes Apple Stores and Considers Retail - Businessweek

Google is working on launching retail stores which would likely sell its branded devices:

Report: Google to open retail stores in major U.S. cities by the end of 2013

RT @wearemoviegeeks: The 85th Academy Awards are just one week away! Check out their new app.

And the award for best Oscars apps goes to...: The 85th Academy Awards will be hosted by animated fun...
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