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Computer breakdown may force space walk

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk. Credit: Reuters

A computer breakdown at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Nasa said a back-up computer on the outside of the orbiting lab was not responding to commands.

The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working and the six-man crew is in no danger. But the computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for next week's planned visit by a private SpaceX supply ship.

Mission Control will decide shortly as to whether the computer can be repaired or must be replaced.

NSA deny knowing about the Heartbleed bug

The National Security Agency (NAS) have denied that they were aware of the Heratbleed bug before the security flaw was made public.

Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong. The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report.

The Federal government relies on OpenSSL to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services.

If the Federal government, including the intelligence community, had discovered this vulnerability prior to last week, it would have been disclosed to the community responsible for OpenSSL.

– Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden, US National Security Council

The denial follows claims the NSA had known about the flaw for up to two years.


NSA 'knew about Heartbleed and used it to mine data'

A padlock logo indicates that a company is using the OpenSSL security programme with the flaw.
A padlock logo indicates that a company is using the OpenSSL security programme with the flaw. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The US National Secutiry Agency (NSA) has knew about the Heartbleed bug for at least two years before it was revealed, according to Bloomberg.

One person 'familiar with the matter' told the news agency that the NSA preferred to keep the bug secret in order to harvest the private data the flaw exposed.

Read more: 'Change every password' warning over Heartbleed bug

UK agencies in more than 1,900 Facebook data requests

British law enforcement agencies made more than 1,900 requests for data on Facebook users in last six months of 2013, according to results published by the social network.

There were 1,906 requests submitted to Facebook for user data related to criminal cases Between July and December 2013.

The logo of social networking site Facebook on a smartphone

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said: "Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected. Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there."

These requests affected 2,277 different accounts, and Facebook announced that more than 70% of these requests saw some data produced.

Globally there were more than 28,000 requests for data, but the number of requests by government agencies in the UK actually fell in the second half of the year.

Google Glass to go on US sale for just one day

Google Glass will be available to consumers for a single day next week for £894, the technology giant has announced.

The search engine developer announced that on April 15, customers in the US will be able to buy it on their website for a 24 hour period.

This will be the first time the general public will have the chance to buy Glass.

Google Glass is a miniature computer you can talk to, attached to a frame. Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA

Google Glass started as a concept project in 2012, before going into development shortly after as a headset that syncs with your smartphone and enables users to have their messages and other digital interactions appear in their peripheral vision as they go about their day.

More: NYPD testing out 'usefulness' of Google Glass

Users can also take photos and make video calls using the device.

"We'd planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now," said Google in a post, referring to leaked documents which hinted at the sale.

Heartbleed hackers could target 'unpatched systems'

The US Government have warned that hackers are attempting to exploit the 'Heartbleed' bug by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable, saying they could now "exploit unpatched systems".

Read more: 'Change every password' warning over Heartbleed bug

An illustrated picture shows source code of a computer. Credit: Sebastian Kahnert/DPA

Larry Zelvin, a Department of Homeland Security official who runs an agency centre that monitors and responds to emerging cyber threats said on his White House blog:

"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems."


Security firm sets up website on Heartbleed bug

Finnish security firm Codenomicon has set up a dedicated website to give people information about the Heartbleed bug, a glitch in the OpenSSL security product that may have put internet users' personal data at risk.

It comes after the firm, along with Google Security, revealed earlier this week that the bug had gone undetected for two years and could be used by hackers to steal sensitive information such as passwords.

Read: 'Change every password' warning over Heartbleed bug

Public urged to 'change every password' amid bug worry

Several technology companies have urged the public to reset their passwords amid fears of a major security problem with a product used to protect people's personal data.

The Heartbleed bug affects OpenSSL, which many companies use to protect sensitive information, including people's password.

A small padlock icon appears on websites using OpenSSL to reassure users, but the loophole in the programme could have left it open to exploitation by hackers.

The log-in page for an online bank shows the OpenSSL padlock icon Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Blogging platform Tumblr posted a public notice about the bug, advising users to "take some time to change your passwords everywhere - especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking".

Finnish security company Codenomicon also said it would be "a good idea" to change potentially vulnerable passwords.

First selfie posted from International Space Station

An American astronaut has posted an 'out of this world' selfie from the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Steven R Swanson posted this extra-terrestrial snap on Instagram. Credit: Instagram

Steven R Swanson's photo is reportedly the first time someone has uploaded a photo to Instagram from outside the Earth's atmosphere.

The image was uploaded to the ISS instagram account yesterday with the message 'Back on ISS, life is good'.

Read: Astronaut records first ever music video in space

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