CYBER CORNER FOR TUESDAY, JULY 1

Posted 5 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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IN THE NEWS: MLB’S HOUSTON ASTROS CLAIM TEAM HAS BEEN HACKED

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros haven’t done a whole lot to distinguish themselves on the baseball field this season — they are last in their division and trail the leaders by the largest margin of any major league baseball team. But the team is making off-the-field news — because it says it was victimized by hackers.

General manager Jeff Luhnow says the online intruders wormed into the team’s servers — and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet. The team says it knew about the breach about a month ago, but only made it public after a report on Deadspin.com. The GM says the hacking is “an illegal activity” and the team will seek to prosecute those involved. Luhnow says some of the information was accurate and some wasn’t — but declined to talk specifics.

IN THE NEWS: WORLD CUP HITS 1 BILLION MARK ON FACEBOOK

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Cup has helped Facebook set a record. The social networking site says the international soccer tournament has now triggered 1 billion interactions — making Facebook history. Most of the World Cup action is being driven by Brazil — the host country. So far the game that has drummed up the most activity was the host nation’s opener against Croatia.

ON THE WEB: SPRINGSTEEN SHORT FILM

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Bruce Springsteen is launching a short film on his Web site. It will make its debut a week from tomorrow. The title: “Hunter of Invisible Game” and it’s about — well, actually, we don’t know what it’s about. The only thing the site is mentioning is the name of the clip and a poster for it. Working with Springsteen on the project is Thom Zimny, who has worked on Springsteen’s concert videos in the past.

IN STORES: COMMUNITY GOING ONLINE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Community” is matriculating — to Yahoo. The online portal says it will be giving the former NBC sitcom new life by airing a sixth season on the show. Yahoo and Sony Pictures say the show’s creator, Dan Harmon, will be onboard for the online version, which will feature 13 new episodes. Along with the title, some of the main players — including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown — will return. The show will run on Yahoo Screen starting in the fall.

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