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Horizon highlights – Versus edition

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: Website popularity vs. income, space program practicality vs. prestige, and Sunni hacker vs. Shiite hacker. Let’s kick it off:

Close calls: The flaw at the heart of the Internet
"Dan Kaminsky discovered a fundamental problem and got people to care in time. We were lucky this time." [via Technology Review]

E-conflict: A Sunni-Shiite battle of the website hackers
"Sunni-Shiite tensions have been on vivid display in cyberspace as hundreds of religiously oriented websites on both sides have fallen prey to retaliatory hacking raids. The cyberassaults temporarily defaced websites of prominent Muslim clerics, including those of Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and the late Sunni mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Abdullah bin Baz. More recently, Shiite hackers attacked the website of Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned channel based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates." [via CSMonitor World]


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