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Also, Microsoft Bings Clip Art, buy Girl Scout Cookies online, play Telltale’s new Game of Thrones game, and watch the unofficial Yeezus movie.

FBI Warns Of Foreign Cyberattacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to American businesses to be on the lookout for malicious software targeting their computer networks. The warning comes in the aftermath of the cyberattack on Sony Pictures which resulted in several unreleased movies leaking online Sony Movies Leak Online, Traditional Taxis Are Dying, & More... [Tech News Digest] Sony Movies Leak Online, Traditional Taxis Are Dying, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Sony's e-paper watch, piracy in the UK, droning on about Chernobyl, and George Lucas ruins the new Star Wars VII teaser trailer. Read More .

The Sony hack is described as the “first major destructive cyber attack waged against a company on U.S. soil.” The FBI is advising businesses on how to combat any such attack, with the Bureau clearly heavily involved in pinpointing the source of this attack, as well as any possible future attacks.

The report claims the malware used against Sony “overrides all data on hard drives of computers, including the master boot record, which prevents them from booting up.” The FBI is officially saying the source of the attack on Sony Picture is currently “unknown,” but some have suggested the hackers responsible are working on behalf of North Korea.

Google Launches 2014 Santa Tracker

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Google has launched its Santa Tracker homepage for the 2014 holidays, with a whole village for kids (and immature adults) to explore. New features will be revealed every day between now and December 25, with educational games, phone calls from Santa, language lessons and more to be uncovered.

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The main feature is, obviously, charting Santa’s journey around the world come Christmas. New this year is a small programming lesson 10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming 10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming For the average kid, computers and smartphones are fun tools. Education comes much later. Getting a kid excited about programming might take some doing because logic needs a bit of time to develop. It is... Read More which sees you use Javascript to set Santa off on his epic flight. Google’s Santa Tracker can be accessed by all manner of different devices, and there is even a Santa Tracker Chrome extension for the serious addicts.

Microsoft Bing Images Replaces Clip Art

Microsoft is doing away with Clip Art and replacing it with Bing Image Search. Clip Art has been a staple of Microsoft Office 6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office Without Paying For It 6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office Without Paying For It Read More for a long time, but with the collection of royalty-free images looking dated, and people much more likely to search online for usable images Concerned About Copyright? A Guide For Legally Using Images On The Web Concerned About Copyright? A Guide For Legally Using Images On The Web Copyright is a complex subject. A fair amount of understanding makes it easier. If you're wondering under what circumstances you can use someone else's creative work -- expect some answers here. Read More instead, Microsoft is moving on.

Bing Image Search will now be built into Microsoft Office, with Creative Commons filters applied to ensure users are presented with images they’re free to use commercially. The Official Office Blog post announcing the change seems to have disappeared, but the URL slug suggests this is actually happening. Probably.

Girl Scouts Start Selling Cookies Online

Girl Scouts will now be selling cookies online as well as door-to-door and from booths positioned outside supermarkets. This is thanks to the Girl Scouts Of The U.S.A. finally approving Internet selling after years of resisting such a move.

According to The New York Times, every Girl Scout in the country will be offered the chance to sell cookies through the Digital Cookie mobile platform. Potential customers can only buy cookies from an individual Girl Scout if they’re directly invited to do so.

The move to digital has already begun in selected areas, with the platform being rolled out nationwide in January. The Girl Scouts Of The U.S.A. already raise $800 million every year from selling cookies, and adding online sales to the mix will only increase that revenue.

Game Of Thrones Game Comes Out Today

The first official Game of Thrones video game is being released today (Dec. 2, 2014). Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will comprise of six episodes, the first of which, Iron from Ice, lands on PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android, this month.

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Watch The Unofficial Kanye West Movie

And finally, fans of Kanye West — there must be a few of you out there — can now watch a two-hour concert movie from his Yeezus tour, for free, on YouTube. The catch? It’s an amateur production, with an official Kanye West concert movie still to come.

This is the work of John Colandra, who spent seven months piecing together clips from the show into one glorious whole. Therefore, we, or at least fans of Kim Kardashian’s egomaniacal husband, get to see every performance from the show without having to pay the extortionate asking price the moronic millionaire demands for live shows. [H/T Complex]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Should we all fear the menace of malware warfare? Are you sad to see the end of Clip Art? Will you be buying the first Game of Thrones game?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. dragonmouth
    December 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    "The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to American businesses to be on the lookout for malicious software targeting their computer networks."
    Nice of FBI to wake up to reality. This has been going on for close to 20 years and only now do they issue warning?!

    "The Sony hack is described as the “first major destructive cyber attack waged against a company on U.S. soil.” ....The report claims the malware used against Sony “overrides (sic) all data on hard drives of computers, including the master boot record, which prevents them from booting up.”
    Maybe it's the "first" that FBI noticed. Viruses (virii?) did that back in the 1990s.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      From what I understand the FBI thinks this is the first incident of a foreign entity targeting a specific company. Which I'm surprised is the case, to be honest.

    • dragonmouth
      December 3, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      It seems like the FBI cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. They tend to get hyper focused on certain areas of investigation to the exclusion/detriment of all others. Because they were concentrating on "organized crime" for the past 10-15 years, cybercrime was not on their radar. Now that they have Mafia well in hand, all of a sudden they "discovered" cybercrime.

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