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November 19, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Nov. 19, 2012

Oops. Taliban Error Reveals Groups’ E-mail Addresses

A Taliban PR hack’s blunder has resulted in all of the addresses on the Afghanistani militant group’s e-mail list being revealed to the public.

Instead of using the blind carbon copy (BCC) function, Qari Yousuf Ahmedi used the carbon copy (CC) function when sending out an e-mail last weekend.

Roughly 400 names were on the mailing list. According to ABC News, many on the list were journalists, but there also was a “provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord.”

Man Arrested in Connection with Airport iPad Mini Thefts

A JFK airport employee has been arrested in connection with the theft of $1.5 million in iPad Minis after asking co-workers for information about the shipment and where he could find a forklift.

Renel Rene Richardson was taken into custody by the FBI. Officials charge Richardson made suspicious inquiries and acted as lookout while two accomplices stole two pallets of iPad Minis. The allegations have not been proven, however.

The theft occurred Nov. 12 at the New York airport. The thieves likely would have taken three more pallets of the Apple tablets if an airport employee had not challenged them, police said.

The iPads, which had just arrived from China, were destined for locations across the U.S.

Microsoft Purchases StorSimple

Microsoft has purchased StorSimple, a leader in cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions, in an apparent bid to shore up its Azure cloud storage service.

“Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data. But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT’s current investments,” said Michael Park, corporate vice-president, server and tools division for Microsoft. “StorSimple’s approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management.”

Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is thought the acquisition is a bid to win over large enterprises that are still using traditional disks before rivals Amazon or Rackspace gain their business.