IN THE NEWS: MIDDLE EAST VIRUS ATTACKS PROBED
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Security technicians are wondering if some highly targeted virus attacks had to do with the recent crippling of computer systems at two major Gulf energy companies. The computer issues didn't appear to have affected oil or gas production at the two companies, Aramco in Saudi Arabia and RasGas in Qatar. But the attacks highlight another risk to the security of energy supplies in the Persian Gulf region. It is still unclear who may have triggered the attacks -- but Iran is suspected as a possible culprit. Neither company has said how much data may have been lost, but the scope of the attacks appears extensive.
IN THE NEWS: FBI DISPUTES HACKER'S CLAIM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is disputing a computer hacker's claim of swiping data. And millions of people who own iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices are hoping the law enforcement agency is right. AntiSec claims it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent's laptop. But the law enforcement agency says the bureau never asked for and never had the database the group has posted on a Web site. The site claims to show a database of more than 1 million unique ID numbers for Apple devices -- and the site claims that's just a fraction of what they were able to glean from an FBI agent's laptop. So far, Apple has not responded to repeated requests for comment.
ON THE WEB: WHY BULLETS FOR THE SSA?
CYBERSPACE (AP) -- It's one of those situations where one fact, plus a lot of speculation -- equals an online controversy. But the Social Security Administration is trying to quiet the buzz. First came word that the SSA was buying 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Some suggested the agency was gearing up to fight American citizens. But now the agency says the bullets are for special agents in the department who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes. Those agents carry guns and make arrests. The agency says it brought up the subject in a post to quiet online suspicion.
Social Security IG blog: http://tinyurl.com/d4qcb43
IN STORES: APPLE'S NEW iPHONE MAY BE NIGH
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the best indication yet that Apple is ready to drop its new iPhone real soon. The company has invited reporters to a news conference next week in San Francisco. The email invite shows a big "12" for September 12 -- casting a shadow in the shape of a "5." Of course, the "5" would be the iPhone 5. And other unconfirmed reports say Apple plans to show off its new smartphone -- with sales to start a week or two later. The next iPhone is expected to have a taller screen than the current model -- and the ability to access the latest wireless data networks in the U.S.
Apple site: http://www.apple.com
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.