Cyber crime news and Consumer Electronics Show (CES) coverage comprised the majority of stories in our list of top 10 V3 stories this week.
Top of the bunch was news that online hacktivist collective Anonymous attacked Finnish anti-piracy body the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre after the group lobbied successfully to have The Pirate Bay blocked in the country. Anonymous was later forced to deny that it had made a subsequent bomb threat to the anti-piracy group, as tensions flared on both sides.
Anonymous featured again in the top ten with news of its release of Israeli SCADA log-ins, while also popular was news that the LulzXmas attack on Stratfor had managed to expose the details of some senior British defence staff.
Symantec also featured strongly this week, but it will be a week to forget for the security giant after it was forced to confirm the theft of its Norton AV source code by hackers and was later sued by a US customer accusing it of employing scareware tactics to sell its products.
Over at CES in Las Vegas, V3 readers were keen to find out more about RIM's latest PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry 7.1 platforms. They also got a sneak peek of Acer's as-yet unnamed 10.1in tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Symantec confirms theft of Norton AV source code by hackers
Firm reassures customers that code at risk is old and mostly unused
Anonymous targets Israel by publishing SCADA log-in details
Hacktivist group hits back after Tel Aviv likens hackers to terrorists
CES: RIM shows off PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry 7.1
Research In Motion unveils updated BlackBerry OS and showcases new PlayBook tablet platform
Symantec accused of scareware tactics in US lawsuit
Security giant accused of misleading customers with the results of computer scans as part of trial products
LulzXmas Stratfor hack exposes British defence staff
Employees in sensitive government roles had passwords and email addresses hacked
Investors lose faith in Google's Motorola acquisition
Google's shares take a tumble after Motorola gives investors idea of fourth quarter earnings
Virgin Media boosts broadband speeds as high as 120Mbits/s
Four million customers to receive free upgrades over the next 18 months
Schnakule discovery highlights growing sophistication in cyber crime
Researchers uncover massive server network
CES: Acer gives a sneak peek of 10.1in Tegra 3 tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich
Firm also debuts AcerCloud service
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago