World Topics

Aug 8, 2014

Monkey 'selfies' spark copyright dispute

Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, who wasn’t amused that the popular images are being ...

Aug 7, 2014

25,000 join Europe class action lawsuit against Facebook

An Austrian waging a battle against Facebook’s privacy policies said Wednesday that 25,000 users of the social networking giant have signed on to his class action lawsuit. The suit, filed by lawyer Max Schrems, claims a symbolic 500 euros ($660) per plaintiff from Facebook ...

Aug 7, 2014

Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names ...

Aug 5, 2014

Researcher to show that passenger jets may be at risk of cyberattacks

Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems — a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with cybersecurity ...

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Aug 2, 2014

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid. The new ruling, which can be appealed, voids a statute signed into ...

Demoted worker shoots tech firm CEO, kills self in Chicago

Aug 1, 2014

Demoted worker shoots tech firm CEO, kills self in Chicago

A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago office building in the bustling financial district, police said. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said a worker at a technological company pulled a gun after entering ...

Jul 31, 2014

Drone carrying contraband crashes at U.S. prison

A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused of trying to sneak it in. The search has been ...

Jul 31, 2014

U.S. slaps sanctions on two North Korean shipping companies

The U.S. government imposed sanctions Wednesday on two North Korean shipping companies over their attempt to ship weapons from Cuba to North Korea in violation of American and United Nations sanctions. Chongchongang Shipping Company and Ocean Maritime Management Company conspired to transfer a concealed ...