Mar 25, 2015

Apple to build R&D facility in Yokohama

U.S. computer maker Apple Inc. plans to build a technology development facility at a former Panasonic Corp. plant site in Yokohama, Mayor Fumiko Hayashi said Wednesday. “Apple’s presence could trigger a virtuous cycle where new values and industries will be created,” she said at ...

Mar 18, 2015

North Korea Web outage was reprisal for Sony hack, U.S. lawmaker says

A December blackout of North Korea’s Internet was retaliation for that nation’s hacking of computers at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio, a top U.S. lawmaker on cybersecurity issues said without identifying who was responsible. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House ...

Chinese 'cyberdissident' takes farmers' land fight online

Mar 15, 2015

Chinese 'cyberdissident' takes farmers' land fight online

He spent years in prison for running one of China’s few websites dedicated to reporting human rights abuses. But now authorities appreciate his coverage, Huang Qi said as his smartphone buzzed with fresh news of injustice. His website, 64 Tianwang, named in part after ...

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

Mar 12, 2015

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

The $71 billion cybersecurity industry is fragmenting along geopolitical lines as firms chase after government contracts, share information with spy agencies, and market themselves as protectors against attacks by other nations. Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has become a leading authority on American computer ...

Mar 9, 2015

NISC to begin hiring 'white hat' hackers in fiscal 2015

To cope with cyberattacks, the government plans to hire so-called white hat hackers who use their sophisticated techniques and knowledge to protect rather than destroy. The government will hire several private-sector computer experts in fiscal 2015, which starts next month. The government accepted applications ...

Mar 7, 2015

U.S. charges three in ring that stole 1 billion email addresses

Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The Justice Department described the hacking spree as ...

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

Mar 7, 2015

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyberoperations and incorporating digital innovations, Director John Brennan says. Brennan told reporters he is creating new units within the CIA, ...

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Feb 28, 2015

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday that it instead will “step up ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

A former U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there. Mozaffar Khazaee entered his plea to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act in federal ...

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Feb 26, 2015

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone on to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from ...