Notorious 'hacktivist' shares methods, motives

Nov 14, 2014

Notorious 'hacktivist' shares methods, motives

Cocaine dealers, bank robbers and carjackers converge at Manchester Federal Prison in rural Kentucky — and then there is Jeremy Hammond, a tousle-haired and talented hacker whose nimble fingers have clicked and tapped their way into the nation’s computing systems. Among those whose data ...

U.S. government struggling to keep pace with cyberattacks

Nov 10, 2014

U.S. government struggling to keep pace with cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors. Workers scattered across more than a ...

Nov 7, 2014

Internet users called to answer to system's ills

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world’s leading governance organizations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed. Three organizations — Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee ...

Nov 6, 2014

Malware targeted at Apple devices discovered

Palo Alto Networks Inc. has discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple Inc.’s desktop and mobile operating systems, underscoring the increasing sophistication of attacks on iPhones and Mac computers. The “WireLurker” malware can install third-party applications on regular, non-jailbroken iOS devices ...

Nov 5, 2014

Emojis to expand color range to accommodate racial diversity

The face symbols you may get and send in emails and text messages are about to see more diversity, sending a message that humanity comes in many colors. New draft guidelines released Tuesday by the computing industry consortium Unicode offer a broader range of ...

Danish court sentences Pirate Bay founder over hacking case

Nov 1, 2014

Danish court sentences Pirate Bay founder over hacking case

A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane ...

Oct 25, 2014

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets fresh funding

Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello on Thursday legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as “a new kind of for-profit company ...

Oct 24, 2014

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. ...

Online harassment is common, survey finds

Oct 23, 2014

Online harassment is common, survey finds

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty ...