Nov 24, 2014

Versatile cyber spying tool dates from 2008: researchers

A highly sophisticated cyber espionage tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday. Security firm Symantec said the software, known as Regin, was seen “in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets,” ...

Nov 23, 2014

Twitter indexes every public tweet ever sent

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006. Examples of when the new capability may come in handy include revisiting sports or television show seasons, learning what was revealed at ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Nov 21, 2014

Google tests replacing web ads with contributions

Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages. A “Google Contributor” experiment was introduced with a handful of partners including tech news website Mashable and satire site The Onion. ...

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

| Nov 18, 2014

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks. A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker ...

Europeans take center stage in grisly beheading video

Nov 18, 2014

Europeans take center stage in grisly beheading video

The cold-eyed militants that are lined up behind their victims in the latest Islamic State video appear to come from outside the Middle East, including one from France and possibly two from Britain, as the extremist group tries to show a global reach. The ...

Nov 18, 2014

Wi-Fi hubs to replace NYC pay phones

Thousands of high-tech terminals offering free Wi-Fi and other services will soon replace New York’s remaining fleet of seldom-used pay phones, the city’s mayor said. Bill de Blasio called the LinkNYC system “the fastest and largest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world.” Up to ...

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 ...

Nov 13, 2014

New York 'cannibal cop' is sentenced to time served

A former New York City police officer whose bizarre online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women landed him behind bars and earned him tabloid infamy as the “cannibal cop” was sentenced to time served on Wednesday after telling a judge that the women were ...