Most NSA data from regular Internet users: report

Jul 7, 2014

Most NSA data from regular Internet users: report

Nine out of 10 people identified in a large cache of online conversations intercepted by the National Security Agency were ordinary Internet users and not foreign surveillance targets, a news report says. Nearly half of the surveillance files were of United States citizens or ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientific journal calls Facebook experiment 'a concern'

The scientific journal that published a controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation said Thursday it was concerned that the company did not follow scientific ethics and principles of informed consent. While it stopped short of retracting the study, the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

Jul 4, 2014

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, with some of the world’s biggest news sites the first to be affected by requests from others. The search engine has restricted access to ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

Jul 1, 2014

Microsoft targets cybercrime rings with roots in Kuwait, Algeria

Microsoft Corp. launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cybercrime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began Monday under an order issued by a federal court ...

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...

Jun 25, 2014

Police use cybercriminals' methods to hack targets

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker’s handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday. Drawing on a cache of leaked documents ...

Jun 21, 2014

Microsoft, Google OK 'kill switch' for phones

As as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies, Google and Microsoft said Friday they plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring “kill switches” in their smartphone operating systems. The companies confirmed the commitment, which was noted in a report Thursday by ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...