Aug 12, 2016

Ad blockers outflank Facebook

Ad blockers on Thursday said they foiled a move by Facebook to sidestep software used to stop marketing messages at social network pages visited on desktop computers. Adblock Plus announced that it is updating its free software with a new filter that will thwart ...

Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Aug 10, 2016

Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after cyberattacks and a hardware failure led to the website being shut down, officials said Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the site to protect data on Tuesday night shortly after ...

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

Aug 7, 2016

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

A famed hacker who nearly 20 years ago told Congress he could take down the internet in 30 minutes is now going after the software industry, whose standard practices all but guarantee that most products are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Peiter Zatko, known in the ...

Obama prepares to elevate military cyberoperations, sources say

Aug 6, 2016

Obama prepares to elevate military cyberoperations, sources say

The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing tools to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as the Islamic State group, current and former officials told Reuters. Under ...

Geeks win millions for teaching computers to battle each other

Aug 5, 2016

Geeks win millions for teaching computers to battle each other

A software program dubbed “Mayhem” was poised to win the final round of a three-year contest to teach computers to launch and defend against cyberattacks, earning a $2 million prize for the team that wrote the winning code. The event, known as the CyberGrand ...

Jul 21, 2016

U.S. charges Ukrainian head of top piracy site

A Ukrainian alleged to be the ringleader of the world’s biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with U.S. criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. The Justice Department unveiled a criminal ...

Jul 15, 2016

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to criminalize 'revenge porn'

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced long-stalled legislation on Thursday that would make it a federal crime to share sexually explicit material of a person online without the subject’s consent. The “Intimate Privacy Protection Act” is an effort several years in the ...

Huawei to enter Japan's laptop market

Jul 4, 2016

Huawei to enter Japan's laptop market

The Japanese unit of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. will enter the Japanese laptop market, starting with its hybrid Huawei MateBook laptop on July 15. The domestic personal computer market has been shrinking amid the popularity of smartphones. “We want to bring about ...