Jun 17, 2014

Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a 'miner' takeover

The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it. In recent weeks, a British-based “mining pool” called GHash has amassed ...

Jun 14, 2014

Canada's top court bolsters Internet privacy protection

Canada’s Constitution bars authorities from forcing Internet providers to turn over the identities of customers without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that better protects online anonymity. Privacy advocates say the ruling makes unconstitutional a Conservative government bill currently before ...

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Jun 14, 2014

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country’s newly elected president. Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement that the Egyptian Embassy in Washington made the request to ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 10, 2014

Private U.S. report accuses another Chinese military unit of hacking

A private U.S. cybersecurity company on Monday accused a unit of China’s military of conducting far-reaching hacking operations to advance the country’s satellite and aerospace programs. Security company CrowdStrike said Shanghai-based unit 61486 of the People’s Liberation Army 12th bureau has attacked networks of ...

Jun 7, 2014

Spy agency uncovers sense of humor in debut tweet

For a spy agency that likes to blend into the background, the CIA’s debut on Twitter has revealed a covert sense of humor. In a medium heralded for its snide remarks, the Twittersphere gave high praise Friday for the intelligence agency’s first tweet, under ...

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

Jun 3, 2014

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

by Didi Tang

Born in 1989, Steve Wang sometimes wonders what happened in his hometown of Beijing that year. But his curiosity about prodemocracy protests and the crackdown on them passes quickly. “I was not part of it,” he said. “I know it could be important, but ...

Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

Jun 3, 2014

Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said Monday. Authorities in nearly a dozen countries worked with private ...

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Jun 3, 2014

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling ...