Dec 7, 2016

U.S. lawmaker: Sony breach may have inspired Russian election hacking

The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday. “Russia may have concluded that they could hack ...

Dec 5, 2016

Gunman enters Washington restaurant hit by fake news reports

A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. Metropolitan Police ...

Trump Tower becomes 'Dump Tower' on Google Maps

Nov 27, 2016

Trump Tower becomes 'Dump Tower' on Google Maps

Someone has renamed Donald Trump’s midtown Manhattan building on Google Maps, and the new moniker isn’t very flattering. Instead of Trump Tower, it’s “Dump Tower.” WPIX-TV reports (bit.ly/2fGwiAb) that users of the mapping service began noticing the new name for the Fifth Avenue building ...

Nov 26, 2016

Sweeping U.K. snooping bill becomes law

In Britain, Big Brother just got bigger. After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records ...

Nov 25, 2016

IBM settles with Australia over failure of online census

Global technology giant IBM carried most of the blame for the crash of Australia’s online census three months ago and has compensated the government for the financial cost of the debacle, the prime minister said on Friday. Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census ...

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

Nov 23, 2016

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The New York Times cited three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity, ...

Thai internet laws raise questions about privacy protection

Nov 22, 2016

Thai internet laws raise questions about privacy protection

Thailand’s military government, which has cracked down on online dissent since seizing power in 2014, is pushing ahead with cybersecurity bills that rights groups say could mean more extensive online monitoring, raising concerns over privacy protection. Amendments to Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crime Act to ...

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Nov 19, 2016

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Chinese websites are censoring the nickname “Kim Fatty the Third,” widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts. Searches for the Chinese words “Jin San Pang” ...