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 ...

Aug 9, 2016

Teen who posted weaponized drone videos fights expulsion

A teenager who posted online videos of flying drones shooting a gun and a flamethrower in his backyard appeared in court Monday to fight his expulsion from Central Connecticut State University. Austin Haughwout, 19, is suing university officials in an effort to return to ...

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 ...

Aug 3, 2016

Nations 'monitoring everyone' with cheap spy tools

Governments that stifle dissent with imprisonment and beatings or otherwise abuse their power are now buying cheap surveillance software that can monitor the phone conversations and track the movements of thousands of their citizens, an Associated Press investigation has found. Such “lawful intercept” software ...

Aug 3, 2016

U.S. millennials have less sex, study finds

Young Americans today are not having as much sex as previous generations, despite the widespread availability of dating sites and apps and more accepting attitudes about premarital sex, researchers said Tuesday. The study focused on younger members of the millennial generation, and found they ...