Oct 8, 2014

Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release NSA request info

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full “transparency report,” which documents ...

Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...

Oct 1, 2014

California bans paparazzi drones

California on Tuesday approved a law that will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities. Gov. Jerry Brown also signed into law a series of bills aimed at tightening protection of privacy, including one against “revenge porn,” in which people put ...

Sep 25, 2014

Medical records are worth more to hackers than credit cards

A person’s medical information can be worth 10 times more than a credit card number on the black market. Last month, the FBI warned health care providers to guard against cyberattacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc., said ...

Sep 25, 2014

New 'Bash' software bug tipped as bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyberexperts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the ...

'Ordinary bloke' Key wins a third term in New Zealand

Sep 21, 2014

'Ordinary bloke' Key wins a third term in New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who won a third term on Saturday, has achieved the rare feat of combining an everyman appeal with economic credibility and political pragmatism. The 53-year-old’s popularity appears undimmed after six years in power, with approval ratings close to ...

Sep 21, 2014

Kim Dotcom bombs in New Zealand general election foray

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom confessed his brand was “poison” after his aspirations of bringing down the New Zealand government were overwhelmingly shunned in Saturday’s general election. The German-born Megaupload founder, who is wanted in the United States on massive Internet piracy charges, established his ...

Sep 14, 2014

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: report

The U.S. National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly. An NSA program called “Treasure Map” gives the U.S. agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping ...