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Here's How One Hacker Is Waging War on the Syrian Government
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Here's How One Hacker Is Waging War on the Syrian Government

As President Obama weighed U.S. air strikes in Syria this week, a lone American hacker was waging his own attack on the Syrian government.

The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.
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The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.

Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility...

Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics
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Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics

The U.S. National Security Agency illegally collected up to 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year from 2008 to 2011. 

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
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Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources
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Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources

Every second, more than two more people join LinkedIn's network of 238 million members.

Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists
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Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists

Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a...

Court Says Skipping Ads Doesn't Violate Copyright. That's a Big Deal.
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Court Says Skipping Ads Doesn't Violate Copyright. That's a Big Deal.

In 1984, the Supreme Court rejected Hollywood's argument that the record button on the Betamax VCR made its manufacturer, Sony, liable for copyright infringement...

For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say
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For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say

In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency's newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting...

Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say
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Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say

A secret court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to collect and store the phone records of tens of millions of American cellphone customers...

This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.
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This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.

Dozens of computer security experts have filed a brief in support of Andrew Auernheimer's attempt to overturn his conviction on computer-hacking charges. 

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
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The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists
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Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an...

U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists
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U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists

The determination by Congress and President Obama to protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies is creating an explosive growth opportunity—for...

Sequester Cuts University Research Funds
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Sequester Cuts University Research Funds

The federal government is reducing support for academic laboratories across the United States to satisfy the sequester mandate to cut spending. The budget sequester...

Pentagon Creating Teams to Launch Cyberattacks as Threat Grows
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Pentagon Creating Teams to Launch Cyberattacks as Threat Grows

The Pentagon's Cyber Command will create 13 offensive teams by the fall of 2015 to help defend the nation against major computer attacks from abroad, Gen. Keith...

Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns
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Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns

Privacy advocates fear linking cars with wireless networks may be giving automakers, software developers, and police officers access to such information. 

Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns
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Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns

Cars will soon be so linked into wireless networks they will be like giant rolling smartphones—with calling systems, streaming video, cameras, and apps ­capable...

White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public
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White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public

A new White House directive will allow the general public more access to federally funded scientific research, the Obama administration announced at the end of...

Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems
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Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems

Major U.S. banks have turned to the National Security Agency for help protecting their computer systems after a barrage of assaults that have disrupted their Web...

Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive
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Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive

Some of the most important clues about what drove Adam Lanza to mass murder probably sit on the computer that the reclusive, technical-minded 20-year-old used as...
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