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When Is a Cyberattack an Act of War?

On the night of Oct. 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stood inside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, housed in a former aircraft carrier moored at a New...

The Economics of Video Games
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The Economics of Video Games

Inflation can be a headache for any central banker. But it takes a certain type of economist to know what to do when a belligerent spaceship fleet attacks an interstellar...

In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems
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In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems

The emails arrived like poison darts from cyberspace.

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Google's Restricting of Anti-Muslim Video Shows Role of Web Firms As Free-Speech Arbiters

Google lists eight reasons on its "YouTube Community Guidelines" page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them.

Secrecy Surrounding 'zero-Day Exploits' Industry Spurs Calls For Government Oversight
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Secrecy Surrounding 'zero-Day Exploits' Industry Spurs Calls For Government Oversight

A barely regulated industry for zero-day exploits sold by researchers has sprung up, and even certain insiders believe trade of these hacker or security tools...

Gps Technology Finding Its Way Into Court
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Gps Technology Finding Its Way Into Court

The rapid spread of cellphones with GPS technology has allowed police to track suspects with unprecedented precision—even as they commit crimes. But the legal fight...

Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks
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Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks

John Sublett and his colleagues had an audacious, digital-age plan. They wanted to use the Internet to enable businesses to manage any kind of electronic device...

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say
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­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed...

'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching
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'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching

From a trading desk in London, Paul Hawtin monitors the fire hose of more than 340 million Twitter posts flying around the world each day to try to assess the collective...

Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks
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Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks

It began as a hobby for a ­teenage computer programmer named John Matherly, who wondered how much he could learn about devices linked to the Internet.

Law Allows Creationism to Be Taught in Tenn. Public Schools
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Law Allows Creationism to Be Taught in Tenn. Public Schools

A bill that allows Tennessee public school teachers to teach alternatives to mainstream scientific theories, such as evolution, will become law this month after...

Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?
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Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?

Google’s Project Glass has put new focus on Google X, the lab at the tech giant where engineers work to develop the next big thing.

Nasa Probe Offers New View of Mercury: Alien World Right in Our Back Yard
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Nasa Probe Offers New View of Mercury: Alien World Right in Our Back Yard

The overheated, underappreciated runt of the solar system is finally getting some attention.

­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research
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­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

Former and current U.S. officials say the Pentagon is ramping up projects to develop next-generation cyberweapons that can disrupt enemy military networks even...

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U.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not...

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What Should Apple Do with Its Cash?

Apple's soaring with the market Tuesday, topping $530 per share. Not only is Apple soaring in the stock market, the company is also sitting on $98 billion in cash—a...

Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers
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Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers

Google, I wish I knew how to quit you.

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'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

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Facebook Ipo: How Does Facebook Make Its Money?

Facebook's IPO filing shows that the company brought in about $3.7 billion in revenue and made $1 billion in profit in 2011.

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The Search For the Right Candidate Just Got More Personal

The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get a lot more personal, at least if Google has any say in it.
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