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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media
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Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: "Fold up...

U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets
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U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets

U.S. and European law enforcement agencies last week launched a massive, coordinated strike on the so-called Dark Web.

Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'
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Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies"—markers...

Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'hacking Back'
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Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'hacking Back'

The continuing cyberattacks on U.S. corporate networks is spurring talk among some executives and government officials of going on the offensive, or "hacking back...

The Ethics of Hacking 101
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The Ethics of Hacking 101

Some of the U.S.'s most prestigious cybersecurity university programs make a point of teaching their students offensive skills, but in doing so also must address...

Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking
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Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking

In the heart of Hong Kong, where the largest pro-Democracy protest to challenge Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square gathering has been brewing, some protesters...

Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots
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Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

A Federal Robot Commission could help extract sense and insight from the many technological applications that separate human agency from execution.

So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?
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So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?

A decade ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University grad students tried to hack one of the first commercially popular Near Field Communication payment systems—the...

For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe
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For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they...

For Sale: Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe
From ACM TechNews

For Sale: Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe

Privately owned surveillance companies are offering systems capable of tracking the location of any cellphone user to governments around the globe. 

Why Teaching Grandmothers to Code Isn't a Crazy Idea
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Why Teaching Grandmothers to Code Isn't a Crazy Idea

The same efforts to teach youngsters coding and entrepreneurship should be extended to older workers and retired people, writes Stanford University fellow Vivek...

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone
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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'toys' from Law Enforcement
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How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'toys' from Law Enforcement

A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo...

Caught Up in the Nsa Net
From ACM TechNews

Caught Up in the Nsa Net

The Washington Post has published an analysis of about 22,000 surveillance reports collected by the U.S. National Security Agency between 2009 and 2012.

The Case That Might Cripple Facebook
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The Case That Might Cripple Facebook

An Irish judge has rendered a preliminary judgment that may have sweeping consequences for U.S. e-commerce firms.

Fcc Unveils 'new Regulatory Paradigm' For Defeating Hackers
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Fcc Unveils 'new Regulatory Paradigm' For Defeating Hackers

The Federal Communications Commission is working to expand its role among federal agencies charged with protecting U.S. networks from cyberattacks. 

Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans
From ACM News

Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Are you a financially strapped working mother who smokes?

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions
From ACM News

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip.

Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'
From ACM TechNews

Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says the FCC could take action to block the emergence of Internet fast lanes, or "paid prioritization." 
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