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Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data
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Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Hugo Campos has a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his body. It sends data about his heart to his doctors and back to the manufacturer, but it takes days to get...

Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data
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Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data

Twitter on Friday reluctantly complied with a judge's order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester.

Estonia Reprograms First Graders as Web Coders
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Estonia Reprograms First Graders as Web Coders

Estonian public schools recently launched a program to develop a curriculum for teaching Web and mobile application development to students as early as first grade...

What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran
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What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran

Paul Baran set out to build a means of communication that could survive a nuclear war. And he ended up inventing the fundamental networking techniques that underpin...

'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes
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'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. military wouldn't even whisper about its plans to hack into opponents' networks.

Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal Pin Numbers, Other Personal Data
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Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal Pin Numbers, Other Personal Data

Don't you dare even think about your banking account password when you slap on those fancy new brainwave headsets.

From Bug Drones to Disease Assassins, Super Weapons Rule ­.s. War Game
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From Bug Drones to Disease Assassins, Super Weapons Rule ­.s. War Game

A rogue state is on the verge of developing a deadly biological weapon against which the rest of the world has no defense.

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet
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How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

There are a thousand stories about the origin of the internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes. Charles Herzfeld's tale began in 1961 on...

Stealthy, Tiny, Deadly, Global: The Drone Revolution's Next Phase
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Stealthy, Tiny, Deadly, Global: The Drone Revolution's Next Phase

Today's unmanned robotic planes only seem advanced.

Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload
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Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload

A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found...

Appeals Court Oks Warrantless Wiretapping
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Appeals Court Oks Warrantless Wiretapping

The federal government may spy on Americans' communications without warrants and without fear of being sued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision...

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?
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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means he leads the government's effort to protect America...

Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet
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Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet

Who invented the Internet?

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

Study: Twitter Analysis Can Be Used to Detect Psychopathy
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Study: Twitter Analysis Can Be Used to Detect Psychopathy

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University, the Online Privacy Foundation, and Kaggle recently invited computer scientists to develop models that can identify psychopathy...

Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard
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Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard

On June 19, when University of Texas researchers successfully hijacked a drone by "spoofing" it— giving it bad GPS coordinates–they showed the Department of Homeland...

Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling
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Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.

Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel
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Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel

Who knew that when the Messiah arrived to herald the Day of Judgment he'd first root through computers to steal documents and record conversations?

New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent
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New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent

Silicon Valley is one of four areas that will soon have a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the challenge will be how to attract and retain qualified...
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