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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference
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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.

Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets
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Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets

A security researcher who's spent 18 months cataloging and tracking malicious software that was developed and deployed specifically for spying on governments, activists...

Why Shooting Games Make Your Brain Happy
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Why Shooting Games Make Your Brain Happy

Modern videogames are obsessed with guns, and there are a lot of reasons why.

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

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The Public Is Left in the Dark When Courts Allow Electronic Surveillance

A big part of Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith's job in Federal District Court in Houston is to consider law enforcement requests for cellphone and email records...

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean
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What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars...

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

Who invented the Internet?

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet
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Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

Earlier this month, President Obama argued that wealthy business people owe some of their success to the government's investment in education and basic infrastructure...

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...

What's ­p With Skype?
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What's ­p With Skype?

Is the government listening to our Skype conversations? If so, it's not a bad thing. Here's why.

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
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Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?
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So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?

Gordon Crovitz of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page reopens the ancient debate over who invented the Internet with a column Monday calling out the notion...

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Wsj Mangles History to Argue Government Didn't Launch the Internet

"It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet," writes L. Gordon Crovitz in Monday's Wall Street Journal, launching into just one of a myriad...

Who Really Invented the Internet?
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Who Really Invented the Internet?

A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen...

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously
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Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously

Last month I convened an emergency meeting of my cabinet and top homeland security, intelligence and defense officials. Across the country trains had derailed,...

The Trouble With Online Education
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The Trouble With Online Education

"Ah, you're a professor. You must learn so much from your students."

Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear
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Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear

Over the last 25 years we've seen a massive change in how we think about information.

Marissa Mayer Is in Over Her Head
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Marissa Mayer Is in Over Her Head

One evening in the spring of 1999, Marissa Mayer got a recruiting email from a tiny search company. "I was in a long-distance relationship at the time, so I was...

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Why Did Reddit Succeed Where Digg Failed?

In August 2006, less than two years after its launch, the social content aggregation site Digg was an Internet darling. That month, founder Kevin Rose grinned from...
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