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Target Data Breach Saga Is Starting to Resemble an International Spy Thriller

January 17, 2014 The massive data breach that struck Target over the holiday shopping season may have been part of a larger, unprecedented attack on U.S. retailers by Russian hackers, according to a new report by cyber security firm iSIGHT Partners and the U.S. Secret Service. The Associated Press explains that the malicious...

Experts Say HealthCare.gov Could Be Hacked

January 16, 2014 Cyber security experts are prepared to slam government officials over the embattled Obamacare website during today's Department of Health and Human Services hearing on its "own security concerns about healthcare.gov," citing vulnerabilities they think make the site easy to hack. David Kennedy, the head of security consulting firm TrustedSec, told...

Lawsuit Claims Facebook Is Reading Your Private Messages

January 3, 2014 Facebook could be reading your private messages to help advertisers figure out what you want to buy, so you know there are definitely going to be users (and lawyers) who aren't happy about that. The company was hit this week with a class action lawsuit alleging it is scanning private...

DARPA Contest Lets Robots Compete to Save Humanity From Itself

December 24, 2013 This weekend, Google-acquired Schaft bested 15 others teams competing in a robotics challenge sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), by remotely navigating a sophisticated bot through a series of rescue-themed tasks better than the rest. Schaft far outpaced the others in each individual challenge. According to the...

Most Scientific Research Data From the 1990s Is Lost Forever

December 23, 2013 A new study has found that as much as 80 percent of the raw scientific data collected by researchers in the early 1990s is gone forever, mostly because no one knows where to find it. According to a study by Timothy H. Vines, et al. titled "The Availability of Research...

Hackers Successfully Baited Foreign Diplomats With Nude Carla Bruni Pics

December 10, 2013 Chinese hackers have accessed the servers of several foreign ministries in Europe, using one of the oldest tricks in the book. Software company FireEye reported on Tuesday, that the breaches began in 2010 and may still be ongoing. Though FireEye did not call out specific nations, The New York Times...

Facebook, Google, Twitter Users Among Nearly 2 Million Accounts Hacked by Botnets

December 5, 2013 Cyber security firm Trustwave announced on Tuesday that nearly 2 million online accounts have been hacked, compromising the privacy of users of Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter, and payroll service company ADP in nearly 100 countries. According to Trustwave, the violation was likely achieved using keylogging malware, began on October 21,...

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Man Arrested After Throwing Suspicious Object on White House Lawn

December 4, 2013 The Secret Service arrested a man in Lafayette Park on Wednesday afternoon following suspicious activity near the White House, witnesses report. Reporters at the White House say the man threw something over the fence near the North Lawn, prompting a "suspicious package" response from law enforcement. Read more on The...

NSA Used Retro Tactics to Spy on Yahoo, Google

November 26, 2013 Last month we learned that the NSA, which wreaked havoc for Obama’s PR team by allegedly snooping on every person with a cell phone anywhere, also managed to tap into tech fortresses Google and Yahoo. That's a bit of a surprising development considering the agency had front-end access to their...

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The CIA Turned Guantanamo Prisoners Into Double Agents

November 26, 2013 The CIA recruited double agents from droves of suspected terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay in a program that lasted for several years post 9/11, promising prisoners freedom, safety, and a lush payoff in exchange for helping the U.S. infiltrate al-Qaeda abroad. According to the Associated Press, the classified operation was...