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Police Around the Country Are Distributing Software That Makes It Easier to Hack Your Computer

6:11 PM ET ComputerCOP's makers have long promised their program will protect children from online predators, and that promise has been enough to persuade local police forces nationwide to hand it out free to concerned parents. But according to a new report from an Internet freedom group, the police have been had—and the ...

How Big Data Can be Used to Fight Unfair Hiring Practices

September 26, 2014 Humans are fallible, biased creatures, and even the most well-intentioned hiring managers have a strong tendency to hire "look like me, act like me" candidates. Those unintended prejudices in recruitment—whether racial, gendered, or economic—are shortcomings that a growing number of big-data firms are hoping they can help solve with their ...

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Why Are So Many People Getting Sentenced to Death in Houston?

September 24, 2014 Just 10 U.S. counties—roughly 0.3 percent of the nation's total—account for more than a quarter of all the American executions that have been carried out since 1976. Texas's Harris County, which includes Houston, is far and away the leader in executions during that period. That district has handed out 122 ...

Al-Qaeda's Former Spokesman Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

September 23, 2014 Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Federal Regulators Force Shutdown of Fake Bitcoin-Mining Operation

September 23, 2014 A federal court has forced a Kansas-based company to cease selling computers that were marketed as able to produce bitcoin on grounds the company failed to deliver its technology in a timely or effective manner—costing consumers tens of millions of dollars. The order, filed last week in Missouri, comes at ...

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The Voice of al-Qaida Was Just Sentenced to Life in Prison

September 23, 2014 Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Home Depot Announces Hackers Stole 56 Million Credit and Debit Cards

September 19, 2014 Home Depot announced on Thursday that 56 million credit and debit cards were impacted by a recent hack of its systems, a number that exceeds the 40 million payment cards stolen from Target last year. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want ...

Congress to Decide Whether to Tax Your Internet

September 18, 2014 Uncle Sam may start charging you for the right to access the Internet. Or you might soon find yourself paying a sales tax on purchases made at online retailers like Amazon and eBay. Depending on whom you ask, the two issues are either completely unrelated or close cousins. The first ...

Attention, Defense Contractors: You've Been Hacked

September 17, 2014 China committed about 20 cyberattacks across a year-long period on defense contractors working with the government agency responsible for the transportation of military forces and equipment, according to a newly declassified Senate report. The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released the findings of an investigation into the computer intrusions ...

FBI's Facial-Recognition Technology Goes Live

September 15, 2014 The FBI's futuristic identification powers are ready for prime time. The Next Generation Identification System, a controversial biometric database that relies heavily on facial-recognition technology, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday. The program is designed to help law-enforcement officials identify criminal suspects, but it has endured repeated scrutiny ...