Articles by Lisa Vaas
Texans now enjoy greater email privacy than any other state in the union, some are saying. Republicans and liberals alike rejoice.
The crime was allegedly carried out with the help of mobile remote deposit capture, which entails sending a scan or photo of your check to your bank, leaving the original paper copy to, evidently, burn a hole in your pocket, given that there's currently no real-time duplicate detection databases in place.
Get thee to your unused Yahoo account before July 15 if you don't relish the thought of somebody taking control of your handle and doing heaven knows what with whatever email gets sent to it.
Apple has joined in with the PRISM surveillance saga, insisting that nobody has direct access to its servers and that even it can't read customers' end-to-end encrypted conversations.
They are demanding a switch on our smartphones that would theoretically brick them after they're stolen. But would it be effective?
The FDA hasn't seen patient deaths or injuries, but it has seen malware clogging up hospital equipment, passwords passed around like candy, and disregard for updating/patching old equipment.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has vehemently denied giving the government direct access to servers. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google have all put out calls for transparency into the US government's information demands.
The patent covers technology to match at least one facial landmark between the pre-funny-face and during-funny-face images. If Google develops the technology, we can prepare ourselves for grimacing public displays and associated melodroidma.
Illegal hackers will face at least two years in prison, botnet creators and herders are looking at three years, and those who go after critical infrastructure will be jailed for at least five - and the proposed directive takes pains to protect pen testers and whistleblowers.
Here's a brief summary of what we know, what we don't know, and how you can at least try to protect yourself from surveillance.
In a case that could have far-reaching implications for compelling criminal suspects to decrypt digital storage devices, a judge on Tuesday temporarily suspended a previous order that would have compelled the decryption of hard drives suspected of containing child pornography.
A statement put out by the Department of Homeland Security says that hunches and intuition are enough to justify warrantless searches, and it's not explaining anything much beyond that. It goes on to provide Constitutional analysis that's mostly redacted.
Will Iowa City simultaneously ban the use of drones, license plate readers, and red-light cameras - or will law enforcement have its way and introducing the controversial technology?
The judge who decided that national security letters demanding user information were unconstitutional has now ordered Google to comply with the FBI's data demands. Is this just one more golden brick in what privacy advocates have dubbed the Golden Age of Surveillance?
Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he'll send photos on request - he could well be a crook who sends files packed with malware, the FBI has warned.
Megaupload's Kim Dotcom gets back some of his seized property, and receives right to see evidence against him
Kim Dotcom has won back the right to see all the evidence against him - before, rather than after, his possible extradition to the US to answer charges of racketeering, money laundering, online piracy and copyright infringement.
Facebook is reviewing its attitude to pages which contain violent or hateful speech - it's giving them a fly-kick right to the curb.