Articles by Lisa Vaas

About Lisa Vaas

I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don't be shy.

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

Having a tough time breaking into your neighbor's house? Not terribly conversant with key gauges or making clay molds? Don't worry, there's an app for that!

Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice

Malicious hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal, Vice

W0rm's been quite busy and has already pulled this on CNET, and likewise is again offering to sell user data and server credentials for one Bitcoin.

eBay's StubHub ransacked for over $1 million, international crime ring arrested

StubHub logo

US police have indicted six people across four countries on charges of defrauding eBay's StubHub for over $1 million in pilfered tickets for things like Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts. eBay says its servers weren't broken into; rather, password reuse and account holders' PCs being riddled with malware are to blame.

Car hackers build anti-car-hacking gadget

Cars. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Besides yet more white-knuckled car-jacking stunts, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek also plan to unveil at next month's Black Hat conference a prototype device meant to foil the type of hacks they've been throwing at cars.

"Rickmote" box Rickrolls Chromecast, forcibly earworms hapless victims

Image courtesy of Dan Petro, Bishop Fox IT

Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you.

Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge

US judge: your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds

A New York court on Thursday opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.

New search engine Indexeus unmasks malicious hackers

New search engine Indexeus unmasks malicious hackers

Indexeus is a database of stolen names and passwords, many doxed from the hackers who've themselves doxed others' data. Is it poetic justice, exploitation of a lucrative market, a prototype of an educational tool, or all of the above?

Jailed Apple phishing duo also imported pickpockets and cloned credit cards

Constanta Agrigoroaie and Radu Savoae. Images courtesy of Metropolitan Police.

How's this for irony? A pair of fraudsters phished bank account details out of over 150 Apple users by sending them hairy-scary messages about their accounts having been compromised.

New York proposes strict regulations for Bitcoin

New York proposes strapping a regulatory straitjacket onto Bitcoin

The rules are strict. Will the community pay heed, or will it ignore attempts to control this wild landscape?

Introducing Jibo: adorable home robot or the Eye of Sauron?

Introducing Jibo: adorable home robot or the Eye of Sauron?

Launched by famed MIT Media Labs roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, he's poised to smile, dance, and giggle his way into our hearts, our homes, and hopefully not into the lucrative position of pawning data about where we like to shop.

13-year-old girl arrested for Facebook death threats against entire town

Silhouette. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Despite specific threats to kill a 12-year-old cancer patient along with the entire population of a Texas town, Facebook initially stonewalled police's efforts to find the identity of whoever was making the terrorist threats. It baffled police, as well it should.

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers - all professions that entail unsupervised access to children - were among 660 who've been arrested in an unprecedented child abuse image dragnet in the UK.

'Hidden from Google' site remembers the pages Google's forced to forget

'Hidden from Google" site remembers the pages Google's forced to forget

The newly launched site is archiving the pages Google was forced to de-index in the name of opening up to the internet as a whole the discussion regarding what should or should not be "forgotten."

Germany considers replacing email with typewriters to evade spying

Germany to replace email with typewriters to duck US spying?

The country's pondering manual typewriters, however, unlike Russia's reported embrace of electric typewriters last year. Russia should be well aware that you can plug a keylogger into those e-typewriters, given that it pulled that stunt on IBM Selectrics back in the 70s!

Arrests made after keyloggers found on public PCs at US hotels

Keyloggers found on public PCs at US hotel business centres

Proof of the lack of hygiene in publicly accessible PCs came up yet again when the US Secret Service last week warned that cybercrooks are installing keyloggers on the PCs in hotel business centers to steal personal and business information from travelers.

How to burn a password into your brain

How to burn a password into your brain

It turns out that it can actually be surprisingly easy to train people to memorise a 56-bit password or passphrase, two researchers found.

iPhones are a security threat to the state, China claims

iPhone's a security threat to the state, China claims

China has cited Apple iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp users' whereabouts as reason to declare the mobile phone hazardous to state security.

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site PinkMeth.com and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

UK to rush through "emergency" phone and internet data retention law

UK to rush through "emergency" phone and internet data retention law

The UK is rushing through Parliament what it calls an emergency law that will ensure it retains access to people's phone and internet records, in spite of the European Court of Justice having said in April that data retention violates human rights. It's not a rehash of the Snooper's Charter, politicians claim, but there's not a lot of time to eyeball it to make sure that's true.