Articles by Lisa Vaas
Two high-profile organisations, the UK parenting site Mumsnet and the Canada Revenue Agency, are the first known victims of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to experience data breaches.
The courts have overturned Weev's conviction without having to deal with the sticky subject of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They did it on grounds that surprised nobody: namely, venue.
No, the US White House didn't know about Heartbleed and didn't exploit the OpenSSL bug to snoop, it said, but it's reserving the prerogative to use zero-day exploits as a wedge to pry out intelligence if it serves national security interests.
It's a full frontal assault on cute kittens and the Pages that pimp them out for Likes. Facebook's tweaked its algorithms to try to scrape off the clingy, whiny, needy stories published by Pages that deliberately try to game Facebook's News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would.
The Commission suggests that, post-mega-acquisition (which has been OKed), WhatsApp should get users' permission before changing data collection.
Documents have come to light in which Gogo brags about how it not only complies with a federal law for compliance with law enforcement; it actually goes above and beyond requirements to give law enforcement extra special surveillance sauce, it says. And it's not the only one...
Fallout from the epic Target data breach continues, as state lawmakers seek to hold retailers liable for financial damages caused by breaches spawned by their businesses, rather than financial institutions who issue credit and payment cards.
Facebook admitted that users are confused about privacy. Between a blue privacy dinosaur who's already popping up to remind us to check privacy settings and upcoming on-screen explanations of who's seeing what when we share, we'll all be a bit less muddled.
The Kim Dotcom/Megaupload mega-saga continues, with six mammoth movie studios filing suit against what they say is the former file-sharing site's mega-monster-mind-numbingly-massive copyright infringement.
A New Jersey, USA, woman lost her retirement savings after she fell for a phony Match.com cutie. Here's some advice for internet romancers.
A drone that was supposed to be filming an Australian triathlon fell out of the air and struck a triathlete in the head, sending her to hospital on Sunday. The drone's operator is suggesting hacking via wireless channel-hopping, while others are questioning why the drone was put into use in the race after it had already acted out earlier that day.
He got in through a backdoor in Microsoft's smashingly popular video gaming system - as in, straight in to all the slobbering zombies and screaming violence that his parents would never have let him play with.
"Pfft! What's all the fuss about site hijacking? Just send a few emails and get it fixed!" Well, that's what Jordan Reid thought before her domain got held for ransom. She's since changed her tune, after her own site got whisked away and put on the auction block. Here's how she got it back.
Google's asking the high court to rule on the legality of its past snorting of unencrypted WiFi traffic in neighborhoods around the US.
US consumers are spending CRAZY money to replace stolen phones and to insure the pocket-sized thief magnets, says a new report from Creighton University.
"We don’t look at the files in your private folders and are committed to keeping your stuff safe", the company said in the wake of an internet freakout sparked by a user finding himself unable to share copyrighted content. Time to relax, or time to consider encrypting your files before they get to Dropbox (or any other cloud storage)?
The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.