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.

Adobe will update e-reader to mop up clear-text data spillage

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Adobe is working on an update to fix the latest iteration of its e-book reader, which has a gluttonous appetite for readers' data and the slovenly habit of reporting our reading habits back to Adobe - in plain text.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

AT&T hit by insider breach; "change your passcode" it warns

AT&T hit by insider breach; "change your passcode" it warns

AT&T, the giant US telecom, says it fired an insider for having thumbed through customer accounts without authorization and potentially slurping customers' taxpayer IDs, driver license numbers and more.

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

A spokesman confirmed a report that Dubai police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

Is it 1984 yet?

Celebgate continues, nude celebrity photos posted of Winona Ryder, Hulk Hogan's son

Celebgate continues, nude celebrity photos posted of Winona Ryder, Hulk Hogan's son

Yet another crop of nude photos has been released. More will come. The salacious are still as thrilled as ever, but much of the internet is just hitting the snooze button and rolling over. Why do we stop caring about theft and privacy invasion?

Google responds to celebrity lawyer's $100m nude photo scandal lawsuit threat

Take down nudies or we'll sue you for $100m, celebs' lawyer warns Google

Google has responded to a letter written by a lawyer on behalf of a dozen celebrities whose nude photos were stolen and published online.

Facebook sort-of apologizes for treating users like lab rats

Facebook sort-of apologizes for treating users like lab rats

Facebook says it was "unprepared" for the ruckus stirred up around its emotional contagion research, and that there were things "it should have done differently." Does that include asking for informed consent next time?

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but infosec budgets are dwindling

Security incidents are up - and pricier! - but budgets to prevent them dwindle

The number of security incidents is popping, as are associated costs to mop them up, according to a report from PcW. Global corporate security budgets, meanwhile, seem to be hiding in the closet, just hoping it all goes away.

Facebook says sorry to LGBT community over real-name policy, promises change

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Facebook's apologised and promised to fix what turns out to be, it admits, an unsophisticated policy that doesn't reflect the importance of pseudonyms in protecting people from harassment and violence.

Civil liberties advocates, bookstores, publishers sue to stop anti revenge porn law

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Those seeking to outlaw revenge porn are now battling a coalition of free-speech advocates who claim the existing laws were thrown together so shabbily, they could arguably be used to criminalize a host of non-vengeful innocents who handle nude images.

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

Don't lock police out of popular consumer gadgets, lest law enforcement's efforts to nab kidnappers or child predators be stymied, the US AG said, becoming the latest of a string of government officials to speak out since Google and Apple announced they were changing encryption on their mobile operating systems.

Head of 'StealthGenie' mobile stalking app indicted for selling spyware

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The indictment alleges that StealthGenie can and has recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; intercepted calls to be monitored in real time; allowed the buyer to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and much more...

'Anti-Facebook' Ello: swamped with privacy-hungry refugees, bouncing back from DDoS

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Either somebody really, really hates the idea of a social media platform that doesn't sell ads based on user data, or Ello is so popular it got trampled. Either way, it's been an outage-plagued few days for the service that thinks ad-based social networks are corrupt.

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China has blocked Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram, as pro-democracy protesters flooded the Central financial district in Hong Kong on Monday and chronicled it all by flooding social media sites with #OccupyCentral hashtagged images.

George Clooney issues burner phones to stop guests from leaking wedding photos

George Clooney issues burner phones to stop guests from leaking wedding photos

Mr Oceans Eleven wasn't about to let leaked photos ruin his Big Day so he handed out coded burner phones to all his guests.

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

The ad technology will enable Facebook partners to siphon user data from Facebook's deep, deep sea and use it to super-target ads at users on and off its website, no matter what wireless or wired device we're using.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

Ex-con Kevin Mitnick now selling zero-day exploits, starting at $100K

Ex-con Kevin Mitnick now selling zero-day exploits, starting at $100K

He says his firm will carefully screen potential clients and that he'd never sell to an entity such as the Syrian regime or a criminal gang. Then again, he's not asking what clients intend to do with the high-end exploits.

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update, tells users to roll back to iOS 8

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update, tells users to roll back to iOS 8

Apple's telling users to ditch the update after it knocked out cellular service and disabled Touch ID for iPhones, on top of a list of other glitches - stalling, crashing and more.