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.

Employees' bank details stolen from UK supermarket Morrisons

Empoyees' bank details stolen from UK's 4th largest grocer Morrisons

Morrisons is scrambling to tell employees that the staff payroll system has been raided, with the thieves taking names, addresses and bank details of staff.

Cybersecurity training to start with children as young as 11

UK cyber security training to start with kids as young as 11

School children as young as 11 are going to get lessons in the fine art of securing all things cyber. The government also plans to plug university students into internships so they get the security skills that employers so desperately need.

Hacker who Snowdenized ethical hacking site also grabbed email control

Hacker who Snowdenized ethical hacking site also grabbed email control

The hacker behind the pasting of Edward Snowden's mug onto the EC-Council's site also managed to send a password-reset to its cloud-based enterprise email and get control of some customers' accounts.

Yik Yak banned as schools grapple with toxic anonymous social chat

Yik Yak logo

Some Chicago schools have banned the location-based mobile app, causing the developers to turn it off throughout the city as they seek a way to keep it off of school grounds. Yik Yak has lead to multiple school lockdowns in the wake of bomb threats, as well as a new way to perpetrate cyberbullying.

AnonGhost hackers deface a fake bank site

AnonGhost hackers deface a fake bank site

"We are watching you / Don't close your eyes," they wrote on the site, which conceivably might have been scary if they'd actually managed to hack their (presumably) intended target, Yorkshire Bank.

Hackers steal 12 million customer records from South Korean phone giant

Hackers steal 12 million customer records from South Korean phone giant

In a caper that lasted a year, one or more hackers stole the details for KT Corp customers, then passed them to an accomplice who allegedly sold cell phones posing as a company representative. It's the second mega-breach to rip holes into South Koreans' personal data since January.

Target CIO Beth Jacob resigns in breach aftermath

Target CIO Beth Jacob resigns in breach aftermath

Following its recent epic breach, Target has announced that it's putting its technology through the wringer. Jacob will be the first high-level executive to leave since the incident.

Smucker's online store gets stuck in thieves' web

Smucker's online store gets stuck in thieves' web

The US jam and jelly maker is just the latest fly to get stuck in the same web that ensnared dozens of companies last year, including some of the world's largest data brokers and at least one credit card processor.

Man guilty of "fixing" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

UK man "fixes" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

A 30-year-old London man has been found guilty of fiddling with three women's computers so he could spy on them through their webcams.

Meetup.com DDoSed by extortionist, refuses to pay ransom

Meetup.com DDoSed by extortionist, refuse to pay ransom

The site's been under attack since Thursday. The cyber-extortionists behind it have demanded $300, but Meetup won't pay even this ridiculously small amount, for very good reasons.

Twitter screws up, accidentally sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter goofed, sending out a deluge of password-reset emails on Monday evening that turned out to have been triggered by a system error. Yes, it's a false alarm, but what the heck - any excuse to nag people about password reuse will do!

US girl loses her father's $80K settlement after boasting about win on Facebook

US girl loses her father $80K settlement with Facebook raspberry

A daughter took to Facebook to blow a raspberry at her father's former employer over a successful court settlement. The post, while being a petite thing of only 25 words, was big enough in the "breached confidentiality" department to cost Dad his settlement.

Russia Today website hackers tweak headlines, replace with word "Nazi"

RT logo

The Russian news site RT.com was compromised over the weekend, replacing the words "Russian" and "Ukrainian" in some headlines with the word "Nazi".

Popular platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, aiding illegal gun sales

Facebook and Instagram aiding illegal gun sales

No questions asked. These sites aren't e-commerce sites, they're quick to remind us, but they sure make it easy for convicted criminals to set up illegal gun buys, as well as one 15-year-old who recently brought a loaded 9mm to school. Facebook's finally, thankfully, talking to advocacy groups about the problem that its brethren, such as Craiglist, have already solved.

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

In a court decision that could prompt a change in state law, a Texas woman has been awarded a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit she brought against her ex-boyfriend for plastering nude photos on the internet without her permission.

How emails can be used to track your location and how to stop it

Chrome extension 'Streak' betrays what time you open mail and your location

A new Google Chrome browser extension lets email senders using Google accounts see when recipients open email, who exactly opened the email, and where the recipient is located. And sorry, but no, recipients don't have a say in the matter whatsoever, since we don't have to sign up for the extension to have it blab about us.

Google paves the way for Glass; throws lobbyists in front of distracted-driver legislation

Google paves the way for Glass; throws lobbyists in front of distracted-driver legislation

Google has hired lobbyists in at least three US states to battle proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass.

Woman claims to have been attacked for wearing Google Glass

Sarah Slocum. Image courtesy of Facebook.

The scorn for glassholes has apparently now gone too far, having evolved into what might be the first violent action taken against a Glass wearer.

Ethical hacking organisation site hacked, defaced with Snowden's passport

Edward Snowden passport

The attacker says it's just the tip of the iceberg, claiming that s/he's "sitting on thousands of passports" belonging to law enforcement and military personnel.