Articles by Lisa Vaas
Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.
San Jose residents are voluntarily signing up to make it easy for Police to use their security camera footage. Is it a sensible and well managed use of available technology or, as the EFF claims, is it police overreach?
The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned retailers to harden their defences against cyber-heists - particularly those that latch onto credit card details from shoppers
Moore and alleged accomplice Charles "Gary" Evens were also indicted on 8 other counts including conspiracy and 7 counts of hacking to steal victims' nude or sexually explicit photos.
One of the most stupid selfies ever: a Polish prisoner's photo, taken on a contraband mobile phone smuggled into the prison, showing a lush, equally contraband and definitely illegal cannabis plant he grew from seed in his cell.
A man police claim is the celebrity-fixated hacker, Marcel Lazarus Lehel, was arrested at his village on Wednesday.
The devices were undetectable - installed internally in gas pumps. The fact that they were wireless made it ever so convenient to get at the stolen banking data, as well - a con that netted the alleged thieves $2.1 million.
The scammers are hiding behind cheap, automatic calling and internet phone services for anonymity, sending disabling waves of call volumes when their demands for money aren't satisfied.
The inside job, affecting 40% of the country's population, has been traced back to one IT guy inside a credit bureau plus some dodgy data buyers, who've also been arrested.
The US president didn't call for the end of the massive data collection. Rather, he's shuffling the data to an as-yet unspecified third party, and adding more layers between the data and intelligence analysts. Civil liberties advocates were unimpressed.
Law enforcers have busted an international crime group centered in the Philippines that arranged, and profited from, the live sexual abuse of children via webcam.
A British man already in jail for terrorist activity was given another 4 months for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they couldn't crack. The convicted terrorist suddenly got his memory back when police said they were launching a new investigation into credit card fraud.
Location analytics companies are using consumers' phones to create portraits of people's habits as they go about their daily lives, whether that includes visits to nightclub, gyms, doctors' offices or whatever else you get up to in the day.
As we reported recently, Facebook wants to know how trustworthy its users find it, but it's not sharing the results. So we ran our own poll of how many people trust Facebook and hereby present the results. (NB: We categorically define "people" as meaning "our readers".)
The money gets Google the keys to our smart homes. Nest is, after all, plugged into the internet of all things with its smart thermostats and smoke alarms. The question now is, Say WHAT? Does that mean Google's going to know even more about us than it already does?!
A US court in the state of Virginia has ruled that anonymous users aren't covered by First Amendment protection of free speech if a review "is based on a false statement".
The Syrian Electronic Army explains that its weekend pouncing was motivated by Microsoft's alleged monitoring of email accounts and selling of data for the US and other governments. The group promises to publish proof.
A US man, Matthew A. Buchanan, has admitted that he and his accomplices jimmied open YouTube accounts via Google's password recovery process. They also hacked AOL email, right on up to the inbox of the AOL CEO himself.