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.

Dark Web market Agora suspends operations due to Tor vulnerability

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The temporary move is meant to forestall potential attacks that could expose server IP addresses.

Man arrested after posting Facebook videos of him tampering with traffic cameras

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It involves a long pole and a couple of balls. And yes, you can take that multiple ways.

California pushes 350-foot no-fly drone law

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Operators would need express permission to legally fly UAVs above a property's ground level: a hurdle that could ground tech's big plans.

Curt Schilling suspended over tweet comparing Muslims to Nazi-era Germans

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The tweet compared the percentage of Germans who were Nazis with the number of Muslims who are extremists.

Phone feared drowned posts selfies of adventures with firefighters

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Soggy though it was, and passcode-protected it was not, its Facebook posts show it played a mean game of table tennis with its new buddies.

Twitter muzzles Politwoops politician-tracking accounts

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The US site was the first to go, and now 30 countries will no longer be able to track their politicians flip-flopping via deleted tweets.

Stingrays used to track petty crime

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Baltimore revealed that it's used stingrays 4300 times, and now we know most of that is on the level of check forgery and phone theft.

Pirate sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries

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Paranoia has spiked over the notion that Microsoft plans to keep people from running software they never bought.

Explaining how to use pirate site Popcorn Time can get you arrested

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The law is moving to crush the "Netflix for pirated movies" like so many crunchy snacks littering the floor of a crowded movie theater.

Teen nabbed after attacks on UK government and FBI sites

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His lawyers claim that their client was only on the "periphery" of the conspiracy, but that didn't stop him from boasting about it.

Google customers lose data after lightning strikes

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Four lightning strikes hit the grid powering a data center in Belgium, triggering the data equivalent of coughing, sputtering and fainting.

Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Credit card info for 93,000 Web.com customers nabbed in data breach

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Customers should keep an eye out for bogus charges on their credit/debit cards!

FCC fines company $750,000 for disabling conference hotspots

Smart City was blocking convention visitors and exhibitors from using their own hotspots to avoid paying hefty fees for the telecom's Wi-Fi.

'Loose tweets destroy fleets' - US Air Force warns

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Keeping quiet is crucial to OPSEC: for civilians, it can help keep our digital lives secure. For military, it can save lives.

IRS estimate of stolen tax records balloons to over 300,000

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A wider analysis shows that attackers used the IRS's Get Transcript app - now gone, and good riddance! - to roll around in far more records than first thought.

8chan back after Google banned entire domain for child abuse imagery

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Its founder says the ban was unfair, given that both 8chan and Google take down content using matching hashes after it's posted, not before.

Jennifer Aniston's wedding dress photos are fake

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A photo of the dress has fans swooning, but the label on that designer gown should be changed to read "House of Hoax."

Cracked Uber accounts tumble to 40 cents on the dark web

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Dark web listings say they won't refund/replace if Uber asks for verification: a sign that Uber's experiments with strong verification requirements are paying off.

Don't bother signing up for the giant water slide Facebook events

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The photo for the huge water slide was stolen from a US company and used on 50 event pages for UK towns and cities, none of which report knowing anything about it.