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.

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

If a user forgets to turn off the Twitter button before broadcasting a private video stream, the title gets shared with all the user's followers.

Feds subpoena Reddit for personal info of dark web forum members

Reddit

The subpoena demands information on five users of the Darknet Markets subreddit, all of whom discussed the recent fall of Evolution, a mega-mart for drugs.

G20 delegates' personal data breached in autofill email glitch

G20 delegates' personal data breached in autofill email glitch

The Australian immigration department sent an email to the wrong person, and so passport and visa details for the world's head honchos got disclosed - a mistake the department decided didn't warrant disclosure.

Man escapes from jail after sending fake bail email

Inmate escapes from jail after sending fake bail email

An imprisoned fraudster cooked up a bogus set of bail instructions and emailed it to prison officials who then let him walk out. He granted himself a 3-day furlough, then turned himself back in.

Safari users win right to sue Google over secret cookies

UK Safari users win right to sue Google over secretly leaving cookies

The landmark case could determine if Google can be held accountable in the UK. Safari users have formed a group to seek damages.

Hijacked school Twitter account turns head teacher into a porn star

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Nothing like a bit of Photoshopping and access to the school's Twitter account to turn an unwitting head teacher into a beefcake.

Tinder hack tricks men into unknowingly flirting with each other

Tinder hack tricks men into unknowingly flirting with each other

In yet another example of how very hackable Tinder is, an engineer set up bait female profiles and then hooked up the guys who "liked" them.

Uber goes Big Data, shares customers' data with a hotel chain

Uber

Uber has joined the rank of Big Data sellers, up there with Facebook, Google and Visa. The product: data about customers' movements, where they shop, where they work, where they go and much more.

Entire Oakland Police license plate reader data set handed to journalist

License plates. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

The entire LPR dataset of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) included more than 4.6 million reads of over 1.1 million unique plates captured in just over 3 years.

Google Glass isn't dead. It's being fine-tuned for the masses

Google Glass isn't dead. It's being fine-tuned for the masses

Privacy concerns made it smell like yesterday's fish, but apparently that's just the aroma of fine-tuning as the beloved/reviled face-huggers get made ready for the masses.

Twitter's new “threats, abusive language” filter has its restrictions

Twitter's new “threats, abusive language” filter has its restrictions

The quality filter will only be available on iOS verified user accounts for now, leaving unverified users left to confront the same old garbage and abuse in their notifications.

New Android 'on-body detection' leaves your phone unlocked as long as you keep moving

New Android lock feature freezes up your data when your phone stops moving

Keep it jiggling, whether in hand, pocket or purse, and the accelerometer will keep your Android phone unlocked and ready to go. Handy for pickpockets!

Are smartphones bad for our kids?

Therapist says mobile phones add to skyrocketing rate of child suicide

The rate of suicide and self-harm among children is exploding, and one therapist is pointing a finger at constant internet access.

NYPD cop arrested for hacking into FBI, traffic databases

NYPD. Image courtesy of pisaphotography/Shutterstock.

The NYPD cop installed a hidden camera and hacked into databases containing personal information about victims of traffic accidents so he could pose, among other things, as an attorney who could help them with legal claims.

Dark Web's 'Evolution' market vanishes along with $12 million

Dark Web's 'Evolution' market vanishes along with $12 million

The owners of the drugs/guns/malware market 'Evolution' have vanished with about $12 million in Bitcoin.

Frat banned for exploiting female students on Facebook

Secret Facebook page with incriminating photos gets US frat banned

Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho chapter was banned over a group featuring photos of drug deals, hazing rituals, and nude, unconscious women.

Facebook Messenger to let you send money to friends

Facebook Messenger to let you send money to friends

Starting in the US, users of Messenger will soon be able to link their debit cards to the service and use it to instantly message money to friends, as easily as sending over a selfie.

Forget tap-and-pay, just snap-and-pay with your selfies!

Selfie. Image courtesy of 360b/Shutterstock.

Chinese e-commerce megabrand Alibaba wants to use selfies for payment processing.

A third of Americans have changed online and phone behaviours post-Snowden

A third of Americans have changed online and phone behaviours post-Snowden

Edward Snowden has been heard, and his words are having at least some effect. True, a minority have changed to better protect their privacy, but the more people know, the more likely they are to change.

Silk Road lieutenant Peter Nash pleads guilty

Silk Road lieutenant Peter Nash pleads guilty

Australian Peter Nash, who worked as the main moderator of the online drugs bazaar, pleaded guilty to money laundering and drug trafficking.