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.

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Congratulations to the hundreds of victims and to Charlotte Laws: the extremely tenacious mother of one victim who wouldn't back down.

Breakthrough in facial recognition: the 'Deep Dense Face Detector'

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A breakthrough in facial recognition technology means that computers will soon be able to spot faces even if they're tilted or partially blocked: a boon to cloud storage providers, social networks, surveillance and advertisers alike.

Twitter's new tool should stop password sharing and help fend off hijackings

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The new tool, TweetDeck Teams, lets users share Twitter accounts without having to share passwords.

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Revleap promises to sell improved ratings to businesses, but Yelp claims that it does nothing but lie and spam both Yelp's customers and Revleap clients' customers, dangling gift cards in exchange for writing positive reviews.

Get ready for the internet-enabled, speech recognising, joke-telling Barbie

Hello Barbie

An internet-enabled toy that talks to your kids: what could possibly go wrong?!

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsSpy Public illustrates that fiddling with your privacy settings doesn't stop people from tracking your status and any changes you've made to profile photos, status messages and settings.

New rules on drones and aerial surveillance issued by FAA, White House

FAA, White House issue rules on drones and aerial surveillance

Proposed FAA rules would prohibit flying drones out of eyesight, at night, or over people, while the president has ordered federal agencies to be transparent about data collection and to respect privacy.

US wireless carriers now legally have to unlock our phones

US wireless carriers now *have* to unlock our phones

Are you a US mobile phone owner? Good news: you just regained your freedom to unlock your device and take it to another network.

Are Miami cops really flooding Waze with fake police sightings?

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An NBC affiliate seems to think so, but others are dubious. Miami's finest would have to be lacking in tech smarts to think they could game the Google app.

NoFlyZone aims to keep the airspace over your home drone-free

NoFlyZone aims to keep the airspace over your home drone-free

NoFlyZone.org registers each address along with its GPS coordinates, which are then relayed to drone manufacturers to create a geofence around the home.

Facebook's new ThreatExchange will rally companies to squash internet badness

Facebook's new ThreatExchange will rally companies to squash internet badness

Trying to share data on threats is currently a royal pain, Facebook said. The new platform will help companies to collaborate more easily on threats.

Facebook is telling Native Americans their names are fake

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Facebook's still working on its name policy after problems with the LGBT community. Now Native Americans like Dana Lone Hill and Shane Creepingbear are being locked out while they're forced to prove they're for real.

"Most adorable bug" - Raspberry Pi 2 crashes when you take a photo of it

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It's not buggy, it's camera-shy! The tiny, budget Raspberry Pi faints when you flash a photo of it, and it's likewise not keen on laser pointers.

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax, a popular tax app, recommenced on Saturday after having taken security measures that include multifactor authentication.

Gamer swatted while live-streaming on Twitch.TV

Gamer swatted while live-streaming on Twitch.TV

A gamer has been targeted by anonymous trolls in the middle of a Twitch stream of RuneScape.

Twitter CEO admits: 'We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls'

Twitter CEO admits: 'We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls'

How the story of one Twitter troll motivated Dick Costolo to admit that the suckage has gone on for years, and it's about time that it changed.

US health insurer Anthem drained of 80 million records

US health insurer Anthem drained of 80 million records

Attackers have invaded a database at Anthem, the US's second largest health insurer, getting at all the personal details that comprise a veritable tool kit for identity theft.

Cat and mouse game is over for Japanese death threat hacker

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A Japanese programmer, who taunted police by leaving clues in a memory card that he tucked into the collar of a cat found wandering an island off Tokyo, has been sentenced to 8 years in jail.

Canary Watch site will keep an eye out for vanishing warrant canaries

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Canary Watch will track changes to these transparency report statements that would indicate providers had received subpoenas with gag orders.