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.

Google's charging for YouTube ads it knows are from bots, researchers say


Google charges advertisers for YouTube ad views in spite of correctly spotting them as being fake views generated by bots - no human eyeballs involved - a group of European researchers have claimed.

Facebook: our cookies keep you safe from cyber terrorists!


Belgian data protection authority: You're as bad as the NSA!!!

"Give us an iOS 9 zero-day and we'll give you $1 million"


The firm willing to pay for breaking into iPhones and iPads was founded by a contractor who's sold such bugs to spy agencies.

4chan sold to the man who inspired it


Founder Poole is done, done, done, and who can blame him? 4channers' response to the buyer: a new thread titled "F-you, Hiroyuki Nishimura."

Drone operator who startled police horses and baffles dogs gets fined


The videos of the first operator convicted in the UK feature dramatic music, slo-mo footage and lots of living things he could have crashed into.

After iOS 9 launches, Ad blockers top the App Store chart


Users lost no time in blockading their iPhones against adverts after Apple gave them the chance in the launch of iOS 9.

Sexting teens banned from using their phones for a year


The two teens accused of sexually exploiting themselves have copped pleas and agreed not to own one of the devil's gadgets that got them into trouble.

iTunes 12.3 brings support for two-factor authentication


If you turn on 2SV (and you should!), you'll be asked for a PIN and password when editing your account or logging in for the first time.

Tor relay turned back on after unanimous library vote

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The motto of New Hampshire is, "Live Free or Die." Some of its librarians seem to be taking that seriously...

Why it's not a good idea to leave your fiancée for someone you met online


Good job that the jilted fiancée was on the ball. Rebecca Lewis managed to save Paul Rusher £2,000 AND their relationship.

Child abuser sextortionist hijacked victims' Facebook and email accounts


James S. Allen, sentenced to 262 months in prison, sent victims to a phishing site set disguised as a Flickr log-in site.

Google found guilty of violating antitrust laws


Yandex - the "Google of Russia" - has prevailed in getting the country's antimonopoly watchdog agency to rule that Google has abused its dominant position in the market with Android.

Anti-refugee posts prompt Facebook to launch hate speech taskforce


Hate speech is illegal in Germany, which has criticized Facebook for sluggish takedowns of anti-refugee posts vs. fast takedowns of nudity.

Drones buzz around LAPD chopper, crash into US Open and football stadiums


Police arrested operators who allegedly threatened lives by crashing UAVs into stadiums or flying within sneezing distance of a helicopter.

Smartwatch sensors can be used to eavesdrop on the keys you're typing


Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing with your left hand and thus guess at the words you're typing.

Public library shelves plans to become part of Tor

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Within a few weeks of setting up as a relay, DHS let it be known that the library's plans to eventually become a Tor exit node might not be a wise course of action.

AI surveillance camera tells you what it sees when it recognises you


Thanks to two researchers, we have a window into what those cameras think as they capture our images and movements.

California governor shoots down 350-foot no-fly drone law


He vetoed the bill because, he says, litigation would rain down on hobbyists and FAA-authorized operators. "Let’s look at this more carefully," he said.

TSA master luggage keys are 3D printed after photo published online


TSA-approved locks weren't all that unpickable to begin with, but now you might as well use zip ties on your luggage.

Bedroom pirate gets 4 years for running a £300K streaming site


A Northern Ireland man ran a series of very lucrative streaming sites, including and FastPassTV, that made gobs of ad revenue.