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.

WhatsApp ranked worst at protecting user data

WhatsApp, AT&T ranked worst at protecting user data

Even the one star WhatsApp got in the EFF's ranking - for publicly opposing backdoors for government spying - was inherited from Facebook.

Former Googler fights adblockers with adblocker blocker

Former Googler fights adblockers with adblocker blocker

Somebody formerly at Google - a somebody who was close to the enormous sucking sound of lost advertising revenues - has decided to fight the adblockers.

FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

The FBI is investigating one of the best baseball teams in the US after it allegedly broke into a database belonging to one of the worst.

News sites can be held responsible for user comments

News site is responsible for hate-filled comments, says EU court

Online news site Delfi can be fined for comments left by anonymous readers, ruled the European Court of Human Rights.

Privacy groups walk out of US talks on facial recognition guidelines

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Not a single industry representative would agree on the most basic premise: that targets of facial recognition should opt in before companies identify them.

Swearing on WhatsApp in UAE could result in a fine, jail time or deportation

Man faces $68,000 fine or jail for swearing on WhatsApp under UAE cybercrimes law

Rageaholics, beware: the country's passed laws against swearing, be it online or in person, and that includes F-you emojis.

Armed robber caught after confessing on Facebook, "ashamed" emoticon and all

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Here's a candidate for the Facebook Hall of Stupid Posts fame: a robber who, though he took the time to wear a mask to cover his face, then posted a thinly veiled confession online.

Thinkuknow: What kids are up to online and how to protect them

Thinkuknow: What kids are up to online and how to protect them

How to teach 5-year-olds that people online aren't always who they say they are, that older kids don't have to suffer bullying in silence, and much more.

Online seller of fake Viagra and abortion pills escapes jail time

Online seller of fake Viagara and abortion pills escapes jail time

An online seller of counterfeit drugs in the UK has been given a 1-year prison term that was suspended for 2 years.

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

We do not care if a URL's got a .fr, a .uk or a .com glued to the end, France told Google - if a European makes a legitimate request to be forgotten in search results, make it so on all your search engines in all countries.

Reddit bans r/fatpeoplehate, four other subreddits under new harassment rules

Reddit bans r/fatpeoplehate under new harassment rules

Reddit's newly minted anti-harrassment policy has led to the axing of some subreddits but has left other blatantly racist subreddits untouched.

Twitter's block list export to enable en masse blocking of trolls

Twitter's new 'Block Together' enables en masse blocking of trolls

The new Twitter tool is meant to enable communities to share lists of problem accounts instead of having to pick them off one by one.

49 busted in Europe for Man-in-the-Middle bank attacks

49 busted in Europe for Man-in-the-Middle bank attacks

A multination bust nabbed 49 people on suspicion of using Man-in-the-Middle attacks to sniff out and intercept payment requests from email.

Feds seize man's computers in raids connected to celebrity nude photo hack

Feds seize Chicago man's computers in raids connected to Celebgate

The FBI's investigation points to a ring of thieves who used phishing and password-reset scams to crack celebrities' iCloud and email accounts and steal nude images.

Security hole in Hospira hospital drug pumps could let through fatal doses

Flaw in Hospira hospital drug pumps could let through fatal doses

An attacker who knows how to update the firmware - not a tough task, says security researcher Billy Rios - can change the dosage to a lethal limit.

Syrian Electronic Army hijacks US Army website

Syrian Electronic Army vandalises US Army site

"Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting", said one of the messages posted on the site.

French parking machines shock drivers with abusive messages

French parking machines accuse mayor of being a thief

Otherwise normal-looking tickets issued to drivers fumed that Meaux mayor Jean-François Copé was "a thieving, bastard mayor."

'Baby yoga' video throws Facebook into a culture/censorship war

Baby yoga video throws Facebook into a culture/censorship war

A video of a screaming baby being dunked in a bucket of water leaves Facebook caught between issues of free speech and apparent condoning of practices many interpret as child abuse.

Steel bin maker Brabantia breached, trashes passwords just to be safe

Steel bin maker Brabantia breached, trashes passwords just to be safe

It's not clear what data the intruders might have grabbed, but Brabantia said that it wasn't financial. Nor were passwords accessed.