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.

Craigslist sex ad used for 'retribution' against FBI agent, Feds say

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The ad invited men to have sex with the agent and his wife, included their phone number and address, and led to two calls from respondents.

Pregnancy groups warn of 'Preggophiles' stealing Facebook photos of baby bumps

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Three different birthing groups have warned their members about people who use a fake woman's name to join Facebook groups in order to get hold of baby bump photos.

The latest accessory to flummox facial recognition cameras - the Privacy Visor!

Privacy Visor

Wear it with the melting-face T-shirt and the hoodie that kicks away light, and you'll be the belle of the privacy ball!

Man calls police 'slackers' on Facebook, falls foul of Spain's new 'gag law'

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Eduardo Díaz got in trouble for a tirade on the mayor's Facebook page in which he called the local police a class of slackers.

The NSA is funding a 'safer' Internet of Things

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A university project aims to build a lightweight virtualization architecture that can be used to bake cybersecurity into connected systems from the design phase.

X-rated videos shown on hacked Brazilian bus station screens

Hacked screen

All your bus station arrival/departure video screens are belong to us!

Stingray-like phone spying machine used to blackmail and rig state tenders

Mobile phone mast

A South African official is suspected of forging a document to allow a businessman to illegally/allegedly buy the pricey device.

Change this Facebook setting so you can't be searched for by phone number

Facebook privacy

A developer says he's found a way to harvest users' personal data from Facebook. Facebook is shrugging, given that it's all public anyway. You might want to check your privacy settings though ...

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

YouTube has thousands of videos on stealing images and spreading malware, along with examples of stolen streams from "slave" devices.

Law enforcement is learning to navigate the Dark Web

INTERPOL trains law enforcement to navigate the Darknet

Police from 11 countries got to role-play as vendors, buyers and admins on a virtual Darknet, replete with illicit marketplaces and cryptocurrencies.

Stagefrightened Google, Samsung to push out monthly Android fixes

The aptly named Stagefright vulnerability scared them into action. Let's hope that fear shakes up all the vendors and carriers so the fixes get to us ASAP.

Sound: Yet another way to smack down drones

Sound: Yet another way to smack down drones

Researchers attacked drones by matching their gyroscopes' resonant frequencies, sending them crashing into the ground as they vibrated like glasses shattered by opera singers.

EFF and MuckRock run census to find out how local police track your biometrics

EFF and MuckRock run census to find out how local police track your biometrics

Fill out the EFF form to generate a public records request and find out how police are tracking your fingers, face, DNA, tattoos and more.

Role players get cuddly with photos of other people's kids

Role players get cuddly with photos of other people's kids

It's disturbing to see your child's photo in adoption role play. It's scarier still to see the #BabyRP hashtag lumped in with sexual tags.

Counterterrorism expert wants to arm US companies with hack-back capabilities

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Deputizing for-profit companies to give out cyberwarrants and trusting that they have the capability to even determine the source of a cyberattack: Bad idea, good idea?

Man arrested for shooting down drone over his property

Man arrested for shooting down drone over his property

The drone slayer's privacy fence didn't keep a drone from flying over his property. What did: his shotgun and some birdshot.

Women posed as fake brides to scam ISIS out of $3000

Women posed as fake brides to scam ISIS out of $3000

Even if you pull one over on the world's most fearsome terrorist army, it's still illegal.

How one school district is monitoring social media of students and teachers

Florida school district monitoring social media of students and teachers

They're trying to keep kids safe, but nobody's talking about who can access the data or what standards are used to capture it.

Wi-Fi-enabled sniper rifle hacked to change target

Wi-Fi-enabled sniper rifle hacked to change target

Researchers tricked a computer-assisted sniper rifle into firing off-target - specifically, with bulls-eye accuracy at a target they substituted.

Websites can track us by the way we type - here's how to stop it

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Researchers have come up with a new Chrome extension that muffles our key-press duration and typing lags.