World’s Most Dangerous Domains

It seems that all domains aren’t created equal. According to a new study by McAfee, sites with names ending by “.hk,” “.cn,” and “.info” are among the most dangerous ones an Internet user can visit. The second annual McAfee “Mapping the Mal Web” report into the riskiest and safest places on the Web reveals that […]

FBI Warns Wi-Fi Users to be Wary of Public Hot Spots

With the increasing amount of WiFi hot spots everywhere, the FBI is warning people to be careful when connecting to unknown wireless networks. Without the proper protection, it is fairly easy for a villain to capture information broadcasted from your system while being connected to a rogue or compromised access point. Since most laptops are […]

New Technology Hides Messages in Internet Phone Calls

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] A couple of Polish scientists have come up with a way to encode secret messages within the data of internet-based VoIP calls. The men, from the Institute of Telecommunications in Warsaw, designed a steganographic system — a special kind of code that allows content to be encrypted inside of […]

Big Brother’s Back: NASA Worker Suspended Over Blog Postings

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] A NASA employee is off the job because of what he posted on his blog. Federal Computer Week reports the man — a worker at Johnson Space Center in Houston — made posts soliciting donations and campaigning for political candidates on company time. He’s also accused of sending non-work-related […]

Villains steal arrogant businessman’s social security number

By Mark O’Neill One of the things I really appreciate in life is seeing the cocky arrogant people being taken down a peg or two. I can’t begin to describe how satisfying that is and I hope this guy gets to eat his humble pie very soon. Todd Davis owns a fraud-prevention company called LifeLock […]

Teacups Turned Into Hacking Tools

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Engineers are putting a high-tech spin on some old-fashioned items. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Germany’s Saarland University have found ways to use cameras and telescopes to transform everyday objects into data hacking devices. It seems simple, but it’s actually a pretty complex process. The first concept uses […]

Surveillance Through Your Home Appliances

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] All right, surveillance junkies, I’ve got a new one for you: a just-developed device that can turn your air conditioning system into a sophisticated home monitoring tool. Shwetak Patel of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta came up with the protocol, featured in New Scientist today. The tool […]

Cell Phone Security: Using your Phone to Monitor your Home

————– By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] This week, we’re talking cell phone secrets — easy-to-use services that can help you unlock the hidden powers of your phone. I started by showing you a bunch of ways to get more for your money with cool services like Braincast and Cellfire. But today, we’re taking on […]

The Truth Behind File Trading Traps

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Ever wonder how the record industry catches all those people trading music? Today, we’re getting some insight. The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says it uses the same exact tools familiar to file sharers to track them down. Specifically, RIAA officials told the Chronicle of Higher Education it […]

It’s time to get rid of email

There are few things in life that I hate more than spam.  But I hate receiving one type of message even more:  delivery status notifications for spam that was sent to bad email addresses, spoofing my address as the sender.  Lately, I’ve been getting a couple hundred of these per day.  Of course, that means that […]

NSA Cyber-WarGames Showcases NSA Takedown Potential

By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] The NSA just finished a series of cyber-warfare gaming with itself as the attackers.  The defenders?  The military academies, including the Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and the US Military Academy in West Point.  For the second year in a row, the Army came in first […]

Spammers moving from email to the cellphone

By Mark O’Neill This article in the New York Times really struck a raw nerve with me because it is a touchy subject in my life at the moment.     The article is about spammers who are moving their harassment from emails to the cellphone (or mobile phone if you are in Europe).    Never a day […]