Followup: San Fran Network Guru Coughs Up Key for Mayor

Last week I wrote about Terry Childs, the jailed network administrator for the City of San Francisco who, if the press is to be believed, went nutty, changed the admin passwords, and then locked everyone out of administration of city systems.  It was the cyber equivalent of swallowing the key. In a twist to this […]

Microsoft, Cisco, Conspire with Homeland Security to Keep Internet Running?

By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] US-CERT, the organization absorbed into the United States Department of Homeland Security in 2004, is keeping the Internet secure by coordinating the efforts of industry leaders and keeping those efforts top-secret. Yesterday, the biggest companies on the Internet, including Cisco, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, came to a decision on security […]

Google Must Divulge Video Viewing Habits Of Every YouTube User, Says US Court

This is potentially huge. Viacom, which owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, has been involved in a legal battle with YouTube (and now Google) over what Viacom alleges is massive copyright infringement of their property. Viacom claims to have identified 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes. Now, a US court has told Google that it must […]

Verizon Offers Geek 101 Classes

Geeks, as we all know, rule the world. Would you like to be one, too? Maybe you’re not quite geek enough. Maybe you know somebody who is crying out to be a geek, but they don’t know where to start. Maybe – heavens, say it ain’t so – you don’t own a Blackberry. Or – […]

Jamming Cellphones, Cameras, iPods, Cars

By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] When I worked at the Department of Homeland Security, I remembered hearing discussions about creating security by denying access to electronics or control systems.  The idea was that in a crowd of people, like in a protest group or political rally, cell phones could be dampened in a region to […]

Controversy Erupts Over Secret Cell Phone Tracking

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] You may have been part of a scientific study and not even known it. New word is out this week that researchers used cell phone towers and call records to secretly track every step made by 100,000 people — without ever getting their permission. The study, conducted by Boston’s […]

Mastering the Costanza: Eight Steps to Beating a Lie Detector

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Ah, the mystery of the lie detector. Can it really be beaten? George Constanza said trying to learn would be like asking Pavarotti to teach you his tricks. Well, grab your microphone and get ready. It’s time for you to hit the stage. The basics To beat a polygraph, […]

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 […]