Darlene StormComputerworld

Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

Google Publishes Facial Recognition Patent, Could Use Social Network Photos

Google recently published a patent to use facial recognition and social networking combined to give visual search results.

Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

Does a code of ethics still exist in Intelligence firms? Does it disappear behind closed doors, dirty deeds done in the dark and used against the American people who are supposed to be free to express themselves?

2011: The Year of Epic Hacking

Millions of passwords have been breached and when information that is supposed to be private becomes public, it can open the way to identity theft.

Attack of the Killer Widgets?

Widgets are used by millions of legitimate websites to deliver content and advertising. But attackers are using widgets for evil intent and infection, warned a security researcher at Black Hat DC.

Text Message of Death Threatens Phones

Analysis: Researchers identify a way to send toxic SMS messages that can infect and shut down even feature phones.

EFF: Government Wants to Know if You Send Any Money Overseas

The EFF opposes new rules proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network that would pry into users' privacy if they send any money overseas electronically.

Espionage Act Makes Felons of Us All

If you are not "authorized" personnel, but you have read, written about, commented upon, tweeted, spread links by "liking" on Facebook, shared by email, or otherwise discussed "classified" information disclosed from WikiLeaks, you could be implicated for crimes under the U.S. Espionage Act

NASA Sells Space Shuttle PCs Without Wiping Secret Data

The Office of Inspector General found "serious" security breaches at NASA centers after computers were sold with sensitive data still on them.