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Convicted music pirate asks Supreme Court to review case

Lawyers for Jammie Thomas-Rasset argue that the $222,000 damage award is unconstitutional

Verizon patent application for TV snooping tech rejected

The U.S. Patent Office has delivered a 'non-final' rejection of a Verizon patent application for a controversial technology that would serve targeted ads to TV viewers based on what they're doing or saying in front of their sets.

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John McAfee arrested in Guatemala in connection with murder case

McAfee is wanted for questioning by police in Belize in connection with a murder in that country several weeks ago


Why what happened to the Internet in Syria couldn't happen here

The Internet shutdown in Syria probably took very little to accomplish considering the country's limited Internet infrastructure and international connectivity, network analysts said Friday.

Lawsuit filed over Ohio software update to voting machines

The co-chairman of the Ohio Green Party and editor of FreePress.org, Bob Fitrakis, on Monday filed a federal lawsuit over software that was allegedly installed on central vote tabulation machines.

Election watchdogs keep wary eye on paperless e-voting systems

As the clock winds down to what could turn out to be an extremely close presidential race, some election watchdogs are keeping a wary eye on paperless electronic voting machines that are scheduled to be used in several key states and jurisdictions around the country.

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Cybercriminals plotting massive banking Trojan attack, security firm warns

An international gang of cyber crooks is plotting a major campaign to steal money from the online accounts of thousands of consumers at 30 or more major U.S. banks, security firm RSA warned.

Cyber attackers target energy companies

The campaign is the second one targeted at oil companies to be discovered by SecureWorks this year.


Questions loom about Obama's cybersecurity plans

With opposition growing to reported plans by President Obama to issue an Executive Order to bolster cybersecurity for the nation's critical infrastructure, the question now is whether the White House will plow ahead or drop the idea quietly in an election year.

Anonymous member arrested during online chat after threat against FBI

Dallas law enforcement authorities have arrested self-professed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown in what appears to have been a dramatic raid of his apartment late Wednesday night.

Apple ID leak: FBI denies that it's the source of breach

AntiSec, a splinter group of hacking collective Anonymous, had announced that it had accessed more than 12 million Apple UDIDs.

Judge Dismisses BancorpSouth Defense in Online Theft Suit

A federal judge has rejected BancorpSouth's plan to use contractual agreements with customers as a shield against liability claims stemming from an online heist of some $440,000 that was illegally wire-transferred from the account of one of the bank's commercial customers in March 2010.

California Assembly OKs Bill Banning Warrantless Smartphone Tracking

The assembly vote approved legislation to prohibit state law enforcement personnel from obtaining location data from an individual's GPS-enabled mobile devices without a warrant.

GOP Senator: No Partisan Fight Over Cybersecurity Bill

A senior Republican senator on Thursday insisted there is no partisan dissent over the need for a strong national cybersecurity policy but added that a Democratic-backed cyber bill that is stalled in the Senate is not the answer.

Security Vendor Exposes Vulnerabilities in DDoS Rootkit

In what it says is an attempt to turn the tables on malicious hackers, security vendor Prolexic on Tuesday released details of vulnerabilities it has discovered in a toolkit family used by hackers to launch distributed denial of service attacks against corporate networks.