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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

HP LaserJet Printers Vulnerable to Attacks, Researchers Warn

Millions of Hewlett Packard Co.'s LaserJet printers contain a security weakness that could allow attackers to take control of the systems, steal data from them and issue commands that could cause the devices to overheat and catch fire.

Hack Suspected for Illinois Water Pump Sabotage

Homeland Security investigates the cyberattack, while separately a hacker claims access to system at Houston utility.

FAQ: Is Online Piracy Act Overkill?

Some tech firms and activists fear SOPA gives content owners too much power to go after websites accused of copyright theft or sale of counterfeit goods.

CIA Monitors up to 5 Million Tweets Daily, Report Says

Twitter and Facebook are enabling the Central Intelligence Agency to get reliable, real-time assessments of public sentiment during rapidly changing events.

Supreme Court Set to Hear Landmark GPS Tracking Case

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday will begin hearing arguments in a landmark case involving the government's authority to use GPS tracking devices in criminal investigations without first obtaining a court order.

Opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act Grows

A coalition of technology trade groups Monday joined the growing chorus of voices opposing a recently filed anti-piracy bill that they contend is far too heavy-handed.


Wikileaks Suspends Operations, Cites Lack of Funds

Whistleblower site Wikileaks today announced that it was temporarily suspending operations due to financial constraints.

Thousands of Social Security Numbers Leaked Yearly

A report charges that the U.S. Social Security Administration puts thousands at risk of identity theft by accidentally releasing personal data.

Obama Wants to Avoid More WikiLeaks-Type Incidents

President Obama Friday issued an executive order that aims to reform rules for the sharing and securing data by federal agencies.

Argonne Researchers 'Easily Hack' Electronic Voting Machine

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory this week showed how an electronic voting machine model that's expected to be widely used to tally votes in the 2012 elections can be easily hacked using inexpensive, widely-available electronic components.

Oracle Plans to Appeal Loss in SAP Suit

Rejecting a federal judge's compromise plan, Oracle says it will continue its claim of intellectual property theft against its software rival.

Hurricane Irene Inspires Phishing Scams

The Department of Homeland Security warns about storm-related phishing attacks and other malicious cyberactivity.

BART Cops' Data Posted by Hackers

Anonymous claims responsibility for publication of personal data of security officers for the Bay Area transit service, in retaliation for how the service handled a recent protest.

Researchers Show off Homemade Spy Drone at Black Hat

Two security researchers Wednesday unveiled a remote controlled, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, exploiting weak wireless access points and mimicking a GSM tower to intercept cell phone conversations.

Take Cyberthreats Seriously, Says Counter-Terrorism Expert

Cofer Black warns that government officials shouldn't dismiss warnings of imminent cyberattacks.