Eighth Grader Charged With Felony for Changing Teacher's Desktop

Another devious, young techno-wiz was placed safely behind bars this past Wednesday after authorities say he deftly "hacked into his school's secure computer network" by guessing the password (his teacher's last name). The crime? Changing the desktop background to two dudes kissin'. The punishment? Arrest on felony… » 4/10/15 11:34am 4/10/15 11:34am

Yelp Vigilantes Are Organizing Against Businesses in the Name of Justice

After the owner of a pizzeria said last week that he wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, a group of Yelpers took action, using their reviews to bring down the business. Not customers unhappy with the service, but social justice protesters reviewing the business based on ideology. And it’s not just an isolated case. » 4/06/15 11:00am 4/06/15 11:00am

It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where it can later be transferred to Nigeria. Sound impossible? It's not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper.
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DDOS Attack Targets Popular Anti-Censorship Projects on Github

Github is getting hammered by a huge distributed-denial-of-service attack. Looks like it pissed off the wrong pro-censorship group: The attack is aimed at two popular Github projects, Great Fire and CN-NY Times, that help Chinese citizens get around their government's restrictive online censors to access blocked… » 3/27/15 6:30pm 3/27/15 6:30pm

Almost All of the World's Top Hotel Chains Use Easily Hackable Hardware

Hotel internet is so far from secure—it's downright scary. You should know this by now. However, a new report from cyber security researchers suggests that issues with shitty security at hotels extend far beyond hackable Wi-Fi networks. Entire systems at some of the world's top hotel chains are very, very vulnerable. » 3/26/15 1:40pm 3/26/15 1:40pm

This Cute Computer Could Cultivate Children's Coding Capabilities

In the early '80s, the state-sponsored British Broadcasting Corporation decided that computers were going to be kind of a big deal, and created the BBC Micro desktop PC to promote computer literacy. Now, they're doing it again—this fall, one million UK schoolkids will receive a free Micro Bit. » 3/13/15 8:45pm 3/13/15 8:45pm