Why Hillary Clinton's Homebrew Email Is a Political Nightmare

You've probably heard: Hillary Clinton used a private, personal email address for all of her official business as Secretary of State. She didn't even have a State Department email address. As a result, her email was far from secure — and that is a big problem, but it's not the only one. » 3/05/15 12:50pm Yesterday 12:50pm

Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That's no mystery—most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don't want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements:… » 2/20/15 11:10am 2/20/15 11:10am

Windows 10 Will Help Kill the Password for Good

A consortium of tech companies adopted a new standard in December intended to usher in a more secure future without the hassle of passwords. On Friday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will incorporate those specifications, enabling new biometric identification features like fingerprints and eye-scans. Good job,… » 2/16/15 4:10pm 2/16/15 4:10pm

Some Guy Figured Out How to Delete Every Photo on Facebook

A security researcher recently made a seriously startling discovery. With just four lines of code, he says he could delete any photo album on Facebook. Zuck's wedding photos? Zap. Your high school graduation album? Lost forever. Lucky for you, he decided to report the bug to Facebook, which promptly cut him a check. » 2/12/15 4:05pm 2/12/15 4:05pm

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am

Barrett Brown Will Spend 5 Years In Jail for Hacking-Related Offenses

A federal judge just sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $890,000 in restitution for charges related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. Brown's supporters maintain that the young writer and activist was "merely linking to hacked material." Either way,… » 1/22/15 4:07pm 1/22/15 4:07pm

Will Google Sell All Your Emails to Your Grandchildren?

In 40 years will Google, Facebook and Visa sell all your emails, photos, and purchase history to your grandchildren? The Sony hack has reminded us that nearly everything we say and do here in the early 21st century will be on the record forever. And we better be prepared for the historians of tomorrow to pick through… » 12/12/14 1:53pm 12/12/14 1:53pm