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US EMP missile fries PCs and electronics in trial run of microwave weapon

Posted October 29, 2012 Sci-fi turns real as the Boeing and the US Air Force test a drone-like, experimental weapon that targets electronics while sparing buildings and human lives. It sounds too good to be true, which it well might be, given the range of mishaps that have plagued US drones. Here’s more.

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Undercover cop outed on Facebook, woman arrested for posting photo

Posted October 18, 2012 Police arrested a Texas woman for allegedly posting a photo of an undercover police officer onto her Facebook page. The case shows that it’s time that police learn how vulnerable they are in a social media world. Here’s more.

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US court overturns judgement against ex-wife who read cheating hubby’s emails

Posted October 15, 2012 The case involves a woman’s hacking into her former boss’s Yahoo account to uncover evidence of his extramarital affair. Judges decreed that email stored in the cloud, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, doesn’t meet the definition of “electronic storage” as written in the Stored Communications Act. For more, here’s the […]

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Japan rolls out stiff fines and jail times for illegal downloads

Posted October 2, 2012 Japan has changed its copyright law to criminalize downloaders for the first time, raising what were previously civil penalties to criminal penalties of up to two years prison time or fines of up to 2 million yen. For more, here’s the story.

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Judge denies Home Depot’s demand for worker’s emotion-laden Facebook posts

Posted September 18, 2012 A federal California judge has ruled that Home Depot can’t rummage through a former worker’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social media posts and pictures to prove that she lied about emotional distress caused by her employer’s alleged wrongdoing. But some of her Facebook posts are fair game. Read the full […]

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Your BMW can be stolen by any idiot with a $30 hacking kit

Posted September 18, 2012 The security holes in on-board diagnostics security systems are nothing new. But an easy-to-use kit, containing a reprogramming device and a blank key, is now available over the net, allowing even the non-technical to exploit the systems and drive off with a sweet ride. Here’s more.

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Minnesota woman fined $222,000 for 24 illegal song downloads

Posted September 13, 2012 It’s the latest twist in the first RIAA shakedown, and it could be the final say, unless the US Supreme Court agrees to pick it up. Meanwhile, the association has turned from its Dr. Evil pursuit of MILLIONS! Of dollars! and instead is hoping to solve the problem of downloading by […]

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Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

Posted September 11, 2012 A recent poll shows that people use their electronic devices on planes, RF interference be damned. Is the lack of planes dropping like shot ducks proof that the ban is illogical, or is electromagnetic emissions pollution more subtle and intermittent than that? For more, here’s the story.

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Honeypot reveals mass surveillance of BitTorrent downloaders

Posted September 6, 2012 Within 3 hours of downloading, the copyright enforcers likely have your IP address, according to researchers who put a fake pirate server online and then sat back to see who came sniffing around. Read the full story on Naked Security.  

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Facebook troll outed as policeman

Posted August 30, 2012 A UK woman has endured months of poisonous messages, email hacking, online impersonation, and her daughter’s image getting pasted onto a photo of a lap dancer, all over her words of support for an X Factor contestant. Here’s the full story.

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