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The NSA can still do something the US government said was illegal

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISC or the FISA court after the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that created it, ruled late Monday that the NSA can resume its bulk data collection program for at least another five months. The decision potentially pits the FISA …

Surveillance

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Color-changing condoms could tell which VD you just got

A group of teenage inventors have struck upon a clever (albeit still very conceptual) way to alert folks to the presence of various venereal diseases before the burning starts: fluorescing condoms that light up when they encounter dangerous bacteria or virii. The team from Isaac Newton Academy in …

Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark …

Universe

Facebook just poached Yahoo's security head, who clashed with the feds about surveillance

Stamos announced the news on his Facebook page Thursday, after working at Yahoo for little over a year.<p>At Yahoo, Stamos led what the company refers to as its team of "Paranoids," and before that, he was CTO of the security firm Artemis, and a security researcher publically opposed to the …

Surveillance

The History & Structure of the Universe (Infographic)

The Illuminated Universe<p>Credit: Illustration: Karl Tate, based on a photo of Galaxy M74 (NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Collaboration) and the …

Universe

Breathtaking images of Saturn, the farthest planet we can see with the naked eye

Saturn flaunts the most majestic planetary rings in the solar system, but those are not the only things that make this beautiful gas giant unique. It's also the farthest planet from Earth that we can see with the naked eye.<p>From 746 million miles away, however, we can't observe Saturn like NASA's …

Astronomy

Merkel defends German intelligence agency over spying for NSA claims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany’s intelligence agency following allegations it helped the US spy on European companies. She says …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

A object from the very early universe is bafflingly rich with dust that theory says shouldn't have formed yet.<p>Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.<p>The problem, the …

Video game SWATter faces five years in prison, additional charges

A Nevada man has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, accused of orchestrating a "SWATting" attack on a video gamer over the summer.<p>Brandon Wilson, 19, known by some online as "Famed God," was arrested Thursday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. He is accused of reporting a murder to …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

No encryption standard raises health care privacy questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.<p>Encryption uses mathematical formulas to …

Health Care

GCHQ's Internet surveillance with US ruled unlawful

Spy agency could now be forced to reveal whether it spied on civil rights groups after watchdog human rights ruling<p>GCHQ could be forced to reveal whether it spied on privacy groups after an Internet surveillance regime was ruled unlawful.<p>Intelligence sharing arrangements between the UK and US …

Online Dating Site Topface Pays Hacker to Not Reveal Email Addresses

Topface, one of the world's largest dating websites, said it has paid a hacker an undisclosed sum to stop trying to sell about 20 million email addresses stolen from the Russian company. Topface Chief Executive Dmitry Filatov said the company located the hacker, who had published ads to sell the …

Online Dating

How To Secure Your Personal Data In The Internet Of Things

2015 is shaping up to be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). According to a study conducted by Gartner, there will be approximately 4.9 billion connected devices in use in 2015. This number has climbed 30 percent since 2014, and is forecasted to reach 25 billion by 2020. However, this trend …

Internet of Things

“Going Clear” on screen: 5 shocking revelations to look for in HBO’s new Scientology documentary

Alex Gibney’s adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s hit scientology expose “Going Clear” premiered at Sundance yesterday<p>There were reports of crazy lines to get into the Sundance premiere of “Going Clear" last night, Alex Gibney's new HBO documentary about the Church of Scientology. While we haven't seen …

Religion

UK police arrest Lizard Squad member behind PlayStation and Xbox attacks

Ever since its Christmas Day attack that took PlayStation and Xbox Live servers down, the "Lizard Squad" has taunted authorities while simultaneously trying to market its takedown-for-hire DDoS service. Police apparently arrested a London-based man affiliated with the group before the turn of the …

This router can power your devices wirelessly from 15 feet away

Wireless charging hasn't really set the world on fire. Since the Palm Pre first introduced us to the idea at CES 2009, a few companies have added similar functionality to their phones and smartwatches. Power without wires is undoubtedly useful, but none of the solutions have ever set our devices …

Study claims over 80 percent of 'deep web' traffic relates to pedophile sites

Eighty percent of web traffic on the "deep web" relates to child pornography, according to a study conducted by the University of Portsmouth, UK. It's no surprise that consumers/providers of illegal material want to hide their tracks. What <i>is</i> surprising is the huge amount of traffic share that …

Revealed: the encryption tools spies can (and can't) crack

Other priority intelligence targets are virtual private networks (VPN) which are used by companies and organisations operating from multiple offices …

Surveillance

Russia wants to collect the DNA of every creature

Institutions have already been amassing huge DNA collections to catalog the world's creatures, but Moscow State University might just top them all. It's planning to build "Noah's Ark," a repository for the genes of every creature, living or extinct -- as long as the genes are readable, they'll …

Anonymous To 'Lizard Squad': Stop Attacking Tor

Anonymous, which has a long history of hacking and cyber attacking governments, corporations, and religions organizations, says, "We don't give a f--k about corporate bulls--t networks, we do care about 3rd world communications."<p>The Tor Project is one of the most effective sites for encrypted …

Kim Dotcom

Hackers Release Thousands Of Amazon, Xbox Live and Hulu Plus Passwords

A group of self-described hackers released thousands of passwords and credit card numbers from online services like Amazon, Hulu Plus, Xbox Live and …

The Open Bay helps launch 372 ‘copies’ of The Pirate Bay in a week, becomes GitHub’s most popular project

isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn’t back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its “cause” is very much …

Torrenters Have Already Downloaded ‘The Interview’ Over 750,000 Times

All the world is abuzz over <i>The Interview</i>, which is great unless you live in any part of the world that isn’t inside the United States, because that’s the only place Sony made its small theatrical release and VOD version of the film available. Perhaps this explains why it was downloaded on torrent …

Hackers allegedly behind Xbox and PlayStation network shutdown set sights on Tor

The group that allegedly took down Microsoft and Sony's gaming networks now says it's set its sights on a new target. Lizard Squad, which took credit for denial of service attacks that kept Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline over Christmas, tweeted earlier today that it was going after the …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …