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Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged

Certain brain areas go into overdrive, treating opposing evidence like an existential threat.<p>When it comes to politics, why can’t we all just get along? New brain imaging research offers a rather alarming neurological explanation.<p>As we’ve repeatedly seen in this divisive post-election season, …

4 Ways History is Rigged Against Women

History is, quite obviously, a story. And like any story, it at times prioritizes the experiences of certain characters over others. If we try to do …

When is Comey quiet, and when does he speak out?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When President Donald Trump accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of ordering a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, the FBI stayed quiet -- in public. But behind the scenes, its controversial director, James Comey, directed senior staffers to ask the Justice Department to …

President had claimed – without evidence – that Obama tapped his phones and press secretary cites ‘substantial reporting’ to warrant congressional investigation<p>The White House has admitted that Donald Trump does not know what type of surveillance he is alleging he was put under by Barack Obama, …

Donald Trump

Ben Carson incorrectly suggests African slaves were 'immigrants' to US

Housing and Urban Development secretary portrayed enslaved people’s forced migration to Americas as journey to ‘land of dreams and opportunity’ in speech<p>Ben Carson ushered in his tenure as secretary of Housing and Urban Development by suggesting that Africans brought to the Americas during the …

Ben Carson

Reports from inside the country claim a 200% increase in coal yield ‘spurred by hatred’ and ‘more than 1 million’ new volunteers to the army<p>Emergency negotiations between North and South Korea enter their third day after two landmines exploded near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) earlier this month, …

North Korea

A Map in Your iPhone Is Tracking You. Here's How to Zap It

Buried in your iOS location settings is a feature called "Frequent Locations." This is plotting the places you often go, including complete addresses …

Apps

Facebook's new alert system warned the US about Iranian hackers

How do you think the US would find out about a state-sponsored hack from Iran? Sophisticated security software? Surveillance? Nope -- Facebook. According to the <i>New York Times</i>, State Department officials were tipped off about an Iranian hacking campaign thanks to Facebook implementing a government …

Sophisticated

British and US intelligence 'hacked into Israeli drones'

GCHQ and the NSA 'watched in real time' as Israel bombed Gaza and monitored for any sign of any Israeli attack against Iran, according to reports<p>British and US intelligence hacked Israeli drones' video feeds, allowing them to watch in real time as Israel bombed Gaza and spied on Syria, according to …

Court rules that felon has to wear GPS ankle device for life

A convicted pedophile from Wisconsin has no choice but to continue wearing the worst wearable device ever -- a GPS ankle tracker -- for the rest of his life. According to <i>Ars Technica</i>, the offender named Michael Belleau went to court to have the tracker removed. He explained that he had already …

​How 'The X-Files' Was Accidentally Reborn as Right Wing Propaganda

The X-Files didn't change. We did.<p>From 1993 to 2002, a strange show that played off of well-worn tropes from <i>The Twilight Zone</i>, monster movies, and classic detective serials grew from a cult hit into a mainstream phenomenon. Now, twenty-two years since it first aired, <i>The X-Files</i> has been resurrected …

Why the FBI can't just hack a copy of the San Bernardino iPhone

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee met to have an open discussion over the balances between privacy and national security, especially as it …

Privacy

First on CNN: U.S. plans to publicly blame Iran for dam cyber breach

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Obama administration is preparing to publicly attribute a 2013 cyber attack against a New York dam to Iranian hackers, according to U.S. officials familiar with the investigation.<p>The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against people thought to be behind the attack, …

U.S. Ratchets Up Cyber Attacks on ISIS

Military hackers are disrupting ISIS’s encrypted chats, implanting viruses in terrorists’ computers, and mining the machines to launch real-world …

Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location [Updated]

<i>Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national</i> …

This Star Wars-like robot handles security at an Uber parking lot in San Francisco

Who did Uber hire to keep the vehicles in one of its San Francisco parking lots safe?<p>A 300-pound security robot that resembles R2D2 and only costs $7 an hour, Fusion reported.<p>The K5 Robot, made by Silicon Valley security startup Knightscope, features a 360-degree view and facial recognition …

After the NSA hack: Cybersecurity in an even more vulnerable world

It is looking increasingly likely that computer hackers have in fact successfully attacked what had been the pinnacle of cybersecurity – the U.S. …

Cybersecurity

Even the US military is looking at blockchain technology—to secure nuclear weapons

Blockchain technology has been slow to gain adoption in non-financial contexts, but it could turn out to have invaluable military applications. DARPA, the storied research unit of the US Department of Defense, is currently funding efforts to find out if blockchains could help secure highly …

How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History

Putin, Wikileaks, the NSA and the DNC email fiasco that gave Trump and Clinton another reason to be at odds.<p>On an April afternoon earlier this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin headlined a gathering of some four hundred journalists, bloggers, and media executives in St. Petersburg. Dressed in …

Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchestrated using a weapon called the Mirai botnet as the ‘primary source of malicious attack’<p>The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was …

Cybersecurity

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former …

Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very seriously.<p>Encrypted email provider ProtonMail and encrypted chat service Signal saw a spike in new users after the election. What's more, privacy …

Privacy

Here's What You Need to Know About The Massive 'Cloudbleed' Data Breach

Now's a good time to change some passwords.<p>A huge data breach that may have exposed users' private information and log-in details for thousands of …