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National Geographic Travel

Hackers can now steal fingerprints from Android phones

No need for a dusting brush or CSI kit to lift a fingerprint these days. Hackers have exploited Android devices with fingerprint scanners allowing …

Information Systems

6 Easy Ways to Avoid Fraud Abroad

<i>By Justin Grudzien for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Travel should be about fun, sun and relaxation, not worrying about where your credit card info or personal identity might end up. The only risks you should be taking on vacation involve a second--or maybe third--round of margaritas poolside. Here's how …

Identity Theft

A new firmware worm can infect Macs without a data connection

Apple computers have always been touted as more secure than other PCs because their firmware couldn’t be penetrated. Unfortunately, that’s no longer true, as a newly created self-replicating worm has shown.<p>Wired reports that security researchers Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson demonstrated a …

Amid New Overtime Rules, More Employers Might Set Email Curfew

The buzzing phone or ding of an email from the bedside table might be standard these days. But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours.<p>When Nicholas Castillo was hired as a …

Pew Research Center

Facebook and Google insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program

America's tech giants continued to deny any knowledge of a giant government surveillance programme called Prism, even as president Barack Obama …

Google CEO: people won't 'collapse in terror' when someone uses Glass in a bathroom

Google CEO Larry Page has again moved to reassure consumers over the privacy implications of Google Glass. Speaking at the company's annual shareholder meeting, Page told investors that privacy fears will fade as people begin to integrate wearable technology into their lives, noting "it is not that …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

PRISM is bigger than anything that came before it—but no-one knows how much bigger

The mystery surrounding how much domestic spying the US government has been conducting on its own citizens will only intensify in the coming days, as a growing number of the nine major internet companies linked to an alleged top-secret data-mining program deny they had anything to do with it.<p>The …

Surveillance

Obama Administration On PRISM Program: 'Only Non-U.S. Persons Outside The U.S. Are Targeted' (UPDATE)

WASHINGTON -- A massive email surveillance program run by the National Security Agency is not directed at Americans and is legally permissible and highly useful for anti-terror operation, a senior administration official said in a statement Thursday night.<p>The statement, provided on condition of …

Patriot Act author says NSA is going too far

The Patriot Act has given the U.S. government broad-reaching powers to collect data on Americans. But now the author of the Patriot act thinks that the National Security Administration is going too far in its interpretation of the act.<p>Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the author of the …

What Microsoft will and won’t let you do with games on Xbox One

Today, Microsoft tried to get past the thorniest consumer issues related to the Xbox One video game console before its big press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday in Los Angeles. Otherwise, it might have to spend two hours explaining why its policies related to used video …

Twitter boosts its privacy cred with its absence from the NSA’s surveillance program

The list of technology companies allegedly participating in a vast US government surveillance program known as PRISM, which was just reported by the Washington Post and Guardian, is notable for one name that’s <i>not</i> on it: Twitter.<p>The seven-year-old startup is already well-respected for guarding its …

Surveillance

Silicon Valley companies deny reports U.S. government has “direct access” to their servers

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/deepspacedave<p>Some of the tech industry’s biggest and brightest companies denied incredibly damning and …