Brian Swinehart

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5-year-old boy hacks dad's Xbox account

Hacking your Xbox: So easy, even a 5-year-old could do it?<p>A San Diego boy has the gaming world's attention after he exposed a security flaw that let him log into his dad's Xbox Live account, without permission, on the family's Xbox One console.<p>"I was like ... yeah!" young Kristoffer Von Hassel said …

Google fielding 'take-down requests' after privacy ruling

Google is already receiving demands from people to remove links from its search results just days after Europe's highest court said people worried about their privacy have the "right to be forgotten" on the Internet.<p>The European Court of Justice on Tuesday found Google and other search engines …

What were China's hacker spies after?

Blueprints to nuclear power plants. Business plans at a solar energy company. Key computers at steel manufacturers.<p>That's what Chinese hackers were looking for, according to federal prosecutors who have charged members of the Chinese military with cyber theft and more.<p>The 31-count indictment, …

Inside FBI's massive cybercrime bust

Computer hacker forums lit up last week as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and police in 17 countries began knocking on doors, seizing computers and making arrests.<p>On the popular websites where cyber criminals buy and sell software kits and help each other solve problems, hackers issued …

Half of American adults hacked this year

Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans -- roughly half of the nation's adults -- in the last 12 months alone.<p>That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 …

Your car is a giant computer - and it can be hacked

Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour, when suddenly the wheel turns hard right. You crash. And it was because someone hacked your car.<p>It's not far-fetched science fiction. It's the near-term future today's hackers are warning about.<p>Most people aren't aware their cars are already …

Hackers can 'un-brick' stolen iPhones

Two hackers have figured out a way to unlock lost Apple devices -- a boon for criminals with stolen iPhones and iPads.<p>The hackers have discovered a method for bypassing a protective feature on Apple (AAPL) devices. Lost your iPhone? No worries. Something called "Activation Lock" turns it into a …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

What you really agree to when you click 'accept'

You can spot the words "privacy policy" at the bottom of nearly every website. Don't be fooled. Those policies are more about data collection than privacy.<p>Companies use these policies to alert you to how they track your location, read your emails, spy on your Web browsing -- and sell some of that …

Talking cars: the next hacking target

In the near future, your car will be equipped with life-saving computer software that can prevent accidents. But that technology also creates a major opening for cyber terrorists.<p>The U.S. government in the next decade will require vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V. Cars will coordinate by …

Simple tips to avoid getting hacked - Jun. 13, 2014

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)<p>With all the recent news about government surveillance, corporate cybersecurity failures and large-scale hacks, the task of keeping yourself safe online can seem daunting.<p>There's probably no way to completely avoid the NSA if they've got you in their sights, but fortunately, …

Stalker: A creepy look at you, online

While you were having a latte and hunting for a Tinder date on your local coffee shop's open Wi-Fi, you were giving away your personal information.<p>Want to know how much? Stalker will tell you.<p>Stalker is a tool created by security firm Immunity Inc. to demonstrate the hazards of connecting to …

Comcast is turning your home router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot

If you're a Comcast cable customer, your home's private Wi-Fi router is being turned into a public hotspot.<p>It's potentially creepy and annoying. But the upside is Internet everywhere.<p>It's been one year since Comcast (CMCSA) started its monster project to blanket residential and commercial areas …

Cops can access your connected home data

Your lights are off and your doors are locked, but if you've got a "smart home" system, you may be offering cops a window into your house.<p>Smart home technology is the latest craze among big tech and telecom companies, which are rolling out products that allow people to remotely control things like …

Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.<p>Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.<p>If it passes, regulations that would …

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …

Helicopter drones are ready to drop driverless vehicles into danger zones

Helicopter drones and driverless cars have been doing their thing for a while now, but having the two work together in unison is not a simple task. Not to be put off by a challenge, researchers at Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have teamed up with US military aircraft …

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the door, the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Institute of Electrical …

Could FDA regulation raise cheese prices?

You may have noticed that cheese prices are on the rise, and some fear that the government might drive those prices even higher.<p>The Food and Drug …

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Console OS will let you run Android on a Windows PC or tablet

Toggling between Windows and Android on a single device? That <i>sounds</i> desirable enough maybe, especially the way Intel describes it, but the quest for a practical mixture of green and blue has had its hiccups. (And that's putting it mildly.) A new project has just arrived on Kickstarter, however, …

Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966.<p>His symptoms began about 35 years later: Fever. Headaches. Poor appetite. Feelings of faintness. For no obvious reason, his kidneys were severely damaged, to the point that doctors said he …

Military's 'Plan X' would put cyberweapons into the hands of soldiers

A soldier's natural home is on the battlefield. So what happens when to infantry when conflicts move online? It turns out that DARPA, America's mad science division, has a solution called "Plan X." The project is designed to make cyber-weapons as easy to use as a pistol, but also to use technology …

Michael Jordan Is A Billionaire After Increasing Stake In Hornets

Michael Jordan is now a billionaire.<p>In February, my colleague and the Dean of athlete earnings, Kurt Badenhausen, pegged Jordan’s annual earnings at $90 million and his net worth at $750 million. But I have learned from sources familiar with the Charlotte Hornets that the former NBA great has …

FBI testing face recognition for finding suspects

The NSA may claim it's <i>not</i> collecting photos of American citizens for a facial recognition database, but the FBI most certainly is. The feds has been building what it calls the "Next Generation Identification database," primarily by gathering mug shots from local law enforcement agencies. The …

Netflix Food Truck Throws 'Orange Is the New Black' Crazy Pyes

Netflix is throwing pies <i>for</i> you this week, just like Crazy Eyes from <i>Orange Is the New Black</i> angrily did for prison newbie Piper Chapman in Season …

Powerbeats2 are Beats by Dre's first wireless earbuds

There may have been some big changes at Beats recently, but it's still all about the headphones. The newest addition to the (ever growing) family is the Powerbeats². As the name suggests, they are a revision of the original sport-friendly buds from Beats, but this time they're wireless -- Beats' …

Paranoid Android 4.4 hits stable RC1 version – download away!

After a string of seven beta releases, the Paranoid Android team is now pushing out the first Release Candidate version of PA 4.4.<p>Paranoid Android has emerged as one of the most popular custom ROM options, bringing cool new features like Hover and Peek to a clean stock-like Android implementation. …

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First commercial drone flight over land approved

Aerovironmnet vice president of marketing strategy Steven Gitlin talks to Bloomberg following the first approved commercial drone flight over land<p>The first legally approved commercial drone flight over land occurred on the 8 June to survey an oil field in northern <b>Alaska,</b> US aviation regulators said …

New nano-dots could mean cheap, paint-on solar cells

Colloidal quantum dots sound like something that young Jedi might use for training in a starfighter flight simulator, but they're actually a new form of solid nanoparticles that could lead to the creation of cheaper, lighter, and more flexible solar cells.<p>The new material could also be used to make …