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Airplanes

Six science stories we can't wait to follow in 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.<p>From solar system exploration to new adventures in particle physics to the possible defeat of a microscopic foe, …

7 Surprising Biometric Identification Methods

Everything from your smell to your ears can be used to prove you're you<p>Biometrics has long been put forth as the next big thing in authentication, replacing or supplementing the concept of "things that you know"—passwords, PINs, and so on—with "things that you are." But despite lots of advances in …

The FBI Is Investigating Whether US Banks Are Launching Cyberattacks Of Their Own

Bloomberg is reporting that the FBI is investigating whether US financial institutions have started fighting back against hackers.<p>US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has described the state of cyberattacks as "kind of a Wild West right now," remarking that US companies have been launching cyberattacks …

Cyber-attacks

FBI on watch as hackers' victims weigh illegal retaliation

The hacked are itching to hack back.<p>So say a dozen security specialists and former law enforcement officials who described an intensifying sense of unease inside many companies after the recent breach of Sony Corp.'s networks.<p>U.S. officials have shown little appetite to intervene as banks, …

Tor's most visited hidden sites host child abuse images

<b>Most traffic to sites hidden on the Tor network go to those dealing in images of child sexual abuse a study suggests.</b><p>The six-month study sought to catalogue hidden services on the so-called "dark net" and work out which were the most popular.<p>It found lots of sites peddling illegal drugs but the …

Human Rights

Hackers recreate fingerprints using public photos

A German hacking group claims that it can recreate your fingerprints from the other side of the world.<p>At a cybersecurity convention in Hamburg last week, the "Chaos Computer Club" demonstrated how it can mimic a fingerprint just by analyzing photographs.<p>Fingerprints have been recreated from smudges …

Sony had to dig up old BlackBerrys to function during hack

When Sony Pictures' computers were hacked on Thanksgiving, its employees were forced to use older technologies to keep things running, according to reports by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>The New York Times</i>. Staff relayed details about the hack from one person to another via phone, and had to haul in …

Antivirus software powerless against Sony hackers

SAN FRANCISCO — The malicious software that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment and resulted in the release of gigabytes of sensitive information was not something that even state of the art antivirus software would have picked up.<p>"This incident appears to have been conducted using techniques that …

The FBI Is Hiring Hackers

An official FBI news story has been posted to describe the kind of role it's hiring for. The agency says that it's looking for people with experience in computer programming, malware analysis, and even ethical hacking.<p>An ethical hacker is someone hired by the owner of a computer system to try and …

Ethical Hacking

Fake Android 'The Interview' app steals bank account details

<i>The Interview</i>, a highly controversial movie that was pulled from major cinemas and distributed mostly online (and only in the U.S.), sounds like a …

Musician ignores legal threats from Sony and continues tweeting hacked emails

Either musician Val Broeksmit is extremely courageous, or he’s extremely foolish.<p>Last week, Broeksmit gained global attention following news reports that Sony had threatened to sue him because he was tweeting pictures of emails released by hackers. Initially freaked out, Broeksmit remained calmed …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. The hacker gang behind the Christmas outages of the PlayStation and Xbox services is now selling its attack technology online.</b> Lizard Squad has launched a new online shop.<p><b>2. Airbnb is developing technology to tell hosts which photos of their home are the most attractive.</b> It wants to offer a …

Apple Pay

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

Finally ready to get off the grid? It's not quite as simple as it should be, but here are a few easy-to-follow steps that should point you in the right direction.<p>If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone …

Internet

Lizard Squad launches DDoS tool that lets anyone take down online services, starting at $6 per month

Lizard Squad, the “hacker” group best known for attacking Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network, has now launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack tool. Now anyone can now take down the website or online service of their choice thanks to “Lizard Stresser,” which we’re …