| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:32 PM
This article originally ran in print on May 29, 2013.
Jeremy Hammond, a prominent Chicago computer hacker, faces up to 10 years in prison after confessing that he broke into websites belonging to law enforcement agencies, military companies and a...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:29 AM
BOSTON (Reuters) - A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain's public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.
While it is not known if the...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: My uncle told me about a fairly recent development in distance education -- MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, from name universities that are available free on the Web.
Now I read that the non-profit MOOC provider organization Coursera...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:25 PM
This article originally ran in print on March 7, 2012
At the time of his latest arrest, Jeremy Hammond was living on Chicago's South Side, about three dozen miles and an entire political spectrum away from the conservative DuPage County community...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Governments. Embassies. Energy companies. Universities. Activists.
They've all been victims of what researchers are calling one of the most advanced cybersecurity threats they've ever seen.
On Monday, a Kaspersky Lab security research team released...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:28 AM
A cyber security researcher has discovered a vulnerability within the Snapchat mobile app that makes it possible for hackers to launch a denial-of-service attack that temporarily freezes a user's iPhone.
Jaime Sanchez, who works as a cyber-security...
| Jan 22, 2014
A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system.
The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Back in the day, a hack was not an act but a person -- a writer who elevated the use of cliches to an art form or an artist too lazy to stray from a tried-and-true formula.
Hack now means something altogether different. The mere mention of the word spurs...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Being a woman, especially a woman of color, raises one's risk of cyber harassment — the intentional infliction of severe emotional distress through persistent online speech.
The University of Maryland studied online attacks occurring on an...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Officials, banks and consumers all want a piece of Target and Neiman Marcus, filing lawsuits and launching investigations against the two retailers after they reported data breaches.
A letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W....