Internet

Security Researcher Who Hacked Moving Jeep Leaves Twitter

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter Inc after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said. Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency hacker who is the one of the world’s best-known security experts, declined to comment on his departure or say what ... Read More »

Visa Says Its Users More Likely to Complete Purchases Than Those Using PayPal

Visa Inc said on Monday online shoppers using its payment service are 17 percentage points more likely to complete their purchases than those using PayPal. Visa Checkout, which allows shoppers to store their payment information without having to re-enter it every time they make a purchase online, said 66 percent of its enrolled customers completed their transactions after putting items ... Read More »

FTC Has Authority to Police Cyber-Security, Says US Appeals Court

A US appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber-security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. Monday’s 3-0 decision by the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld an April 2014 ruling allowing the case to go forward, without ruling on ... Read More »

Two Suicides May Be Linked to Ashley Madison Hack: Police

Two possible suicides may be linked to the hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison and the release of its membership data, Canadian police said Monday. “As of this morning we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated to the leak of Ashley Madison customer profiles,” Toronto police Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference. Evans also said the release ... Read More »

Russia Orders Wikipedia Page Blocked Over Cannabis Link

A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for containing banned information on a type of cannabis. The move could lead to the Russian-language version of Wikipedia becoming totally inaccessible, the organisation that supports the website warned, since Wikipedia uses a protected protocol which means providers cannot block ... Read More »

Ashley Madison, Parent Company Sued in US Over Data Breach

Infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California by a man who claims that the companies failed to adequately protect clients’ personal and financial information from theft, saying he suffered emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Los Angeles by a man identified as John Doe, seeks class-action status. ... Read More »

Google Maps for Android Update Brings Street View Thumbnails and More

Google has several new neat Maps features to showcase. The Android client of company’s mapping and navigation service, now shows off previews in Maps with a quick option to add shortcuts to businesses. Over the weekend, the company also began testing a new feature in Maps which allows users to upload food-related photos. Separately, a teardown of the Android app ... Read More »

New App Tells You When Your Brain Is Most Productive

Do you know what time of the day your brain is either nervous or happy? An app can decode this so that you can better perform assigned tasks at work or home. “Moo-Q” asks people how positive or negative they are feeling at a certain time of the day. It then records how well they perform in mental tests that ... Read More »

How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet

  An hour after sunrise on June 28, Mike Safyan and nine co-workers from Planet Labs gathered in their San Francisco office for a pancake breakfast. It was a Sunday, so business was closed. But this weekend morning was too momentous for Safyan and crew to stay home. Their 5-year-old start-up, which builds shoebox-sized satellites to orbit Earth and capture ... Read More »

Abe mocked on Internet over ‘raw meat’ fire model

Twitter users were howling in derision after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television in his latest attempt to explain the controversial security legislation. Apparently concerned about declining public support and suspicion over the bills, which will allow Japan to engage in collective self-defense, Abe used props on two different programs to try to present ... Read More »