YouTube and Google search may get specific versions for kids
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 09:40

USA Today reports that the company is working on the idea for 2015: “The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there’s a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children,” says vice president of engineering Pavni Diwanji.

'Big Brother' surveillance in elite sport
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 08:20

With a “win-at-all-costs” culture firmly embedded in elite sport, coaches are increasingly turning to technology in attempts to zoom in on the slightest deficiencies perceived to be thwarting the performance of their sports teams. Coaches are readily investing their efforts in the wisdom of “Big Brother” surveillance. Technological advancements now allow the use of global position systems (GPS), laptops, stadium/pitch-side camcorders, heart-rate monitors, iPhones/iPads, central servers and instant digital feedback to provide a multitude of data implemented to monitor and evaluate player performance.

Hackers using complex crimeware to drain money from online bank accounts
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 04:40

There is an increase in use of complex crimeware that gathers the passwords of online customers at specific banks and automatically transfer funds out of their accounts, according to Akamai’s security group. The surge is being aided by a tool called Yummba webinject, which generates pop-ups – injects - during legitimate banking sessions that ask for usernames and passwords. The phony dialog boxes mimic the look and feel of the genuine bank Web pages with logos, colors and fonts used on the legitimate site.

Spotting terrorist behaviour online is harder than finding child ​abuse images
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 16:20

Why are we outraged by the suggestion that Facebook users’ messages should be screened for potential terrorist threats yet we accept that airline passengers are screened for terrorist threats before boarding a plane? What’s the difference between moving people or information around the world? This is the question raised by the UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee when it suggests Facebook and other internet platforms should “take responsibility” for detecting terrorist activity online.

Can’t Get Public Approval to Buy a Drone? Do it in Private!
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 03:20

Sheriff Ahern decided to spend $97,000 from the county’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to buy two small unmanned aerial surveillance devices. Ahern seems to think he hasn’t done anything wrong, since he told the Contra Costa Times: “There's nothing secret about what we've done...This is how our department acquires equipment on a regular basis.”

Privacy advocates unmask Twitter troll
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 12:40

Andrea Shepard, the Tor developer who uncovered the real identity of her troll, says she was being harassed on and off for a year by a range of tweeters, all believed to be the sockpuppets of one man.