Technology

“Clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed sues Irving schools, police for wrongful arrest

Joe Mullin - Aug 9, 2016 12:55 am UTC Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested last year after showing a home-made clock to a teacher at his high school, has filed a lawsuit against his former school district, its principal, and the city ...

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Joe Mullin - Aug 9, 2016 12:55 am UTC Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested last year after showing a home-made clock to a teacher at his high school, has filed a lawsuit against his former school district, its principal, and the city ...

After drug investigation finds bill cramming scheme, AT&T is punished

Jon Brodkin - Aug 8, 2016 7:00 pm UTC AT&T has agreed to pay $7.75 million after a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation uncovered a cramming scam in which AT&T customers were billed $9 a month for a non-existent directory assistance service.When ...

Carper:‘Election Security is Critical’

The Homeland Security secretary’s remarks about designating election systems as critical infrastructure earned support from the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.“Designating election systems as critical infrastructure could improve and expand our nation’s ability to prevent and ...

Oracle-owned point-of-sale service suffers from malware attack

Dan Goodin - Aug 8, 2016 5:38 pm UTC MICROS, an Oracle-owned division that's one of the world's top three point-of-sale services, has suffered a security breach. The attack possibly comes at the hands of a Russian crime gang that siphoned out ...

FDA ban on e-cigarette sales to minors starts today

The US Food and Drug Administration will officially start regulating the sale of e-cigarettes today. Following a ruling that was finalized back in May, the agency now considers e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other related electronic devices "tobacco products," and will henceforth ban ...

UK copyright extension on designed objects is “direct assault” on 3D printing

Glyn Moody (UK) - Aug 8, 2016 1:57 pm UTC A recent extension of UK copyright for industrially manufactured artistic works represents "a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution," says Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge. The UK government last month extended ...

The Obama administration is getting ready to elevate the role of Cyber Command

The United States Cyber Command is sub-unified command in the US Department of Defense, responsible for cyberspace operations and protecting US military networks. According to Reuers, the Obama administration is getting ready to elevate the organization to a unified command, which would ...

Hacker Unlocks ‘High Security’ Electronic Safes Without a Trace

“High security” consumer electronic safes could certainly be pried open with power tools, but they’re marketed as reasonably robust for daily-life scenarios. On Friday, though, a hacker known as Plore presented strategies for identifying a safe custom-selected keycode and then using it ...

Russia’s paralympic team has been banned from 2016 Paralympics in Rio

As the Olympic Games have begun in Rio, the International Paralympic Committee has announced that it has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee due to concerns over a state-backed doping scheme. As a result, the Russian team will not be permitted to compete ...

The Obama administration has released its ‘Playbook’ for drone warfare

Following a court order, the Obama administration has unveiled the documents that guide its decisions to capture or kill individuals who are involved in terrorist activities around the world. The documents provide a new look at the infrastructure that supports drone operations ...

If you’re an alleged drug dealer, don’t use “asshole209” as a password

Cyrus Farivar - Aug 6, 2016 1:30 pm UTC Further ReadingSilk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prisonNearly 18 months ago, federal authorities began investigating a man from Merced, California, who they believed was selling millions of dollars in bitcoins ...