Topics :: cybercrime

Retailers Beware: Virus May Lurk in Cash Registers

By Alicia A. Caldwell and Jeff Horowitz | Saturday Aug 23, 2014
More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

Amanda Hess Wins Sidney Award for Sexism in Cyberspace

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Feb 21, 2014
Slate writer Amanda Hess has won the February Sidney Award for her provocative Pacific Standard essay describing the abuse that female journalists disproportionately encounter online.

Boston P.D. to Gays: Beware Predators on Hookup Sites, Apps

By Kilian Melloy | Tuesday Jun 4, 2013
Boston Police issued an alert warning that one or more perpetrators is targeting gay men for robbery using online hookup sites and apps.

More Arrests Made in Queens Gay Man’s Murder

By David Perry | Thursday Mar 21, 2013
Additional arrests were made on Mar. 21 in the murders of David Rangel, one of three gay men killed in Queens over the course of the past two months.

Feds: No charges in Pa. school laptop-spying case

By Maryclaire Dale | Wednesday Aug 18, 2010
No criminal charges will be filed against a suburban Philadelphia school district that secretly snapped tens of thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots on laptops issued to students.

New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants

By Lolita C. Baldour | Wednesday Aug 4, 2010
Computer hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of them, setting off a scramble to shore up aging, vulnerable systems.

Brazil kidnapping ring used Web to find victims

By Tales Azzoni | Tuesday Aug 3, 2010
Brazilian police dismantled a kidnapping ring that scoured social-networking sites for victims who appeared to be wealthy, then used profile information to track them to their jobs or favorite bars or clubs.

Attacking the edges of secure Internet traffic

By Jordan Robertson | Friday Jul 30, 2010
Researchers have uncovered new ways that criminals can spy on Internet users even if they’re using secure connections to banks, online retailers or other sensitive Web sites.

Facebook rolling out new security features

By Barbara Ortutay | Friday May 14, 2010
Facebook’s millions of users are a lucrative target for Internet criminals looking to steal passwords and more. To combat malicious attacks, phishing scams and spam, the online social network is rolling out new security features.

Senate stalls cyber commander to probe digital war

By Lolita C. Baldour | Wednesday Apr 14, 2010
When hackers a continent away attack a military computer system, using computers belonging to unsuspecting private citizens or businesses as cover, what are the rules when the U.S. fights back?