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Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy
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Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Commerce Department are planning to release separate and possibly conflicting reports regarding online privacy. Commerce...

Neighborhood Mischief Caught on Tape
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Neighborhood Mischief Caught on Tape

Steve Miller is justifiably proud of the manicured grounds around his stately stucco home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. So he was nonplussed last year when he discovered...

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Pentagon Will Help Homeland Security Department Fight Domestic Cyberattacks

The Obama administration has adopted new rules whereby the president would sanction the use of the military's cyberwarfare capabilities, guided by the Department...

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Officials Push to Bolster Law on Wiretapping

U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are urging the revamping of a federal statute requiring phone and broadband carriers to guarantee that their...

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­.s. Companies Are at Risk of Spying By Their Own Workers

Huang Kexue, federal authorities say, is a new kind of spy. For five years, Mr. Huang was a scientist at a Dow Chemical lab in Indiana, studying ways to improve...

Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online
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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online

Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users...

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Iran Denies Malware Connection to Nuclear Delay

Iranian officials announced Monday that a "small leak" was the cause of the latest setback to starting up its first nuclear power plant, and said the delay had...

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In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the...

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In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

 Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the...

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­.s. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

 Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap...

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Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment

 The technology industry is being rattled by a quiet and sophisticated malicious software program that has infiltrated factory computers.

Cyberwar Chief Calls For Secure Computer Network
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Cyberwar Chief Calls For Secure Computer Network

Gen. Keith B. Alexander,  commander of the U.S. military's cyberwarfare operations, is advocating the creation of a separate, secure computer network to protect...

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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders...

A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security
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A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it—never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few...

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites
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Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. Then the shoes...

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located
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Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Internet companies have appropriated the real estate business’s mantra—it’s all about location, location, location. But while a home on the beach will always be...

Hacker
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Hacker

On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by...

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New Facebook Location Feature Sparks Privacy Concerns

Moments after Facebook introduced a new feature called Facebook Places on Wednesday that allows its users to share their location and find their friends, advocates...

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Step 1: Post Elusive Proof. Step 2: Watch Fireworks.

 The potential of Internet-based collaboration was vividly demonstrated this month when complexity theorists used blogs and wikis to pounce on a claimed proof for...

For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security
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For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security

 The threat by the United Arab Emirates to shut down mobile services on BlackBerrys like email and text messaging underscores a growing tension between communications...
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