The implementation, which begins rolling out today, will provide background information on the person or organization behind the Web site. On the search results page, a gray drop-down arrow and text with the name of the site's makers will appear next to the green URL text.
Google's Knowledge Graph is the company's collection of raw data interwoven with contextual relevancy, and fuels many of its most recent projects -- most notably, Google Now.
Bart Niechwiej, the search engineer who made … Read more
Prosecutors have charged 13 defendants with using card skimmers installed at gas stations to steal more than $2 million from customers throughout the southern US.
The ring allegedly used card readers installed inside gas pumps to record payment card data and PINs from customers. The skimmers were installed internally and used a Bluetooth chip that allowed the thieves to retrieve the data without having to physically connect to the devices, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
Between March 2012 and March 2013, the defendants used the stolen information to forge payment cards … Read more
Independent security testing firm AV-Test.org released its first Windows 8.1 results earlier this week, showing that, once again, most security suites are capable, but not great, at protecting you from threats.
AV-Test spent most of 2013 focusing on testing security suites on versions of Windows prior to Windows 8. The company's January and February tests showed that top-rated suites on Windows 7 generally performed well on Windows 8. The new Windows 8.1 tests saw similar results.
The new tests compared 24 suites during November and December 2013 on Windows 8.1 with no default security features … Read more
As expected, Verizon has released its 2013 Transparency Report, and the company's data shows the US is extremely interested in its network.
Last year, Verizon received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from US law enforcement agencies. Verizon was hit with more than 164,000 subpoenas and nearly 71,000 legal orders. Among those orders were 1,500 wiretap requests. Verizon received 37,000 warrants for information and about 50,000 "emergency requests."
Verizon has become the latest in a series of major companies to release information on government requests for its data. Google, Yahoo, … Read more
Edward Snowden, the famed National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, has found himself in the good graces of young Americans, a new Pew Research study has found.
When asked whether Snowden "has served the public interest" or "has harmed public interest," 57 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 chose the former. Just 35 percent in that age group think he has harmed public interest.
Despite that, however, young Americans are split on whether Snowden should face charges, with 42 percent of people saying he should and another 42 percent saying he shouldn't.… Read more
The world's most famous former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, is scheduled to answer questions posted on Twitter in an hour-long Webcast on Thursday.
The session is set to begin at 12 p.m. PT on the site FreeSnowden.is, and the National Security Agency whistleblower is almost certain to address questions about what he's helped reveal so far and about President Obama's speech on the issue last week.
You can pose questions on Twitter via the #AskSnowden hashtag. I, for one, certainly have questions.
Snowden has become a worldwide celebrity -- a hero to some and a traitor to others -- in less than a year. That's got to really screw with your daily routine. So here are five questions I'd like answered by Snowden that are about the man himself and what it's been like to be Edward Snowden for the past year:… Read more
Russia actively engaged in cyber espionage in 2013, a new report from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revealed.
Last year, Russia's intelligence forces hacked into corporate networks around the world -- including those in the US, Asia, and Europe -- to peek into what the firms were working on, according to CyberStrike. The Russian hackers allegedly stole intellectual property from firms in the energy and technology industries, CrowdStrike reported.
Russia now joins a growing number of countries hacking into other networks on foreign soil. It's been well-documented that both the US and China are allegedly hacking networks, though in … Read more