You know that when you “buy” a mobile phone, you don’t actually have full access to it. Requiring an act of Congress to use things you’ve paid for as if they are actually your property is maddening. While the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is a flawed solution, it still represents one of the few times when Congress has not just refrained from passing an awful law but moved to fix an older bad law. The bad law in question is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which when it passed in 1998 made it a crime to circumvent “a technological measure that effectively controls access” to a copyrighted work.
A man who snapped secret pictures up women’s skirts on a Boston subway train - a practice known as upskirting - did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law, Massachusetts’ top court said on Wednesday, pointing to a loophole in current legislation. Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by transit police in 2010 for using his cell phone to take pictures and video up women’s’ skirts on the subway and who fought to have the charges of voyeurism dismissed. The court said that, while women have a “reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt” the law “in its current form does not address it.” A legal expert took the ruling as a cue for the state legislature to bolster the Peeping Tom law.
As scammers continue to get more and more creative with their endeavors, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep our guard up at all times. We recently covered a new scam that targets Verizon Wireless subscribers and looks to take over control of their accounts, but a new scam targeting Netflix customers is even more dangerous. Malwarebytes’ Jérôme Segura recently uncovered the scam, which uses a fake website to steal Netflix users’ login credentials. The scam doesn’t stop there, however. After a user enters his or her credentials on the login page, an error message is displayed. “We have detected unusual activity on this account,” the message reads. “To protect this account from unauthorized use, we have temporarily suspended this
This is one clever scam don’t fall for it… if you should never call a number you don’t find yourself… remember if it’s a fake site or email the info in it may well fake too. They count on you not thinking that they would have you call what is a fake phone customer site. Scammers will work over the phone as well as over the computer.
A mysterious giant virus buried for 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost has been resurrected. Even so, the new discovery raises the possibility that as the climate warms and exploration expands in long-untouched regions of Siberia, humans could release ancient or eradicated viruses. “There is now a non-zero probability that the pathogenic microbes that bothered [ancient human populations] could be revived, and most likely infect us as well,” study co-author Jean-Michel Claverie, a bioinformatics researcher at Aix-Marseille University in France, wrote in an email.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers on Sunday prepared a tough response to Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, diplomatic isolation and bolstered allied defenses in Europe unless it retreats.
The discovery of tiny carbon-rich balls and tunnels inside a Martian meteorite has once again raised the possibility that the Red Planet was teeming with primitive life millions of years ago. The meteorite, which fell to Earth during the Stone Age, contains microscopic burrows and spheres that resemble the marks microorganisms leave when they eat through rocks on Earth, scientists report in the journal Astrobiology this month. What’s more, these features seem to have been pressed into the Mars rock before it was hurled off the Red Planet by an impact event, the researchers add. The authors of the new research are not claiming they’ve found evidence of ancient life on Mars.
It hasn’t been long since Microsoft upgraded Windows 8 with Windows 8.1. But that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start speculating about Windows 9. And Windows users are definitely speculating, ev…
NASA’S Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft has sent over 200 terabits of data back to Earth. (1 terabit = 1000 gigabits.)
SAN FRANCISCO — The National Security Agency’s telephone-metadata collection program has been completely useless at preventing terrorist attacks, a prominent former government official said yesterday (Feb. 25). Speaking on a panel at the RSA security conference here, former White House national-security official Richard Clarke refuted the government’s claim that 55 possible terrorist incidents had been stopped by the metadata program, called Section 215 after the language in the USA Patriot Act that made it possible. MORE: Can You Hide Anything from the NSA?
Bank of America Corp (BAC) said it does not owe the U.S. government the $2.1 billion it is seeking in penalties after a jury found the bank liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit, according to a court filing made on Wednesday. Bank of America said in the filing that it should only have to pay the amount it made in profit from selling the loans, which it contended was zero. A spokesperson for Bank of America could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. A federal jury in New York in October found Bank of America and Rebecca Mairone, a former mid-level executive at Countrywide, each liable for fraud in the civil lawsuit.