War in the Digital Age: Israel's Social Media Propaganda Division

Social media is increasingly the place where people go to form and express their opinions on recent world events, and Israel knows it. That's why they have their very own social media propaganda group called "Israel Under Fire," staffed by around 400 student volunteers, based in the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC…

FCC Delays Net Neutrality Comment Deadline, Congress Tries to Sneak an Anti-Broadband Competition Bill Through, and Comcast Still Hates Its Customers

It's been a crazy day for net neutrality news. Between the FCC's 17 year old comment system going down due to "an overwhelming surge in traffic on our Web site" according to FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart, Congress's underhanded attempt at sneaking a bill through that would destroy broadband competition, and…

The Computers You Use at Trade Shows and Conventions Might Have Keyloggers Installed

The website Krebs on Security has obtained an advisory from the Secret Service in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning hotels and other businesses in the hospitality industry that criminals have been targeting their public computers. The notice stated that…

DARPA's Been Funding Studies on Your Social Media Behavior

Hot on the heels of the news that Facebook was running a psychological experiment on its users, the Guardian has just published an article detailing DARPA’s studies on the most popular online forums and social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. The studies were funded by the Social Media…

The Story of the Gov't Auction of 30K Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

On June 27th, Tim Draper won the U.S. Marshals auction of 30,000 bitcoins seized from the Silk Road website by the FBI. The venture capitalist followed up the victory by announcing the launch of his new company Vaurum, which aims to use Bitcoin (BTC) "to create new services…

Autopilot for Cars is Coming in 2015, Sooner Than You Thought

Any discussion about self-driving cars is usually centered around Google’s prototypes, but Cruise is a startup that’s launching a new self-driving system that can be attached to any vehicle, not just specially designed Google cars. The Cruise RP-1 system takes over driving duties on the highway with the…