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Pattern-screen locks on Android phones are secure, apparently so much so that they have stumped the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The bureau claims in federal court documents that forensics experts performed “multiple attempts” to access the contents of a Samsung Exhibit II handset, but failed to unlock the phone.

An Android device requires the handset’s Google e-mail address and its accompanying password to unlock the handset once too many wrong swipes are made. The bureau is seeki...

Release Date: March 14, 2012

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that AT&T Inc. has become the first private sector company to be certified to DHS-selected standards under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program. PS-Prep™ is a partnership between DHS and the private sector - enabling private entities to receive emergency preparedness certification.

"Private organiza...

Sometime earlier this year, a provider of communication services in the United States – perhaps a phone company, perhaps Twitter – got a letter from the FBI demanding it turn over information on one, or possibly even hundreds, of its customers. The letter instructed the company to never disclose the existence of the demand to anyone – particularly not to the target of the investigation.

This sort of letter is not uncommon post-9/11 and the passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, which gave th...

Did you know that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in an accident compared to an occupant in a car? Whereas is this figure startling, it is not an indication that all hope is lost. By taking the right safety precautions, you can greatly lessen your liability while still relishing your ride.

The NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tasked with the responsibility of minimizing fatalities, accidents as well as accidents on the highway. Each year, they...

Righthaven, a copyright-troll law firm that failed in its attempt to make money for newspapers by suing readers for sharing stories online, was dealt a death blow Tuesday by a federal judge who ordered the Las Vegas company to forfeit “all of” its intellectual property and other “intangible property” to settle its debts.

The order is an ironic twist to a copyright trolling saga that began in 2010, when Righthaven was formed with the idea of suing blogs and websites that re-post newspaper art...


Illustration: Simon Lutrin/Wired

The U.S. government’s treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning was cruel, inhuman and degrading, according to a report from the United Nations special rapporteur on torture.

The finding, from Juan Mendez, comes following a 14-month investigation into the treatment of Manning during his pre-trial incarceration.

“The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crim...

The list is long, and growing: It seems that a week doesn’t go by that some major company or agency isn’t breached for fun or profit. WikiLeaks and Anonymous, once known only to a subset of cyber geeks, are now household names.

The Stratfor hack poured thousands of e-mails into the public domain. Anonymous listened in on an FBI conference call whose purpose was to — crack down on Anonymous. An attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network exposed personal details of 90,000 customers, and left them i...

North America and most European countries are experiencing the winter season. This is the time when you need to be heavily dressed and ensure that their home is heated at all times. Hardly will you see people hovering around the city center or rushing to and from the supermarket as everyone is indoors due to the cold. However, survival kits are not just designed to see you through the winter season. Survival kits are designed to ensure that you survive the next 72 hours in case of a disaster...

If you have been involved in the private business sector for any length of time, chances are you have been involved in a worker’s compensation investigation either as a victim or a manager.

Simply put, workers compensation is basically an insurance policy to protect the worker, in case of an on-the-job accident. Thus, an injury to an employee is considered compensable only when the following facts exist:

1. There is an accident.

2. The accident occurred within the employee’s capacity of ...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Just hours before the end of Google’s $1 million hack challenge, a teenager who once applied to work at Google without getting a response, hacked the company’s Chrome browser using three zero-day vulnerabilities, one of which allowed him to escape the browser’s security sandbox.

The tall teen, who asked to be identified only by his handle “Pinkie Pie” because his employer did not authorize his activity, spent just a week and a half to find the vulnerabilities an...

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