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Software security group demonstrates how hackers can use ransomware to harm and potentially kill hospital patients

5/4/2016 - An anonymous member of Kaspersky Lab's research team has disclosed how easy it is for cyber-criminals to alter the way medical devices work, putting the lives of patients at risk, and potentially costing hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars. Computer hackers have deployed a malicious piece...

Crime prediction software used to prosecute people for misdeeds they have yet to commit

3/21/2016 - Are people responsible for actions they have yet to commit? This moral dilemma doesn't just make for fun armchair philosophy. A team of researchers has demonstrated that computers are better than human judges at predicting who will commit a violent act. In a paper published last month, the researchers...

Obama administration caught in blatant software piracy; script powering ripped off from UK company

10/18/2013 - The Obama administration has been caught red-handed engaged in software piracy. Computer code used on was stolen (and then modified in an effort to conceal the theft) from a UK company called Spry Media. To my best knowledge, this story was broken by in a blog authored...

Join the movement to end DRM - Digital Rights Management

9/1/2013 - You may not know it, but technology and media companies are increasingly implementing measures to monitor and control the media you consume -- and many of the electronic devices in your home are already part of this system. Formally, the technology is known as Digital Rights Management (DRM), and...

Fatal security flaw discovered in software that controls U.S. power plants

8/29/2012 - A cyber-security specialist has discovered a flaw in the software that allows hackers to spy on and attack the communication of critical infrastructure operators of power plants, water systems, dams and more, and gain access to the credentials of computer systems which control those critical systems...

Sammsoft sued over free PC virus scan fraud

2/20/2012 - A lawsuit filed against software firm Sammsoft alleges the computer company pulled the ultimate bait-and-switch by designing free software that exaggerated computer errors in order to trap users into buying the full product. In his federal class-action suit, James LaGarde charged that Sammsoft's...

Android smartphone software tracks every user action and keystroke, analysis finds

12/8/2011 - Smartphone devices are convenient, handy tools for staying in touch with friends and family, getting directions on the go, and accessing a variety of helpful user applications from virtually anywhere. But a recent analysis of smartphones loaded with Google's Android software platform reveals that the...

Free Widget for Webmasters Gathers Email Newsletter Subscriptions from Any Website: Arial MySubscribe

8/21/2009 - A new, free widget for webmasters processes email newsletter subscriptions from any website, allowing webmasters to build their own in-house email subscription lists without any programming whatsoever. The widget, called Arial MySubscribe, is offered to the online community by Arial Software, makers...

Faulty software may have destroyed Mars orbiter, says NASA

1/18/2007 - NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiting craft stopped responding to commands in November, the administration announced Wednesday, one day after officials told scientists that the craft may have been in for disaster since faulty software was uploaded to it during the summer. NASA has said it is creating...

More software companies embracing the open source model

1/17/2007 - Software companies are just beginning to realize that miserly protection of software code is not always as lucrative as giving it away and participating in certain open-source software practices instead. Open-source software -- code that is available for use or modification at no charge -- is growing...

Pain mapping software helps patients describe pain to doctors with 3-D graphics

11/10/2006 - New 3-D mapping software has been developed by team at Brunel University in England to assist wheelchair users in logging pain during the course of a day. Currently, the majority of communications between a patient and doctor about pain is centered around a standardized pain scale -- which the patient...

Symantec to release security software that protects consumers during online transactions

6/26/2006 - A new security program should prevent personal data leaks when consumers are conducting online transactions, protecting valuable financial information. Some features of Symantec's Norton Confidential include the ability to detect and remove malware, which Symantic refers to as "crimeware," such...

PlusDeck2 cassette tape converter has solid hardware, but weak software that fails to perform

6/16/2006 - This is a review about the PlusDeck2 PC cassette deck recorder. It is a tape converter that combines hardware with software to convert cassette tapes to MP3 files on your PC. It sounds like a promising combination. For those of us who have a lot of cassette tapes, this kind of one-step conversion sounds...

Email marketing service provider Listrak spams president of permission-based email software company with unsolicited commercial email

3/24/2005 - I had to share this one with you, folks. If you laugh as hard as I did, this will make your day. As many readers of this site know, in addition to writing these feature articles, I'm also the president of one of the top permission email software companies in the industry, Since 1993,...

The Top Ten Technologies: #8 Computer / Human Interface Systems

7/14/2004 - There's no mistaking the significant influence of personal computers and the Internet on our modern way of life. Many of us have so quickly adapted to regular use of search engines and web surfing that it's difficult to imagine life without the Internet. The Internet allow us to research products...

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