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Gerry Smith

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Why Some People Pay More Than Others When Shopping Online

(25) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:23 PM

You may pay more than your friends when shopping online based on your web browsing history or what kind of smartphone you own, according to a new study analyzing price discrimination on e-​​commerce sites.

In April and May of this year, researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston studied...

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Facebook Conducted Another Secret Experiment On Users

(64) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Facebook quietly tweaked the news feeds of 1.9 million users before the 2012 election so they would see more "hard news" shared by friends.

That change may have boosted voter turnout by as much as 3 percent, according to a little-known study first disclosed Friday by Mother...

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America Pays More For Internet, Gets Slower Speeds, Than Other Countries

(177) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Americans pay far more and get far less when it comes to the Internet than many other people around the world. But a few small towns might be changing that.

Internet users in Seoul continue to get the speediest connections at the lowest prices anywhere in the world, with...

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Why Credit Card Companies Couldn't Stop Hacks At Target And Home Depot

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:24 PM

While public outrage over recent data breaches has focused mostly on the retailers that were hacked, several security experts say the credit card industry shares some of the blame.

More than a decade ago, as concerns over cyberattacks were growing, the major credit card companies -- including Visa, MasterCard, American...

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Vladimir Putin Employs An Army Of Skilled Hackers, Report Finds

(40) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Some of the most sophisticated hackers in the world may be taking orders from one of the U.S. government's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A new report released Tuesday by the security firm FireEye said it has uncovered evidence of "long-standing, focused operations that indicated a government...

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Hackers Ran Loose Inside JPMorgan For 2 Months Before Getting Caught

(23) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:49 AM

It's as if a robber were to break into a bank today and stay there until Christmas before someone noticed.

That's how long hackers had access to JPMorgan Chase's computer system, The New York Times reported this week. If two months seems like an eternity for cyberthieves to...

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Now Women Are Getting Arrested For Revenge Porn

(80) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Revenge porn is widely portrayed as an act committed by men against women. But in a new twist, women are no longer just the victims of those who post explicit photos of someone online without that person's consent.

They are also the perpetrators of revenge porn.

Over the weekend, a...

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Staples Investigates 'Potential Issue' Involving Credit Card Data

(18) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Staples, the nation’s largest office supply retailer, said Monday it is investigating a "potential issue" involving credit card data at its stores.

Staples spokesman Mark Cautela said in an email that the retailer has contacted law enforcement to help with its investigation.

"We take the protection of customer information very...

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Half of Holiday Shoppers Say They'll Avoid Stores That Got Hacked, Survey Finds

(45) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:05 AM

As another holiday shopping frenzy nears, a new survey suggests that many consumers plan to avoid the growing number of retailers that have been hacked.

Nearly half of people -- 45 percent -- say they would “definitely not" or "probably not” shop this holiday season at retailers like Target or...

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Major Player In Black Market For Stolen iPhones Pleads Guilty

(12) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 7:11 PM

A Michigan man whom authorities say was a major player in the underground market for stolen smartphones pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to trafficking stolen iPhones and other devices overseas, where they were sold for as much as $3,000 each.

Jason Floarea, 29, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was the...

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App Behind The Snapchat Leak Admits It Was Hacked, Apologizes

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:31 PM

A website that allowed Snapchat users to save images that were supposed to disappear said it was hacked and apologized for allowing thousands of private photos to be leaked online.

In a Facebook post this weekend, said its servers were breached due a “misconfiguration." The site allows...

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Twitter Sues For Right To Disclose Details Of Government Surveillance Requests

(44) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Twitter on Tuesday filed suit against the FBI and the Justice Department, seeking the ability to release detailed information on government surveillance of Twitter users.

“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Twitter said in a blog post...

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If You Use Chase Bank, Watch Out For Email Scams Right Now

(22) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:45 PM

After disclosing that an attack on its computer system compromised the accounts of more than half of all U.S. households, the nation's biggest bank is trying to put customers' worries at ease.

No money or Social Security numbers were stolen in the attack, and the bank hasn't seen "any unusual...

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Cops Gave Parents Child Safety Software That Can Be Used For Spying

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Law enforcement agencies across the country have given away computer software to families that puts them at risk of spying, according to a new report.

The software, known as ComputerCop, is marketed by police departments as a way for parents to protect their children from online predators. But the software...

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How To Protect Yourself From Domain Thieves

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Most of us are aware that hackers can steal our financial information. But few people realize that hackers can also go after other valuable property online, like web addresses. Short, catchy URLs can be worth millions of dollars, making them prime targets for thieves. On Monday, The Huffington...

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When Hackers Steal A Web Address, Few Owners Ever Get It Back

(20) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:34 AM


For nearly two decades, Michael Lee owned a prized piece of Internet real estate: the website The three letters stood for his graphic design and advertising business, Michael Lee and Associates, but they also represented an unusual investment opportunity. A short...

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Apple Joins Rush To Fix Shellshock Bug Infecting The Internet

(27) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Apple said Friday that it was fixing a security flaw in some versions of its operating system for Mac computers, joining other tech companies that are rushing to patch the so-called Shellshock bug affecting more than two-thirds of machines connected to the Internet.

In a statement to The Huffington Post,...

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Jimmy John's Confirms Credit Card Breach At 216 Stores

(48) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 4:54 PM

The sandwich chain Jimmy John's confirmed Wednesday that hackers stole customer debit and credit card data from 216 of its stores, making the company the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks against major retailers and restaurants.

A hacker stole login credentials from credit card readers at corporate and...

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Home Depot Security Team Understaffed And Overwhelmed For Years, Insiders Say

(16) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:03 PM

The Home Depot team tasked with protecting customer credit card data from hackers was understaffed and overwhelmed for years before the biggest security breach in retail history hit the company, several former employees told The Huffington Post.

Over three months in the spring of 2013, four of the eight people...

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Home Depot Admits 56 Million Payment Cards At Risk After Cyber Attack

(140) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The Home Depot said Thursday that about 56 million customer debit and credit cards were put at risk after hackers broke into the company's payment systems.

In a statement, the home improvement retailer said the malicious software used in the attack had been removed from its computer system...

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