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Gerry Smith
Gerry Smith is a technology reporter at The Huffington Post, based in New York. Previously, he was a Metro reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Gerry has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He can be reached at or at 212-402-4677.

Entries by Gerry Smith

The Supreme Court Is About To Decide The Future Of Television

(344) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Major television broadcasters and Aereo will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in a case that is about much more than the future of a controversial startup. The outcome could have far-reaching effects on the future of television and cloud computing, the quality of wireless service, and entrepreneurs trying...

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Your Favorite Websites Could Have Warned You About Heartbleed, But Didn't

(26) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 7:25 AM

Our favorite websites follow our every click and swipe, but when news of the Heartbleed bug broke last week, many of them left us to figure out the dangers for ourselves: More than a week after the discovery of one of the biggest security flaws in Internet history, many popular...

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Smartphone Thefts Doubled Last Year While Industry, Cops Bickered

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 8:47 PM

The number of smartphone thefts nearly doubled last year, according to a new survey that suggests the crime is rapidly spreading while industry and law-enforcement officials bicker over a solution.

More than 3 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft in 2013, compared with 1.6 million the year before,

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Smartphone Industry Promises 'Kill Switch' To Reduce Thefts

(137) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:44 AM

After months of resisting the idea, the smartphone industry says it is ready to introduce new anti-theft technology that could reduce the rising number of smartphone robberies nationwide.

Major smartphone manufacturers and wireless companies said Tuesday they would offer free anti-theft features on all new smartphones made after July 2015....

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Bug Heartbleed põe em risco milhões de aparelhos Android

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 8:28 PM

Você pode ter trocado todas as suas senhas desde que ficou sabendo do bug Heartbleed, mas, se for um dos milhões de pessoas usando certos aparelhos Android, ainda pode estar vulnerável. Inúmeros aparelhos com versões antigas do sistema operacional Android, do Google, podem correr risco por causa do bug, diz...

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Heartbleed Bug Puts Millions Of Android Devices At Risk

(300) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:39 PM

You might have changed all your passwords in the days since you learned of the Heartbleed bug, but if you're one of millions of people using certain Android devices, you might still be vulnerable.

Numerous devices running older versions of Google’s Android operating system may be at risk of the...

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Hacker Weev's Chilling Conviction Is Overturned

(143) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:06 PM

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, reversing a verdict that was viewed as having a chilling effect on the work of researchers who help keep the Internet safe.

Prosecutors said Auernheimer, 28, is a publicity-hungry hacker who broke the law when he found...

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How The Internet's Worst Nightmare Could Have Been Avoided

(181) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:48 AM

Think of how many times you've typed a password on the Internet in the past two years and then consider this: All that time, you and most of the websites you visit relied on a tiny group of poorly paid programmers to keep you safe from hackers. It turns out...

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Samsung Smartphone's Anti-Theft Feature Falls Short Of Demands

(14) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Samsung announced Friday that its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, will include new anti-theft technology, but the feature fell short of what law enforcement officials have demanded in their effort to reduce the growing number of smartphone thefts.

Samsung’s new feature, known as Reactivation Lock, will disable the phone if...

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Consumers Save $2.5 Billion A Year If A 'Kill Switch' Stops Phone Thefts, Study Finds

(140) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 9:02 PM

Consumers could save an estimated $2.5 billion each year if proposed "kill switch" technology significantly reduced smartphone thefts nationwide, according to a new study.

The analysis by William Duckworth, a statistics professor at Creighton University, estimates that consumers spend about $500 million each year replacing stolen...

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Forget Stealing Credit Cards, Now Hackers Just Straight-Up Blackmail You

(87) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:22 PM

While hackers tried to get rich by stealing millions of credit cards from Target, other cybercriminals have quietly tried another method to make a quick buck: Asking companies to pay them to go away.

In recent weeks, two companies have publicly described their experiences with what has become a popular...

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How A Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands Of Families To Go Hungry

(2099) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:44 AM

Camilla Lewis and her son, Jamarri, did not receive food stamp payments for three months. (Photo: Gerry Smith/Huffington Post)

WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- Janette Simon has four chicken legs and five kids to feed.

Her freezer is bare. And her latest trip...

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Microsoft Is About To Leave One-Third Of All Computers Vulnerable To Hacking

(707) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Hundreds of millions of computers running everything from ATMs to the power grid will be vulnerable to hacking next month when Microsoft stops supporting its old Windows XP operating system.

Hackers have been holding onto flaws in Windows XP and waiting to exploit them until after the software giant stops...

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Convicted Hacker 'Weev' Gets Another Chance At Freedom

(47) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Attorneys for convicted hacker Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer will appear in court this week in a last-ditch attempt to win his freedom and overturn a verdict that could have a chilling effect on the work of researchers who help keep the Internet safe.

Prosecutors have said Auernheimer, 28, is a publicity-hungry...

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Meet The Real-Life Hacker Behind The Character On 'House of Cards'

(17) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Being the hacker consultant for "House of Cards" sounds like a great job, but it has its limitations: You can control the rats, but not the guinea pigs.

Gregg Housh, one of the few public faces of the hacking group Anonymous, spent six months last year helping the popular Netflix...

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Why Study? College Hackers Are Changing F's To A's

(134) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:14 PM

On paper, Roy Sun seemed an exemplary student. During his senior year at Purdue University, he made As in every class, despite rarely attending any of them.

But in reality, he was failing. Instead of studying, he spent his time stealing professors’ passwords so he could hack into the computer...

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New Legislation Would Require A 'Kill Switch' In Every Phone

(53) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM

A New York congressman announced legislation Monday aimed at reducing the growing number of smartphone thefts across the country.

The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano, would require all phones sold in the United States to feature “kill switch” technology that allows consumers to wipe their data and...

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Al Franken Points Out Comcast's History Of Breaking Merger Promises

(171) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told regulators this week that Comcast’s history of violating merger commitments “raises serious questions” about whether the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable will benefit consumers.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to approve Comcast's $45 billion purchase of its smaller rival. The deal...

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New Law Would Force Companies Like Target To Report Hacks Quickly

(35) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Following criticism that Target and other retailers have been slow to publicly report attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday pressed for a new federal law that forces companies to quickly disclose when they get hacked.

Holder called on Congress to pass a nationwide standard that forces businesses that suffer...

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Comcast Cites Tiny Google Network To Justify Huge Takeover

(47) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:38 PM

When Comcast announced its planned $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Thursday, the company cited the emergence of a new competitor as one reason that regulators should approve the deal: Google.

But some are questioning whether Google's new ultra-fast Internet service, Google Fiber, presents enough of a challenge to...

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