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Convicted Hacker Says He Committed Credit Card Heist for U.S. Government

The hacker who orchestrated the biggest computer crime operation in U.S. history is alleging that the American government authorized him to do so. Last year, 29-year-old Albert Gonzalez pleaded guilty to hacking into computer systems at TJX, Office Max, Dave & Busters, Heartland Payment Systems and other companies, in order to steal some 130 million credit card numbers. He received a...

Amazon Unveils Kindle iPad App, Switzerland to Ban Violent Video Games?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Amazon has been steadily unrolling an impressive arsenal of new Kindle apps, and a sneak preview of an iPad version just appeared today. Details concerning a Barnes & Noble iPad app have also emerged, including news that it will feature customizable color fonts and quick "finger swipe" page turns. [From: Engadget] Another...

Secret Service Computer Systems Hopelessly Outdated

The fact that the government and most of its agencies are still stuck in the technological dark ages is no longer news. Officials in the Obama administration have been shouting it from the hilltops since they rolled into D.C. on their social networking-powered bus. But, while Obama has been pushing the government into the 21st century (though those accomplishments are often overshadowed by...

Facebook Poll Asking Whether Obama Should Be Killed Draws Fire

Facebook is no stranger to the debate over freedom of speech. As the networking site grows, and as its increasing number of users make their opinhions known, the site has had to draw its own boundaries between acceptable self-expression and open hostility. The most recent controversy, though, has worried even the Secret Service. Using a third party application that allows users to create and...

Law Enforcement Finally Catching Up With Online Scammers Worldwide

According to USA Today, hackers and phishers have a little less job security these days thanks to an FBI and Secret Service that are more focused and nimble in their efforts to crack down on Internet security scofflaws. Add in a little cooperation from foreign-based law enforcement from countries like Romania, Turkey and Germany, and the ne'er-do-wells of the 'net aren't netting as much...