Technology

2:54pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Law

To Solve Hacking Case, Feds Get Hacker Of Their Own

The LulzSec icon on Twitter.
Twitter

Federal prosecutors have charged five men with responsibility for some of the biggest computer hacks in the past few years. The FBI says the hackers penetrated the computer systems of businesses like Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures, stole confidential information and splashed it all over the Internet.

But what's most unusual about the case is how investigators cracked it — with the help of an insider who became a secret government informant.

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9:03am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Alleged Leader Of Hacker Group Lulzsec Pleads Guilty

The Lulzsec icon on Twitter.
Twitter

A man alleged by the government to be the leader of the hacker collective Lulzsec has pleaded guilty to undertaking cyber attacks against companies such as Paypal, eBay and MasterCard.

Reuters reports:

"Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as 'Sabu,' was charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and other crimes in court papers in Manhattan federal court.

"The charges were filed via a criminal information, which means the suspect has likely been cooperating with the government."

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10:27am

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Yelp Surprises Investors, As It Soars In Wall Street Debut

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 2:21 pm

Jeremy Stoppelman, second from right, Yelp co-founder and CEO, gets a high-five during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.
Richard Drew AP

Yelp surprised analysts today during its first hours of trading as a public company.

As the Seattle PI puts it, the user-review company's shares soared by as much as 60 percent in early trading. The stock opened at $22.01 a share and has hit a high of $25.10.

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2:14pm

Thu March 1, 2012
The Two-Way

NASA Struggles With IT Security, Loses Space Station Code

The International Space Station, seen from the shuttle Discovery
NASA

The "algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station" were lost when an unencrypted NASA laptop computer was stolen in March 2011. That tidbit came in testimony Wednesday delivered by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin as he reported on the space agency's IT security track record.

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10:01pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Picture Show

Shoot Now, Focus Later: A Little Camera To Change The Game

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:49 am

The Lytro we received to demo is about four inches long.
Claire O'Neill NPR

Just when you thought you had the latest in camera technology, along comes something new and shiny and ... rectangular.

It's called the Lytro, and it uses something called "light field technology." In short: You shoot now and focus later.

NPR's resident photo expert, Keith Jenkins, explains: In a nutshell, he says, this camera captures not only the color and the intensity of light — which is what normal cameras do — but also the direction of that light — from every possible angle.

Still confused? We are, too.

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