Stories by Michael Cooney

FTC gets federal court to shut down $120M tech support scam

The Federal Trade Commission today said a federal court has temporarily shut down two telemarketing operations that it says conned tens of thousands of consumers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.

FBI: Crooks have stolen $20 million with false Internet ads

Many people should be wary of Internet ads, especially for large ticket items, but apparently enough folks aren't. The Internet Crime Complaint Center today said over $20 million has been scammed and more than 6,800 complaints have been logged between June 2009 and June 2014 over rip-off ads.

In Pictures: How to land on a comet

The European Space Agency successfully landed its Rosetta system on a hurtling comet

FBI grabs a Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive

The FBI this week said it had nabbed one of the agency's Cyber's Most Wanted outlaws -- John Gordon Baden who is charged with stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using the information to siphon millions of dollars from brokerage or bank accounts.

In Pictures: Mars gets close encounter with a comet

The Red Planet will entertain an uninvited guest this weekend in the form a comet moving at 200,000 km/h through its space in the universe. NASA, ESA will point the Mars spacecraft at streaking Sliding Spring comet.

In Pictures: The FBI’s big, bad identification system

The FBI’s formidable Next Generation Identification is up and running

Internet Crime Complaint Center warns scam uses IC3 e-mail as way to con victims

Not that it needed the reminder that scams suck, but the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned today that a new e-mail scam is making the rounds that uses the IC3 as the fraud contrivance.

In Pictures: NASA’s human space flight return

NASA teams with Boeing, Space X to bring human spaceflight back to reality

In Pictures: World’s hot alternative energy projects

From hydrogen to solar and wood there are tons of ongoing cool alternative energy projects across the globe

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced the rules for its second robocall exterminating challenge, known this time as Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest. "Rachel From Cardholder Services," was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012.

In Pictures: The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

2014 has featured crop circles, advanced toilet tech, flying saucers, wild software development

Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

Yes I suppose it is what it is, but sadly you can't travel on business or vacation and let your electronic guard down.

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

Taking a page from NASA's rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is showing off a quadcopter that the organization says can steer itself to smoothly lower a rover onto a safe patch of the rocky Martian surface.

Federal/state wiretap use grows, encryption makes impact

With all the attention given law enforcement's use of surveillance technology it probably comes as no surprise that the use of authorized wiretaps is growing, what may be a shocker is that it only grew 5 percent in 2013 over 2012.

In Pictures: NASA tests supersonic Mars flying saucer

NASA system looks to safely land larger spacecraft on Mars