Stories by Michael Cooney

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

DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

Looking to bring lighter, more powerful and less expensive systems for various applications such as communications, radar or guidance systems, DARPA said this week it had recently demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz.

FBI warns businesses 'Man-in-the-E-Mail' scam escalating

For more than a year, the I Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is warning businesses to be on the lookout for growing scam that tricks them into paying invoices from established companies that look legitimate but in fact are fraudulent.

Carnegie Mellon system lets you get to the good parts of video, fast

While Video has become ubiquitous thanks mostly to smartphones it doesn't mean you want to actually watch all of it.

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least.

In Pictures: NASA’s coolest 'way-out' future projects

From space submarines to solar wind powered spacecraft, a look at the coolest space technologies

US intelligence agency wants brain-like algorithms for complex information processing

Getting computers to think like humans has been a scientific goal for years -- IBM recently said it found a way to make transistors that could be formed into virtual circuitry that mimics human brain functions.

NASA bolsters Pluto-bound spacecraft for 2015 visit

When you are on a 3 billion mile trip through the universe at over 34,000 mph, you might need a check-up or two to make sure everything is function right.

FTC taking robocall death hunt to DEFCON

The Federal Trade Commission is taking its fight against robocallers to the upcoming DEFCON by challenging attendees of the conference to build the ultimate "honeypot" that would lure in and identify illegal phone spammers.

In Pictures: Coolest house in the world - a Boeing 727

Perhaps it is just a nerd’s delight, but Bruce Campbell, a former electrical engineer has made a Boeing 727 airliner his home