Stories by Michael Cooney

In Pictures: Inside evolving satellite technology

Take a look inside Russian NASA, ESA spacecraft construction

IRS plays-up identity theft, fraud fight

While tax return fraud seems to have hit epidemic proportions, the Internal Revenue Service today said it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

How to respond to a data breach

Data breaches seem to be happening at an absurdly rapid rate these days with reported incidents involving the theft of personally identifiable information hitting 25,566 in 2013 up from 10,481 in 2009.

In pictures: The (mostly) cool history of the IBM mainframe

In its 50-year history the IBM mainframe has been hailed and vilified. It has been born, reborn (many times) and pronounced dead. And yet the Big Iron remains a key computing resource for many large companies and will do so for many years. Here we take a look at the mainframe’s long history, from its use with the US space program to its prominence inside large business datacentres. Take a look.

IRS: Bitcoin is property not money

The IRS today tried to clear up some of the ongoing row about how bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be treated come tax time.

FTC: Identity theft is the plague of the country

The Federal Trade Commission today issued its annual look at what consumers in the United States are complaining about the most.

In pictures: How to protect Earth from asteroid destruction

NASA and others are looking to protect the world from asteroid strikes

IRS warns on 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams for 2014

Everybody wants your money – the IRS too, but at least they will take it legally. The IRS however doesn't want your money taken by scamsters who use tax season to celebrate Christmastime for dirtbags.

FBI/FTC warn: Online love swindles flourish around Valentine's Day

Online dating and romance sites are obviously popular and because of that, regardless of the millions of admonitions to watch out for con artists, they are also a growing favorite of heartless scammers.

Feds grab 163 web sites, snatch $21.6 million in NFL counterfeit gear strike

As they have for the past few years the US Customs department teamed with the National Football League to cut into the lucrative counterfeit sports gear market.

Full text of President Obama's intelligence directive

President Barack Obama today issued new directions for the government's intelligence to follow. Among the items released today were an official Presidential Directive and a Fact Sheet on the details of the new policy.

In Pictures: 17 hot new wearable computers

From cameras to physical fitness gear, computers are getting attached to your body

Apple will pay out $32.5M to settle FTC iTunes complaints

Apple today agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle complaints the Federal Trade Commission said the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids' mobile apps without their parents' consent.

In Pictures: Delivery Drone Wars!?

Amazon, DHL, FedEx all in on using unmanned aircraft for package services. What’s next?

In Pictures: The biggest Internet security challenges of 2013

From the attack on privacy and Cryptolocker to Eric Snowden and the NSA, it's been a challenging year

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