Stories by Michael Cooney

IBM unbolts vast threat database to fight cybercrimes

IBM today took cybersecurity threat sharing to a new level it opened its vast library of security intelligence data to public or private entities building defenses against cybercrimes.

In Pictures: Hailing 50 spectacular years of spacewalking

Many have taken the plunge outside the their spacecraft to fix problems, make adjustments and even hit a golf ball. Take a look at some of the milestones of spacewalking.

IBM: Mobile app security stinks

Major weaknesses in mobile application development make enterprise data vulnerable to attack.

What network technology is going to shake up your WAN?

Few areas of the enterprise are as ripe for change as the wide area network. And there are plenty of technologies -- from hybrid WAN services and software defined networking to better management tools -- lining up to push such a makeover closer to reality.

FTC targets group that sends out millions of robocalls a day

Given the amount of time the FTC and others have put into curing the robocall problem, it is disheartening to hear that a group of companies for almost a year have been making billions of illegal robocalls.

Federal IT projects need critical care

Federal IT projects have hit the critical care list all too often and now watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office have moved those undertakings to its High Risk List which means Congress and the executive branch should take an extra special look at the situation.

Feds to private businesses: Cough up your cyber intelligence

Corporations will be asked to contribute cyber intelligence to a new federal agency tasked with analyzing threat data culled from as many public and private sources as possible in order to more quickly spot attacks and attribute them to the guilty parties.

In Pictures: World’s coolest gas stations

From gorillas to plastic bottle, gas sales come in many forms.

FTC: IRS imposter complaints up more than 2,300% in 2014

The scams that plague the IRS were on display again this week as the Federal Trade Commission said the number of consumer complaints about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013.

In Pictures: The hottest 3D printing projects

From cars to houses, 3D printers are changing design technology.

FBI and IRS warn of pervasive, maddening business, consumer scams

The FBI and IRS separately this week warned of a couple timeworn but highly effective scams that continue to grow and strip businesses and consumers of cash.

In Pictures: Quick look inside IBM’s snazzy new mainframe

What did IBM do to celebrate the mainframe’s 51st birthday? Reinvented the Big Iron basically.

In Pictures: 26 of the craziest and scariest things the TSA has found on travellers

This slideshow has very little to do with IT. But it's really staggering to see just how stupid some people can be. Sickles, grenades, blasting machines and cannon barrels just a few items in your fellow travellers carry-ons.

In Pictures: NASA Hubble - taking the best shots for 25 years

The space telescope never fails to amaze. Check out these shots.

IBM: Retail attacks down, but when they hit cyber-attackers get more

IBM says there's good and bad news when it comes to retail cyber attacks: While overall network assaults are down by 50%, when they hit, cyber-attackers get a ton of data.

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