Stories by Michael Cooney

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.

IBM: CISO's outgunned in the cybercrime coral

When it comes to battling sophisticated cyber attacks, Chief Information Security Officers feel well outgunned by the seedy underside of the Internet intent on wrecking havoc on their enterprise environments.

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.