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Boston bomber gave middle finger to courthouse camera

David Smothers April 21, 2015

A photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the middle finger to a courthouse camera was shown to a jury on Tuesday morning, as the sentencing portion of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber’s trial began. Tsarnaev, 19, is seen defiantly flipping off the camera in the jail of the federal courthouse, sometime during his arraignment in July… Continue Reading »

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The Truth About Home Depot’s Security Breach: Hacking Was Easy

David Smothers September 10, 2014

Here’s the thing about breaking into a multi-billion-dollar company and stealing the credit card information of millions of customers: It’s just not that hard. Eight months after a security breach brought scorn on Target and resulted in the resignation of its CEO, Home Depot is now the victim of a nearly identical attack. “They didn’t… Continue Reading »

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What Is the Ebola Virus? Everything You Need to Know in 90 Seconds

David Smothers August 8, 2014

Ebola hemorrhagic fever can be one of most terrifying diseases on the planet, and the current outbreak in West Africa is concerning for many reasons. But it’s also important to keep this outbreak in context, because there is a lot of information out there that can make Ebola sound much more dangerous than it is…. Continue Reading »

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90% of People the NSA Spies on Are Not Real Targets, Report Says

David Smothers July 7, 2014

The National Security Agency’s wide-reaching Internet surveillance dragnet sweeps up more ordinary Internet users’ communications than previously thought, according to a new report. Nine out of 10 people on which the NSA spied were not actually the intended targets of its surveillance, and nearly half of the surveillance files either belonged to U.S. citizens or… Continue Reading »

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Google Mystery Barge Is … A Store for Secrets?

David Smothers November 1, 2013

Remember the strange Google-owned barge parked just off Treasure Island, matched by a counterpart in Portland, Maine? The one CNET uncovered last Friday, and suggested might be Google’s patented floating data center? The mystery that made it as far as a Daily Show segment? Well, San Francisco TV station KPIX says it’s solved the case…. Continue Reading »

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Watch U.S. President Obama’s Entire Syria Speech

David Smothers September 10, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his highly anticipated address to the American people about the conflict in Syria on Tuesday night. You can watch the entire 15-minute speech in the YouTube video, embedded above. Obama once again pledged not to put American soldiers on the ground in the country, which is currently embroiled in a… Continue Reading »

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Viral Celebrity Kai the Hitchhiker Wanted for Murder

David Smothers May 16, 2013

Kai the hitchhiker, who captivated the Internet in February with an act of heroism and a contagiously entertaining local TV interview, is reportedly now a murder suspect in New Jersey. Union County law enforcement has issued an arrest warrant for him for the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., in Clark, N.J., according to a WABC… Continue Reading »

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Boston Police: Second Marathon Suspect in Custody

David Smothers April 19, 2013

BREAKING: Applause broke out in a residential area near Boston, after a tense police standoff – sparked when the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was discovered hiding in a boat in a backyard – ended with the subject of a day-long dragnet in custody. Police moved in on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday evening after… Continue Reading »

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Is This the At-Large Boston Bombing Suspect’s Social Profile?

David Smothers April 19, 2013

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the remaining at-large suspect in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, appears to have a profile on VK, a social network popular with Russian speakers in Russia, Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East. The page, which exists under the alternate-spelling name “Djohar Tsarnaev,” lists Tsnarnaev’s current city as Boston, Mass.,… Continue Reading »

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Cyber Warriors Will Be Embedded in Military Commands

David Smothers February 28, 2013

Troops fighting in the growing combat area of cyberspace will operate from keyboards situated within each geographic military command, Cyber Command officials said. The 900-member Maryland-based organization that is subordinate to the Nebraska-headquartered Strategic Command could mushroom from 900 to 4,900 cybersecurity professionals, sequester permitting. While the locations of the personnel have been decided, the… Continue Reading »

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