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Security planners work on cyber defense strategies at U.S. Army War College

By Andrew Conte
CARLISLE — When it comes to cybersecurity, we’re all in this together. The nation’s best defense in cyberspace involves not only the military but private citizens and corporations, top security planners said here Tuesday in a closed-door meeting at the U.S. ...

Tech giants push to keep devices encrypted as administration seeks for law enforcement to bypass safeguards

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — As Washington weighs new cybersecurity steps amid a public backlash over mass surveillance, tech companies warned President Obama not to dilute increasingly sophisticated encryption systems designed to protect consumers’ privacy. In a strongly worded letter to Obama this week, ...

360Fly’s wearable panoramic video recorder captures scene from all angles

By Chris Fleisher
When he was out mountain biking with friends, Peter Adderton discovered the loneliness of the cameraman. He would strap a small durable “action camera” to his ...

CMU robot takes 3rd place in DARPA disaster response skills contest

By Matthew Santoni
The online highlight reels from the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge mostly consisted of high-tech rescue robots tipping, toppling and crashing as they tried to complete ...

Uber researcher defends Carnegie Mellon University brain drain

By Tom Fontaine
A former Carnegie Mellon University researcher who leads the Uber Advanced Technologies Center that hired away dozens of the school’s top scientists dismissed claims that ...

Pittsburgh startups get invaluable help from Innovation Works’ program

By Alex Nixon
Maven Machines, an East Liberty startup company, is less than a year old but has developed a working product, attracted investors and landed customers for ...

Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

By Reuters
Apple Inc. was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that ...

Verizon barges into online video, buying AOL for $4.4B

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom’s push in both mobile and advertising fields. The acquisition gives Verizon an entry into increasingly competitive online and mobile video. The New York company is the country’s ...

South Side firm unsure who hacked website, left ISIS image

By Andrew Conte
Hackers who claim to be working with the Islamic State defaced the website of a South Side business, but the owner says he’s not sure ...

Federal program focusing on filling tech jobs to permeate Pittsburgh

By Jason Cato
A federal program designed to spur training for high-tech jobs and boost stagnant wages in the country’s improving economy could help bridge the gap between the Pittsburgh region’s growing technology sector and the workforce needed to sustain it, officials said. “It’s ...

Experts: Clinton took dangerous path with email system

By Andrew Conte
Even if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had perfect security on her private email system, it could have violated federal information security policies, experts ...

Hillary email controversy reminiscent of 1996 episode

By Andrew Conte 11:48 p.m.
Hillary Clinton, who used a private email account to conduct official business as secretary of State, might look back in history to her husband’s administration to understand the furor over the account. Several days after CIA director John Deutch stepped down ...

Carnegie Mellon expert to school Congress on security

By Andrew Conte 11:52 p.m.
It should be harder to bring down the nation’s most critical computer systems than by just finding a single weakness, a top Carnegie Mellon University computer security researcher plans to tell Congress on Tuesday. Americans can take some simple short-term steps ...

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet ...

Hackers won’t take break if DHS shuts down, officials warn

By Andrew Conte
Hackers are not taking a pause from attempting to break into computers, so a sustained hiatus in Homeland Security funding could put the nation at ...

FAA provides needed direction to drone operators

By Jason Cato
A day after the federal government moved closer to legalizing drones for commercial use, the head of a Pittsburgh marketing firm said he’s relieved to ...

Carnegie Mellon response team has battled computer virus attacks since 1988

By Andrew Conte
Pittsburgh’s prominent and growing role as a national center for cybersecurity started with a chance encounter more than 25 years ago. On Nov. 2, 1988, researchers ...

Experts: Infrastructure ‘legitimate target’ in battle for cyber supremacy

By Andrew Conte
When Summer Fowler goes to sleep, the Cranberry mother of three knows computer hackers around the world are working through the night to undo the ...

Sony Pictures hack redefines rules of online warfare

By Andrew Conte
CARLISLE — Rarely has a raunchy movie done so much to change the world. When hackers broke into computer systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment in a ...

Cyberthreat agency would focus defenses in United States

By Andrew Conte
CARLISLE — If President Obama’s proposed new agency to coordinate federal cybersecurity efforts leads to increased information sharing among government agencies and private companies, that will improve defenses against hack attacks all around, experts gathered here this week said. The new ...