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DOD recommits to CMU software security center with $732M award

By Brian Bowling
For more than 30 years the Software Engineering Institute has developed the science and technologies behind the software that defends the country in the real world and, increasingly, in cyberspace. The Defense Department agreed Monday to fund the Carnegie Mellon University ...

Shadyside man part of team that remotely controlled moving Jeep Cherokee; Chrysler issues fix

By Andrew Conte
Chris Valasek celebrated his new-found fame as part of a two-man team that successfully hacked into a high-end Jeep Cherokee by downing a Primanti’s sandwich ...

TribLIVE exclusive: How FBI Pittsburgh led takedown of Darkode thieves

By Andrew Conte
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen and two FBI agents from Pittsburgh sat two weeks ago around a large square table inside the ultramodern, glass-walled offices ...

FBI: CMU student charged with selling malware on Darkode

By Mike Wereschagin and Andrew Conte
A fresh-faced college student who once designed a mobile app to bring Pittsburghers together slipped from his prestigious Carnegie Mellon University classrooms into the shadows ...

A look at Operation Shrouded Horizon

By Tribune-Review
• Investigators disabled the Darkode forum, an online black market for stolen computer data and web tools for committing crimes. The site started about 2008. ...

7 allegedly involved in Darkode charged in Pittsburgh

By Andrew Conte
David Hickton, the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, brought charges against seven defendants in federal court in Pittsburgh: • Morgan C. Culbertson, 20, of Pittsburgh charged with designing “Dendroid” — a coded malware intended to remotely access, control, and ...

Details emerge on global Internet crime sting led by Pittsburgh FBI agents

By Andrew Conte
FBI agents in Pittsburgh led the largest global effort to date to take down an Internet crime ring that involved about 70 criminals from Serbia …

Technology races ahead of Pennsylvania wiretap law

By The (Allentown) Morning Call
BETHLEHEM — Concerned about the care his disabled daughter was receiving in a Bethlehem nursing home, John Large set out last June to register his complaint with an administrator. Tired of the he-said-she-said nature of their previous conversations, Large went ...

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
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 ...