Massive breach at eBay, which urges password change (Update 2)
US online giant eBay said Wednesday cyberattackers broke into its database containing customer passwords and other personal data in what could be one of the biggest breaches of its kind.
NSA scoops up millions of text messages a day, report says (Update)
The US National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world, a report said Thursday, in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files.
'Honeybee' robots replicate swarm behaviour
Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behaviour of swarming honeybees
Privacy fears cause more to cover online tracks
Amid growing fears about online surveillance and data theft, Americans are increasingly taking steps to remove or mask their digital footprints on the Internet, a study showed Thursday.
'Magic numbers' disappear and expand area of nuclear deformation
A team of researchers from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science in Japan has demonstrated that the magic numbers 20 and 28 disappear from all neutron-rich magnesium isotopes, thereby establishing ...
The 12 days of Pascal's triangular Christmas
One of the most magical aspects of mathematics is the ability for complex and intricate structures to emerge from the simplest of rules. Few mathematical objects are simpler to create – and few weave such ...
Canadians' tax data stolen in Heartbleed breach
Personal data for as many as 900 Canadian taxpayers was stolen after being made vulnerable by the "Heartbleed" bug, officials in Ottawa said on Monday.
Target: Customers' encrypted PINs were stolen
Target said Friday that debit card PIN numbers were among the financial information stolen from millions of U.S. customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.
Autopsies from space: who killed the sea lions?
A decade ago, we set out to unravel deep ocean crime scenes we weren't even sure existed. The crime? Endangered Steller sea lions were rapidly disappearing in parts of Alaska. Their numbers dropped by 80% in three decades, yet only rarely did anyone see or sample dead sea lions. Live sea lions stu ...
Research promises innovations in secure communications technology
Dr Zhang Yixin of Nanjing University, China, talks about his development of a true random number generator using only the camera of a smartphone, with no other specialized equipment. To date, true random number generators ...
Kurt Godel studied statements which refer to themselves, and his results shook the foundations of mathematics
"All Cretans are liars", said Epimenides, a Cretan. But this means that his statement must be a lie too. But then it is false that Cretans are liars and the statement must be true. So what now?
World population likely to peak by 2070
World population will likely peak at around 9.4 billion around 2070 and then decline to around 9 billion by 2100, according to new population projections from IIASA researchers, published in a new book, World Population and ...
Snapchat lets friends send cash in a snap
Smartphone app Snapchat on Monday began letting users in the United States send money to friends by simply typing dollar amounts into new "Snapcash" messages.
Quantum key distribution technology: Secure computing for the 'Everyman'
The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at ...