Stories by Michael Cooney

  • FBI: Cyberattacks could shove aside terrorism as No. 1 threat to US

    The leaders of the Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week separately expressed concern over the increasing numbers of cyberattacks, with FBI Director Robert Mueller (pictured, right) saying that while terrorism remains the FBI's top priority, "in the not too distant future, we anticipate that the cyberthreat will pose the No. 1 threat to our country."

  • Exactly what is Homeland Security watching for on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube?

    The idea that <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/facebook-twitter-and-dhs-which-one-these-things-not-others">any number of federal institutions are watching</a> your every move on social networks like Facebook, Twitter is unnerving at best. T<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/dhs-looking-bolster-drone-security-surveillance-system">he Department of Homeland Security</a> is one of those agencies and today it testified before a House subcommittee to define and defend its role in social media monitoring.

  • FBI unbolts Steve Jobs 1991 investigation file

    The FBI today released a background check it did on <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/060309-apple-quiz.html">Apple</a>'s founder <a href="http://vault.fbi.gov/steve-jobs">Steve Jobs</a> when he was being considered for a position on the President's Export Council under George H.W. Bush in 1991.

  • FTC warns background screening mobile apps may be unlawful

    The Federal Trade Commission this week said it sent letters to six unidentified <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/020712-mobile-webstats-255804.html">mobile</a> <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/applications.html">applications</a> makers warning them that their <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/us-supreme-court-says-nasa-background-securit">background screening apps</a> may be violating federal statutes.

  • How NOT to get a job 101: Hack Marriott, extort execs for work

    The <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/has-high-tech-helped-or-hurt-crime-fighting-doj-wants-know">Department of Justice</a> today said a man who sent malicious code to Marriott International Corporation, threatening to reveal confidential information taken from the company's computers if Marriott did not offer him a job, has been sent to prison for his criminal endeavor.

  • FBI busts software copyright fugitive who fled to Pakistan

    The <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/012012-fbi-treasury-255141.html">FBI</a> today said it arrested a man on charges of illegally reproducing and distributing more than 1<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/010612-gameover-malware-254623.html">00 copyrighted commercial software programs</a> who had fled the country after being indicted last year.

  • FBI busts programmer for stealing US Treasury code

    The FBI said it arrested a computer programmer in New York this week and charged him with stealing <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/120111-security-layer8.html">proprietary software code</a> from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The software known as the Government-Wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA) handles all manner of U.S. government financial transactions.