Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701


NASA, FAA showoff wireless aircraft communication technology

NASA, FAA showoff wireless aircraft communication technology

NASA said it tested a system known as Aircraft Access to System Wide Information Management (SWIM), to wirelessly send aviation information to an FAA Bombardier Global 5000 test aircraft taxiing 60 to 70 miles per hour on the...

Schemer in “massive” identity theft fraud gets 4 years in slammer

Schemer in “massive” identity theft fraud gets 4 years in slammer

DoJ says scheme involved 12,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns that sought refunds of at least $42 million from the U.S. Treasury

FBI: Ransomware threat at all-time high; how to protect company jewels

FBI: Ransomware threat at all-time high; how to protect company jewels

Ransomware has many names -- Cryptowall, CryptoLocker, Reveton to name a few – and all are bad news for businesses...“Several years ago, ransomware was normally delivered through spam e-mails, but because e-mail systems got better at...

CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

The mostly cryptic documents, from 1917 and 1918 describe secret writing techniques are believed to be the only remaining classified documents from the World War I era. Any documents describing secret writing fall under the CIA’s...

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

But while some short-term fixes may develop, forthcoming government auto cybersecurity standards won’t happen until at least 2018. Furthermore, technologies, such as message encryption and authentication, which can be used to secure...

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

The United States isn’t as deeply unprepared for electromagnetic threats – either from space or man-made -- as it was a few years ago but a lot of work remains and awareness of the danger needs to be amped-up if the country wants to...

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

The US Marshals this week announced the auction of the Hauk’s spoils -- 25 vehicles, including Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW and Porche cars worth more than $1.5 million. According to the United States Attorney for the Western District of...

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

NASA this week said it was calling for public input on living quarters for astronauts to live in deep space as well as systems and technologies for a new Mars Orbiter.

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA this week took a giant step toward using solar electric power for future space missions by awarding a $67 million to Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop an advanced electric propulsion system.

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

DARPA-funded research team said recently it had developed a tiny component for silicon-based circuitry that could double the radio-frequency (RF) capacity for wireless communications—offering faster web-searching as well as the...

NASA: Top 10 space junk missions

NASA' s Orbital Debris Program Office said that by far the source of the greatest amount of orbital debris remains the Fengyun-1C spacecraft, which was the target of a People’s Republic of China anti-satellite test in...

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