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 looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services

FTC takes out “tech support” scammers; $5.1 million in fines, retribution

The FTC said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued default judgments against fourteen corporate defendants and fourteen individual defendants that allegedly operated the tech support scams. The...

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

That’s the basics of new research put for this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that stated if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, it would offer a new...

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Zapping Rachel contest will take place at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers partakers $17,000 in cash prizes for developing open-source packages that could be used to build an advance robocall honeypot, circumvent or...

Cisco counterfeiter gets 37 months in prison, forfeits $700,000

ConnectZone.com and owner, Daniel Oberholtzer conspired with a Chinese company to produce counterfeit Cisco, US says

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

2014 has featured crop circles, advanced toilet tech, flying saucers, wild software development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)...

Delaware whacks $1B data center/power supply project

Citing the size of the project, the potential effects of subsequent greenhouse gases, public opposition and other issues the university pulled the plug on the $1 billion project that was being developed for its 272 acre Science,...

On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot

On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot

The agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,...

Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

FTC, FBI warn of unwanted travel companions: scammers, fraudsters.

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

The ESA said its dropship, known as the StarTiger’s Dropter is indeed a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position, where it then switches to vision-based navigation supplemented by...

Federal/state wiretap use grows, encryption makes impact

Authorized communications intercept applications have increased 100% from 1,789 in 2003 to 3,576 in 2013.

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