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

Guinness World Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles per second

US Navy, Energy Dept. team to develop wave energy devices

US Navy, Energy Dept. team to develop wave energy devices

The devices fall under what’s known as advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technology which converts the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into clean, renewable electricity that can be used by homes and businesses.

FBI: List of purchase order scam victims growing rapidly

FBI: List of purchase order scam victims growing rapidly

The FBI said more than 85 companies and universities nationwide whose identities were used to perpetrate the scheme. Approximately 400 actual or attempted incidents have targeted some 250 vendors, and nearly $5 million has been lost...

Quick look: The 76 year-old “War of the World” broadcast rumpus

Quick look: The 76 year-old “War of the World” broadcast rumpus

One of the country’s biggest overreactions occurred 76 years ago this week when on Oct. 30, 1938 a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was mistaken for an actual Mars invasion. According to many, the radio...

The FCC as data security cop: $10 million fine for carriers’ security breaches

The FCC took a big stand today saying it will fine TerraCom and YourTel America $10 million because the agency said both carriers violated the privacy of phone customers’ personal information. The action is the agency’s first data...

Hacker group leader gets 24 months in federal prison for attacking US Navy, 50 other institutions

Hacker group leader gets 24 months in federal prison for attacking US Navy, 50 other institutions

One of the two leaders of the hacking group known as Team Digi7al was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today for his role in hacking the U.S. Navy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and over 50 public and private...

Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

Consumer Reports published an article referencing a bogus e-mail solicitation offering a $29 “surplus protection kit” supposedly designed for emergency response teams and law enforcement agencies. The Federal Trade Commission has...

FTC gets $10M from massive text spam, robocalling schemers

FTC gets $10M from massive text spam, robocalling schemers

The FTC today got $10 million to settle charges against three sets of defendants to settle charges that they operated a massive scam that sent unwanted text messages to millions of consumers, many of whom later received illegal...

The oil used to fry your eggroll for lunch might fly you to the coast in the afternoon

The oil used to fry your eggroll for lunch might fly you to the coast in the afternoon

The companies said they will build a demonstration facility-- called the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project -- to clean contaminants from waste oils and convert it into jet fuel at a rate of 160 gallons (650 liters) per day....

US Justice Dept. focuses new squad on cybercrime combat

“We have assembled a talented, dedicated and experienced team of seasoned professionals to launch this new phase for the National Security Division. These changes will help us continue confronting today’s threats while readying the...

Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

"Electric vehicle batteries are expensive. Federal and state governments have been subsidizing and mandating electric vehicle sales for years with the idea that increasing production volume will reduce costs and make these vehicles...

Air Force’s super-secret space drone comes home

Air Force’s super-secret space drone comes home

According to the Air Force, the X-37B landed at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday (Oct. 17) at 9:24 a.m. local Pacific time (12:24 p.m.) EDT. It was the only update the public was given since the spacecraft took off on...

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