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

Navy goes all-in on 3D printing technology

Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275...

16 facts about our slowly mutating energy consumption

16 facts about our slowly mutating energy consumption

Electricity consumption has slowed while the use of natural gas, wind, and solar have become larger portions-- with coal and nuclear becoming less -- of the nation's electricity generation between 2001-2013. That was one observation...

FTC shuts down “card member services” robocallers

A massive robocall campaign designed to trick people into paying for worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs has been shut down by a Federal Court at the behest of the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney...

NASA to get space station view of Earth-bound asteroids, meteors

NASA to get space station view of Earth-bound asteroids, meteors

The Meteor investigation camera is programmed to record known major meteor showers during its two-year orbit and could also spot unpredicted showers. The Meteor study will help scientists better understand the asteroids and comets...

FBI: CryptoWall ransomware plague rising

FBI: CryptoWall ransomware plague rising

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center said between April 2014 and June 2015, it received 992 CryptoWall-related complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million. And its not just user PCs that are being...

Air Force cybersecurity scheme aims to deceive and survive

Air Force cybersecurity scheme aims to deceive and survive

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) issued two contracts valued at about $98 million to give the agency a variety of cybersecurity technologies that would go a long way towards foiling a range of threats.

NASA: “Wild” technology will transform aviation

NASA: “Wild” technology will transform aviation

It’s not often you see a button-down organization like NASA call something “wild” but that’s what the space agency is calling six concepts – ranging from adding artificial intelligence to unmanned aircraft to using electricity for...

FCC to smack AT&T with $100M fine for choking “unlimited” data plan speeds

The FCC’s investigation revealed that millions of AT&T customers were slowed for an average of 12 days per billing cycle, significantly impeding their ability to use common data applications such as GPS mapping or streaming video. And...

SpaceX wants you to build Elon Musk’s Hyperloop pod

SpaceX wants you to build Elon Musk’s Hyperloop pod

Looking to hasten the development of a Hyperloop pod transportation prototype, SpaceX this week said it would open a public completion to build a half-scale passenger system capable of traveling at speeds in excess of 760MPH. SpaceX...

IRS unites tax industry to try to stem flood of fraud, identity theft

IRS unites tax industry to try to stem flood of fraud, identity theft

The IRS and taxpayers have been pummeled in recent years by all manner of fraud and identity theft problems but today, the agency, state tax administrators and leading tax preparation and software firms said they would step up...

DARPA seeks high-speed inter-satellite communication technology

DARPA seeks high-speed inter-satellite communication technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week announced a program called “Inter-Satellite Communication Links (ISCL)” it hopes will see the development of lightweight, low-power, and low-cost inter-satellite communications...

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