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

DOE takes real world look at electric car use

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014

Drones dominate but space, robots and algorithms shake the world.

Did Alcatraz escapees survive? Computer program says they might have

Did Alcatraz escapees survive? Computer program says they might have

First a little background: According to US Marshals history of the Alcatraz event, on the night of June 11, 1962, the three escaped through vents in the prison and made their way to the northeast part of the island, where they...

FBI: The top 3 ways Congress could help fight tenacious cyber threats

FBI cyber exec, details to GameOver Zeus malware, data breaches, botnets and attacks on eBay, Sony, J.P. Morgan Chase.

Report: Significant technical trials remain before drones can safely access national airspace

Report: Significant technical trials remain before drones can safely access national airspace

The watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office issued report on the integration of unmanned aerial systems as it calls them, in US national airspace (NAS) today ahead of a congressional hearing on the topic. As it has noted...

IBM: CISO’s outgunned in the cybercrime corral

IBM’s third annual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) study of 138 security executives found that 60% said their organizations are outgunned in the cyber war and that sophisticated external threats were identified by 40% of...

NASA: Pluto-bound spacecraft wakes up, sets up shop 2.9 million miles away

NASA: Pluto-bound spacecraft wakes up, sets up shop 2.9 million miles away

Specifically NASA said spacecraft operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that the ship -- New Horizons -- operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had...

Intelligence agency wants a superconducting, super cool, supercomputer

Intelligence agency wants a superconducting, super cool, supercomputer

If there’s a away to overcome the power, cooling and memory requirements to build a supercomputer beyond exaflop – that’s over 1,000 petaflops, about 30 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer -- researchers at...

Are privacy and civil liberties a secondary concern for law enforcement?

Speaking at the Cybercrime 2020 Symposium in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Speaks encouraged the debate but defended the US Department of Justice stating: “Almost every decision we make during an...

DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks

The researchers at DARPA think its time for a change in the way security is handled in such systems and later this month will detail a program they call Transparent Computing (TC) they says “will develop technologies to record and...

Quick look: NASA Orion’s critical test mission

Quick look: NASA Orion’s critical test mission

NASA will this week launch Orion, which is destined to fly humans to the moon, asteroids and Mars.

US intelligence wants high-tech access to the most prodigious sensor of all: Humans

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) which falls under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, last week issued a Request For Information that looks into how wearable devices that...

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