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

DARPA moves “aircraft-like” spacecraft technology to next phase

DARPA extreme DDOS project transforming network attack mitigation

DARPA extreme DDOS project transforming network attack mitigation

Researchers with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have quickly moved to alter the way the military, public and private enterprises protect their networks from high-and low-speed distributed denial-of-service...

The Martian author Andy Weir calls for massive new space station to prep humans for Mars trip

The Martian author Andy Weir calls for massive new space station to prep humans for Mars trip

When it comes to living on Mars, the human body is simply not suited to living for long periods in zero-g. Until this issue is solved, we have no hope of landing humans on the surface of Mars, nor can we create permanent residences in...

911 emergency services ripped by HBO’s John Oliver

On Oliver’s Last Week Tonight HBO show, Oliver said 911 emergency call centers are antiquated, disjointed and in desperate need of funding and new technology. He said everyone should Google “understaffed 911 dispatch and [your town...

FBI/FTC: Watch those e-mails from your “CEO”

FBI/FTC: Watch those e-mails from your “CEO”

The FBI says that the so-called business e-mail compromise scam has caused $2.3 billion in losses to 17,642 business and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and other countries since October 2013, with the number of victims nearly...

DHS Inspector General lambasts TSA’s IT security flaws

DHS Inspector General lambasts TSA’s IT security flaws

The Transportation Security Administration’s IT department has persistent security problems including unpatched software, inadequate contractor oversight, physical security and inadequate vulnerability reporting.

Smartphone tracking apps raise security, privacy and legality questions

Smartphone tracking apps raise security, privacy and legality questions

When it comes to smartphone tracking applications that help parents or employers to track the location of their children or perhaps monitor them by intercepting communications, few would argue the merits of such as system. But when...

Sabotage? Rash of fiber cuts dog Verizon

Sabotage? Rash of fiber cuts dog Verizon

Verizon and local police departments along the east coast have been tracking a series of seemingly deliberate fiber cuts that have been robbing consumers of cable, phone and Internet services.

NASA's planet hunter spots record 1,284 new planets, 9 in a habitable zone

NASA's planet hunter spots record 1,284 new planets, 9 in a habitable zone

NASA’s planet hunting space telescope Kepler added a record 1,284 confirmed planets to its already impressive discoveries of extraterrestrial worlds. This batch of planets is the largest single account of new planets since Kepler...

DHS moves to bolster intrusion/detection for federal networks

DHS moves to bolster intrusion/detection for federal networks

DHS said the intrusion prevention, a Web Content Filtering system, provides protection at the application layer for web traffic by blocking access to suspicious websites, preventing malware from running on systems and networks, and...

FTC orders Apple, Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, Samsung to divulge mobile security practices

FTC orders Apple, Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, Samsung to divulge mobile security practices

The Federal Trade Commission today said it issued a 10-page letter to eight leading players in the mobile communications arena requiring them to tell the agency how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in...

Ethernet: Are there worlds left to conquer?

Ethernet: Are there worlds left to conquer?

Apparently Ethernet isn’t all THAT ubiquitous. That is judging by the number of new applications, speed changes and future options for the networking standard that were discussed at the Interop symposium here. “We are now beyond the...

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