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


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...

How do I know you’re lying? My “Star Wars” algorithm told me

JEDI MIND, which really stands for “Joint Estimation of Deception Intent via Multisource Integration of Neuropsychological Discriminators” uses a combination of what IARPA called innovative statistical techniques to improve...

Mars gets close encounter with a comet

Mars gets close encounter with a comet

NASA, ESA point Mars spacecraft at streaking Sliding Spring comet

Gartner: The super-smart drone in the corner office

Gartner: The super-smart drone in the corner office

In fact prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors already exist and will evolve rapidly, ushering in a new age of machine helpers, said David Cearley, vice president & Gartner...

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years. Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like...

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