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


CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

The mostly cryptic documents, from 1917 and 1918 describe secret writing techniques are believed to be the only remaining classified documents from the World War I era. Any documents describing secret writing fall under the CIA’s...

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

But while some short-term fixes may develop, forthcoming government auto cybersecurity standards won’t happen until at least 2018. Furthermore, technologies, such as message encryption and authentication, which can be used to secure...

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

The United States isn’t as deeply unprepared for electromagnetic threats – either from space or man-made -- as it was a few years ago but a lot of work remains and awareness of the danger needs to be amped-up if the country wants to...

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

The US Marshals this week announced the auction of the Hauk’s spoils -- 25 vehicles, including Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW and Porche cars worth more than $1.5 million. According to the United States Attorney for the Western District of...

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

NASA this week said it was calling for public input on living quarters for astronauts to live in deep space as well as systems and technologies for a new Mars Orbiter.

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA this week took a giant step toward using solar electric power for future space missions by awarding a $67 million to Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop an advanced electric propulsion system.

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

DARPA-funded research team said recently it had developed a tiny component for silicon-based circuitry that could double the radio-frequency (RF) capacity for wireless communications—offering faster web-searching as well as the...

NASA: Top 10 space junk missions

NASA' s Orbital Debris Program Office said that by far the source of the greatest amount of orbital debris remains the Fengyun-1C spacecraft, which was the target of a People’s Republic of China anti-satellite test in...

Energy Dept. serves-up $30M for future connected, automated cars

Energy Dept. serves-up $30M for future connected, automated cars

The program, known as NEXTCAR or NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road vehicles will develop technology that will result in a 20% reduction in the energy consumption of future so-called Connected and...

IRS: Tax deadline looms, scammers get more frantic

IRS: Tax deadline looms, scammers get more frantic

The Internal Revenue Service said today with the approaching tax filing April 18th deadline scammers are becoming even more desperate that ever to steal your money and identity. The IRS said there has been a 400% surge in phishing and...

Trade commission will review contentious Cisco-Arista patent dispute

Trade commission will review contentious Cisco-Arista patent dispute

Specifically the ITC granted full review of the three patents that Arista is allegedly infringing under the initial determination issued by the presiding judge on Feb 2. In February, the ITC made an initial determination that Arista...

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