Jaikumar Vijayan

Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packard's marketing website TechBeacon.

The Snowden leaks: A timeline

What started with a sensational story on June 5, 2013 quickly turned into an unprecedented expose of U.S. intelligence operations

Companies should already know how to protect data, FTC argues

The FTC has published enough information publicly for companies to know what it considers reasonable security practices for protecting sensitive data, an FTC official said.

In baffling move, TrueCrypt open-source crypto project shuts down

In a bizarre move, the anonymous managers of the TrueCrypt open-source encryption project abruptly pulled the plug on the effort without explanation.

Advisory firm wants majority of Target board members voted out over breach

A company that advises institutional shareholders on governance risk and proxy voting issues wants seven of Target's 10 board directors voted out over the massive data breach disclosed by the retailer last December.

DARPA unveils hack-proof drone tech

In a claim reminiscent of Oracle Corp.'s 'unbreakable' marketing campaign of several years ago, the U.S. military has built what it calls a hack proof drone.

Coming soon to a fridge near you -- targeted ads

Targeted advertisements are headed to smart fridges, smart thermostats and other Internet-connected devices, raising potentially new privacy issues for consumers who use those products.

AT&T hacker wants government to pay him $13M

Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, whose struggles with U.S. prosecutors have fueled calls for reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, wants the government to pay him $13 million for imprisoning him for the past three years.

Hacker indictments against China's military unlikely to change anything

The U.S. government's decision to formally indict five members of the Chinese military on criminal hacking charges marks a significant escalation of what's been a war of words between both countries.

License reader lawsuit can be heard, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court this week ruled that a woman's Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated when San Francisco police arrested her after an automated license plate reader mistakenly identified her car as stolen.

Senator seeks answers on Samsung's fingerprint scanner for Galaxy S5

U.S. Sen. Al Franken questioned Samsung on the privacy protections the company has in place for the fingerprint scanning technology on its recently released Galaxy S5 smartphone.

With the Internet of Things, smart buildings pose big risk

In an Internet of Things world, smart buildings with web-enabled technologies for managing heat, lighting, ventilation, elevators and other systems pose a more immediate security risk for enterprises than consumer technologies.

IT malpractice: Doc operates on server, costs hospitals $4.8M

An inadvertent data leak that stemmed from a physician's attempt to reconfigure a server cost New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center $4.8 million to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and...

Emails shed light on Google's work with NSA

Two sets of emails obtained by Al Jazeera America under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest that Google's cooperation with the National Security Agency may have been less coerced than the company has let on.

Canada woes, breach seen as cause for Target CEO's exit

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's resignation Monday as president, CEO and chairman of the Board of the company likely isn't a sign that boards of directors are now holding chief executives accountable for massive data breaches.

FTC told to disclose the data security standards it uses for breach enforcement

The FTC can be compelled to disclose details of the data security standards it uses to pursue enforcement action against companies that suffer data breaches.

The Internet of Things likely to drive an upheaval for security

The Internet of Things is likely to bring 'a major inflection point in security' sooner than you think.

Cornell Tech-funded startup launching bootcamp for data scientists

Advanced academic backgrounds in statistics, mathematics, and other science and technology fields usually provide the raw analytical skills required for a data scientist's job. But even with such skills, some additional prep work...

IT shops losing control over technology

A survey of more than 1,000 C-level executives shows that IT organizations are losing control over new technology adoption at their companies but are still held accountable for integrating the technologies securely into their...

Big data key to bringing hyperlocal weather forecasts to Georgia farmers

Farmers in southwest Georgia's Flint River Valley could one day get accurate, hyperlocal weather forecasts just for their individual farms up to three days in advance.

Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative

Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S.

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