February 16, 2005 |
A 21-year-old hacker pleaded guilty Tuesday to infiltrating T-Mobile USA Inc.'s computer network and gaining access to customers' e-mail, voice messages and photos. Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, formerly of Santa Ana, faces as many as five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a second felony charge of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.
February 4, 2005 |
Lawmakers criticized FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Thursday for continued problems with a costly computer project that was supposed to dramatically improve management of terrorism and other criminal cases. Mueller acknowledged he did not know how much the FBI's Virtual Case File would cost beyond the $170 million already budgeted and largely spent, or when FBI agents and analysts would have it on their computers. After the attacks of Sept.
January 13, 2005 |
A new FBI computer program designed to help agents share information to ward off terrorist attacks may have to be scrapped, the agency has concluded, forcing a further delay in a four-year, half-billion-dollar overhaul of its antiquated computer system. The bureau is so convinced that the software, known as Virtual Case File, will not work as planned that it has taken steps to begin soliciting proposals from outside contractors for new software, officials said.
May 12, 2004 |
The critical software central to a massive upgrade of the FBI's computer system fails to support the bureau's new counterterrorism mission and should be redesigned, a panel of scientists said Tuesday. The criticism is in a report by a committee affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences, which was invited by the FBI to review the progress of a $600-million upgrade of the bureau's aging computer network. Conceived more than a year before the Sept.
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February 17, 2004 |
The kid had never been in a title bout. In fact, ChessBrain was just 3 years old and had never gone one-on-one with a human being, let alone one of Denmark's top players, ranked 53rd in the world. But there they were on a snowy night in Copenhagen, eager to engage in battle. The Jan.
January 11, 2004 |
For years, Harry Belcastro bought Internet and cable TV access from Earthlink Inc., Comcast Corp. and other telecommunications companies. Then, when Belcastro and his family moved to this Atlanta suburb two years ago, he signed up with an unusual service provider: the city of Newnan, population 16,000. For $25 a month, Newnan residents can hook up to a high-speed Internet connection. For $30 more, they can subscribe to a 74-channel cable TV package.
June 13, 2003 |
An international technical body put its stamp of approval on wireless Internet technology that can transmit data two to five times faster than existing short-range network gear known as Wi-Fi, or 802.11b. The Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, a technology standard-setting body, said it had approved the new network standard, called 802.11g, a move analysts said would encourage business to use the gear.
June 13, 2003
The Pentagon approved a $900-million project to build a high-speed fiber optic network connecting U.S. defense command posts around the world, allowing the government to begin awarding contracts to communications equipment makers. Makers of equipment and software such as Tellabs Inc., Lucent Technologies Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc., which all have suffered a slump in demand for their products, have said they may submit bids for some of the contracts. From Bloomberg News
March 29, 2003 |
A technology made famous by teenage digital music fans and since adopted by some of the world's biggest companies is making headway with the U.S. military. Various forms of peer-to-peer technology, which allows computer users to bypass central servers and connect directly with one another, are being used to plan battlefield operations in Iraq and deliver humanitarian aid. Microsoft Corp.'s NetMeeting software and programs from Groove Networks Inc. and Appian Corp.
March 13, 2003 |
Child pornography is increasingly available on popular peer-to-peer computer networks used to download music, and juveniles can be inadvertently exposed to such images while searching for songs or games, according to a General Accounting Office report to be released today. Using the popular peer-to-peer network Kazaa, investigators for the U.S. Customs CyberSmuggling Center entered search terms they said might be used by children, including "Pokemon," "Britney Spears" and "Olsen twins."