July 4, 2010 |
Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you. It's your phone number. Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cellphone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls — if they wanted to. "It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said.
February 9, 2012 |
The U.S. State Department issued a new state-by-state warning for travelers to Mexico that details the more violent areas of the country but also points out popular places such as Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City where travel advisories aren't in effect. The warning announced Wednesday gives specific cities and states, with a map of the country, where gun battles and drug trafficking violence are likely to occur. Mexican tourism has been under a cloud for the last six years since gruesome killings related to drug cartels scared off visitors to many parts of the country.
March 6, 2012 |
Texas issued a strong warning Tuesday for students who want to party on spring break: Don't go to Mexico . The Department of Public Safety warning cites violent crime from battling drug cartels as reasons to avoid traveling anywhere south of the border -- even to popular tourist destinations that weren't included in a recent U.S. State Department warning. "The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit," the statement from Director Steven C. McCraw says in part.
July 9, 2012 |
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a public warning to star U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo after she tested positive for a banned substance found in a prescribed medication she took. Solo, whose goalkeeping helped the U.S. reach the final of last year's Women's World Cup, will compete as scheduled in the upcoming Summer Games in London. USADA said in a statement released Monday that Solo, 30, submitted on June 15 a urine test positive for Canrenone, which is found on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list.
April 14, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's like Russian roulette for Midwesterners: There's a storm coming, so you stick your head out the back door to get a gander at it. Most of the time there's no danger, which is why so many people do it. But it's a habit weather officials are trying to stop. As a highly volatile system moves into the lower Midwest - with "likely" tornado-producing storms expected to barrel through Kansas and Oklahoma and then Nebraska later Saturday evening - the National Weather Service could be looking at the first true test of its new, stronger-worded warning system intended to send Midwesterners to their basements a little sooner.
August 23, 2011 |
Psychological researchers who want to study what makes people sad might do well to hop a Virgin Atlantic flight. The bold airline in the Richard Branson kingdom is launching an "emotional health warning" for films carried in-flight that it says might make passengers cry, according to a news release. The warning flashes before the movie selected on the in-flight entertainment system. It warns passengers "of a sensitive disposition to cry, weep, sob, wail, howl, bawl, bleat or mewl.