Bradley Manning and the Future of Punishment

Bradley Manning is an Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. Depending on your perspective, he's become a symbol for high tech whistleblowing, or dangerous cyber-crime. Either way, you should be paying attention to his pre-trial hearing, which unfolded this week » 12/21/11 6:04pm 12/21/11 6:04pm

Hundreds of thousands of Brits fall for online dating scam

At this point, most of us know how to avoid Nigerian scams in our email. But a far more insidious scam seems to have hit Britain far harder than we ever thought — by targeting the dateless and lonely. » 9/30/11 7:00am 9/30/11 7:00am

The horrifying history of people who used the internet for murder

This week a man from Minnesota was convicted of aiding in the suicides of two people he met online while posing as a female nurse. He gave them advice on the most painless ways to die, and entered suicide pacts with them. » 5/06/11 1:52pm 5/06/11 1:52pm

Security expert predicts a future pirate war off the coast of Somalia

Somalian pirate raids, though deadly, are often amateurish. Security guards can usually shake them off with a few carefully-aimed shots, but one expert says that soon this won't be enough. Get ready for the modern world's first pirate war. » 3/30/11 11:38am 3/30/11 11:38am

Somali Pirates Diversify Activities With Savvy Real Estate Investments

The terrors of the East African seas have moved onto dry land with a variety of investments meant to move their ill-gotten gains into more legitimate areas. The Somali pirates' most popular pursuit? Kenyan real estate. » 1/05/10 12:30pm 1/05/10 12:30pm

Robot Fighter Jet Killed Before It Could Go AWOL

An autonomous fighter jet called a Reaper was shot down over Northern Afghanistan last weekend after it went AWOL and attempted to fly outside Afghan airspace. » 9/18/09 10:30am 9/18/09 10:30am

Could Pirates Become an Army for the Stateless?

A group of pirates is holding a US ship captain hostage in East African waters after hijacking his freighter. Forget robot soldiers - the ancient pirate is the future of warfare in a post-national world. » 4/09/09 2:23pm 4/09/09 2:23pm

The Biggest Hollywood Crime of the Decade

Over a million people have downloaded the leaked print of Wolverine. Now people are selling DVDs of it on the streets of San Francisco and New York City. Who pays for this crime, and how? » 4/07/09 3:27pm 4/07/09 3:27pm

Massive Surge in Internet Crime Reported in 2008

The economy is in a tailspin, and a new generation of high-tech thieves are on the prowl. A study released today says reports of internet crime jumped 33 percent in 2008, costing victims $265 million. » 3/30/09 1:18pm 3/30/09 1:18pm

Harvard Task Force Uncovers Biggest Future Threat to Children Online

Countless laws have been proposed to protect kids online. But now a group of Harvard researchers has published a massive study of online dangers to kids, and apparently "other kids" tops the list. The study grew out of an agreement that social networking site MySpace made with the government last year to investigate… » 1/15/09 11:30am 1/15/09 11:30am

Fandom Is Unexplained, But Not Explosive, Say UK Police

A bomb scare in the UK turned out to not be the work of a rogue terrorist, but just a fanboy and his homemade props. Police overreaction, or final proof that fandom can be deadly? » 1/04/09 8:00am 1/04/09 8:00am

Teen with Home Chemistry Lab Arrested for Meth, Bombs

Click to view A Canadian college student majoring in chemistry built himself a home lab - and discovered that trying to do science in your own home quickly leads to accusations of drug-making and terrorism. » 12/27/08 8:16pm 12/27/08 8:16pm

Burglar Held Hostage By Ghost

A Malaysian burglar claims he was held hostage by a supernatural figure for three days without food or water in a haunted house while the residents were on vacation. The owners found the 36-year-old man dehydrated and fatigued and had to call an ambulance to send him to the hospital. This just goes to prove that you… » 12/16/08 9:30am 12/16/08 9:30am

Live Piracy Map Reveals Seas Are Still a Pirate's Paradise

Want to know where you're most likely to have your ship hijacked by pirates this year? Now you can, with the help of the International Maritime Bureau's "live piracy map," a Google map mashup that gives you quick, real-time details on all the acts of piracy taking place on the Earth's high seas. Just drill down by… » 11/20/08 11:18am 11/20/08 11:18am

What To Do With Thermite On a Friday

So the thought police are on their way to your underground control chamber, and you need to erase your hard drives fast. They can break the crypto on your secret docs, and even if you overwrite them with a bunch of junk data, they've got forensic techniques that could pull an erased file out of a shark's ass. What do… » 11/07/08 4:50pm 11/07/08 4:50pm