From AIDS to Ebola, Why Is Global Health Security Failing?

Amid news that the number of Ebola cases had reached more than 6,000 in West Africa, public health and international security experts from around the world gathered in Washington, DC last week for a candid discussion of how the global community failed to contain the disease—and what lessons still needed to be learned. » 10/07/14 12:10pm 10/07/14 12:10pm

Federal Employee Gets Fired After Writing An Article Criticizing Nukes

For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened? » 8/01/14 12:00pm 8/01/14 12:00pm

Can Embassies Be Secure Without Looking Like Scary Bunkers?

Over the last 15 years, every embassy that the U.S. has built around the world looks like a fortress—an eyesore in cities and a not-so-friendly message to foreigners. So, architects who are building our new London embassy hope to prove that aesthetics and security can co-exist. It's an idea that's sparked some… » 6/27/14 5:00pm 6/27/14 5:00pm

I can't stop watching these private feeds from insecure webcams

Over a year ago, computer security experts revealed that a popular webcam manufactured by TRENDnet wasn't exactly secure. Because these cams are controlled via the web, it's relatively easy to track down their IP addresses and peek through them. Though TRENDnet released a patch that was supposed to fix the problem,… » 1/22/13 11:14am 1/22/13 11:14am

A virus that reprograms your pacemaker to deliver an electric shock

What's likely to become a health threat you never expected next year? 4Chan griefers could actually deliver death or injury from the safety of their forums with a virus designed to infect medical devices. Many of these devices, such as pacemakers, can be reprogrammed wirelessly. And that means bad guys could… » 12/19/12 4:01pm 12/19/12 4:01pm

Computer virus convinces users they've viewed child porn and must pay a…

There are still a lot of really stupid people on the internet, judging from the latest scam the FBI just warned against. An existing computer virus, called Citadel, has been repurposed as scam-ware, which notifies users that they've been caught looking at child porn and must pay a $100 fine to get off the hook. » 6/03/12 11:15am 6/03/12 11:15am