Why Bitcoins are Just as Viable as Any Other Currency

Why Bitcoins are Just as Viable as Any Other Currency

The true value of any currency is a reflection of how much people believe it's worth, according to CIO blogger Constantine von Hoffman. But it's wise to remember just how fast beliefs can change.

No Surprise: Docs Show Obama Administration Lying About Drones

No Surprise: Docs Show Obama Administration Lying About Drones

President Obama has repeatedly said drones would only be used against members of al Qaida and allied groups. However, leaked intelligence documents show the administration has been using them to settle political and tribal feuds for...

How Big Data Can Quickly Become Big Garbage

How Big Data Can Quickly Become Big Garbage

The bigger the data the bigger the chance of mistakes or inaccuracies. In that vein, a large database used by retailers to screen people accused of stealing from employers is identifying innocent people and could result in major...

Why Crazy Trumps Logic on the Internet

Why Crazy Trumps Logic on the Internet

The earth is flat. Vaccines cause autism. 9/11 was a government conspiracy. These are just a few of the many ideas that continue to find adherents online despite overwhelming proof that they're not based on fact. CIO.com blogger...

SEC 'Money Saving' Trade-Tracking System Has Very Costly Flaw

SEC 'Money Saving' Trade-Tracking System Has Very Costly Flaw

The US SEC is content with a trade-tracking system that provides data on stock trades the day after they happen, something no broker would put up with. CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman says a real-time version will soon be...

US Wasted $60B on Iraq Rebuilding Projects, Report Says

US Wasted $60B on Iraq Rebuilding Projects, Report Says

The U.S. military chose not to use any sort of financial-management software to track money it spent in Iraq. Thanks to a report from auditors and investigators, the government now has some idea of where all that cash went. But the...

Bribery Charges Against HP, Oracle and IBM Validate Gov't Regulation

Bribery Charges Against HP, Oracle and IBM Validate Gov't Regulation

HP, Oracle and IBM are being investigated for bribery by Polish authorities, and the United States probably isn't far behind. It's common to hear complains about government regulation of business, but such regulation is essential,...

How to Tell You're Being Lied To (Iraq War Edition)

How to Tell You're Being Lied To (Iraq War Edition)

America's reasons for invading Iraq were always utter nonsense. On the 10th anniversary of the start of the war, CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman spotlights some basic questions very few people were willing to ask at the time...

The Pentagon is Still Preparing to Fight the Soviets. But Why?

The Pentagon is Still Preparing to Fight the Soviets. But Why?

America spends more on its military than all other nations combined. Unfortunately, that military is designed to fight enemies that no longer exist, according to CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman.

To Save the Modern Corporation You Must First Destroy It

To Save the Modern Corporation You Must First Destroy It

American corporations used to be legally required to be responsible. If the United States wants to ensure the long-term health of its corporations it needs to enact new laws similar to the ones of the past, according to CIO.com...

Why it Should be Legal for the ATF to Use Computers to Track Gun Sales

Why it Should be Legal for the ATF to Use Computers to Track Gun Sales

The U.S. agency responsible for keeping tabs on the legal sale of guns in America is prevented by law from using computers to track sales. CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman says overturning the law is a common sense way to make...

Why You Really Shouldn't Fear School Shootings, Cyber Attacks

Why You Really Shouldn't Fear School Shootings, Cyber Attacks

The default reaction to any threat to the United States is to assume the nation faces a catastrophe, according to CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman. But Americans frequently prepare for things that will never actually happen...

Pentagon Cybersecurity Still Abysmal After Billions of Tax Dollars Spent

Pentagon Cybersecurity Still Abysmal After Billions of Tax Dollars Spent

A new report on U.S. cybersecurity efforts suggests the Department of Defense still has a lot of work to do, despite billions of tax dollars spent on IT security in the past years.

Scientists Create Telepathic Rats and 'Robosparrows'

Scientists Create Telepathic Rats and 'Robosparrows'

This week's IT security news roundup has stories on rodents helping each other solve problems from thousands of miles away; cyber attacks that hurt the value of brands; China blaming the United States for hacking; and more.

Yes, China Does Dirty Business—Just Like the US Taught It To

Yes, China Does Dirty Business—Just Like the US Taught It To

Outrage over China's use of its military to further business interests is prevalent today. But the fact of the matter is the Chinese are just doing unto others as was done to them, according to CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman....

Why You Shouldn't Believe the Cyber-War Hype

Why You Shouldn't Believe the Cyber-War Hype

The chair of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee seems to think stealing state secrets is an act of war. But Espionage is what governments do so they don’t have to go to real war, according to CIO.com blogger Constantine von Hoffman....

Cyberwar Fearmongering Pays Off for Defense Contractors

Cyberwar Fearmongering Pays Off for Defense Contractors

A survey paid for by a company that works for the Department of Defense says 92 percent of Americans believe the nation's infrastructure is vulnerable to malware attacks. Once the public has been buffaloed into stampeding the money is...

US Military Creates Medal for Cyber-Combat Veterans

US Military Creates Medal for Cyber-Combat Veterans

The U.S. military's first new combat-related award since 1944, The Distinguished Warfare Medal, is being awarded to soldiers who stare at computer screens and/or fly remote controlled-aircraft.

TV Alert Systems Warn of Zombie Attack After Hack

TV Alert Systems Warn of Zombie Attack After Hack

This week's cybersecurity news roundup has stories on TV alerts in Montana and Michigan that warned of an outbreak of the living dead; cybercrooks planting malware on IT sites; state-sponsored attacks on Myanmar reporters' email; and...

Obama Name Checks Cybersecurity in State of the Union

Obama Name Checks Cybersecurity in State of the Union

President Obama's comments on cybersecurity in his most recent State of the Union address sounded good, but unfortunately they probably confused more people than they enlightened.

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