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We, the Empire: The (future) timeline of the Palpatine presidency

With Emperor Palpatine reportedly winning a seat on a city council in Odessa, Ukraine, what's to stop him from taking the White House? CNET's Danny Gallagher looks ahead to a Palpatine presidency.

By October 28, 2015


First Heartbleed attack reported; taxpayer data stolen

Canadian police arrest a man they say used the notorious bug to nab about 900 social insurance numbers, along with other possible data.

By April 16, 2014


Hackers might have stolen IRS data on more than 300,000 households

More taxpayers than originally thought had personal information stolen in a hack that used a surprisingly simple method.

By August 17, 2015


Second verse, same as the first

The names are different, but revisiting a column from 1995 shows how little some things have changed for the companies that dominate the tech industry.

By July 17, 2015


Head of federal personnel agency resigns in wake of hacked databases

On the heels of the announcement that 22 million Social Security numbers were compromised, Katherine Archuleta steps down as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

By July 10, 2015


Over 22M Social Security numbers stolen in OPM hacks, agency says

Up until now, the number of people affected by recent hacks of US government databases was a mystery. Also compromised were more than 1 million fingerprints.

By July 9, 2015


NASA makes music video for its huge new Mars rocket

The space agency wants to pump up public anticipation for its new Space Launch System, so it finds a sweet bass line to help.

By June 10, 2015


Senators to IRS: Don't snoop on taxpayers' private messages

A dozen senators, including Democrats and Republicans, want the IRS to pledge publicly not to snoop on Americans' Twitter and Facebook messages and other correspondence without a warrant.

By April 17, 2013


IRS remains mum on taxpayers' e-mail privacy rights

The IRS is not answering questions about internal documents showing the agency believes Americans have "generally no privacy" in their e-mail, Facebook chats, and Twitter direct messages.

By April 15, 2013


Russian hackers behind $50 million IRS scheme, report says

The hackers used data stolen from the IRS to file fraudulent tax returns and received $50 million before they were caught, according to the report.

By May 29, 2015