James Niccolai

Deputy News Editor

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex apparently loses $63 million to hackers

That man who ‘deleted his entire company’ with a line of code? It was a hoax

That man who ‘deleted his entire company’ with a line of code? It was a hoax

The owner of a Web hosting company who claimed to have erased his entire business from the web with a single scripting command apparently made the whole thing up.

FBI says it may have found a way to unlock shooter's iPhone
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FBI says it may have found a way to unlock shooter's iPhone

The FBI says it may have discovered a way to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, and an important court hearing in the case that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed.

As encryption debate rages, inventors of public key encryption win prestigious Turing Award

As encryption debate rages, inventors of public key encryption win prestigious Turing Award

The inventors of public key cryptography have won the 2015 Turing Award, just as a contentious debate kicks off in Washington over how much protection encryption should really offer.

Apple appeals order to unlock iPhone, says it would 'violate the Constitution'

Apple appeals order to unlock iPhone, says it would 'violate the Constitution'

Apple filed court papers on Thursday urging a judge to overturn an order requiring it to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last December's San Bernardino attacks.

Tim Cook: The FBI is asking us to write the software equivalent of cancer

Tim Cook: The FBI is asking us to write the software equivalent of cancer

Tim Cook has said the U.S. government is requiring Apple to write "the software equivalent of cancer" by demanding that it help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Here's what tech leaders have said about the Apple-FBI dispute so far

Here's what tech leaders have said about the Apple-FBI dispute so far

In the week since Apple said it would do battle with the FBI over its request for access to a smartphone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, tech industry leaders have been weighing in with their views.

Most Americans support the FBI over Apple, Pew study finds

Most Americans support the FBI over Apple, Pew study finds

Most Americans think that Apple should help the FBI unlock a smartphone used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino mass shooting, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

Google accused of tracking school kids after it promised not to

Google accused of tracking school kids after it promised not to

Google has been collecting information about schoolchildren's browsing habits despite signing a pledge saying it was committed to their privacy, the EFF said Tuesday.

Oracle's Larry Ellison decries poor state of security, says he's fixed it

Oracle's Larry Ellison decries poor state of security, says he's fixed it

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison has put better security at the heart of his pitch for the company's new products, though it could be a tough sell for a man who's long claimed his products are "unbreakable."

Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say

Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say

Thousands of medical devices, including MRI scanners, x-ray machines and drug infusion pumps, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients, security researchers said this week.

US personnel agency takes system offline after hack

US personnel agency takes system offline after hack

Problems for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management aren't letting up. The government agency said Monday it had suspended a system used for background checks after a security flaw was discovered in the Web-based app.

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