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The call for more systemic changes to prevent mega-hacks is getting louder after hackers hit Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer. The company says cyberthieves gained access to the addresses, employment information and Social Security numbers of 80 million customers and employees.

Eighty million individuals is a lot — it's roughly the populations of California, Texas and Illinois combined.

RadioShack May Be On Verge Of Collapse

Feb 5, 2015

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Most of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. And a lot of that is caught illegally — by vessels that ignore catch limits, or that fish in areas off-limits to fishing.

No one knows how much of it is illegal, because the oceans are too big to patrol. Or at least, they were. Now environmental groups have harnessed satellite technology to watch pirate fishing vessels from space — and they've already caught some of them.

Hackers Strike Health Insurer Anthem

Feb 5, 2015

The country's second-biggest health insurer says cyberattackers infiltrated one of its IT systems and obtained personal information about current and former customers as well as employees covered by the insurer.

"The information accessed includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data," wrote Anthem CEO Joe Swedish in a letter to the company's policyholders.

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A New York jury took a little more than three hours today to convict Ross Ulbricht, the San Francisco man linked to the shadowy online marketplace Silk Road, of seven drug and conspiracy counts.

Prosecutors said the website, which had been labeled the eBay of the drug trade, allowed drug dealers and others to anonymously reach a broader base of customers. The Associated Press adds:

For people of a certain age, the sound of the video game character Mario growing after eating a mushroom brings back great memories.

A generation that played the original Nintendo Entertainment System title and other games as children in the 1980s and 1990s has now grown full-sized, too. And they're returning to the games of their childhood.

Does Facebook Cause Depression? Depends On How You Use It

Feb 4, 2015

Another day, another Facebook-makes-us-sadder study. This time, it's from the University of Missouri, and it comes with a key caveat: Facebook can make us sadder, the researchers find, but only if you're using it to lurk from afar — to check on how an old acquaintance is doing, for example, without actually engaging that person with "likes" or comments.

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