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Science, Tech & Environment

Even your medical records aren't safe. Chinese group hacks into hospital's patient records

When you go to the hospital, you give up a lot of very personal data, not the least of which is your name, address and Social Security number. Recently, a group of Chinese hackers associated with their government's cyber espionage program branched out from their usual work and targeted a huge hospital system's patient database — and got away with a huge haul of personal date.

Lifestyle & Belief

In 'Twitch Plays Pokemon,' a million people played one character in a 16-day videogame

"Twitch plays Pokemon" was the idea of an anonymous programmer in Australia. He modified one of the original Pokemon games made for the Game Boy and launched it on the Internet. During the last few weeks, around a million players tried to control one character in the same videogame at the same time. Millions more watched and argued about the game.

Science, Tech & Environment

Don't look now, but our smart machines may be sharing data about you with... anyone

Is your milk expired? Ask your refrigerator. Did you leave your lights on? The house will let you know. Tasks like this will become exceedingly more common as the Internet moves away from being a thing we interact with via dedicated computers, or even phones, and into something that is connected to all of the tools we use in our daily lives.