Technology

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department discovered malware on a Burlington Electric laptop Friday that was identified as part of the Russian hacking offensive, utility officials confirmed Friday evening.

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News of hacks are filling the headlines: from election-shaking political intrusions to huge breaches at companies like Yahoo. It means that many people are paying new attention to questions about cybersecurity. 

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The Department of Public Safety has finished its work on a model policy report for the use of police body cameras.

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The public’s right to access government information is firmly enshrined in Vermont law. And while there are successes, citizens also find little consistency or reliability among state agencies who control access to public records. 

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Vernon officials Wednesday night heard a pitch from former Google executive Matt Dunne, who said the Vermont Yankee property could be the perfect fit for a data center.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are calling on FairPoint Communications and the company that hopes to purchase it to cancel a round of layoffs scheduled for the end of the month.

A new system for conducting annual vehicle inspections in Vermont will make it easier for the state to gather information and identify inspection problems.

A judge’s ruling in a lawsuit against the organization responsible for a creating a digital medical records system could help safeguard the state’s intellectual property, according to a lawyer who worked on the case.

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Vermonters have a new way of reaching help when they are having a mental health crisis: the Crisis Text Line. People can text the initials "VT" to the number 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond within 5 minutes.

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On Tuesday, Vermont's Elections Division will be conducting audits of 2016 general election results for a randomly selected group of towns.

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Mention drones and a variety of ideas float into people's minds. They might imagine unmanned armed military vehicles. Or the apparatus used to fly over Vermont's lush fall foliage to record videos that get posted on social media.

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Students and staff at Champlain College's Emergent Media Center have collaborated on an online game that tackles sexual harassment and assault on campus.

The Vermont Public Service Board has opened an investigation into a January problem with FairPoint’s network that affected the state’s Emergency 911 system.

Questions over whether communications between public officials violate the state’s open meeting law aren’t unusual, but the issue has become more complex. 

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According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, early voting is on the rise in Vermont, and a record number of people are now registered to vote in the November election.

Some Brattleboro Savings & Loan customers had funds stolen from their accounts this weekend in what bank officials say was part of a regional or possibly national phishing scam.

A security lapse earlier this summer has compromised the social security numbers of nearly 700 customers on Vermont Health Connect.

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A student at St. Michael’s College wants to give people a hand — literally. Kelsey Buchanan, a junior studying art and education, started making prosthetic hands this summer using 3-D printers at the St. Michael’s maker space.

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A state program created more than two years ago to fund improvements to internet service has yet to award any money.

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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

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