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The arrest of security researcher Marcus Hutchins stunned the computer security community and shines a light on the shadowy world of those who sometimes straddle the line between legal and illegal activities. [Read More]
Russian citizen sentenced by US court to 46 months in prison for his role in a cybercriminal operation involving an Ebury Linux botnet [Read More]
British computer security researcher Marcus Hutchins, hailed as a hero for thwarting the "WannaCry" ransomware onslaught, was in US custody on Thursday after being indicted on charges of creating malware to attack banks. [Read More]
WikiLeaks details tool used by the CIA to disable security cameras, mute microphones, and corrupt video recordings that could compromise its agents [Read More]
Interpol and Russian security firm Group-IB reveal the identities of alleged members of a pro-ISIS hacker group [Read More]
Taylor Huddleston admitted to developing marketing, and distributing malware, including the NanoCore RAT. [Read More]
British man said to be the hacker BestBuy admitted in a German court that he used the Mirai malware to hijack the routers of Deutsche Telekom customers [Read More]
A Russian man this week was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the development and maintenance of the Citadel banking malware. [Read More]
US and European police on Thursday announced the shutdown of two huge "dark web" marketplaces that allowed the anonymous online trade of drugs, hacking software and guns. [Read More]
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco confirmed a lower court decision that gag orders included in FBI National Security Letters (NSLs) do not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution's free speech protections. [Read More]

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Wade Williamson's picture
Asking for security backdoors that only benefit the good guys is like asking for bullets that only hurt the bad guys. That’s simply not how encryption works.
David Holmes's picture
In the initial hours after the Paris attacks by Islamic terrorists, when the PlayStation 4 rumor was first circulating, I decided to see exactly what kind of encryption the PS4 uses for its messaging system.
James McFarlin's picture
The overall industry tone of caution around active defenses may be calibrated to defuse the notion rather than taking the argument, buying time for other alternatives to surface.
David Holmes's picture
In 2011, Twitter began encrypting all information between the (mostly) mobile endpoints and their own servers. This made it more difficult for monitoring agencies to determine a mobile user’s Twitter profile, and thereby that user’s follow list. More difficult, but not impossible.
Adam Firestone's picture
The time has come for the technology professions to demonstrate ethical maturity and adopt standards of ethical conduct to which we hold ourselves and our peers accountable.
Wade Williamson's picture
If criminals can’t use or sell stolen data without being caught, then the data quickly becomes worthless. As a result it’s critical to understand what happens to data after a breach.
Eric Knapp's picture
Because transactions using virtual currencies happen anonymously, they confuse issues of jurisdiction and can become difficult to enforce. When authorities do take action, cybercrime simply re-images itself with a new currency and a new platform.
Oliver Rochford's picture
As the “Snowden leaks” continue in their revelations and unraveling of the twisted web of government surveillance, it is becoming clear that the foundation of trust in the Internet as a shared commons has been thoroughly undermined.
Jon-Louis Heimerl's picture
The power of metadata does not come in that data itself but in the ability of that data to be processed and correlated in an automated fashion. What many believe is meaningless data can reveal more than one would think.
Chris Coleman's picture
Over the past year the buzz around tracking threat actors has been growing and in my opinion hitting the height of the hype cycle. Relying on behavior profiles alone is a great way to get an unwelcomed outcome.