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About 1,000 Russians braved pouring rain in Moscow on Aug. 26 to demonstrate against the government's moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters. [Read More]
The FBI has charged Chinese national Yu Pingan with using malware linked to the hack of government databases (OPM) that saw the personal information of millions of federal workers and contractors stolen. [Read More]
WikiLeaks exposes tool used by CIA to secretly collect biometric data from the agency’s liaison services [Read More]
A piece of code linked to both the UK researcher Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) and the Kronos malware was first published in 2009 [Read More]
A Canadian man accused of carrying out devastating cyberattacks on Yahoo waived his right to an extradition hearing on Friday and will soon be handed over to US marshals. [Read More]
British researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty in US court to creating and selling the Kronos banking Trojan [Read More]
A lawyer for 23-year-old security researcher Marcus Hutchins accused of creating malware to attack the banking system called him a "hero" and predicted he would be "fully vindicated." [Read More]
Four people have been arrested in India for leaking an episode from HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series before it was aired in the country. [Read More]
WikiLeaks has published documents that describe a remote tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to collect RTSP/H.264 video streams. [Read More]
Two Iranian nationals have been charged in the U.S. with hacking, identity theft and wire fraud [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.