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A former Equifax executive who sold stock a week and a half before the company announced a massive data breach was sentenced Thursday to serve four months in federal prison for insider trading. [Read More]
The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity has a pivotal role in the new Cybersecurity Act in that the Agency will play a key role in the development of the EU Cybersecurity certification framework by preparing candidate certification schemes. [Read More]
European authorities this week announced the arrest of 6 individuals in connection with a €24 million ($27.2 million) cryptocurrency theft. [Read More]
The head of London's Serpentine Galleries, Yana Peel, resigned following a newspaper report about her links to controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group. [Read More]
Hong Kong's tech-savvy protesters are going digitally dark as they try to avoid surveillance and potential future prosecutions. [Read More]
Russian internet company Yandex said that it's committed to data privacy as it responded to reports that the national intelligence agency is pressuring it into handing over encryption keys. [Read More]
Australian police on Tuesday raided the home of a prominent journalist who reported on a secret government plan to spy on Australian citizens. [Read More]
The Open Technology Institute (OTI) has responded to GCHQ/NCSC's article on 'Principles for a More Informed Exceptional Access Debate' with an 'Open Letter to GCHQ on the Threats Posed by the Ghost Proposal'. [Read More]
Privacy-focused ProtonMail has been accused of voluntarily helping law enforcement spy on users, but the company has denied the accusations. [Read More]
In addition to the hacking conspiracy charge brought in April by the US government, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now faces 17 counts under the Espionage Act. [Read More]

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Lance Cottrell's picture
Even while using Tor hidden services, there are still many ways you can be exposed and have your activities compromised if you don’t take the right precautions.
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.