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Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of nearly three years in prison for a former Virginia high school teacher convicted of hacking into private digital accounts of celebrities and others. [Read More]
While investigating the Netyksho case -- specifically investigating Russian involvement in the release of the stolen DNC documents -- search warrants allegedly discovered "Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1." [Read More]
Using ransomware to hold computers hostage would draw stiffer penalties under legislation — prompted in part by attacks on Maryland hospitals over the past few years — state lawmakers are considering. [Read More]
Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said in response to media reports of the security tactic. [Read More]
Apophis Squad hackers, one from the US and one from the UK who is already serving a prison sentence there, have been charged by US authorities. [Read More]
China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is now allowed to enter company premises, computer rooms and workplaces, and inspect all user information, computer infrastructure, cybersecurity protections, hosting or domain name information, and content distribution. [Read More]
When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology. [Read More]
Chancellor Angela Merkel has inaugurated the new, fortress-like Berlin headquarters of Germany's scandal-plagued BND foreign intelligence service. [Read More]
Federal prosecutors have indicted 20 people in a multimillion-dollar international online fraud scheme. [Read More]
Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications. [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.