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The FBI asked Apple to help extract data from iPhones that belonged to the Saudi aviation student Mohammed Alshamrani, who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida. [Read More]
Interpol announces that it has coordinated an operation targeting cryptojacking in Southeast Asia. [Read More]
Mozilla releases Firefox 72 with advanced privacy protections that involve the blocking of fingerprinting scripts by default. [Read More]
The popular UAE-developed mobile application ToTok has returned to the Google Play Store after it was removed on claims it was being used for government spying. [Read More]
The United Arab Emirates denied reports that the popular mobile application ToTok developed in the country was used for government spying. [Read More]
Popular mobile application ToTok, developed in the United Arab Emirates, has been removed from both Apple and Google's online marketplaces following a report it was used for widespread government spying. [Read More]
Cyprus arrested three people in connection with an alleged Israeli-owned "spy van" equipped with sophisticated surveillance technology capable of hacking communications, police said. [Read More]
A former employee of Palo Alto Networks and four of his friends have been charged with insider trading by the SEC. [Read More]
Two men were sentenced to probation and community service for trying to hack the IRS to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns. [Read More]
The FBI says it has found no signs of any link between a cyberattack on computer systems of a Florida Panhandle city and last week’s attack at the naval air station there in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others. [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.