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A federal judge signed off on a deal that will allow Ticketmaster to pay a $10 million fine to escape prosecution over criminal charges accusing the company of hacking into the computer system of rival Songkick. [Read More]
The FBI has warned that individuals who launch swatting attacks have been hacking smart home devices to see and sometimes live-stream their pranks. [Read More]
The bot-mitigation and fraud detection company finds an exit after raising $31 million in venture capital funding. [Read More]
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the FBI in an effort to find out how the agency is breaking into encrypted devices. [Read More]
Microsoft and other tech giants filed an amicus brief in the legal case brought by WhatsApp against the NSO Group. [Read More]
A VPN service used by cybercriminals has been disrupted in a law enforcement operation that involved Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and the US. [Read More]
Proxy servers used for a blockchain domain of carding marketplace Joker’s Stash were seized by the FBI and Interpol. [Read More]
Tens of phones belonging to Al Jazeera journalists were infected with Pegasus spyware using an iMessage zero-click zero-day exploit. [Read More]
The FBI, CISA and ODNI have described each of their roles in investigating the SolarWinds hack and responding to the incident. [Read More]
The FBI says DoppelPaymer ransomware continues to target healthcare, emergency services, and education. [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.