Hector Xavier Monsegur became an informant for the FBI and directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, the New York Times reported
Brazil's Congress passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.
Russia and Ukraine sit down for high-stakes talks in Geneva on Thursday, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions.
Officials at the Justice Department and FTC said they issued formal guidance telling companies that there would be no antitrust issues from the sharing of technical information about cyber attacks, malware or similar threats.
The chairman of a new German parliamentary panel probing mass surveillance by the NSA abruptly quit on April 9, rejecting opposition demands that the body question fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.