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Russia has detained nine people alleged to be part of a cybercrime ring accused of stealing some $17 million dollars from bank accounts, the interior ministry said. [Read More]
US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday. [Read More]
55-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York, pleads guilty to role in international cybercrime operation that caused losses of $1.2 million [Read More]
Rumors circulating on hacker forums claim the controversial LeakedSource website was shut down following a law enforcement raid [Read More]
Researchers analyzed 283 Android VPN applications from Google Play and found that many of them introduce security and privacy risks [Read More]
China plans to "clean up" internet service providers and crack down on devices such as virtual private networks (VPNs) used to evade strict censorship. [Read More]
Secure email provider ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to help users fight censorship and surveillance [Read More]
App stores in China must now register with the state, a government statement said, as China tightens its control over the internet. [Read More]
A college student has admitted being the developer of a widely used keylogger known as “Limitless.” He faces 10 years in prison [Read More]
Italian siblings Giulio Occhionero and Francesca Maria Occhionero have been charged with conducting a long-running cyber espionage campaign against Italian politicians, businessmen and Masons using EyePyramid malware. [Read More]

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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.
Chris Coleman's picture
Over the past year the buzz around tracking threat actors has been growing and in my opinion hitting the height of the hype cycle. Relying on behavior profiles alone is a great way to get an unwelcomed outcome.