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Three individuals suspected of being involved in the creation and distribution of a recently uncovered piece of malware referred to as "WireLurker" have been arrested and charged, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security said on Friday.
US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals.
The Tor Project and security experts are concerned about the implications of the recent global law enforcement operation in which hundreds of hidden services running on the Tor anonymity network have been shut down.
A global crackdown has shut down dozens of online "dark markets" selling illegal goods and services and masking their identities using the Tor encryption network, officials said.
Blake Benthall, the alleged operator of a second version of the Silk Road online black market bazaar for drugs and money laundering has been arrested and charged on multiple counts, prosecutors said.
Facebook released a report detailing the number of request for data the company received in the first six months of 2014.
Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", a senior British spy said Tuesday, warning that some US technology companies are "in denial" over the issue.
Researchers from FireEye have linked a series of recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites related to the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong appear to a Chinese threat actor.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to three years and six months in jail in the largest hacking case in Denmark's history.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the Swedish co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was found guilty in the largest hacking case in Denmark's history.

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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.
Eric Knapp's picture
The NSA tapping into our digital lives is a heinous breach of privacy, say those on the opposing team. I say, “meh.” Assume that everything you do and say is being watched and heard, always.
Mark Hatton's picture
They always say in the investment world that cash is king. We are now seeing that in terms of cyber as well. Stealing cash, it’s even better than stealing money.
John Vecchi's picture
Understanding the various types of malicious actors targeting your networks, including their motivations and modus operandi, is key to identifying, expelling and expunging them.
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