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Two men suspected of belonging to a network that hacked the emails of top American officials including CIA chief John Brennan were arrested in North Carolina. [Read More]
According to Privacy International there are 27 surveillance firms headquartered in Israel, which make technology meant to fight crime and terrorism through legal means. [Read More]
Facebook dismissed complaints by German officials that it had not been helpful in fighting terrorism and urged authorities to better formulate their requests. [Read More]
Forty Chinese and Taiwanese nationals held in custody since December 2014 were acquitted of running a cybercrime cell from an upmarket Nairobi suburb and will be deported. [Read More]
The Philippines Central Bank handed a local bank a record $21 million fine after it was used by hackers to channel millions of dollars stolen from Bangladesh into local casinos. [Read More]
15 million Iranian Telegram users have reportedly had their phone number and their ID registered with the Telegram encrypted chat app compromised. [Read More]
A Nigerian behind an online fraud network which engineered scams worth more than $60 million (54 million euros) has been arrested in southern oil city of Port Harcourt, Interpol said on Monday. [Read More]
A leaked draft proposal expanding on export controls for dual-use products shows recognition that European technology can be used by repressive [Read More]
Oregon man accused of hacking hundreds of email accounts, including ones belonging to celebrities, sentenced to 6 months in prison [Read More]
Ukrainian Artem Vaulin, alleged to be the ringleader of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content. [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.