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The U.S. Department of State is offering a total reward of $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of two Russian cybercriminals.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed an investigator to look into violations of digital privacy rights, following revelations of large-scale cyber-snooping by Washington and others.
Big US technology firms joined a coalition of activists urging Congress to pass a law scaling back government surveillance ahead of key deadline.
China's cyberspace administration is "complicit" in attacks on major Internet companies including Google, an anti-censorship group said.
When Florida police got a call from a man who said he shot four people at rapper Lil Wayne's house this month, they responded as they are trained to.
Technology firms will ultimately prevail in their efforts to use strong encryption on devices that cannot be accessed by the government, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Americans have been stepping up efforts to keep their data private since the revelations about vast US government surveillance programs, a survey showed.
The Senate Intelligence Committee passed the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, by a vote of 14 to 1 on Thursday afternoon.
Web hosting provider DreamHost has issued its first ever transparency report to show off how frequently the company did not comply with government requests.
The CIA has been working for years to break encryption on Apple devices, to spy on communications of iPhone and iPad users, according to a report.

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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.
Gant Redmon's picture
When it comes to cybercrime, the police really can’t and aren’t going to protect residents of your town. The same goes for all towns and cities. Unless you’re talking a high six-figure theft, it's unlikely an officer will be assigned to your case.
Rod Rasmussen's picture
In this second column in a two part series, Rod tackles the impact of the DNSChanger malware and simple solutions to counter similar DNS attacks on enterprises and major government agencies.
Chris Poulin's picture
To effectively defend yourself against an enemy, you have to think like your adversary. Put yourself in their mind, their shoes. What’s the motive? How determined are they? Will they stop at a well-hardened network perimeter or move on to other tactics, including social engineering? Once you suffer a breach, how do you share your analysis?
Idan Aharoni's picture
The worlds of counter terrorism and fraud prevention should increase their ties. Systems that are already implemented in one world may be applied to the other. Solution providers and policy makers from both worlds need to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and experience for the benefit of both.
Noa Bar-Yosef's picture
This week, we highlight a mix of tools and tool types that security researchers should have in their weapons in arsenal, including tools unveiled for the first time at the Black Hat conference.
Michael Goff's picture
Once a Software Vendor discovers that their software has been pirated, the gut reaction is to put an immediate stop to it. If piracy is discovered, it’s best to react, but don’t overreact. Be proactive, yet patient.
Idan Aharoni's picture
Crowd sourcing investigations could harness the power of the web and its population to track down cybercriminals. But such a community effort of a cyber investigation comes with big challenges....
Idan Aharoni's picture
There are many security companies, individual researchers and certain circles in academia that hold a wealth of information on cybercrime activities that could be the difference between a bust and a cybercrime investigation that leads to a dead end. It’s not just about collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, but also about collaboration with the security industry.
Mike Lennon's picture
Enjoy this selection of top picks for 2010, listed in no particular order. Happy New Year!