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China's President Xi Jinping questioned his US counterpart Barack Obama about reports that Washington had secretly tapped Chinese telecoms giant Huawei for years, a top security aide said Monday.
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has joined law firm WilmerHale as partner and will work within its investigations and strategic counseling practices.
Beijing is "seriously concerned" about reports that the US had compromised Huawei's networks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular briefing.
The US National Security Agency has secretly tapped into the networks of Chinese telecom and internet giant Huawei, according to reports.
US President Barack Obama meets Internet bosses to discuss his latest plans to overhaul US spy agency surveillance practices which have infuriated the industry.
The French intelligence agency in charge of military and electronic spying is massively collecting data and monitoring networks of telecoms giant Orange, according to a report.
US conglomerate Comcast said it received 24,698 law enforcement requests for customer data in 2013, plus some for national security reasons.
NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett spoke out against former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, saying he does a disservice to whistle blowers.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has the tricky task of protecting consumer privacy in the age of Big Data and ubiquitous data collection without stifling innovation, a deputy director with the agency said at a conference this week.
Google co-founder Larry Page a the TED conference condemned US government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy.

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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!
Idan Aharoni's picture
Cybercriminals are constantly going up against anti-fraud measures designed to stop their efforts and they need to bypass them in order to make a profit.
Zeus 2.1 now boasts features that help it avoid analysis and hostile takeover from law enforcement, researchers, or competing cybercriminal organizations.
Idan Aharoni's picture
When it comes to infrastructure, money mules are important - if not more important - than having a botnet or a phishing attack set up. After all, what use are online banking credentials if you can’t cash them out?