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Edward Snowden marked on Thursday one year of political asylum in Russia, where he continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances.
The head of the CIA has apologized to US lawmakers after an investigation confirmed claims that his officers had "improperly" accessed Senate computers.
Microsoft will challenge a US court order requiring it to give prosecutors electronic mail content associated with an overseas server in a data center in Dublin.
ICANN said that country-specific Web domains cannot be seized in court proceedings, as it sought to quash an effort to recover assets in terrorism-related lawsuits.
A new report examines the impact on the Internet itself and the ways in which the NSA has both weakened overall trust in the network and directly harmed the security of the Internet.
Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which Beijing strongly denied.
BlackBerry announced the acquisition of German voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart
Chinese threat actors hacked into computer networks of the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, the CIO of the Canadian government said on Tuesday.
UK Travel Company W3 Limited was fined £150,000 for violating the Data Protection Act after hackers stole details of 1.1 Million payment cards.
The White House chief of staff and his German counterpart met Tuesday amid a serious rift over allegations of US spying.

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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!
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.