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After being put on administrative leave after threatening to assassinate president-elect Donald Trump, the CEO of a network security firm has resigned after what he claims was a joke threat to shoot Trump went viral. [Read More]
China passed a controversial cybersecurity bill tightening restrictions on online freedom of speech and imposing new rules on online service providers. [Read More]
US prosecutors are expected to file espionage charges against Harold Martin III who served as a private contractor for the National Security Agency. He is suspected of stealing an "astonishing quantity" of classified information. [Read More]
Czech police said Wednesday they staged a joint operation with the FBI to arrest a Russian citizen in Prague suspected of staging cyber attacks on the United States. [Read More]
Ecuador said Tuesday it had cut the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at its London embassy, due to leaks by the anti-secrecy website that could impact the US election. [Read More]
Law enforcement agencies from 13 additional countries have signed up to the NoMoreRansom project since it started in July 2016. [Read More]
WikiLeaks has accused a "state party" of cutting the internet connection of its founder Julian Assange. [Read More]
US lawmakers want justice and intelligence officials to provide clarifications on the recent reports about Yahoo’s email surveillance program [Read More]
Cyber attack attribution has long been a thorny problem. It is difficult to develop norms of international cyber behavior if attackers can hide behind plausible deniability. [Read More]
Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, known online as the hacker Guccifer, has returned to Romania after being convicted in the U.S. for hacking and identity theft [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.