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Encrypted communication is making law enforcement and counterterrorism investigations more difficult, but fears of "going dark" are overblown, a study shows. [Read More]
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) was hacked and terabytes of files were reportedly stolen [Read More]
US and British intelligence agencies for years hacked into Israeli drones carrying out surveillance to prepare for a potential strike on Iran, according to reports. [Read More]
Norwegian authorities have arrested an individual suspected of being the author of the DDoS malware dubbed MegalodonHTTP [Read More]
Alleged members of DD4BC cybercrime group arrested in international law enforcement operation [Read More]
David Chaum, inventor of various cryptographic protocols with more than 30 years of experience in the field, has introduced a new anonymous communications project. [Read More]
Romanian authorities arrest alleged members of international ATM malware gang that stole over $200,000 from ATMs in Europe [Read More]
The Dutch government is looking for solutions to access encrypted data during investigations, but says backdoors are not the answer [Read More]
North Korea has developed its own computer operating system, dubbed Red Star OS, which represents the dream software for any government looking for the tightest surveillance on individuals, researchers claim. [Read More]
After saying that it would cease offering services in Pakistan after refusing a government demand for a backdoor into its encrypted communication service, BlackBerry said it will now continue service in the market. [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.