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A cybercrime gang in Kenya was "preparing to raid the country's communication systems" and possessed equipment capable of infiltrating bank accounts, Kenya's M-Pesa mobile banking system and ATM machines.
Sony Pictures denounced a "brazen" cyberattack it said netted a "large amount" of confidential information, including movies as well as personnel and business files.
The FBI said it was investigating a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, amid reports that employee information as well as new films were being leaked online.
International law enforcement agencies announced the results of a two-day operation targeting individuals who purchase plane tickets using stolen or fake payment card data.
A sophisticated cybersespionage tool has been stealing information from governments and businesses since 2008, researchers said Monday, and one report linked it to US and British intelligence.
CIA Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping internal review that could dramatically change how the country's leading spy agency is organized, officials said Thursday.
TRUSTe agreed to pay $200,000 as part of a settlement with FTC, which accused the company of failing to conduct annual re-certifications for some customers, and facilitating misrepresentation as a non-profit entity.
The U.S. State Department has shut down an unclassified network and email system in response to suspicious activity recently detected by the government.
Three individuals suspected of being involved in the creation and distribution of a recently uncovered piece of malware referred to as "WireLurker" have been arrested and charged, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security said on Friday.
US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals.

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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.
Eric Knapp's picture
The NSA tapping into our digital lives is a heinous breach of privacy, say those on the opposing team. I say, “meh.” Assume that everything you do and say is being watched and heard, always.
Mark Hatton's picture
They always say in the investment world that cash is king. We are now seeing that in terms of cyber as well. Stealing cash, it’s even better than stealing money.
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.