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Chancellor Angela Merkel has inaugurated the new, fortress-like Berlin headquarters of Germany's scandal-plagued BND foreign intelligence service. [Read More]
Federal prosecutors have indicted 20 people in a multimillion-dollar international online fraud scheme. [Read More]
Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications. [Read More]
Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson claims that Obama administration officials violated her constitutional rights by hacking into her computers and other electronic devices. [Read More]
The seizure of several websites offering distributed denial of service (DDoS) for hire services has allowed authorities to track down and take action against people who used such websites, Europol announced. [Read More]
Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid. [Read More]
A Portuguese hacker said by his lawyers to have played a pivotal role in the Football Leaks whistleblower website is fighting extradition from Hungary to Portugal on charges of extortion. [Read More]
US authorities are in the "advanced" stages of a criminal probe that could result in an indictment of Chinese technology giant Huawei, a report said. [Read More]
Singapore's privacy watchdog imposed fines of Sg$1 million on Integrated Health Information Systems and SingHealth over a cyber-attack that saw health records of about 1.5 million people. [Read More]
US authorities on charged eight people in a scheme to trade on and profit from stolen corporate information hacked from a government database, court papers showed. [Read More]

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Lance Cottrell's picture
Even while using Tor hidden services, there are still many ways you can be exposed and have your activities compromised if you don’t take the right precautions.
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.