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The NSA and FBI released detailed information about the Drovorub Linux malware, but major cybersecurity companies haven't found a single sample. [Read More]
Several U.S. lawmakers have asked the NSA about its role in the backdoor discovered in Juniper products in 2015. [Read More]
Two French citizens and a Moroccan went on trial in Paris on Monday charged with planning attacks after their cyber network was successfully infiltrated by a French intelligence agent posing as a jihadist. [Read More]
European encrypted services providers ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota have urged the EU to rethink a resolution that would require the implementation of encryption backdoors. [Read More]
An update served by law enforcement will trigger the cleanup operation. [Read More]
Law enforcement authorities in the U.S. and Europe have seized the dark web sites associated with the NetWalker ransomware operations and also charged a Canadian national in relation to the malware. [Read More]
Law enforcement authorities in Europe and North America took control of the Emotet infrastructure. [Read More]
The carding shop says it plans to close operations on February 15, 2021. [Read More]
According to a Wall Street Journal report, TikTok used a banned tactic to bypass the privacy safeguard in Android to harvest unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices. [Read More]
Ongoing coverage of the SolarWinds Orion attacks and useful resources, including analysis and indicators of compromise (IOC). Check back often for updates. [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.