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U.S. Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force publishes first report, covering the threat to elections, cybercrime schemes, FBI’s role in incident response, and cyber personnel recruitment [Read More]
Industry professionals comment on the U.S. indicting 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic Party in an effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election [Read More]
Colton Ray Grubbs of Kentucky admitted in a U.S. court to developing and distributing the LuminosityLink remote access Trojan. [Read More]
A 30-year-old Irish man accused of working for now defunct "dark web" marketplace Silk Road has been extradited to the United States to face charges in New York, four years after his arrest, prosecutors announced Friday [Read More]
The losses and potential losses reported as a result of business email compromise (BEC) and email account compromise (EAC) scams exceed over $12 billion globally, says the FBI [Read More]
Two more individuals, a hedge fund manager and a securities trader, have been convicted by a U.S. court for their role in a $30 million newswire hacking scheme [Read More]
Former employee of Israel-based cyber arms dealer NSO Group accused of stealing spyware source code and attempting to sell it for $50 million [Read More]
Russian law enforcement this week announced that two individuals were arrested for compromising accounts of loyalty program members from popular websites. [Read More]
New York Times reporter David Sanger published a book claiming that Mandiant “hacked back” during its famous investigation into the Chinese cyber-espionage group APT1, but FireEye has denied the claims [Read More]
A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to his role in an ATM “jackpotting” operation, the United States Department of Justice announced this week. [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.