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A former National Security Agency hacker whose leak of extremely top secret online spying materials led to the US government ban on Kaspersky software was sentenced to 66 months in prison. [Read More]
A Latvian resident accused of operating the counter antivirus service Scan4You sentenced to 14 years in prison in the United States [Read More]
As part of a 2-year investigation into NSO Group’s sophisticated Pegasus spyware, Citizen Lab has identified 45 countries where operators might be leveraging the malware to conduct surveillance operations. [Read More]
Global ransomware attacks are increasingly linked to nation states, with the lines between politics and crime often blurring, Europol says [Read More]
Three men who admitted creating Mirai and using the botnet to launch attacks avoid prison after assisting the FBI in other complex cybercrime investigations [Read More]
Greece's Supreme Court on Friday said a Russian held in Greece for allegedly laundering $4 billion using the bitcoin digital currency should be extradited to Russia [Read More]
Russian national Peter Yuryevich Levashov pleads guilty in US court to computer crime, fraud, conspiracy and identity theft charges related to the development and use of the Kelihos botnet [Read More]
A Romanian court has ruled that Marcel Lazar Lehel, a hacker known as Guccifer, should be extradited to the U.S. to serve a 4½-year prison sentence. [Read More]
Russian Andrei Tyurin was extradited to the United States from Georgia to answer criminal charges over the massive theft of customer data from JPMorgan Chase and Dow Jones. [Read More]
Industry professionals comment on the U.S. bringing charges against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean national believed to be a member of the notorious Lazarus Group [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.