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Privacy-focused ProtonMail has been accused of voluntarily helping law enforcement spy on users, but the company has denied the accusations. [Read More]
In addition to the hacking conspiracy charge brought in April by the US government, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now faces 17 counts under the Espionage Act. [Read More]
Amazon confirmed that shareholders rejected proposals to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to governments and study how it might threaten privacy or civil rights. [Read More]
The European Union on Friday adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. [Read More]
Canadian authorities announce that Defiant Tech, the company that ran LeakedSource, pleaded guilty to trafficking identity information and possession of property obtained through crime. [Read More]
TeamViewer confirms it was hacked in 2016 -- likely by Chinese cyberspies -- but the company decided not to make the breach public as it found no evidence that it affected users. [Read More]
The number of hacktivist attacks that resulted in quantifiable damage has declined by 95 percent since 2015, according to IBM. [Read More]
Authorities in the United States and Europe announced the takedown of a cybercrime network that used the GozNym malware to steal an estimated $100 million from victims. [Read More]
The UK Supreme Court has delivered a ruling that ensures that intelligence agency surveillance action can be challenged in the courts, and is subject to the rule of law. [Read More]
San Francisco became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. [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.