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Russian lawmakers approve a bill that would allow Moscow to cut the country's internet traffic from foreign servers, in a key second reading paving the way for legislation that activists fear is a step towards online isolation. [Read More]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London on a US warrant charging him over his alleged role in a massive leak of military and diplomatic documents in 2010, the Justice Department said Thursday. [Read More]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, just after Ecuador revoked his asylum [Read More]
Canadian authorities last week raided a residence in connection with Orcus Technologies, the developer of Orcus RAT, a tool sold on underground markets for its remote access capabilities. [Read More]
A Ukrainian man accused of being the head of a money laundering and fraud operation was extradited to the United States after being arrested in South Korea, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. [Read More]
Harold T. Martin III, a former NSA contractor accused of stealing classified documents from the agency’s headquarters, pleaded guilty to willful retention of national defense information. [Read More]
A former National Security Agency contractor accused in a massive theft of classified information is expected to plead guilty Thursday in what U.S. prosecutors had once portrayed as a “breathtaking” breach at the nation’s biggest spy shop. [Read More]
Microsoft has taken control of 99 domains used by an Iran-linked cyberespionage group tracked as Phosphorus, APT35, Charming Kitten, NewsBeef, Newscaster and Ajax Security Team. [Read More]
A 50-year-old from Lithuania has pleaded guilty over his role in a $100 million business email compromise (BEC) scheme targeting Facebook and Google. [Read More]
An Illinois man pleaded guilty for owning, administrating, and supporting an illegal booting service that launched millions of distributed denial of service attacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. [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.