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Over a period of two years, a threat actor sold access to the compromised networks of 135 organizations in 44 countries and likely made over $1.5 million. [Read More]
Republican senators have introduced what they have described as a “balanced” bill that would require tech companies to give law enforcement access to encrypted data. [Read More]
Twitter has suspended the account of Distributed Denial of Secrets after it posted links to information on 200 law enforcement organizations. [Read More]
Amnesty International says software developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group was used to attack a Moroccan journalist, the latest in a series of allegations against the company. [Read More]
BlueLeaks: Distributed Denial of Secrets has leaked hundreds of thousands of files belonging to over 200 law enforcement agencies, obtained by Anonymous hackers from a web development firm. [Read More]
The alleged hacker who breached the human resource databases of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2014 was arrested this week in Detroit. [Read More]
Tech giants love to portray themselves as forces for good and as the United States was gripped by anti-racism protests a number of them publicly disavowed selling controversial facial recognition technology to police forces. [Read More]
A specialized CIA unit that developed hacking tools and cyber weapons didn’t do enough to protect its own operations and wasn't prepared to respond when its secrets were exposed, according to an internal report. [Read More]
Germany launched a coronavirus tracing app Tuesday that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it. [Read More]
United States House representatives last week sent a letter to Zoom to demand explanation for the communication platform’s decision to close the accounts of U.S.-based Chinese activists. [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.