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Attorneys General from 12 states announce that the first multistate HIPAA-related data breach lawsuit has been filed against Medical Informatics Engineering and NoMoreClipboard after they allowed hackers to steal the information of 3.9 million individuals. [Read More]
Two Iranian men already indicted in New Jersey in connection with SamSam ransomware attacks now face new federal charges in Georgia related to a ransomware attack that caused havoc for the city of Atlanta earlier this year. [Read More]
Australia's two main parties passed sweeping cyber laws requiring tech giants to help government agencies get around encrypted communications used by suspected criminals and terrorists. [Read More]
NSO Group has rejected accusations that its surveillance snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [Read More]
Seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators Tuesday, accusing the internet giant of covertly tracking users' movements in violation of an EU regulation on data protection [Read More]
US charges two Iranian men for creating the SamSam ransomware and using it to extort hundreds of organizations [Read More]
Law enforcement, cybersecurity companies, Google and other tech firms work together on dismantling sophisticated 3ve ad fraud scheme that earned its operators tens of millions of dollars [Read More]
Australian HR software firm PageUp says it has found no evidence that data was stolen as a result of the data breach suffered this year [Read More]
A Thai government official on defended a sweeping cybersecurity bill which experts have decried for allowing the wholesale seizure of private computers and property. [Read More]
Recorded Future security researchers believe they were able to correctly identify the individual who in 2016 leaked data stolen in high profile data breaches such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, and others. [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.