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Facebook says governments in 74 countries have asked for user data


by Matthew Shaer, courtesy csmonitor Facebook has published a report on the number of government data requests issued in the first six months of 2013. According to Facebook, between Jan. … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowden reveals US intelligence’s black budget: $52.6 billion on secret programs


courtesy rt.com – Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has leaked a new top-secret document that for the first time ever publically discloses how the United States spends tens of billions of dollars … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Amid Uproar Over NSA’s Surveillance, Malaysia Wants to Expand Its Spying Powers


by Jordan Robertson, courtesy Bloomberg – The spying scandal roiling the National Security Agency in the U.S. may turn out to provide great air cover for other countries wanting to … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Manning Sentenced


Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years by Julie Tate, courtesy Washington Post A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Energy Dept. hacked; 14,000 employees affected


by Zack Colman, courtesy TheHill–   Personal information for roughly 14,000 past and current Energy Department employees was compromised in a recent hacking attack, the department said in a memo … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

IP Cloaking Violates Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Judge Rules


by David Kravets, courtesy Wired – A federal judge has ruled that circumventing an IP address blockade to connect to a website is a breach of the Computer Fraud and … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The CIA first tested drones in Area 51 because of course they did


By Brian Fung, courtesy WashingtonPost – Project AQUILINE (U.S. Government / George Washington University National Security Archives) Two unmanned aerial reconnaissance programs operated by the CIA during the Cold War … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

NSA “touches” more of Internet than Google


In deep packet inspection, it’s not the size of the data that matters. by Sean Gallagher, courtesy ArsTechnica In a memo issued last Friday, the National Security Agency provided details … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Most Governments Don’t Carry Cyber Insurance


Given the fallout from high-profile data breaches, why do public-sector agencies lag behind other economic sectors when it comes to buying cyber insurance? – by Matt Willimas, courtesy GovTech Public-sector … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

WikiLeaks’ Teenage Benedict Arnold


by Ryan Gallagher, courtesy TheSlate – When he met Julian Assange for the first time, Sigurdur Thordarson admired the WikiLeaks founder’s attitude and quickly signed up to the cause. But little more than a year … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lavabit, email service linked to Edward Snowden, shuts down


by Raphael Satter, courtesy Associated Press A Texas-based email service reportedly used by National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said it was shutting down Thursday, explaining in a cryptic message … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Did Snowden engage in civil disobedience? Civil rights leader John Lewis thinks so.


courtesy Washington Post – Edward Snowden has come in for some harsh criticism from senior government officials. For example, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called his actions an “act … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vulnerabilities in D-Link network video recorders enable remote spying, researcher says


The vulnerabilities allow attackers to gain access to devices used to monitor surveillance cameras or provide remote access to stored data by Lucian Constantin, courtesy IDG News Service – Some … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ransomware Scams Prey on Your Sense of Guilt to Open Your Wallet


by Winston Ross, courtesy DailyBeast – So you’ve been looking at porn online—or something even more nefarious. Suddenly your computer freezes and an FBI warning appears. Winston Ross on the rising … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is That USB Charger Safe or Hacking Your Stuff


Fake USB Chargers Could Hack Into iPhones – – courtesy IDG News Service — You’re waiting at the airport and topping up your iPhone at a public USB charging station. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hacker Asylum Granted Thru July 31, 2014


Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum – As reported by the New York Times reproters STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW E. KRAMER MOSCOW — Brushing aside pleas and warnings from President Obama and other … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Self-Righteous Hacker Claims To Have Accessed BitTorrent’s Internal Network


by Dylan Love, courtesy BusinessInsider – A forum administrator going by the name “MentaL” on gaming site RageZone claims to have gained access to BitTorrent’s internal network. In the forum post … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage


Don’t panic, yet by Iain Thomson, courtesy theregister – Students from the University of Texas successfully piloted an $80m superyacht sailing 30 miles offshore in the Mediterranean Sea by overriding the … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Intelligence Agencies Banned Lenovo PCs After Chinese Acquisition


U.S. feared use of PCs built by Lenovo posed security threat long before spying concerns over Huaweii and ZTE surfaced. – by Mathew J. Schwartz, courtesy informationweek – Since at least … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Proof-of-concept exploit available for Android app signature check vulnerability


Technical details about a vulnerability allowing rogue modifications of legitimate Android apps were publicly disclosed by Lucian Constantin, courtesy techworld Technical details and a proof-of-concept exploit have been published for … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

FAQ on report to President Reif regarding MIT and Aaron Swartz


courtesy MIT,  click here for a direct link to site Today, MIT released a report to President L. Rafael Reif called “MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz,” compiled by Professor … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords


by Declan Macullagh, courtesy cnet.com  — Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form. The … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Uncle Sam Is Helping U.S. Tech Companies Win Security Deals


by Jordan Robertson, courtesy Bloomberg — Talk about home field advantage. As Cisco Systems’ $2.7 billion acquisition of Maryland-based Sourcefire shows, it pays to be located on American soil, especially when it … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cisco to Buy Sourcefire, a Cybersecurity Company, for $2.7 Billion


by MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED, courtesy New York Times — Paul Sakuma/Associated PressThe Cisco Systems data center in San Jose, Calif. Cisco Systems agreed on Tuesday to buy Sourcefire, a … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Head Start: College Kid Gets Prison For Rigging Student President Election


from the get-’em-while-they’re-young dept — courtesy techdirt — We’ve covered mishaps with regard to e-voting in elections for quite a while now, but you may have noticed that these stories tend to … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

US Court Renews Permission to NSA to Collect Phone Metadata


A disclosure that the government was collecting phone data from customers of Verizon has already generated controversy — by John Ribeiro, courtesy CIO — IDG News Service (Bangalore Bureau) — The … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Want to shoot a drone? Just pay $25


A small town in Colorado is considering issuing $25 licenses for its residents to hunt drones, and it’s gaining support. — by Colin Neagle, courtesy Open Source Community — A resident … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ubuntu Forum Defaced, Breached By Hackers


Email addresses, user names and encrypted passwords were revealed, according to Canonical — by Jeremy Kirk, courtesy CIO — courtesy IDG News Service — A website dedicated to discussion of … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Emulex CEO Eyes Network Dollars


by  James Rogers, courtesy TheStreet  — NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Jeff Benck, the new CEO of server component specialist Emulex (ELX_), sees a massive opportunity in network monitoring following the company’s … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Industrial Firewalls Ward Off Cyber Attacks, Keep Industrial Process Control Networks Secure


Press release [Monday 15 July 2013] As industrial automation adopts an Ethernet-based network, production processes in factories can achieve intelligent manufacturing and benefit from real-time monitoring and remote management. However, … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Intel, IBM Feel Putin Pinch as Medvedev Tech Hub Falters


by Henry Meyer, Irina Reznik & Jason Corcoran, courtesy Bloomberg When Russian agents stormed the downtown offices of the Skolkovo technology hub being built near Moscow on April 18, a startled … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Windows XP Users Urged to Upgrade OS


Security sleuths have issued an alert for those using the popular ‘Window XP’ as operating system in their computers and laptops and advised “immediate” upgrade of software against hacking attempts. … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tech firms target ads on pirate websites


courtesy BBC, by The initiative could mean ads being withdrawn from sites pirating music and movies or selling fake goods. Many such sites only survive because cash generated by ads … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tumblr Urges Users to Update iOS App, Password Amid Security Issue


by Anita Li, courtesy mashable Tumblr urged users to download an important update for its iOS apps on Tuesday, after a “security vulnerability” put passwords at risk. “We have just released … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is DARPA?


by TiA Staff courtesy DARPA.com DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

HUMPRHEY, SNOWDEN, GREENWALD E-MAIL EXHANGE


Dear John Q. Public: Below you will find an email exchange that will help to understand that nothing we say or do is private, Big Brother is like a friend … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

U.S. government enlisted ISPs to fight Chinese hackers


by Curt Hopkins, courtesy dailydot Earlier this year, the U.S. government gave American ISPs addresses believed to be associated with Chinese hackers “as part of a previously undisclosed effort aimed at blocking cyberspying,” … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hackers Hijack ‘Jersey Shore’ Twitter Accounts


by Marshall Honorof If the crew of “Jersey Shore” seemed less obnoxious than usual on Twitter this past week, it’s because a prolific team of troublemakers hacked them. TeamHype, a group … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

INSIDE TRACK: SECURITY SERVICES – INCIDENT HANDLING


courtesy techcentral.ie With no sign of a silver bullet when it comes to security  technology, policies and procedures are becoming all the more important when  facing increased threat levels. Guiding … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

MIT and NSA


Senate Breaking News: Play With An MIT Tool That Visualizes How The NSA Can Map Your Relationships The brainiacs at MIT created a cool visualization program to map how the National … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hard drive-wiping malware that hit South Korea tied to military espionage


by Dan Goodin, courtesy Arstechnica “Dark Seoul” attack that wreaked havoc is part of spy campaign operating since 2009. The hackers responsible for a malware attack in March that simultaneously … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Venezuela and Nicaragua make offers of asylum to Snowden


The intelligence leaker remains holed up in the Moscow airport. by Megan Geuss, courtesy ArsTechnica Venezuela and Nicaragua made offers of asylum to Edward Snowden on Friday. Venezuela in particular was the most … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

EFF Sues FBI For Access to Facial-Recognition Records


Lawsuit Seeks Transparency Before Implementation of a ‘Bigger, Faster and Better’ Biometrics System courtesy eff.org San Francisco – As the FBI is rushing to build a “bigger, faster and better” … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

VIDEO: Short Depiction of Edward Snowden’s Story


With nano-second improvements in technology, keeping up and  sustainability are most relevant today.   Though Edward Snowden was in China for an estimated month, the race to produce the most interesting movie short is already … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Calif. Attorney General: Time to crack down on companies that don’t encrypt


State’s first data breach report finds that more than 1.4 million residents’ data would have been safe had companies used encryption By Ted Samson, (courtesy infoworld) If organizations throughout California … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowden still in Moscow despite Bolivian plane drama


Courtesy (Reuters) – Bolivia accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to “kidnap” its president, Evo Morales, after his plane was denied permission to fly over some European countries on … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Op-Ed: Data Mining, Without Big Brother


NYTimes Op-Ed Contributors: by LEONARD H. SCHRANK and JUAN C. ZARATE courtesy New York Times IN the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, President Obama has acknowledged the imperative to balance … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowden speaks: by revoking passport, US gov’t is “using citizenship as a weapon”


Meanwhile, former President Bush says PRISM was designed “to protect the country.” by Cyrus Farivar. courtesy Arstechnica Ed Snowden, as depicted at the France-based “Abode of Chaos.” Abode of Chaos … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Law & Disorder


by Nate Anderson, courtesy Arstechnica Project SHAMROCK allowed the NSA to intercept telegrams sent by US citizens. US intelligence agencies have sprung so many leaks over the last few years—black … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Escalating Cost of Software Malice


by Andrew O’Connell |courtesy HarvardBusinessReview  Malicious attacks by hackers: At first they were an irritating oddity, but they’ve surged so much over the past few years that now they’re the … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

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