leaks
How Sneaky Hackers Altered Stolen Emails to Attack Putin’s Critics

Cyber espionage operations and leaks of sensitive government data are a regular occurrence these days. In our eagerness to learn hidden truths it is also imperative that we ask ourselves whether we can trust the accuracy of information offered up by unknown actors whose intentions are obscured. Is this information real, or has it been tampered with to further some powerful entity’s shadowy agenda? Should our default position be to treat leaks with the strictest suspicion—perhaps even as the calculated product of digital disinformation—until proven otherwise? Read More >>

privacy
Why This Man Is Risking Jail by Refusing to Surrender Passwords at Heathrow Airport

Muhammad Rabbani wasn’t shocked last winter when he was stopped by British authorities at Heathrow airport. It would’ve been more astonishing had he simply walked up to the passport counter, declared his business and been allowed to pass. Read More >>

security
Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered by Security Researchers in an Anonymous Online Database

A trove of more than 560 million login credentials has been exposed by a leaky database, researchers revealed on Tuesday, including email addresses and passwords stolen from as many as 10 popular online services. Read More >>

ransomware
There’s a Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Globally Right Now [Updated]

A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible. Read More >>

fbi
Dark Web Child Porn Kingpin Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

A Florida man whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation says created the “world’s largest child pornography website” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Read More >>

security
WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Ton of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency’s cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer. It’s scary stuff—if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true. Read More >>

cybersecurity
The UK Has A New Cyber Security HQ

The government's new National Cyber Security Centre officially opens today in Victoria, London - with the ribbon being cut by renowned cybersecurity expert, the Queen. Read More >>

politics
Trump Decides the Cyber Will Be Fixed Another Day

President Trump was scheduled to sign an executive order on cybersecurity yesterday, following a “listening session” with cybersecurity experts. That signing was abruptly cancelled, with no reason given. Read More >>

security
Is President Trump Still Using His Favourite Unsecured Phone?

Speaking from the White House on Tuesday, Donald Trump bragged to The New York Times that he was on “the world’s most secure” telephone system, joking, “The words just explode in the air.” According to that same report, however, the US President is also using what might be the world’s least secure system: the ancient, unsecured Android phone he had before taking office. Read More >>

security
FBI’s New Anti-Hacking Campaign Asks Teens To Be Cyber Heroes, Not Cyber Zeroes

This week, the FBI teamed up with Europol to launch a public prevention campaign designed to “raise awareness of the risk of young adults getting involved in cybercrime.” In service of that mission, the law enforcement agencies representing some of the world’s most powerful nations somehow came up this: Read More >>

hacking
Not Even the Humble Chicken Bucket Is Safe From Hackers

If you’re a fried chicken enthusiast living, your Chicken Stamps may be in peril. Read More >>

security
CIA Report Concludes That Russia Tried to Help Trump Win

Following President Obama’s order for a full report on “cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election,” multiple sources are telling multiple publications that Russia used hacking as a tool to benefit the election of Donald Trump and harm his opponent, Hillary Clinton. A flurry of information has led to accusations of partisanship harming national security. Read More >>

privacy
The FBI Just Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the US.government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the US federal code of criminal procedure died on the Senate floor. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Bletchley Park Could Open as a Free Cybersecurity College in 2018

Middle-aged people in suits who keep moaning about how kids are always on their computers instead of hanging around on street corners, yet also want youngsters to spend even more time online because of the UK’s digital skills gap, have finally shown that they’re willing to actually do something. Read More >>

security
Hedgehog-Based Authentication Is the Only Way to Be Truly Secure

Come up with a password, they’ll crack it. Program a key card, they’ll hack it. Tie your identity to a DNA sequence and Russian black hats will break into your bedroom while you’re sleeping and steal all your blood. In the end, there’s only one truly unbreakable security measure: Atelerix albiventris, the humble hedgehog. Read More >>