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The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s Server  08 September 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the formidable anonymity software Tor.
 
How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California’s New Phone Kill-Switch Law  29 August 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Beginning next year, if you buy a cell phone in California that gets lost or stolen, you’ll have a built-in ability to remotely deactivate the phone under a new “kill switch” feature being mandated by California law—but the feature will make it easier for police and others to disable the phone as well, raising concerns among civil liberties groups about possible abuse.
 
Google catches Indian Government Agency with Fake Digital Certificates  10 July 2014 
Source: The Hacker News - Posted by Alex   
Google has identified and blocked unauthorized digital certificates for a number of its domains issued by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, a unit of India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
 
German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report  07 July 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A German intelligence agency staffer has been arrested after allegedly being caught spying on behalf on the US, according to reports by German newspapers. The country's Federal Prosecutor's office has confirmed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but gave no further details.
 
NSA reformers dismayed after privacy board vindicates surveillance dragnet  03 July 2014 
Source: The Guardian UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Civil libertarians saw their hopes for curtailing the National Security Agency's massive digital surveillance program dimmed in the wake of a report from a US government privacy board vindicating much of the international communications dragnet.
 
London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks  30 June 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Alex   
An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.
 
U.S. Case Offers Glimpse Into China’s Hacker Army  23 May 2014 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
One man accused of being a hacker for the Chinese military, Wang Dong, better known as UglyGorilla, wrote in a social media profile that he did not “have much ambition” but wanted “to wander the world with a sword, an idiot.”
 
FBI’s Huge Hacker Bust Could Be Bogus  21 May 2014 
Source: Daily Beast - Posted by Alex   
Dozens have been arrested in a king-sized global hacker crackdown. But it’s unclear whether the charges against these supposed cyber criminals will actually stick.
 
Sheheen, GOP senators trade barbs over hacking  09 May 2014 
Source: The State - Posted by Alex   
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Democratic rival called Thursday for the Republican to release details on how a hacker stole millions of taxpayers’ information, drawing the ire of state Senate GOP leaders.
 
Analysis of the FBI's Failure to Stop the Boston Marathon Bombings  02 May 2014 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Two opposite mistakes in an after-the-fact review of a terrorist incident are equally damaging. One is to fail to recognize the powerful difference between foresight and hindsight in evaluating how an investigative or intelligence agency should have behaved.
 
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