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Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy  19 February 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A year ago, the Department of Justice threatened to put Fidel Salinas in prison for the rest of his life for hacking crimes. But before the federal government brought those charges against him, Salinas now says, it tried a different tactic: recruiting him.
 
Major Video Game Companies Agree to Share Customer Data with the US Government  16 February 2015 
Source: motherboard - Posted by Dave Wreski   
With or without controversial new legislation such as the ​Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, President Obama is doing his best to make sure companies share the information they know about you with the federal government.
 
Obama looks for common ground with China on cyber issues  11 February 2015 
Source: IT World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
President Barack Obama has called for “swift work” between the U.S. and China to narrow their differences on “cyber issues”, amid persistent concerns from the two countries over hacking attacks and trade barriers related to tech.
 
The Pirate Bay responds to CDN and Moderation concerns, says it is not a FBI honeypot  06 February 2015 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The Pirate Bay to remove CloudFlare CDN soon after it gets its act straight, says TPB crew The Pirate Bay went live on 31st Jan, a day earlier than schedule but with the launch came concerns from users and die hard TPB fans regarding the use of CloudFlare content delivery network including its SSL service and lack of moderators on TPB.
 
Some hackers are unknowingly gathering intel for the NSA  05 February 2015 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The U.S. National Security Agency and its intelligence partners are reportedly sifting through data stolen by state-sponsored and freelance hackers on a regular basis in search of valuable information.
 
FBI put Anonymous 'hacktivist' Jeremy Hammond on terrorism watchlist  04 February 2015 
Source: The Guardian - Posted by Alex   
The prominent Anonymous “hacktivist” Jeremy Hammond, who participated in some of the hacking collective’s most audacious cyber acts, was placed by the FBI on a terrorism watchlist, the Daily Dot reported on Monday.
 
After paying $4m for bugs, Google offers new grants for suspected but unproven flaws  02 February 2015 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Alex   
Google has launched a new vulnerability research grants program, offering cash to top security researchers who want to investigate potential bugs - even if the flaws turn out to be nothing.
 
No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn  28 January 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography.
 
Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack  23 January 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Barrett Brown, who became a cause célčbre after he was charged with crimes related to the 2011 Stratfor hack, will not go free as his supporters hoped. He was sentenced today in Texas to five years and three months in prison.
 
Why I Hope Congress Never Watches Blackhat  20 January 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
What a strange time. Last week I was literally walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Michael Mann’s Blackhat, a crime thriller that I had the good fortune to work on as a “hacker adviser” (my actual screen credit). Today, all I’m thinking is, please, God, don’t let anybody in Congress see the film.
 
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