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Tech Companies: “We’re Not Yahoo”
News broke this week of some pretty shady dealings from Yahoo. Some former employees have released the news that the company was spying on its own customers’ email accounts at the US government’s request, intent on snooping around for evidence of illegal activity through keywords and phrases. While the... Read more
Yahoo Secretly Scanned User Emails For US Government
According to a news report from Reuters, Yahoo last year designed custom software that searched all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials. Yahoo is currently in the process of being taken over by Verizon Communications in a $4.8bn (£3.8bn) deal. “Yahoo is... Read more
Calls For Edward Snowden To Be Pardoned, Punished
Perhaps one of the most polarizing figures in recent years is Edward Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who leaked classified information to journalists following his attempts to convince the government that what they were doing violated people’s rights and civil liberties. Now, nearly four years after the carpet was... Read more
Stolen NSA Files Put Up for Auction By Hackers
A hacker collective known as the Shadow Brokers are holding a Bitcoin auction to ransom off a collection of malware files stolen from the US National Security Agency. The hackers say they will give the malicious files to the highest bidder, whoever they may be. According to experts, the... Read more
Ukrainian Kickass Torrents Creator Arrested
US authorities have arrested the alleged Ukrainian mastermind thought to be behind the illegal Kickass torrent file sharing site. Artem Vaulin, aged 30, has been charged ‘conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.’ US attorney... Read more
Facebook Deliberately Restricts Conservative News – Allegedly
Accusations have been leveled against tech giant Facebook over the apparent censorship of Right-leaning news, As social media grows from public outreach to actual news sourcing (much to the outrage of broadcast and print journalists across the world), some apparent bias has been revealed regarding Facebook’s unique news tool:... Read more
NSA Created “Backdoor” That Hackers Exploited
What do you do when your efforts to catch a bad guy only result in helping him do his evil deeds? That may be the case in what is arguably one of the most ludicrous possible scenarios to come out of software security news in a long, long time.... Read more
China Denies Hacking Australia Weather
China has denied that it was the protagonist behind the recent cyber-attack on Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) had been informed by several credible sources that the attempted hack had without doubt almost certainly come from China, and... Read more
NSA Ends Mass Surveillance Of US Citizens
As of last Saturday, 28th November, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has finally stopped directly collecting the information of the phone calls and metadata of millions of US citizens. A US Justice Department statement released Saturday stated that: “Final temporary reauthorization of the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata... Read more
Anonymous Hacktivists Posts Alleged ‘Real’ Ku Klux Klan Sympathiser List
Details of just under 1,000 alleged ‘real’ Ku Klux Klan members and sympathisers have been posted on the internet by the hacktivist  group known as Anonymous. How accurate the list purports to be will be up for some scrutiny. Previously revealed details from earlier this week regarding the Ku... Read more
Undercover US DEA Agent Jailed For Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins
The agent who pleaded guilty in July to stealing $700,000 worth of bitcoin has been jailed for his crimes. US undercover Drug Enforcement Agent, Carl M. Force was handed a prison sentence of 6 and a half years for admitting to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice, and... Read more
China: State Sanctioned Hacking Against US? Not Us States Chinese Premier
  Xi Jinping denies China is responsible for any cyber espionage against the US Federal Government. When The Great Wall Came To The Wall Street Journal In a written interview with the Wall Street Journal President Xi has categorically denied that state sanctioned Chinese hackers had anything to do... Read more
GCHQ Password Guidance: Can You Trust It?
GCHQ, the UK government spy agency have recommended that people use simpler, easy to remember passwords, suggest banning password strength meters and regular password changes. But can you trust security advice that comes from the same people who were found to be unlawfully conducting mass surveillance against its own... Read more
US Considers Sanctions Against China For Alleged Cybertheft Activity
The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima has reported that the Obama administration are planning a series of ‘unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals,’ who have gained from the Chinese government’s cybertheft of ‘US trade secrets.’ The news has surfaced just weeks before the Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping, visits... Read more
Suicides And Extortion Linked To Ashley Madison Data Hack.
Two people in Canada with personal information allegedly associated with the Ashley Madison Data Hack are reported to have committed suicide as a result of the leak from the adultery website. Toronto police’s acting staff Superintendent, Bryce Evans, said on Monday morning, that while the deaths were as yet unconfirmed,... Read more
Microsoft, Google & Apple Fight Against The Patriot Act
A coalition of advocacy groups, technology firms and multinational corporations have sent an open letter to The White House, urging a reform of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance and data collection under the Patriot Act. The NSA’s data collection expires on June 1 under Section 215 of the... Read more
Wikipedia Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance
The Wikimedia Foundation is going on an all-out offensive against the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) for the global surveillance network created by the NSA with partners in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, essentially covering the entire world. The surveillance works by... Read more
Tech Giants Band Together to Curb NSA Surveillance
Tech giants from all corners of the Internet world, including AOL, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and others, have banded together to fight the NSA surveillance. Sadly, even with this large alliance of technology companies sending an open letter to the Senate, the bill – dubbed the USA... Read more