Law & order
The Bitcoin infrastructure isn't perfect - for example, it has a cryptographic problem known euphemistically as "transaction malleability."
But can this alone explain missing Bitcoins to the tune of $500,000,000?
What about support for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion? Can a rootkit be a blessing in disguise? Will federal US data breach laws make things better or worse?
Chester and Duck once again aim their entertaining expertise at the security news of the week...
Kristy Ross, employee at rogue anti-virus pushers Innovative Marketing Inc., dragged her appeal against her whopping $163 million fine through the courts for years - and has lost. Do you think the fine fits the crime?
In a court decision that could prompt a change in state law, a Texas woman has been awarded a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit she brought against her ex-boyfriend for plastering nude photos on the internet without her permission.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has used his weekly video message to demanded Congress get busy developing a "strong national standard" for breach notifications in the wake of the Target and Neiman Markus leaks.
Google has hired lobbyists in at least three US states to battle proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass.
The scorn for glassholes has apparently now gone too far, having evolved into what might be the first violent action taken against a Glass wearer.
The attacker says it's just the tip of the iceberg, claiming that s/he's "sitting on thousands of passports" belonging to law enforcement and military personnel.
Cybercrime is all about the money. And, in the end, that money leads back to the financial sector. Banks, credit unions, insurers and everyone charged with looking after our money and covering us when something bad happens are starting to feel the pinch from the steady growth in cybercriminality.
As you turn your head to ponder what devices might be recording you, add an upward gaze, because light fixtures are emerging on the list of potentially snooping, networked things.
A court has heard how fraudsters stole more than one million pounds from a Barclays bank branch in a "sophisticated and organised attack" on Britain's banking system.
South Korean regulators have fined three credit card companies and banned them from issuing new credit cards for three months in the wake of the country's largest-ever data theft.
The NSA claimed in a recent document that Edward Snowden pulled a fast one on at least one fellow NSA employee in order to gain access to the classified documents he's gone on to leak - or gush, as the case may be. Snowden has denied such claims in the past, and according to his legal people, he still does, and this new charge amounts to the NSA's habit of scapegoating.
Hackers gained unauthorised access to crowdfunding site kickstarter.com earlier this week. Compromised details include usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and password hashes. Kickstarter users should change their passwords immediately.
It was meant to rival Silk Road, which the US FBI shut down in October and which sold the same type of merchandise: drugs, firearms, stolen bank account information and forged identity documents.
Appalled with government surveillance without oversight? Sick of having your privacy invaded? Numb from stories about the NSA? If you are, you'll have had many more bad days than good since June 2013. But today, just perhaps, could be one of the better ones
Just by looking at suspects, police could instantly check out their arrest records, mugshots and other key information. Of course, they could also record everything and everybody they see, regardless of whether they have a warrant or reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.