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FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

Even if FBI agents did hack their way into the Silk Road without a warrant - and they're most certainly not confessing to that, mind you - the intrusion would have been an upstanding, law-abiding, Fourth Amendment-respecting act of criminal investigation, the government argued in a Monday court filing.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

Revenge porn offenders could face 14 years in jail

Calls for revenge porn to be classed as a sexual offence, with jail time to match

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued new guidance on the posting of revenge pornography. The suggested new approach would see more serious cases of revenge porn prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

A spokesman confirmed a report that Dubai police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

Is it 1984 yet?

Google responds to celebrity lawyer's $100m nude photo scandal lawsuit threat

Take down nudies or we'll sue you for $100m, celebs' lawyer warns Google

Google has responded to a letter written by a lawyer on behalf of a dozen celebrities whose nude photos were stolen and published online.

JP Morgan Chase confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan confirms breach, 76 million homes and 7 million businesses affected

JP Morgan Chase has confirmed that user information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses has been stolen in one of the largest data breaches ever.

Civil liberties advocates, bookstores, publishers sue to stop anti revenge porn law

Gavel. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Those seeking to outlaw revenge porn are now battling a coalition of free-speech advocates who claim the existing laws were thrown together so shabbily, they could arguably be used to criminalize a host of non-vengeful innocents who handle nude images.

International hackers charged over Call of Duty and Apache helicopter software theft

Call of Duty

Hackers from Australia, Canada and the US have been charged with breaking into the networks of games developers and the US Army to steal software worth at least $100m, according to prosecutors.

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

Don't lock police out of popular consumer gadgets, lest law enforcement's efforts to nab kidnappers or child predators be stymied, the US AG said, becoming the latest of a string of government officials to speak out since Google and Apple announced they were changing encryption on their mobile operating systems.

Head of 'StealthGenie' mobile stalking app indicted for selling spyware

Stealth Genie

The indictment alleges that StealthGenie can and has recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; intercepted calls to be monitored in real time; allowed the buyer to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and much more...

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China has blocked Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram, as pro-democracy protesters flooded the Central financial district in Hong Kong on Monday and chronicled it all by flooding social media sites with #OccupyCentral hashtagged images.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

Netflix deadlocked with broadcast regulator over "confidential" subscriber data

Netflix logo

Things are getting testy between Netflix and Canada's broadcast regulator over "confidential" subscriber data which the regulator wants to be able to access.

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Employees with an axe to grind are increasingly sticking it to their current or former employers by carrying out "computer network exploitation and disruption", the FBI says.

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, et al. targeted in latest naked celebrity photo leak

Celebgate redux: Alleged nudies of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens et al. doxed

Early on Saturday morning, Celebgate flooded the same sites as it did three weeks ago - 4Chan and Reddit, among others - as cyber crooks again posted nude celebrity photos, despite the scuffle of threatened lawsuits and attention from the FBI.

Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses

Home Depot data breach

Lots of people who speculated about the credit card data breach at the Home Depot turned out to be wrong.

But those who suggested that Home Depot's breach might end up bigger than Target's turned out to be spot on.

Chinese hackers breached US military contractors, says Senate report

China hacks US military contractors

Military contractors for the US Transportation Command were breached by hackers associated with the Chinese government at least 20 times in one year, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

Apple questioned on Watch privacy by state attorney general

Apple Watch

Apple calls the gadget its "most personal device ever". Attorney General George Jepsen would like to know how Apple's planning to protect all that data, which will include things as intimate as our heartbeats.