Law & order
Everything from passwords being left around on desks to computers missing critical patches to sensitive data being stored on unencrypted laptops. Believe it or not - that's just the 'tame' stuff. It gets worse. Much worse.
The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.
Panin, a Russian national, admitted to developing and distributing the banking malware, which was sold to over 150 clients through underground cybercrime forums, and is designed to compromise PCs and connect them to botnets of similarly backdoored systems.
The company has reportedly shut down remote access to at least two internal systems: one for HR and one for suppliers. And yes, the DOJ is investigating this, one of the biggest breaches of all time.
It takes a lot of water to cool the spy agency's supercomputers, plus a lot of electricity. Two 4th Amendment-focused nonprofits are putting forth a template for a bill that would enable US states to turn off the lights and the taps and thereby, basically, starve the agency of the juice it needs to run.
Lavabit, a now-defunct private email service, has appealed against a contempt of court ruling centred around the company not handing over unencrypted data of one of its users - widely believed to be Edward Snowden.
San Jose residents are voluntarily signing up to make it easy for Police to use their security camera footage. Is it a sensible and well managed use of available technology or, as the EFF claims, is it police overreach?
The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned retailers to harden their defences against cyber-heists - particularly those that latch onto credit card details from shoppers
Moore and alleged accomplice Charles "Gary" Evens were also indicted on 8 other counts including conspiracy and 7 counts of hacking to steal victims' nude or sexually explicit photos.
Microsoft has admitted that spearphishers compromised email accounts at the company, potentially leaking documents "associated with law enforcement inquiries". Just the day before Microsoft revealed the legal data loss, the SEA made another strike, this time targeting news outlet CNN.
One of the most stupid selfies ever: a Polish prisoner's photo, taken on a contraband mobile phone smuggled into the prison, showing a lush, equally contraband and definitely illegal cannabis plant he grew from seed in his cell.
A man police claim is the celebrity-fixated hacker, Marcel Lazarus Lehel, was arrested at his village on Wednesday.
The European Union commissioner for justice, Viviane Reding, has called for bigger fines for companies who breach data privacy laws within the union.
Currently valued at $900 each, the value of Bitcoins may drop after the auctioning off of Silk Road's 29,655 Bitcoins. Founder Ross Ulbricht may yet get to keep his own stash of 144,336 Bitcoins if he can prove they didn't come from Silk Road antics.
The US president didn't call for the end of the massive data collection. Rather, he's shuffling the data to an as-yet unspecified third party, and adding more layers between the data and intelligence analysts. Civil liberties advocates were unimpressed.
Law enforcers have busted an international crime group centered in the Philippines that arranged, and profited from, the live sexual abuse of children via webcam.