Law & order
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.
A British man already in jail for terrorist activity was given another 4 months for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they couldn't crack. The convicted terrorist suddenly got his memory back when police said they were launching a new investigation into credit card fraud.
According to a recent report from the US GAO, car makers and GPS manufacturers have been collecting information about drivers' whereabouts via on-board navigational aids and then storing that data for varying lengths of time.
A US court in the state of Virginia has ruled that anonymous users aren't covered by First Amendment protection of free speech if a review "is based on a false statement".
Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement that it's launched a new £4 million campaign to help raise awareness of cyber security issues, the UK government has today urged SMEs to get more clued-up on cyber security.
What's the best way to deal with botnets? Should you use your bank's mobile app? Why all these data breaches? What about Patch Tuesday? Do you really *have* to update your Mac to Mavericks?
Listen as Chet and Duck dissect and explore the week's security stories...
The site, Australia's Public Transport Victoria, didn't respond, so the 16-year-old hacker's next move was to report it to the media, who in turn contacted PTV, who in response reported him to the police. Ungrateful? Yes. Unfair? Well, no, given that the hacker didn't ask permission to poke into a sensitive database.
The pair were charged in December with making the threats, and now they've confessed. One of them said she was drunk and bored when she sent the tweets, described the threats as "empty", and said she was just goading her victim.
Since Microsoft took positive action against the ZeroAccess botnet at the beginning of December, SophosLabs has been paying close attention to see if the owners would attempt to revitalise the botnet and return it to profitability.
James Wyke looks into what happened...
The secretive spy court that OKs the US National Security Agency's (NSA's) snooping once again gave the agency a thumbs-up to keep collecting phone records in the midst of recent, conflicting court decisions over whether it's legal.
The performer said he posted the video - which received close to 4 million views and which the woman said nearly drove her to suicide - to get back at a rival rapper who was "disrespecting" him.
A US federal court in New York closed out the year by saying that it's OK for the government to search travelers' electronic devices at border checkpoints without reasonable suspicion that people have done anything wrong, given that "reasonable" takes on a whole new dimension when you're talking about the crucial zone of border crossings.
Can a bug ever be good? What's the prison sentence for DDoS criminality? How well does Snapchat protect your data? What's a Threatsaurus, and why do you want one?
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Two online gaming programmers from Poland have been jailed for trying to cyber-extort the owner of an online marketing company based in Manchester, UK, and the CEO of an unnamed US internet software host.
What prison sentence for the man who pioneered online carding? How many credit cards did Target lose? Does your encryption software "speak" to passers-by? How to keep your kids safe online over the holidays?
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If the smartphone 'kill switch' legislation is passed, the carrier can remotely send a trigger to any lost or stolen device to 'brick' itself. With the phone effectively useless, this should be a far less appealing option for would-be thieves.