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US House votes "overwhelmingly" to cut funding of NSA surveillance

NSA surveillance funding cuts OKed by US House

A strong majority of the US House have voted to cut funding for surveillance on citizens or for planting backdoors that let the government slip past encryption that's supposed to shield communications.

Opinion: No, the LulzSec hackers weren't noble

Was the LulzSec hacking gang harmless? Perhaps noble, even?

Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.

The LulzSec hackers who boasted they were "Gods" await their sentence

The LulzSec hackers who boasted they were "Gods" await their sentence

Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.

LulzSec hackers plead guilty, admit attacks on CIA, SOCA, Sony and others

LulzSec hackers plead guilty, admit attacks on CIA, SOCA, Sony and others

Southwark Crown Court in London has heard that three members of the LulzSec hacking gang have chosen to plead guilty to charges that they launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against a series of organisations including the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

The Belgian press is up in arms after members of the country's state security agency were found promoting themselves and their professional affiliation on social networks. Turns out: it's not that unusual.

Petraeus tripped up by trust in supposedly anonymous email account

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The US's top spy guy, who resigned abruptly on Friday, conducted a romantic affair behind the thin sheet of a pseudonymous email account. It's a good reminder to us all that email headers often spill the beans, revealing IP addresses that lead to our webmail hosts and geolocation. It's a short hop from there to our identities.

CIA website brought down - were Anonymous attackers responsible?

CIA website brought down - were Anonymous attackers responsible?

The CIA's website was brought down for some hours last night by what appears to have been an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

A *really* crazy way to stay private and baffle the FBI

Hasan Elahi

Instead of fighting an FBI investigation based on an erroneous report, Hasan Elahi instead resorted to data bulimia, giving them, and anyone wishing to access his site, more data than they could ever wish for. Question is, does this approach give Mr Elahi better privacy?

SSL certificate debacle includes CIA, MI6, Mossad and Tor

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Over 500 falsely signed certificates have now been identified and browser makers are permanently removing DigiNotar as a trusted certificate authority. The targeted organizations are far reaching including the CIA and MI6.

FLAMING RETORT: Hacktivism, hacking and hackers - what do these words really mean?

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I keep getting asked what my attitude is to hacktivism, hacking and hackers.

I usually answer by saying, "What do you mean by hacktivism?" And the answer is frequently, and impassably, circular. "Y'know - all that hacking that hacktivists are doing these days."

LulzSec? Hackers? Here's a real challenge...

LulzSec? Hackers? Here's a real challenge...

If you consider yourself a hacker and you have time to spare, how do you spend it?

Are you tempted by DDoSes and gratuitous break-ins, just for the lulz, or are you ready to help?

CIA website brought down by DDoS attack, LulzSec hackers claim responsibility

CIA website brought down by attack, LulzSec claims responsibility

The CIA's website is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a LulzSec distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Who needs spammers when you have the CIA pushing Viagra?

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We've grown to think of spammers and other internet bad guys as finely-honed organised criminals, quick to use new avenues to make a quick buck, and rapid in their exploitation of breaking news stories and emerging trends. It's therefore surprising Read more…