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FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go too far with default encryption settings on mobile devices, including the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Does the FBI really have a legal right to exploit encryption backdoors to pursue suspects?

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Lawrence naked photo scandal - Apple and FBI to investigate

The FBI and Apple respond to celebrity nude photo theft

The FBI are 'addressing' the matter of stolen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and other celebs. Meanwhile, Apple also said that it is "actively investigating" the theft after it was alleged that the photos were stolen from iCloud accounts.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

SSCC161 - What do you mean, "Trade him for Edward Snowden"? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast!

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin once again turn plain old news into advice you can use.

Facial recognition software leads to arrest after 14-year manhunt

Facial recognition software leads to FBI success in 14-year manhunt

A former US resident from New Mexico was captured in Nepal after 14 years on the run. The fugitive's passport photo matched up with a newly issued wanted poster. Does the capture of a suspected child abuser justify the use of a technology that hasn't yet had privacy implications ironed out?

FBI used drive-by downloads to track child abuse image suspects hidden on Tor

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The FBI has been silently installing spyware in its quest to identify and prosecute criminals hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The technique's a classic tool in the malware writer's kit. Do the ends justify the means when it's the law, using it to capture child abusers?

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

FBI arrests alleged NullCrew hacker

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Federal prosecutors have arrested and charged a Tennessee man for allegedly conspiring to attack a number of businesses and educational organisations since the middle of 2012.

Gameover and CryptoLocker revisited - the important lessons we can learn

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Which is worse - Gameover or CryptoLocker?

What can we learn from the recent US-led takedown of this notorious crimeware?

More importantly, what advice should we be passing on to other people?

Mobile malware, Gameover, CryptoLocker, and SSL/TLS holes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long has mobile malware been around? Is it really game over for Gameover and CryptoLocker? Which cryptographic security libraries need patching?

It'll only take a minute to find out...

Has CryptoLocker been cracked? Is Gameover over?

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Gameover is one of the most notorious botnets of recent times. And CryptoLocker is the Big Daddy of the ransomware scene.

But a team of global law enforcement agencies has taken them on...and YOU can help them win!

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Breach at eBay, bugs in Chip-and-PIN, busts for Blackshades - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Will the breach at eBay beat Adobe for size? Is Chip and PIN really as safe as they say? How many countries took action busting malware crooks?

All the answers in 60 Sec Security for 24 May 2014...

Buzzkill: FBI director says he was joking about hiring weed-smoking hackers

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FBI Director James Comey says he was being "funny" when he made a comment that the FBI should consider loosening drug policies for its job applicants, but FBI recruitment to fight cyber crime is a serious problem.

Should the FBI hire pot smoking hackers?

FBI mulls making marijuana users into crack computer security squad

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A liking for the wacky-baccy no longer seems to be a big issue for FBI recruiters.

SSCC 148 - Cloud privacy policies not related to data security [PODCAST]

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The Chet Chat comes to you this week from Hanoi, Vietnam with special guest Sean Richmond from Sophos Australia.

This week they tackle the FBI's crackdown on the Blackshades malware, more flaws in Chip-and-PIN, the latest Apple updates, and the EFF's "Who has got your back" report.