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Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

Facial recognition. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Boston Bomber slipped past while spelling glitch tripped up the law

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The old data-quality maxim "garbage in, garbage out" proves true yet again in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, who, a Congressional report confirms, slipped through the border when a database failed to suggest an alternative name spelling.

FBI warns of crimewave hitting cash registers

FBI warns of crimewave hitting cash registers

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

FBI: Anonymous has been exploiting Adobe flaws in year-long, ongoing assault on US government sites

FBI: Anonymous has been exploiting Adobe flaws in yearlong, ongoing assault on US gov't sites

An FBI memo sent out on Thursday described the attacks as "a widespread problem that should be addressed", according to Reuters.

FBI seeking "Loverspy" hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

FBI seeking Loverspy hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

In yet another "don't open that e-birthday card" saga, 33-year-old Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, now on the FBI's 10 most wanted cybercriminals list, allegedly sold malware that planted a keylogger, as well as remotely controlling a victim's computer and webcam.

Silk Road bust, Adobe breach and Lavabit chutzpah - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Who was Dread Pirate Roberts, and where is he now? What happened in Adobe's latest network breach? What is "cryptographic chutzpah", and how do you show it?

Find out in the latest 60 Second Security...

Cheeky Lavabit *did* hand over crypto keys to US government after all - printed in a 4-point font

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Just under two months ago, we wrote about the mysterious closure of Edward Snowden's secure email service, Lavabit.

With the unsealing of US court documents, a fascinating (and cheeky) cryptographic tale has emerged...

FBI shutters Silk Road, an eBay-like drug bazaar: victory or defeat? [POLL]

FBI shutters Silk Road, an eBay-like drug bazaar: victory or defeat? [POLL]

The FBI shut down an online drug bazaar that prosecutors said arranged more than $1 billion in sales of heroin, ecstasy and every known type of prescription medication. Is this a victory over a lawless realm where people can buy any drugs they like, or a defeat for freedom?

Data-stealing botnets found in major data brokers' servers

Data-stealing botnets found in major public records servers

Servers at Lexis-Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background America/HireRight show up in the dashboard of a small, effective botnet run by a service that sells vital personal information on US residents, an investigation has revealed.

Data Breach Week, SIMs cracked, carders busted - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How safe is the SIM in your mobile phone? Could it be remotely infected with malware?

Possibly - watch this week's 60 Second Security video and find out more!

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

"There is a cyberwar going on", according to the UN's telecoms boss Hamadoun Toure. Cyber terrorism is capable of causing "mass destruction", says former director of the FBI Louis Freeh. Vladimir Putin, no less, thinks digital attacks could be more damaging than conventional weapons.

But so far there seem to be no human casualties from this 'cyber war', no physical effects from cyber terror. So why all the hype?

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

The world's business leaders have high levels of confidence in their organisations' cyber defences, but that confidence is largely out of tune with reality, according to a recent report.

Internet giants call for transparency in government surveillance requests

Internet giants call for transparency in government surveillance requests

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has vehemently denied giving the government direct access to servers. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google have all put out calls for transparency into the US government's information demands.

Was Microsoft's takedown of Citadel effective?

Was Microsoft's takedown of Citadel effective?

Last week, Microsoft took aim at more than 1,400 Citadel botnets by sinkholing their command and control infrastructure.

What was the actual effect of this takedown? SophosLabs takes a look...

Monday review - the hot 18 stories of the week

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Missed any stories in the past seven days?

Here's our weekly roundup, just in case...

Botnet smackdown, Oracle on Java, Passwords you can eat - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video.

From botnet takedowns to authentication tokens you swallow...here's the latest security news in a easily digestible format!

US uses NSA-FBI PRISM program to snoop on everything and everybody

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Here's a brief summary of what we know, what we don't know, and how you can at least try to protect yourself from surveillance.

FBI and Microsoft in massive takedown of "Citadel" crimeware

Microsoft just announced the successful disruption of 1462 "Citadel" botnets.

You read that correctly!

Not a botnet of 1462 computers, but 1462 separate botnets...

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

The judge who decided that national security letters demanding user information were unconstitutional has now ordered Google to comply with the FBI's data demands. Is this just one more golden brick in what privacy advocates have dubbed the Golden Age of Surveillance?

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he'll send photos on request - he could well be a crook who sends files packed with malware, the FBI has warned.