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Secret Service agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

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If you can't trust law enforcement, who can you trust? Shaun Bridges, formerly part of the Baltimore Silk Road task force, has become the second agent to plead guilty to serious charges associated with his time investigating the shady online drug market.

National Crime Agency website DDoSed by Lizard Squad

NCA busts a bunch of blokes who allegedly used Lizard Squad's DDoS service.

Guess what happens next?

This email scam targeting businesses is a billion-dollar problem, FBI warns

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The FBI issued a warning last week about email scams that have cost businesses $1.2 billion in fraudulent wire transfers since 2013.

"Nigerian Prince" scams these are not...

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

The NCA says it wants to reform the teens caught up in its operation targeting users of LizardStresser, an online tool for attacking websites. Is a stern talking-to enough? Or should they face jail time?

Facebook set to clamp down on video piracy

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Videos on Facebook largely belong to other people but that's set to change as the company develops new tools and procedures to quickly identify and remove infringing content.

Dark Web market Agora suspends operations due to Tor vulnerability

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The temporary move is meant to forestall potential attacks that could expose server IP addresses.

Man arrested after posting Facebook videos of him tampering with traffic cameras

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It involves a long pole and a couple of balls. And yes, you can take that multiple ways.

California pushes 350-foot no-fly drone law

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Operators would need express permission to legally fly UAVs above a property's ground level: a hurdle that could ground tech's big plans.

Now there's a species of crayfish named after Edward Snowden

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In a research paper published this week in the journal ZooKeys, German carcinologist Christian Lukhaup revealed the name of a new species of crayfish he discovered. He called it Cherax snowden.

Should companies be held responsible for a customer data breach? [POLL]

How much of the blame should you shoulder if you could have done more to protect your network and your customers?

Have your say in our poll...

Facebook spammer Sanford Wallace guilty of sending 27 million messages

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"Spam King" Sanford Wallace admitted sending 27 million emails through 500,000 compromised Facebook accounts. Now he faces three years behind bars.

Businessman who hacked 900 phones as "revenge" is jailed

He was a vengeful former business partner who deliberately hacked right into the middle of a demo to a prestigious customer...

Facebook threats against Pokémon World Championships lead to arrests in Boston

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Two men are being held without bail after they allegedly made threats on Facebook promising violence against attendees of the Pokémon World Championships.

Stingrays used to track petty crime

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Baltimore revealed that it's used stingrays 4300 times, and now we know most of that is on the level of check forgery and phone theft.

Explaining how to use pirate site Popcorn Time can get you arrested

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The law is moving to crush the "Netflix for pirated movies" like so many crunchy snacks littering the floor of a crowded movie theater.

Teen nabbed after attacks on UK government and FBI sites

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His lawyers claim that their client was only on the "periphery" of the conspiracy, but that didn't stop him from boasting about it.

Google ordered to remove links to 'right to be forgotten' removal stories

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The UK Information Commissioner's Office has ordered Google to remove search result links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals.

Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it harder to catch "evildoers"

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch "evildoers"

Republican US presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for the NSA to do its job, and advocated for broad NSA surveillance powers to catch "evildoers."