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Has Twitter traced escaped Mexican drug baron 'El Chapo' to Costa Rica?

Phone with location. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Is Joaquín Guzmán, aka 'El Chapo', really in Costa Rica? His son's Twitter seems to say so, but should we take that at face value?

Gozi banking Trojan co-author pleads guilty


Latvian Deniss Calovskis may face as little as 2 years in jail for his role in developing the Gozi banking Trojan that infected over a million computers around the world.

Sexting teen accused of sexually exploiting himself


He's 17, so he's being tried as an adult for having a sext of his girlfriend (willingly given). And for "exploiting" himself by taking selfie sexts when he was a minor a year ago.

That's "Dead PIGEON", not "Dead PARROT"! 60 Second Security

Our weekly 1-minute security video.

Forget dead's the Dead Pigeon sketch.

Look! A Fraud Fighting Ferret! [Chet Chat Podcast 212]

Chester Wisniewski is back from Down Under to resume our podcast series.

From fraud-fighting ferrets to a convicted "Spam King" - enjoy!

3 ways to get busted on the Dark Web

Armed police

While it's true that it's hard to see in the dark, it's not impossible to find things and over the last few years plenty of people who thought that Tor was a cloak of invisibility have come a cropper.

Children's apps and websites raise privacy concerns

Girl. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network say many kids' websites and apps collect and share too much personal information.

Should the US hit China with sanctions over cyberespionage?


The Obama administration is developing economic sanctions against China for cyberespionage against US companies. Are sanctions likely to succeed in deterring China? Or will they only invite retaliation that will damage the world economy?

Google accused of rigging search results by India's competition cops


"Yep, Google's a search bully," agree Facebook, Nokia's maps division,, Flipkart and several other companies.

Wikipedia blocks sockpuppet accounts amid blackmail claims


As part of an internal investigation, the Wikimedia Foundation found that rogue editors had violated its terms of use by creating new pages, as well as modifying existing ones for the purposes of financial gain.

Secret Service agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.