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Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police

The twins had purchased an armored door for their apartment, and they set up text message alerts to warn their associates to destroy evidence once the police showed up.

It wasn't enough to keep the cops out, or themselves out of jail.

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Patriot Act provisions snap back to life, but spying will be a tad more inconvenient for the NSA, and there'll be a bit more transparency.

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

It's not enough that ordinary people would find murderous rants threatening, the court said. Rather, courts have to consider frame of mind.

Ex-NBA All Star Chris Gatling accused of being ID theft kingpin

Ex-NBA All Star Chris Gatling accused of being ID theft kingpin

Talk about a slam dunk: they arrested him while he was meeting with his probation officer.

Russian billboard advertising contraband hides when it recognises cops

Russian billboard advertising contraband hides when it recognises cops

Ban on imported Italian food? No problem! Don Giulio Salumeria got an ad company to rig billboards with facial recognition that spots Russian police uniforms.

Thousands of sites block and redirect Congress to Patriot Act protest page

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#ifeelnaked, the protest page says, showing nude photos in protest of surveillance that feels like online strip search. The Senate on Sunday let three Patriot Act provisions expire.

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht gets life without parole

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Ross Ulbricht, founder of hidden online marketplace Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Silk Road coupon forger charged with wire fraud

Silk Road coupon forger charged with wire fraud

US law enforcement's infiltration and takedown of the Silk Road underground marketplace has turned up yet another court case, with a New Orleans man charged with selling counterfeit shopping coupons through the site, and its successors, on an epic scale.

20 students charged in school sexting scandal

20 students charged in New Jersey sexting scandal

Twenty US middle and high-school students in the US are facing charges of privacy invasion after numerous explicit photos of female students were swapped by text and social media.

We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

After 2 months of patient data exposed for anyone to see, Cottage Health System's insurance policy should have come as a relief. It didn't.

Parliamentary insiders clean up MPs' Wikipedia pages

Parliament sockpuppets sanitise MPs' Wikipedia pages

Gone are the sex scandals, excessive use of chauffeur driven cars, and lavish expenses used to spiff up MPs' homes.

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

He might face state and federal charges. The attack crippled more than 50 schools, forcing some students to retake tests multiple times, among other miseries.

IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

Scotland Yard was worried The X-Files and Star Trek could inspire anarchy in the UK

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Special agents working at Scotland Yard were worried in the late '90s that cult religious groups inspired by TV series like Star Trek and The X-Files might commit widespread acts of violence ahead of the new millennium.

SSCC 199 - Don't panic, it's not really as VENOMous as you thought [PODCAST]

Our latest weekly security podcast - the VENOM bug, iris recognition, a spyware company breach, and ID trouble at the Passport Agency.

Happy listening!

Apple, Google and others urge Obama to say no to backdoors

Tech firms and cryptographers lobby the Obama administration, urging resistance to the implementation of backdoors in popular software.

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

Parents can't opt out, regardless of any privacy concerns. Let's hope they don't get hit by an mSpy-esque data breach.

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Let's make sure that highly valuable account stays all you, all the time, without anyone else getting their mitts on it - at least, until somebody else becomes POTUS!

Street performer "Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

"Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

Baton Bob alleged that police forced him to hand over his login before they posted a positive Facebook post about how they treated him during an arrest.

United Airlines: Hack our site for free miles (just don't mess with onboard systems)

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United Airlines is offering up to 1 million free air miles in a new bug bounty program that rewards hackers who discover security flaws in the airline's websites, apps and databases.