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$3m reward offered for alleged Gameover Zeus kingpin

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

The US State Department has offered a $3m reward for the arrest or conviction of alleged Gameover Zeus admin Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

Why the US was so sure North Korea hacked Sony: it had a front-row seat

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A newly released, top-secret document traces the NSA's infiltration of North Korean systems back to 2010, when it piggybacked on South Korean "implants" on North Korea's networks and "sucked back the data".

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for online child abuse

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for child abuse images

The former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services is one of 6 so far to be convicted in an ongoing FBI investigation that used drive-by malware to track the online activities of child abusers.

'Sloppy' North Korean Sony attackers let their IP addresses slip, says FBI

FBI: 'Sloppy' North Korean Sony attackers let their IP addresses slip

FBI director James Comey has stuck to the bureau’s conclusion that the North Korean government is behind the mammoth cyber attack on Sony Pictures, giving out a few more crumbs to explain his conviction.

FBI in tough competition for cybersecurity talent

FBI seeks cyber agents

The FBI is adding cyber special agent to the top of its most wanted list, as the US law enforcement agency grapples with a shortage of employees with cybersecurity training.

FBI offers $1 million reward for anybody who can help catch online car scam fugitive

FBI offers $1M reward for anybody who can help catch online car scam fugitive

The alleged kingpin behind a multimillion-dollar online car selling scam, Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu, just made it onto the FBI's 10 Most-Wanted Cyber Fugitives list.

Alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0 busted, charged in NYC

Alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0 busted, charged in NYC

The FBI on Thursday arrested Blake Benthall, also known as "Defcon", for allegedly being kingpin 2.0 of Silk Road 2.0, and the Feds said they won't get tired of shutting down Silk Roads whenever they spring up.

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]

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]

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

Arrest. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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?