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FBI again thwarts Tor to unmask visitors to a Dark Web child sex abuse site

FBI again thwarts Tor to unmask visitors to a Dark Web child sex abuse site

Did the FBI plant a drive-by installation of some kind of malware on hundreds of thousands of computers so it could track down paedophiles?

Notorious cybercrime forum Darkode taken down, dozens arrested

Darkode forum taken down, dozens arrested in FBI and Europol operation

Darkode, a notorious cybercrime marketplace for malware, zero-day exploits, and botnets, was permanently shut down by a massive law enforcement operation coordinated between agencies in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

Madonna hacker who leaked songs sentenced to 14 months

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A 39-year-old Israeli man accused of hacking the pop star Madonna has been sentenced to 14 months in jail, after reaching a plea agreement with authorities.

Tax fraudster who hacked accounting firms pleads guilty in US court

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A Bulgarian hacker has pleaded guilty to involvement in a conspiracy to use data stolen from several accounting firms for tax fraud. Should the IRS do more to protect taxpayers?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Mystery vandals are cutting fiber-optic cables in California - how worried should we be?

Somebody is cutting underground fiber-optic cables in Northern California and the FBI wants to know why. Just how vulnerable is the internet to sabotage?

CryptoWall ransomware cost US victims at least $18 million, FBI says

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The CryptoWall variant of crypto-ransomware cost US businesses and consumers at least $18 million between April 2014 and June 2015. The total damages could be much higher.

Feds seize man's computers in raids connected to celebrity nude photo hack

Feds seize Chicago man's computers in raids connected to Celebgate

The FBI's investigation points to a ring of thieves who used phishing and password-reset scams to crack celebrities' iCloud and email accounts and steal nude images.

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.

"Los Pollos Hermanos" ransomware - what will they think of next?

The latest visual meme in ransomware comes from a cult TV show...about ficticious crooks.

Paul Ducklin walks you through "PolloCrypt," more correctly known as Troj/LPoLock-A...

How one US scientist ended up accused of spying for China

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A US scientist working for the National Weather Service was suspected of spying for China, and got swept up in a dragnet amid growing concerns in the US about cyberespionage.

FBI arrests JP Morgan Chase former employee for selling account data

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The arrest came after a sting operation which resulted in bank account data including PINs being sold to informants and federal agents.

FBI: Hacktivists targeting US law enforcement as anti-police sentiment grows

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As Baltimore exploded in violent anti-police riots on Monday, the FBI was warning police officers and public officials across the US to be aware of targeted cyberattacks from hacktivists.

Buh-bye Beebone! Law enforcement kills polymorphic virus-spreading botnet

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International law enforcement activity has taken out the botnet used by the Beebone worm - polymorphic malware that threatened thousands of computers worldwide.

Botnet? Polymorphic? Downloader? We explain ...

DEA sued over "suspicionless" mass surveillance of Americans' phone records

DEA sued over secret dragnet of Americans' phone records

Human Rights Watch and EFF are suiing the drug agency, along with the FBI, DOJ and the USA itself, to make sure they torch the bulk surveillance program and purge its mountain of records.

FBI warns WordPress users of ISIS threat: Patch and update now

FBI warns WordPress users of ISIS threat: Patch and update now

The FBI is advising all WordPress site owners to update and patch their installation and plugins. If you're not already doing so, now is a great time to start. We offer tips on how to get started.

Federal agents charged over alleged Silk Road Bitcoin theft

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Two federal agents have been charged with stealing digital currency during the FBI's take-down of the Silk Road marketplace.

NYPD cop arrested for hacking into FBI, traffic databases

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The NYPD cop installed a hidden camera and hacked into databases containing personal information about victims of traffic accidents so he could pose, among other things, as an attorney who could help them with legal claims.

$3m reward offered for alleged Gameover Zeus kingpin

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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.