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FBI arrests alleged NullCrew hacker

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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


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?

Mobile malware, Gameover, CryptoLocker, and SSL/TLS holes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


How long has mobile malware been around? Is it really game over for Gameover and CryptoLocker? Which cryptographic security libraries need patching?

It'll only take a minute to find out...

Has CryptoLocker been cracked? Is Gameover over?


Gameover is one of the most notorious botnets of recent times. And CryptoLocker is the Big Daddy of the ransomware scene.

But a team of global law enforcement agencies has taken them on...and YOU can help them win!

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week


Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Breach at eBay, bugs in Chip-and-PIN, busts for Blackshades - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Will the breach at eBay beat Adobe for size? Is Chip and PIN really as safe as they say? How many countries took action busting malware crooks?

All the answers in 60 Sec Security for 24 May 2014...

Buzzkill: FBI director says he was joking about hiring weed-smoking hackers


FBI Director James Comey says he was being "funny" when he made a comment that the FBI should consider loosening drug policies for its job applicants, but FBI recruitment to fight cyber crime is a serious problem.

Should the FBI hire pot smoking hackers?

FBI mulls making marijuana users into crack computer security squad

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A liking for the wacky-baccy no longer seems to be a big issue for FBI recruiters.

SSCC 148 - Cloud privacy policies not related to data security [PODCAST]


The Chet Chat comes to you this week from Hanoi, Vietnam with special guest Sean Richmond from Sophos Australia.

This week they tackle the FBI's crackdown on the Blackshades malware, more flaws in Chip-and-PIN, the latest Apple updates, and the EFF's "Who has got your back" report.

US charges Chinese military officers with cyber espionage


Tensions between China and the United States over spying go back a long way. But - in a first - the US has indicted five Chinese military officials for alleged cyber espionage, which could ratchet up the tension to a new level.

Over 100 arrested in FBI Blackshades RAT raids

FBI swoop in on Blackshades RAT hackers around the world

The Blackshades Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is well known for keystroke logging and the taking over of webcams. Now, Blackshades users have been raided as part of a global operation led by the FBI and computers and hard drives have been confiscated.

Cops get serious about cybercrime, and not before time


The world's police forces are, it seems, starting to appreciate the scale and significance of the cybercrime problem.

Let's hope the process of international co-operation continues to pick up the steam we've been seeing in the last few weeks.

FBI informant Sabu tied to foreign cyber attacks


The former LulzSec leader "Sabu" (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur) coordinated hundreds of attacks against foreign government computers throughout 2012 while working as an FBI informant.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Boston Bomber slipped past while spelling glitch tripped up the law

Boston Marathon bombing suspects

The old data-quality maxim "garbage in, garbage out" proves true yet again in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, who, a Congressional report confirms, slipped through the border when a database failed to suggest an alternative name spelling.

FBI warns of crimewave hitting cash registers

FBI warns of crimewave hitting cash registers

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned retailers to harden their defences against cyber-heists - particularly those that latch onto credit card details from shoppers

FBI: Anonymous has been exploiting Adobe flaws in year-long, ongoing assault on US government sites

FBI: Anonymous has been exploiting Adobe flaws in yearlong, ongoing assault on US gov't sites

An FBI memo sent out on Thursday described the attacks as "a widespread problem that should be addressed", according to Reuters.

FBI seeking "Loverspy" hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

FBI seeking Loverspy hacker who helped jealous lovers plant spyware

In yet another "don't open that e-birthday card" saga, 33-year-old Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, now on the FBI's 10 most wanted cybercriminals list, allegedly sold malware that planted a keylogger, as well as remotely controlling a victim's computer and webcam.

Silk Road bust, Adobe breach and Lavabit chutzpah - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Who was Dread Pirate Roberts, and where is he now? What happened in Adobe's latest network breach? What is "cryptographic chutzpah", and how do you show it?

Find out in the latest 60 Second Security...

Cheeky Lavabit *did* hand over crypto keys to US government after all - printed in a 4-point font


Just under two months ago, we wrote about the mysterious closure of Edward Snowden's secure email service, Lavabit.

With the unsealing of US court documents, a fascinating (and cheeky) cryptographic tale has emerged...