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UK approves extradition of British hacker to the US

A U.K. official has ordered the extradition of a British man to the U.S. on charges of hacking government computers belonging to NASA and the Department of Defense.Lauri Love, a 31-year-old hacktivist, has been fighting his extradition, but on Monday, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd signed the order."Mr. Love has been charged with various computer hacking
Publish At:2016-11-15 01:30 | Read:858 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Hacking Legal

European Parliament clears drone regulations for takeoff

Regulations to protect people from falling drones moved a little closer to takeoff at the European Parliament on Thursday.Ensuring drone safety took on a new urgency this week, with GoPro's recall of its Karma drone after unexplained mid-air power failures caused a number of them to drop out of the sky.Under the European Union's proposed regulations, dro
Publish At:2016-11-10 18:10 | Read:947 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal Government Consumer Technology

Tech groups push policy priorities for the Trump administration

Technology trade groups are already pushing out their policy priorities for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though his campaign rarely touched on IT issues.With Silicon Valley largely opposed to Trump during the campaign and his tech policy agenda paper thin, policy recommendations from tech trade groups may be an exercise in wishful
Publish At:2016-11-10 18:10 | Read:874 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Industry Government Legal Security

Lost thumb drives bedevil US banking agency

A U.S. banking regulator says an employee downloaded a large amount of data from its computer system a week before he retired and is now unable to locate the thumb drives he stored it on.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is a part of the Department of the Treasury, said the loss represented "a major information security incident" as it
Publish At:2016-10-28 18:25 | Read:687 | Comments:0 | Tags:Regulation Legal Security Data Management

U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring

The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with breaking into computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring.On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin following his arrest by Czech police in Prague on Oct. 5.LinkedIn has said that Nikulin was involved in the 201
Publish At:2016-10-21 21:05 | Read:790 | Comments:0 | Tags:Hacking Legal Data Breach Security

To unlock phones, feds demand all occupants surrender fingerprints

U.S. investigators are exercising a broad legal authority to force suspects to unlock their smartphones. In a recent case, they demanded that anyone found inside a California residence comply by surrendering their fingerprints.In May, the federal prosecutors made the request as part of a search warrant, according to a court filing uncovered by Forbes. Th
Publish At:2016-10-17 18:05 | Read:1051 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Privacy Smartphones Legal

Terror suspect's locked iPhone could lead to a second Apple-FBI showdown

The FBI could be gearing up for another battle with Apple.In the wake of a mass stabbing at a Minnesota mall that was linked to the terrorist group ISIS, the FBI is looking for answers on a passcode-protected iPhone.“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” FBI special agent Rich Thornton told reporters at a press conference, according to Wired. “We are in the pr
Publish At:2016-10-07 19:55 | Read:981 | Comments:0 | Tags:iPhone Software Security Privacy Legal

FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack

The FBI’s refusal to reveal how it accessed an iPhone 5c from a San Bernardino mass shooter will face scrutiny in court. USA Today’s parent company and two other news groups have filed a lawsuit against the agency, demanding it turn over the details.In March, the FBI unlocked the passcode-protected iPhone through an unknown third party, for a reportedly
Publish At:2016-09-17 06:30 | Read:1170 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Government Legal iPhone

Judge paves the way for British hacker's extradition to US

A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of extraditing a British man to the U.S. on charges of hacking government computers, despite fears he may commit suicide.Lauri Love, 31, has been fighting his extradition for allegedly stealing data from U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense and NASA.On Friday, a Westminster Magistrates court ruled
Publish At:2016-09-17 06:30 | Read:1067 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Hacking Legal Government

FBI urges ransomware victims to step forward

The FBI has issued a plea for those who have been hit by ransomware to report this to federal law enforcement so that the country can get a better sense of just how bad this problem really is.Ransomware refers to malware that encrypts files on computers or locks users out of their computers, and requests ransom be paid to set files free or allow users to
Publish At:2016-09-16 12:15 | Read:994 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Cybersecurity Malware Government Legal

The FBI could have saved money with this iPhone 5c hack

The FBI may have paid a small fortune to unlock an iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter. But a security researcher has demonstrated a way to do it for less than US $100.Sergei Skorobogatov at the University of Cambridge used a technique known as NAND mirroring to bypass the passcode retry limit on an iPhone 5c. Using store-bought equipment, he cr
Publish At:2016-09-15 18:00 | Read:824 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security iPhone Hacking Legal Government

John McAfee’s company could spoil the party for Intel’s new venture

Intel’s plans to spin out its security business under the McAfee name could be clouded by the plans of security expert and businessman John McAfee, who claims he had not assigned the rights to his personal name.The chip maker said Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with TPG for a deal that would see its Intel Security business as a separate cybers
Publish At:2016-09-08 03:30 | Read:749 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal Mergers and Acquisitions Intellectual Propert

Romanian hacker Guccifer sentenced to 52 months in US prison

A Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has been sentenced to 52 months in prison after breaking into internet accounts of about 100 U.S. citizens, including government officials.The 44-year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar was sentenced on Thursday. He was extradited from Romania and brought to court in the U.S., where he pleaded guilty to the hacking-related charges
Publish At:2016-09-02 01:25 | Read:899 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal Cybersecurity

IDG Contributor Network: FTC v. Wyndham and corporate cybersecurity

The case of FTC v. Wyndham is one of the most important security and privacy cases decided in the last 10 years. The case affirms several important principles governing data security, and it is a must-read for business executives and attorneys. First, it cements the FTC’s authority to act as the nation’s privacy and security watchdog. Second, it identifi
Publish At:2016-09-01 07:10 | Read:978 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal Privacy

U.S. convicts Russian hacker in credit card theft scheme

Jurors in a U.S. federal court have convicted a Russian hacker of stealing and selling more than 2 million credit card numbers.On Thursday, the jury in Seattle found Roman Valerevich Seleznev guilty of charges related to his hacking of point-of-sale systems.Seleznev was arrested in 2014 after U.S. authorities accused him of installing malicious software
Publish At:2016-08-26 04:55 | Read:979 | Comments:0 | Tags:Legal Hacking Security

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