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Hackers cause electricity 'blackout' in Ukraine

In a worrying sign of potential cyber attacks to come, thousands of people in Ukraine were left without electricity after hackers hit electrical …

Trump's latest rally featured fights, Nazi salutes, and a call to light protesters on fire

Donald Trump's Monday rally in Las Vegas was one of the most heated yet, featuring multiple fights between protesters and supporters of the GOP presidential frontrunner.<p>In one incident, when a protester was being removed from the event, a man was heard on video shouting, "light that motherf----r on …

Donald Trump

Authorities: San Bernardino shooters may have been planning bigger attacks

'We have not ruled out terrorism,' authorities say as it emerges that guns used in the mass shooting were bought legally.<p>Investigators believe the two assailants in the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting were attempting to cover their tracks and may have had something bigger planned, …

There will be a Blackphone 3, Silent Circle confirms

The Blackphone 3, the third version of Silent Circle's privacy-focussed handset, is already in development.<p>Bill Conner, the company's CEO, said the …

VTech hack: pictures of children among stolen data

Selfies of children and their parents were part of data stolen in the VTech hack that saw more than five million customers' details illegally …

The NSA's mass US phone surveillance ends tonight

The National Security Agency's long-running mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans' call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents will have to get court orders to collect data from …

ISIS Counter-strategy Requires a Strong Digital Offensive

After Paris, talk of countering ISIS is focusing on air vs ground vs rooting out "the enemy within" campaigns. We must not forget the digital arm of the strategy - a powerful piece of the chess game ISIS has orchestrated<p>See my recent op-ed in <b>Fortune:</b> ISIS: The Internet's Biggest Disruptor: …

Innovation

FCC chairman says the feds need more wiretapping powers after Paris attacks

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Congress yesterday that, following the attacks on Paris, wiretapping laws should be expanded, <i>The Washington Post</i> reports.<p>Recommends expanding "lawful intercept" definition<p>Wheeler's comments focused specifically on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, …

Wiretapping

Tor Project Claims FBI Paid $1 Million For Carnegie Mellon Researchers To Uncloak Users

In one of the more startling blogs to come out of the Tor Project, the team responsible for maintaining the Tor anonymizing network has claimed the FBI paid researchers at Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to disclose techniques they’d discovered that could help uncover the identities of …

Carnegie Mellon University

The Pre-Terrorists Among Us

Is it possible to stop terrorism before it happens?<p>Philip K. Dick’s <i>The Minority Report</i> is a short story about a dystopian future in which there are “no major crimes,” but a mass of imprisoned “would-be criminals.” This is thanks to “Precrime,” a criminal-justice agency whose preventive efforts are …

Non-violence

Senate Approves Cybersecurity Bill: What You Need To Know

The latest clash in the cybersecurity vs. privacy debate played itself out in Congress on Tuesday when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. Supporters say the bill, approved 74-21, will help stop hackers by getting companies that have been breached to share information about …

Cybersecurity

U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

UK jets sent to intercept Russian bombers

<b>(CNN) —</b> The UK Royal Air Force on Tuesday scrambled Typhoon jets to intercept Russian bombers flying near British airspace, the British Defence Ministry said.<p>Further details about the incident weren't immediately available. It is one of the latest incidents in what NATO has said is an increase in …

Russia

How U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Snowden Does Reddit

Edward Snowden, who you might have heard of by now, took to Reddit today along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Poitras won an Oscar last night for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Poitras’ winning film, CITIZENFOUR, covers when Greenwald, the filmmaker, and …

Edward Snowden says these two things prove he's not a Russian spy

Snowden, who has been living in Moscow since 2013, categorically denied he cooperated with Russian state security.<p>"Good question, thanks for asking," Snowden wrote. "The answer is 'of course not.'"<p>The Redditor who asked Snowden about his relationship with Russian intelligence cited an article on …

Surveillance

Beyond Superfish: Turns out SSL-trashing spyware is widespread

Last week Lenovo found itself in deep trouble over the Superfish spyware that it installed on many recent consumer laptops. Designed to insert ads …

Sloppy Russian ‘Spymasters’ Burn a Deep Cover Operative in New York

Monday was a bad day for Evgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov, the alleged spy arrested in the Bronx for his role as a deep cover case officer in a Russian ring …

State Of The Union Text: Read Obama's Full Remarks

President Barack Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday in front of a joint session of Congress, laying out his policy vision for the next year.<p>Read his full remarks as prepared for delivery below:<p>Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:We …

Military families rethink real, online lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> One military wife recalls staying up all night and deleting every Facebook picture of her children, every post that mentioned them or where they went to school. She Googled herself, trying to figure out how easy it would be to find where the family lived. In the morning, she went to her car …

Social Media

The 11 biggest hacks and security breaches of 2014

New York Post<p>2014 was a year like no other for technology. Security was on the forefront of many people’s minds, all while Android truly came into its own in the public eye – not just for enthusiasts but for the typical consumer as well. Numerous verticals received the Android treatment, namely in …

Security

U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed a senior Shabab leader, officials say

A senior Shabab militia leader was killed by a U.S. airstrike in southwestern Somalia, according to U.S. and Somali officials.<p>Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency identified the slain man Tuesday as Abdishakur, also known as Tahliil. In a statement, the agency said he was the head of …

Russia says Ukraine deal to buy U.S. nuclear fuel poses safety risks

Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of endangering public safety in Europe with its decision to buy nuclear fuel for its Soviet-built nuclear plants from a U.S. supplier, saying Ukrainian leaders had failed to learn anything from the 1986<p>Chernobyl disasterabout safe nuclear energy …

Sony insider -- not North Korea -- likely involved in hack, experts say

Federal authorities insist that the North Korean government is behind the cyberattack on<p>Sony Pictures Entertainment.<p>Cybersecurity experts? Many are not convinced.<p>From the time the hack became public Nov. 24, many of these experts have voiced their suspicions that a disgruntled Sony Pictures insider …

North Korea