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Ex-CIA Worker Linked to WikiLeaks Data Dump Appears in Court

A former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer charged with leaking classified national defense secrets appeared in a federal courtroom in …

Judiciary

NSA ‘Systematically Moving’ All Its Data to The Cloud

The National Security Agency is all-in on cloud.

Surveillance

Five years after whistleblower Edward Snowden fled the US, there's growing evidence the Russians are getting fed up with him, too

• <b>This month marks fifth anniversary of Edward Snowden's escape from Hawaii</b>• <b><br>He revealed almost all US telephone firms handed the NSA their phone</b> …

Surveillance

Spying Doesn’t Pay — Unless You’re Really Good At It

Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced the arrest of Ron Hansen, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer. Hansen is accused of …

National Security

In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

<b>Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET</b><p>In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private …

Privacy

House Judiciary set to subpoena FBI agent Peter Strzok 'very soon,' member says

House Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteTrump: GOP needs Dem votes for immigration bills, complains Dems 'won't vote for …

Donald Trump

Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case: report

Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of leaking a classified report to a news outlet, will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal.<p>Winner, 26, is being held at the Lincoln County Jail near Augusta, Georgia. She was arrested in June 2017 for …

National Security

Ex-CIA engineer charged with massive leak to WikiLeaks

A former CIA computer engineer has been indicted on charges he masterminded what appears to be the largest leak of classified information in the spy agency’s history.<p>Joshua Schulte, 29, was charged in a new grand jury indictment with providing WikiLeaks with a massive trove of U.S. government …

Corruption

Senate defense bill pushes Trump to get tougher on Russian hacking

The Senate wants to turn up the pressure on President Trump and his military chiefs to strike back against Russian hacking.<p>The massive defense policy …

Columbia University

The Theft and Reuse of Advanced Offensive Cyber Weapons Is A Growing Threat

Last year, North Korea and Russia used a vulnerability stolen from the U.S. government to conduct the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks.<p><b>Almost</b> …

Cybersecurity

Apple tells U.S. judge 'impossible' to unlock new iPhones | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be “impossible” with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the “technical ability” to help law enforcement unlock older phones.<p>Customers hold the iPhone 6s during …

Privacy

Ex-CIA engineer indicted on several new charges connected to Vault 7 leak

FBI used passwords used on suspect's cellphone to also get into his computer.<p>A federal grand jury has formally indicted Joshua Adam Schulte, a former …

Security

Cost plunges for capturing carbon dioxide from the air

Pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and using it to make synthetic fuel seems like the ultimate solution to climate change: Instead of adding …

Carbon Dioxide

MIT fed an AI data from Reddit, and now it thinks of nothing but murder

Norman is a disturbing demonstration of the consequences of algorithmic bias<p>For some, the phrase “artificial intelligence” conjures nightmare visions — something out of the ’04 Will Smith flick <i>I, Robot</i>, perhaps, or the ending of <i>Ex Machina</i> <i>—</i> like a boot smashing through the glass of a computer screen …

Artificial Intelligence

That Russian Router Malware Is More Dangerous Than We Thought

Just over a week ago, the FBI told you to reboot your router to help disrupt the spread of a nasty piece of malware called VPNFilter. Now it looks like the threat could be much more serious than it originally appeared.<p>VPNFilter spread quickly. When Forbes’ Thomas Fox-Brewster first reported on the …

Cyber-attacks

Facebook says millions of users who thought they were sharing privately with their friends may have shared with everyone because of a software bug

A new software bug is Facebook’s latest self-inflicted privacy headache.<p>After a year of troubling mishaps on its massive social platform, Facebook has landed itself in yet another self-inflicted privacy debacle.<p>As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting items they only …

Social Media

7 Variants (So Far) of Mirai

Mirai is an example of the newest trend in rapidly evolving, constantly improving malware. These seven variants show how threat actors are making bad …

Information Security

The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought

More than two months after a cyberattack hobbled many of its critical municipal systems, the city of Atlanta is still sorting through the wreckage of what is likely the worst cyberattack targeting a U.S. city to date.<p>On March 22, Atlanta’s connected systems city-wide were hit with a ransomware …

Cyber-attacks

VPNFilter router malware from Russia affects way more devices

A piece of malware believed to originate from Russia that began doing the rounds two weeks ago is affecting far more routers than we first learned.<p>Researchers from Cisco previously noted that the malware, dubbed VPNFilter, infected more than 500,000 routers in over 50 countries and is capable of …

Routers

You should reboot and update your router to protect from malware

The FBI and several other security organizations want some help busting the VPNFile malware.<p>I typically only reboot my router when my internet starts moving at a crawling pace. The simple act of turning it off, waiting ten seconds, then turning it back on is often enough effort to fix whatever flaw …

Wi-Fi

How spies can use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and texts

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam the country and the world, security experts and U.S. officials say.<p>Federal officials acknowledged the privacy risk to Americans in a …

Surveillance

North Korea demolishes what it says is nuclear test site

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a small group of foreign journalists watched.<p>The explosions at the test site deep in the …

North Korea

Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’<p>The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to …

War

A White House aide taped meetings with Trump so he could replay it to impress his friends

The White House has continued its communications crackdown to control the number of embarrassing leaks after a junior aide was reportedly discovered to have taped President Donald Trump's meetings.<p>The aide was found to have played the recording to impress friends, several people familiar with the …

Seriously, Stop Using Flash

It's day five of our digital security tuneup and it's time to banish this internet relic.<p><b>This post is part of a weeklong series to help our readers improve their digital security.</b> <b>Follow along here.</b><p><b>Day Five: Disable Flash</b>Disable this plugin in your browser of choice:<p><b>Chrome:</b> Open chrome://extensions/ …

Elon Musk's ultra-high-speed hyperloop will cost just $1 to ride

Elon Musk is sick of Los Angeles traffic.<p>The Boring Company, Tesla and SpaceX CEO said he was late to his own tunnel company's information session at …

You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>With privacy-centric European Union legislation set to …

Social Media

PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper

If your Mac seems to be running at high fan rates or you’re seeing reduced battery-life for no apparent reason, you may want to check for some Mac malware that seems to be going around …<p>A couple of support threads have described people finding a process called mshelper using a lot of CPU usage.<p>From …

At least eight killed in shooting at Texas high school, sheriff says

SANTA FE, Tex. — This time, it happened during first period.<p>The day after a student went on a shooting rampage at a Texas high school, a Houston-area community grappled with a horrific reality that has unfolded in so many other places across the nation.<p>On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student armed …

Santa Fe

How to protect your router and Wi-Fi from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Wi-Fi