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Why the US doesn’t use cyber-weapons to attack its enemies more often

The US government doesn’t like to talk about it, but it has developed an arsenal of cyber-weapons that can be used to attack adversaries. Why doesn’t it deploy computer worms and other technologies for disrupting enemies’ networks and computer-controlled physical infrastructure more often in …

Cybersecurity

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

CISPA passes committee, will head to the House floor for a vote

In an 18-2 vote behind closed doors, the House Intelligence Committee passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) cybersecurity bill. While the bill's final text is still unknown, <i>The Hill</i> reports that a number of amendments supported by the bill's sponsors were …

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

First-Known Targeted Malware Attack On Android Phones Steals Contacts And Text Messages

Malicious software is nothing new to the cyber security world. So-called malware is what unscrupulous folk use to disrupt or gather sensitive data from our desktop computers. Targeted attacks with malware have been relatively unseen on smartphones, those other computers we carry around that are …

MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime

Cyber-security experts from industry are to operate alongside the intelligence agencies for the first time in an attempt to combat the growing online …