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Judge denies FBI request to hijack suspect's PC using spyware

A rare public court opinion ruled the request was too vague, and the privacy risks too great<p>For a long time, the FBI has been refining its ability to get inside your computer whenever it thinks you might be breaking the law. But this week a Texas judge put his foot down, denying the agency a search …

What a DDoS Attack Looks Like

When hackers do cyber-battle, there isn't much to see. Maybe you'll wind up on a crashed website, but the real carnage is happening behind the …

Redact Secure Messenger app can wipe sent messages from receiver's phone

A British company which has devised an encryption system for messaging is trying to get the UK government's GCHQ to give its first-ever approval to …

Guardian's Twitter accounts hacked by pro-Syria government supporters

<b>The Guardian's Twitter accounts have been taken over by pro-Syrian government hackers, the newspaper says.</b><p>A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility for the attack, the paper added.<p>The @GuardianBooks, @GuardianTravel and @guardianfilm accounts were among those …

Twitter Warns Journalists: "We Believe That These Attacks Will Continue"

"Please help us keep your accounts secure," the urgent memo says.<p>In a memo sent to news organizations, Twitter warns that it expects high profile account hijackings — like the one that took down the AP's Twitter account last week — to continue. "Please help us keep your accounts secure," the memo …

Your Skype Account Can Be Easily Hijacked, Says A Guy Who Was Hacked Six Times In One Day

Over the weekend, "Dylan," aka @TibitXimer on Twitter, a self-proclaimed security researcher/hacker, contacted Skype when he discovered his account had been hijacked. Skype asked him a few basic questions and then reset the account.<p>The problem is that those same easy-to-answer questions are what …

Google Glass has been rooted, what are the security issues?

It didn’t take long, it never does, but Google Glass has been rooted. It seems that the process was started by Liam McLoughlin (@Hexxeh) who claimed that root access should be easy as Google Glass supports ADB access in a debug mode – an equivalent of the typical Android “Enable USB Debugging” …

Google Glass Bulletproof lockscreen adds unofficial wearable security

Security concerns around Google Glass and what data access those casually – or nefariously – picking up your wearable might have has prompted the …

Google Glass

Which Tech Companies Protect Your Data From the Government?

<i>The Electronic Frontier Foundation just released its annual "Who Has Your Back" report card, detailing the privacy policies of tech companies. Here's</i> …

DoD to grant Apple’s iOS 6 & Samsung Galaxy devices security approval for widespread use by US government agencies

The iPhone and iPad have already been cleared for use by a number of US government agencies, and in February the US Defense Department confirmed plans to open its networks to 100,000 new devices from Apple and Google by February of next year. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports the DoD is about …

Los Alamos National Lab has had quantum-encrypted internet for over two years

Nothing locks down data better than a laser-based quantum-encrypted network, where the mere act of looking at your data causes it to irrevocably change. Although such systems already exist, they're limited to point-to-point data transfers since a router would kill the message it's trying to pass …

China Sees Cyberwar as Reducing U.S. Advantage in Future Conflict

It’s one thing to read news concerning the latest report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Defense on China’s latest military activities. But …

Why Two-Factor Authentication Won't Stop The Hacking Crisis

Important? Yes. But not foolproof. Hackers find their way through the internet's next great safeguard.<p>As high profile hacks continue to make news, "two-factor authentication" is becoming a household term. This year alone, Apple, Microsoft, and Evernote have rolled it out to users, and two weeks ago …

Onion Inc.'s Tech Blog

This is a write-up of how the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion. In summary, they phished Onion employees’ Google Apps accounts via 3 seperate …

How hackers allegedly stole “unlimited” amounts of cash from banks in just hours

Feds accuse eight men of participating in heists that netted $45 million.<p>Federal authorities have accused eight men of participating in 21st-Century …

Latest cellphone unlocking bill proposes significant digital copyright reform

Lawmakers are continuing the push to legalize cellphone unlocking in the United States with a new bipartisan bill just introduced in the House of Representatives. The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 proposes amending a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which currently prohibits …

Mozilla Courts App Developers to Firefox OS With Free Phones

In hopes of driving interest in its impending Firefox OS launch, Mozilla is presenting developers with an interesting deal: If you have a great app idea for Firefox OS and you have the skills to build it, Mozilla will send you a phone. A free Geeksphone Keon handset, to be exact.<p>The Geeksphone Keon …

Our internet connections depend on vulnerable undersea cables

If you’ve been following the events in Syria over the past few days, you know the country’s Internet is now back from the dead after a 19-hour outage that the government blamed on “terrorist” sabotage—an explanation bought by approximately zero people.<p>But just because destroying the cables would be …

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Amazon working to move further into hardware space with 3D smartphone, audio device

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Amazon is working to expand its hardware offerings, this year, beyond the Kindle e-readers and tablets (like the Kindle Fire). According to the new report, Amazon is working on two smartphones, including a high-end model with a 3D display. Like other smartphones …