The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab is one of seven nonprofit organizations around the world to receive the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI). The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory that develops new approaches for researching and documenting information controls (e.g. network surveillance and content filtering).
In 2012, Iranian hackers managed to penetrate the US Navy’s unclassified administrative network, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. While the attack was disclosed last September, the scale of it was not—the attack gave hackers access to the NMCI for nearly four months, according to an updated report by The Wall Street Journal.
Unlike Google, Shodan searches for internet-connected devices (which could have known vulnerabilities) rather than information. For those who believe this is scary, it just got scarier with the launch of Shodan Maps.
Building a botnet typically involves infecting a PC. But at the upcoming RSA Conference, two researchers plan to show how to build one with free cloud services.
When Jesse Potter, a chemical-weapons specialist with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, returned from Iraq in 2008, he dedicated himself to becoming one of the Army’s first new specialists in spectrum warfare — the means by which a military seizes and controls the electromagnetic radiation that makes all wireless communication possible.
Rapid7's Metasploit researchers have developed a new exploit for an old vulnerability that remains pervasive in the Android ecosystem some 9 months after it was patched by Google. With this new code, seventy percent of all Android users are vulnerable to a little social engineering and a remote takeover.
French aerospace engine maker Snecma, a unit of Safran, was attacked by hackers who exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer, according to a computer security researcher. It was not clear how successful the hackers had been in their efforts to breach Snecma's network, according to the researcher, who has studied malicious software and infrastructure used by the hackers.
Documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and published on The Intercept show that NSA analysts monitored content on The Pirate Bay and used the agency’s surveillance systems to track where it came from. The documents also show that the NSA’s British partners at the GCHQ used XKeyscore data as part of a surveillance program on sites that included WikiLeaks.
Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox plans to lift its suspension of external Bitcoin transfers soon after fixing a weakness in its accounting process that left it susceptible to denial-of-service attacks, company representatives say.
If you ever supported a Kickstarter project, you know by now that the popular crowdfunding platform has experience a data breach and that some of your information was compromised. The company simultaneously published a blog post and sent out email alerts detailing the scope and possible consequences of the compromise, as well as their actions in its wake.
Details from a newly disclosed document from the cache of Edward Snowden leaks demonstrates that the Australian spy agency (one of the Five Eyes) was monitoring a US law firm advising the Indonesian government on a trade dispute with the US in 2013 in a clear breach of attorney/client confidentiality — and offered that information to the NSA.
Not only are Bitcoin trading sites like Bitstamp and Mt. Gox susceptible to the recent accleration of the "transaction malleability" problem, but apparently the Silk Road — or at least its newest incarnation — is too.
An Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2014-0322) is actively exploited in the wild in a watering-hole attack targeting visitors to the official website of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars, FireEye researchers have warned.
The National Security Agency has told Congress that it has forced out a civilian employee after a lengthy investigation to “assign accountability” for the disclosure of intelligence secrets by Edward Snowden, one of its former contractors.
The European Commission has published a Communication titled "Internet Policy and Governance: Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance." It claims that trust in the current form of governance has been lost, and that the internet now needs an honest broker to regain trust while retaining an open and innovative internet.