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Forty-Three Accused of Running Cybersex Ring in Philippines

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.                       

Court Reprimands US Navy for Scanning Civilian Computers for Child Porn

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of...

US Government Requests Access to Non-existent Dropbox Accounts

September 12, 2014 11:52 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

US government requests for access to Dropbox user content and account details rose in line with...

Home Depot Sued by Customer over Data Breach

September 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc (HD.N) has been sued over data breach by a...

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Microsoft has urged US District Judge Loretta Preska, the judge presiding over the case that sees the company refusing to hand some emails stored in its Dublin facility over to the US government, to find them in contempt.

Microsoft Refuses to Hand Over Emails, Held in Contempt

September 10, 2014 10:56 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

Microsoft has urged US District Judge Loretta Preska, the judge presiding over the case that sees the company refusing to hand some emails stored in its Dublin facility over to the US government, to find them in contempt.        

To hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. But the technical side of the security community, who have long tracked the dark web’s experiments in

Did the FBI Hack the Location of Silk Road's Server?

September 9, 2014 12:19 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | News | Comments

To hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. But the technical side of the security community, who have long tracked the dark web’s experiments in evading law enforcement, don’t buy that simple story.

As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the fo

FBI Pinpoints Silk Road's Server from Leaky Login Page

September 8, 2014 1:21 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | News | Comments

As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the formidable anonymity software Tor. Was the FBI tipped off to the server’s location by the NSA, who used a secret and possibly illegal Tor-cracking technique?

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A "safe harbor" clause in the 1998 law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act absolves websites of any legal liability for virtually all content posted on their services. The law, known as the DMCA, requires websites and other Internet service provid

Stolen Photos of Stars Find 'Safe Harbor' Online

September 4, 2014 12:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | News | Comments

A "safe harbor" clause in the 1998 law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act absolves websites of any legal liability for virtually all content posted on their services. The law, known as the DMCA, requires websites and other Internet service providers to remove a piece of content believed to be infringing on a copyright after being notified of a violation by the copyright owner.

Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing childre

Improved Image Analysis Tools Speed Exploited Children Cases

August 28, 2014 10:29 am | by William Jackson, GCN | News | Comments

Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing children. But the sheer volume of data being reviewed can slow an investigation to a crawl.

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing

Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

August 27, 2014 11:28 am | by Kim Zetter, Wired | News | Comments

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But he must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.

Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identificat

Silk Road Kingpin Faces Yet More Criminal Charges

August 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht (aka, Dread Pirate Roberts), has been indicted on three additional charges, including narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents.

Aaron's Law Doomed

August 7, 2014 9:40 am | News | Comments

A bill named after the late internet activist Aaron Swartz that was supposed to update much-criticized US hacking law is almost certain to be left to wither in Congress, according to various sources with knowledge of the matter. 

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Bill Would Allow Warrants to Be Issued by Telephone

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | News | Comments

Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”  

The prospect that classified capabilities could be revealed in a criminal case has meant that the most sophisticated surveillance technologies are not always available to law enforcement because they are classified, current and former.

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'Toys' from Law Enforcement

July 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The prospect that classified capabilities could be revealed in a criminal case has meant that the most sophisticated surveillance technologies are not always available to law enforcement because they are classified, current and former.    

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.

Talk Forensics - Expert Witness Testimony

July 28, 2014 8:33 am | Videos | Comments

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.                             

Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to ma

Cyber Thieves Sell $1.6M in StubHub Tickets

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Gmail Account is Fair Game, Says US Judge

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Lisa Vaas | Blogs | Comments

A New York court opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.                           

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New York Proposes Restrictive Bitcoin Regulations

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have proposed establishing rules for firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing virtual currency, as well as retail conversions. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called BitLicense.

Senate Hearing Looks to Cybercrime Law to Fight Botnets

July 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Sara Peters, Dark Reading | News | Comments

In the wake of Microsoft's seizure of No-IP servers and domains, private and public sector representatives met to discuss what can be done to address the problem of botnets.                     

Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

July 14, 2014 11:12 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

FBI Cyber Expert Fights Real-world Crime

July 14, 2014 10:51 am | by Joe Mankak, Associated Press | News | Comments

J. Keith Mularski's world has expanded greatly since he stopped selling discount furniture to join the FBI in 1998. Especially since he transferred from Washington, D.C., in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the Pittsburgh field office's cyber squad — which he now heads.

Moscow Accuses US of 'Kidnapping' Russian Hacker

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of violating a bilateral treaty and "kidnapping" a Russian accused of hacking into U.S. retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.                  

Smartphones Can Still Be Searched by Border Cops

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court released a landmark unanimous ruling last Wednesday limiting the ability of police officers to search a suspect's cellphone. But don't expect the Supreme Court's limitations to impact all law enforcement, because, as Aaron Sankin detailed on the Daily Dot, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) still don't need to consult with a judge before browsing through your smartphone.

Child Rape Case Leaves Mysteries

July 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mitch Weiss, Ray Henry and Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home held a trove of child pornography, more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and thumb drives.                         

Physical Location of Data Will Become Increasingly Irrelevant

July 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Gartner | News | Comments

The physical location of data still matters, but will become increasingly irrelevant and will be replaced by a combination of legal location, political location and logical location in most organizations by 2020, according to a report from Gartner, Inc.

Supreme Court Cites NIST Mobile Forensics Guide in Ruling on Cell Phone Searches

July 2, 2014 12:20 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

In considering the question of cell phone searches by police without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruling in Riley v California had to mesh established policy on search warrants together with an understanding of cell phone technology. To help with that challenge, the justices turned to a variety of sources, among them the NIST Guidelines on Mobile Device Forensics

When Does Virtual Crime Become An Actual Crime?

July 2, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

In his mind and online persona, Gilberto Valle left little doubt about the depths of his depravation: In communications over the Internet, he imagined subjecting women he knew to sex-related torture and, in some cases, murder and cannibalism. However, the judge concluded that Mr. Valle’s Internet plotting had been “fantasy role play” and was not evidence of an actual crime.

Microsoft Sues to Seize Domains Responsible for Malware Infections

July 1, 2014 11:40 am | by Ericka Chickowski, Dark Reading | News | Comments

After detecting more than 7.4 million infections among its customers by the Jenxcus and Bladabindi worms, Microsoft kicked off legal action to disrupt these pervasive malware threats.                   

In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

Police Need a Warrant to Search Cell Phones, Justices Say

June 25, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.            

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