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Three in ten Americans urge feds to read their email

A survey into attitudes ten years after the 9/11 attacks has found that three out of ten Americans are happy to let the government read their emails without a warrant. And this rose to 47 per cent for emails addressed to foreigners. Over a thousand Americans were polled by NORC at the University of Chicago into their attitudes …
Iain Thomson, 8 Sep 2011
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FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD

Allegations that the FBI may have smuggled back doors or weaknesses into openBSD's cryptography have created uproar in the security community. Former government contractor Gregory Perry, who helped develop the OpenBSD crypto framework a decade ago, claims that contractors were paid to insert backdoors into OpenBSD's IPSec …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2010
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Email hack Labour councillor stays after suspension

A Lambeth councillor has vowed to continue to represent his constituents following a controversial email sting operation that resulted in his suspension from the Labour party and his recent failure to overturn the decision on appeal. Kingsley Abrams, a veteran Labour councillor in the South London borough, was first accused of …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2010
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Bush-authored warrantless wiretapping suffers abrupt defeat

The last of the US warrantless wiretapping cases has come to a rather surprising and abrupt finish. Judge Vaughn Walker hearing the case formerly known as Al-Haramain vs Bush has ruled for the plaintiffs and against the US government on a motion for summary judgment, essentially telling the government it had no case. This …
Burke Hansen, 2 Apr 2010
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Microsoft's wiretap guide goes online, security site goes offline

Updated Long-established privacy and cryptology website Cryptome.org was pulled offline on Wednesday after Microsoft launched a legal offensive over its publication of Redmond's guide to internet wiretapping. Microsoft's Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, a 22 page booklet designed solely for police and intelligence services, …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2010
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Hotspot sniffer eavesdrops on iPhone in real-time

People who use public WiFi to make iPhone calls or conduct video conferences take heed: It just got a lot easier to monitor your conversations in real time. At a talk scheduled for Saturday at the Toorcon hacker conference in San Diego, two security researchers plan to show the latest advances in the open-source UCSniff tool …
Dan Goodin, 23 Oct 2009
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Free download turns BlackBerry into remote bugging device

A free software program released Thursday turns everyday BlackBerry smartphones into remote bugging devices. Dubbed PhoneSnoop by creator Sheran Gunasekera, the software sits quietly on a targeted BlackBerry and monitors the phone number of each incoming call. When it detects a number set up in the program's preferences …
Dan Goodin, 22 Oct 2009
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Crypto spares man who secretly video taped flatmates

An Australian man who set up an elaborate network of hidden cameras to spy on his flatmates has escaped jail time after police were unable to crack the encryption scheme protecting his computer. When police raided the residence of Rohan James Wyllie, they found found a series of peepholes drilled into the walls and doors of …
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2009
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Bloggers howl after conference snoops on 'secure' network

Organizers of last week's SecTor security conference collected names, passwords, and all other traffic passing over two Wi-Fi networks provided to attendees, including one that was encrypted, the event's director has confirmed. Borrowing a page from the Wall of Sheep at the Defcon hacker conference each year in Las Vegas, the …
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2009
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International hacker buried $1m in backyard

The international hacker who confessed to stealing tens of millions of payment card numbers amassed a fortune worth more than $2.7m, including more than $1m in cash buried in his backyard in Miami. Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez agreed to forfeit the ill-gotten booty in a guilty plea that was formally entered in federal court in …
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2009
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Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches

Comment Apple is once again playing security catch-up to the rest of the computing world, this time with an update for the Leopard version of its Mac operating system that patches critical holes in Java that were fixed on competing systems 29 days ago. The patch updates Leopard to Java versions 1.6.0_15, 1.5.0_20, and 1.4.2_22, which …
Dan Goodin, 4 Sep 2009
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Mobile operators pooh-pooh universal phone-snooping plan

Mobile operators have struck back at organizers of an open-source project that plans to crack the encryption used to protect cell phone calls, saying they are a long way from devising a practical attack. "The theoretical compromise presented at the Black Hat conference requires the construction of a large look-up table of …
Dan Goodin, 28 Aug 2009
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Whistleblower releases Skype snooping code

The source code for a Windows Trojan capable of recording Skype calls as MP3 files has been released in a move that spells bad news for VoIP confidentiality. Swiss software developer Ruben Unteregger published the source code for a package capable of eavesdropping on encrypted Skype VoIP conversations on his website Megapanzer …
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2009
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TJX suspect indicted in Heartland, Hannaford breaches

Federal authorities have charged a previously indicted hacker with breaching additional corporate computers and stealing data for at least 130 million credit and debit cards, the biggest identity theft case ever prosecuted in the United States. Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez and two unnamed Russians were indicted on Monday for …
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2009
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Vuln exposes eBay developer accounts

eBay security officials are requiring members of its developer program to change their passwords following the discovery of a vulnerability that could allow attackers to intercept sensitive account details. "eBay has recently identified a means by which someone could gain access to eBay Developers Program account information …
Dan Goodin, 13 Aug 2009
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Boffins showcase do-it-yourself flying spy drone

French engineering students have designed a do-it-yourself unmanned aerial vehicle that can provide high-resolution, geo-referenced surveillance images in real time. At the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, Antoine Gademer and Corentin Chéron, two of the students from l'Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique …
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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US civil liberties gang questions Obama cookie plan

A proposal to loosen restrictions on the use of tracking cookies by federal government websites should be carefully scrutinized so they don't jeopardize the privacy of people who visit them, groups advocating civil liberties warned Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union said the proposal, floated July 24 by the White House …
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2009
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Feds seek $566m from man in online gambling case

Federal prosecutors have accused a Canadian man of laundering more than $350m for offshore internet gambling operations to skirt US laws prohibiting payments to American citizens trying to cash out their winnings. Douglas Rennick, 34, was charged with three felony counts related to the alleged scheme by the US Attorney's …
Dan Goodin, 6 Aug 2009

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