The Pentagon has empowered the US Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyber attacks. The shift in strategy could increase the risk of conflict with foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed extortion and money laundering charges against the owners of a website that publishes mugshot photos and charges a fee to remove them. He is targeting Mugshots.com, which pulls photos and identifying information about criminal suspects from law enforcement departments around the U.S.
The FBI appears to have made headway in cracking a cybercrime extortion group that has plagued health and dental clinics, schools, law firms and Hollywood production companies since 2016. Serbian authorities, saying they were working with the FBI, arrested a 38-year-old man, believed to be a member of The Dark Overlord.
A professor at the University of California Davis School of Law predicts Supreme Court justices will defend the First Amendment principles of free speech against government attempts to curb Internet abuses—even when those abuses involve promoting falsehoods online.
Authorities in 12 countries, including the U.S., seized servers and arrested four top administrators of webstresser.org. The high-tech crime unit of Dutch police and the U.K.’s National Crime Agency led the investigation.
Ransomware attacks on government computer systems in Colorado, Georgia and California have officials bracing for disruptions that could prompt dangerous traffic-control outages on rail, highway and city-street systems. Officials are now realizing they need to beef up defenses.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions cites “deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russia” as Yevgeniy Nikulin, blamed for attacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, faces a court appearance in California.
The hacking scheme allegedly pilfered sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and government agenciess. The Iranian defendants were accused on Friday of working at the behest of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to steal large quantities of academic data from hundreds of universities in the U.S. and abroad.
As virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become part of our lives, they also open up new threats to privacy. A researcher argues that both the First and Fourth Amendments should protect customers from unwarranted attempts to use virtual content as evidence.