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Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite petition

The NSA leaker should return to the US and face charges, an Obama advisor says

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Darkode cybercrime forum might be making a comeback

The former administrator of Darkode, the online cybercrime forum that was recently shut down by law enforcement agencies, is preparing to bring it back, with better security and privacy for its members.

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NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

After Nov. 29, data requests must be made on an as-needed basis to the FISA Court

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Microsoft follows Google to crack down on revenge porn

Microsoft will make it easier for people to request the removal of links to intimate images or videos from the company's Bing search engine if such content was posted online without their consent.

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New York judge rules against Facebook in search warrant case

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users, highlighting the limits to online companies' abilities to protect user privacy.

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Second Flash Player zero-day exploit found in Hacking Team's data

The huge cache of files recently leaked from Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team is the gift that keeps on giving for attackers. Researchers sifting through the data found a new exploit for a previously unknown...

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IEEE group recommends random MAC addresses for Wi-Fi security

According to new recommendations by an IEEE study group, the Wi-Fi protocol needs to be updated to use randomly generated MAC addresses for better security and privacy.

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Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

But the DOJ's official position on the NSA leaker facing criminal charges hasn't changed

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In Pictures: Hacking Team's hack curated

Hacking Team, a firm best known for helping governments spy on their citizens, has been hacked. Here's a curated look at the documents, contracts, and code discovered by researchers sorting the data online.

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Hacking Team responds to data breach, issues public threats and denials

On Sunday evening, someone hijacked the Hacking Team account on Twitter and used it to announce that the company known for developing hacking tools was itself a victim of a devastating hack. In response, they've issued threats and...

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Hacking Team hacked, attackers claim 400GB in dumped data

On Sunday, while most of Twitter was watching the Women's World Cup, one of the world's most notorious security firms was being hacked.

Extreme Hacks to Be Paranoid About

Software developers are failing to implement crypto correctly, data reveals

Lack of specialized training for developers and crypto libraries that are too complex lead to widespread encryption failures

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Scott McNealy on privacy: You still don't have any

Big government is the biggest threat to privacy, the ex-Sun chief warns

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Common cybersecurity myths debunked

One of the greatest challenges for organizations attempting to address cybersecurity risks is the number of fundamental security myths that cause organizations to incorrectly assess threats.

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Ensuring data security with a bucket of worms and a hammer; goggles optional

Getting in the habit of destroying sensitive data in junk mail and on old drives and devices isn't just about proper use of approved technology. Sometimes what you need is creativity, a sense of humor, and a good fire extinguisher.

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News and IoT sites flunk security and privacy tests

News and IoT websites fail security / privacy testing

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Two years after Snowden leaks, US tech firms still feel the backlash

Continued pressure for data localization laws will hurt tech vendors, trade groups say

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How secure is your email?

Encrypted email has long been a complicated problem to solve, but a combination of Internet titans and innovative startups are working to make it practical for real people. Google has an "End-To-End" project developing a plugin for...

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