crime

North Korea Wants To Work With The U.S. To Investigate The Sony Hack

In a predictably bizarre move, officials in Pyongyang are now proposing that North Korea and the United States work together on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. The country says it can prove that they didn’t do it. North Korea also warned of the gravest consequences if the U.S. does not agree to the inquiry.


How Much Your Inbox Is Worth To Cybercriminals

Many of us have had the experience of receiving a spammy email from a friend or loved one, only to have a frantic follow-up note arrive a few minutes later from that person stating that his or her email account was hacked and warning us not to open or respond to any of the messages sent by the intruder. To be sure, this is an alarming situation for many users. But the scarier truth is that if your inbox (or your phone, tablet, Twitter or Instagram account, anything really) gets hijacked by modern cyberthieves, spewing spam is about the most innocuous thing that can happen to it.


The US Government Sure Likes To Blame Tor

In a non-public report, the Department of Treasury revealed that an increasing number of hackers are using the Tor network to maintain their anonymity. Surprise surprise! After all, Tor is one of the biggest online anonymity services. So the government is suggesting (again) that blocking Tor would keep hackers away though. And, while that might be true, it’s also shady.


US Authorities Are Finally Going To Help Companies Avoid Getting Hacked

On the heels of a painful-to-watch volley of insane revelations about the recent Sony Pictures hack, the Department of Justice has announced that it’s creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit. The new unit will be part of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section. And — here’s the kicker — it will help the private sector avoid cyberattacks.


How A New DNA Test Can Distinguish Between Identical Twins 

Ever since police started using DNA tests, one particular loophole has captivated our imagination: How do you distinguish between identical twins who share DNA? But it turns out even identical twins have tiny differences in their DNA, and prosecutors in Massachusetts want to use a new test for identical twins in court for the very first time.


Finally, Someone Is Going To Jail For Revenge Porn

On Monday, a Los Angeles man named Noe Iniguez became the first person ever to receive a sentence for violating California’s new revenge porn law. Iniguez got one year in jail and 36 months probation for three criminal counts, one of which was revenge porn-related.


What Today's Facebook Supreme Court Case In The US Means For Free Speech Online

How carefully do you think about the things you post on Facebook? Depending on the outcome of today’s US Supreme Court hearing, that answer could soon be way more carefully than you ever have before.


US Authorities Use 18th Century Law To Force Apple To Unlock Encrypted Phones

The US Department of Justice is going to absurd lengths in order to unlock encrypted smartphones. It’s using a law from the 1700s to force Apple and at least one other company to cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations dealing with locked, encrypted phones. And the courts, so far, are letting it happen.


Report: A Bunch Of Illegal Websites Seized By The FBI Were Fakes

The dark web owes the FBI a thank-you. It turns out that during its recent mass seizure operation against a number of Tor sites (including Silk Road 2.0), a little more than half of the sites taken down were either clones or scams — and, in a number of cases, the real, functional websites are still active.


This $150 Hack Can Crack A Safe

It might not look much, with its plain 3D-printed arms and cables hanging free, but this little guy can punch well above its weight. Made up of components worth an estimated $US150, this auto-dialler can do the same job as a machine worth tens of thousands: it can crack a safe.