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Feds Charge NSA Contractor Accused of Exposing Russian Hacking

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Leakers of classified material and national security journalists alike know that publishing government secrets carries risks. But rarely have the revelation of a bombshell leak and the criminal charges against its source come in such quick succession—in the latest exposé of Russian election hacking, not much more than an hour apart. The Department of Justice […]

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Researchers Use Ridesharing Cars to Sniff Out a Secret Spying Tool

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Law enforcement’s use of the surveillance devices known as stingrays, fake cell towers that can intercept communications and track phones, remains as murky as it is controversial, hidden in non-disclosure agreements and cloak-and-dagger secrecy. But a group of Seattle researchers has found a new method to track those trackers: by recruiting ridesharing vehicles as surveillance […]

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Security News This Week: Bug Bounties Pay But Piracy Doesn’t

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This week saw a terrorist attack in Manchester, and reports that presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is a focus of the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference. And that’s just for starters. In the wake of the Manchester bombing, we looked at why it’s so important to think before you tweet, since spreading images of the […]

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Russian Hackers Are Using ‘Tainted’ Leaks to Sow Disinformation

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Over the past year, the Kremlin’s strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world has become increasingly clear, first in the US and more recently in France. But a new report by a group of security researchers digs into another layer of those so-called influence operations: how Russian hackers alter documents within […]

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Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks

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Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last September, including Spotify, Reddit, and The New York Times. And over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak crippled systems ranging from health care to transportation in 150 countries […]

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Sweden Drops Assange’s Rape Case—But He’s Not Walking Free

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For seven years, the specter of sex crime accusations have loomed over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Fighting extradition to Sweden kept him under house arrest in England, and then asylum in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy. Now Swedish authorities have dropped that case. But Assange likely still can’t leave his two-room embassy jail—a circumstance that makes clearer […]

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A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back

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Since the WannaCry ransomware ripped through the internet late last week, infecting hundreds of thousands of machines and locking up critical systems from health care to transportation, cryptographers have searched for a cure. Finding a flaw in WannaCry’s encryption scheme, after all, could decrypt all those systems without any ransom. Now one French researcher says […]