LulzSec, a group of pranky hackers that ran amok starting in 2011, disbanded shortly after a high-profile cyberattack spree -- but in a world where such attacks are only becoming more common, the inside perspective is an intriguing one.
Jake Davis, a member who goes by "Topiary," took to the site ask.fm to answer questions about the group's formation and his work as LulzSec's social media wiz. Davis was arrested by the British authorities and sentenced to two years in prison, though he was let out early.
Three prominent online companies filed a petition with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an attempt to improve transparency with users.
Google, Facebook, and Yahoo on Monday announced the petition which requests that the US government allow the companies to publish, in detail, the types of national security requests they have received under the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Google has also requested that the court hold the hearing publicly and not in private.
"It's time for more transparency," Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado and Public Policy and Government Affairs Director Pablo … Read more
The Indian government is reportedly carrying out Internet surveillance on its citizens, in contrast with the government's rules and notifications for ensuring communications privacy.
According to an investigation by Chennai-based publication The Hindu, Lawful Intercept and Monitoring (LIM) systems have been deployed by the country's Center for Development of Telematics (D-DOT) to monitor Internet traffic, e-mails, Web browsing, Skype, and other Internet activities by Indian citizens.
The systems are fully owned and operated by the Indian government, unlike similar systems deployed by local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which have to comply with Indian Telegraph Act and Rule 419(… Read more
The iPhone apparently is popular not just with consumers but with the National Security Agency, though for somewhat different reasons.
The NSA can retrieve user data on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices, according to internal classified documents obtained by German news outlet Der Spiegel. Special task forces within the agency have reportedly studied the three mobile platforms with the goal of accessing the contacts, instant messaging traffic, and location data found on the devices.
The classified documents don't point to any "large-scale" snooping of smartphone owners, but they do highlight the historic record of a few specific … Read more
China's government on Monday made one thing clear to its citizens: spreading rumors online won't be tolerated.
The country's top court on Monday interpreted a law on how the spread of so-called "online rumors" should be handled by China's lawmakers. According to Reuters, which obtained a copy of that interpretation, if a particular rumor is posted to a Web page that has 5,000 or more visits or is reported on social-networking sites more than 500 times, the person publishing the rumor could face up to three years in jail.
Google has kicked into high gear a plan to encrypt data sent between its data centers, in the wake of the National Security Agency spying scandal.
The Washington Post reports that Google's plan was devised last year, but was put on the front burner to help safeguard the company's reputation in the wake of the surveillance documents leaked by former NSA tech worker Edward Snowden.
"It's an arms race," Eric Grosse, Google's vice president for security engineering, told the Post. "We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this … Read more
Google was driven into a French court Wednesday by former Formula One racing head Max Mosley over images from a sex party.
Mosley on Wednesday requested that the French court force Google to remove from its search results and image data store all photos and videos related to a role-playing sex romp he participated in back in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. At that time, News Corp.'s now-defunct News of the World published video footage of Mosley with several women engaging in sexual acts.
Soon after the depictions were posted online, Mosley won a case in a … Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.