Justice Dept. announces takedown of AlphaBay, a dark Web marketplace for drugs and other illicit goods

                The Justice Department announced Thursday that it had shuttered an illicit Internet marketplace for drugs, firearms and fake documents in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions said was the “largest dark Web takedown in world history.” AlphaBay was a site on the dark Web where users whose identities … Continue reading Justice Dept. announces takedown of AlphaBay, a dark Web marketplace for drugs and other illicit goods

First UK police drone unit launched in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

The first dedicated police drone unit in the UK has been launched. Devon and Cornwall Police began testing the drones with Dorset Police in 2015, but have now established a permanent unit with three full-time staff. It is hoped the drones could be used to track suspects in firearm incidents as well as in counter-terrorism … Continue reading First UK police drone unit launched in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with internet-connected toys

  The FBI is warning parents about the potential pitfalls of allowing their children to interact with internet-connected toys, noting a child’s privacy and safety could be put at risk. Conversations with an internet-connected toy could let hackers snoop on your child’s name, school, location, likes, dislikes and location, according to a warning posted by the … Continue reading FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with internet-connected toys

How to protect yourself from the Verizon data breach

  Another day, another major data breach. This time around it’s personal. When Verizon was shown to have as many as 14 million subscriber records revealed, I was one of them. Lucky me. Lucky you. These customer records were contained in log files from Verizon customers service calls during the last six months. Each record included the customer’s … Continue reading How to protect yourself from the Verizon data breach

Tech-savvy gangs a problem for law enforcement

They say gangs are “going dark” by using certain apps and messenger services that use encrypted technology. Police tell News 12 Long Island that members of MS-13 are using encrypted apps to communicate internationally with gang leaders in El Salvador. William Sweeney, Jr., the assistant director in charge of the FBI, recently told Congress, “We’ve found that … Continue reading Tech-savvy gangs a problem for law enforcement

Smart Device Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police

We’re gradually learning that smart home devices can be quite valuable for police. Following a recent case in which Amazon handed over data from its Echo device to police investigating a murder, a smart device called the police when a couple was allegedly involved in a violent domestic dispute. According to ABC News, officers were called to a … Continue reading Smart Device Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police

Global Petya Ransomware Outbreak Spreads

  A massive, global ransomware outbreak has been hitting airports, banks, shipping firms and other businesses across Ukraine, Russia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, India and beyond. Organizations ranging from Ukraine’s central bank and Kiev’s Boryspil Airport to Russian oil producer Rosneft and Danish shipping giant Maersk all appear to have had systems compromised by the … Continue reading Global Petya Ransomware Outbreak Spreads

Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

Supreme Court case has ramifications for tech sector, foreign relations, and privacy. The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court … Continue reading Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

FBI: Victims Aren’t Reporting Ransomware Attacks

Despite being an expanding threat, ransomware infections are rarely reported to law enforcement agencies, according to conclusions from the 2016 Internet Crime Report, released yesterday by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). During 2016, FBI IC3 officials said they received only 2,673 complaints regarding ransomware incidents, which ranked ransomware as the 22nd most reported … Continue reading FBI: Victims Aren’t Reporting Ransomware Attacks

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