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How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall

How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s DownfallWhen the FBI tore down the billion-dollar drugs-and-contraband website Silk Road last October, its death made room for a new generation of black-market bazaars—many with better defenses against the Feds. Nearly a year later, more drugs are sold online than when the Silk Road ruled the dark web, according to a study by the Digital Citizens Alliance.  read more »

How to Protect Yourself From Big Bank-Card Hacks

How to Protect Yourself From Big Bank-Card HacksWith hackers stealing credit and debit card numbers with seeming impunity, it might seem like there's nothing the average consumer can do to protect themselves. But with a couple of precautions, you can dramatically reduce hassle and expense of a bank card breach. Though you can't guard against every scenario, a little op sec goes a long way.  read more »

Hacked Celeb Pics Made Reddit Enough Cash to Run Its Servers for a Month

Hacked Celeb Pics Made Reddit Enough Cash to Run Its Servers for a MonthIf you saw Kate Upton or Jennifer Lawrence naked last week, there’s a good chance you saw them on the social news site Reddit. The self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet” was one of the main outlets linking to the celebrity nude photographs hacked from Apple’s iCloud accounts and leaked across the web. Over the […]  read more »

FBI’s Story of Finding Silk Road’s Server Sounds a Lot Like Hacking

FBI’s Story of Finding Silk Road’s Server Sounds a Lot Like HackingTo hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. The bureau’s latest court filing in the case describes how the hidden site accidentally revealed its location to anyone who visited its login page, thanks to […]  read more »

The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s Server

The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s ServerThe prosecuting attorneys in Ulbricht's case argue, means that no illegal spying techniques were needed to pinpoint the world's largest anonymous bazaar for narcotics. In fact, they write, the evidence revealing its physical location was left in plain sight.  read more »

In WikiLeaks Probe, Feds Used a Secret Search Warrant to Get Volunteer’s Gmail

In WikiLeaks Probe, Feds Used a Secret Search Warrant to Get Volunteer’s GmailThe Justice Department used a secret search warrant to obtain the entire contents of a Gmail account used by a former WikiLeaks volunteer in Iceland, according to court records released to the volunteer this week.  read more »

U.K. Spy Agency Secretly Taps Over 200 Fiber-Optic Cables, Shares Data With the NSA

U.K. Spy Agency Secretly Taps Over 200 Fiber-Optic Cables, Shares Data With the NSAThe British spy agency GCHQ has secretly tapped more than 200 fiber-optic cables carrying phone and internet traffic and has been sharing data with the U.S.  read more »

5 Fun Facts From the Latest NSA Leak

5 Fun Facts From the Latest NSA LeakAfter a brief respite, the Guardian newspaper has resumed its publication of leaked NSA documents. The latest round provides a look at the secret rules the government follows for collecting data on U.S. persons.  read more »

Feds Seized 1,700 Online Domains in 3 Years

Feds Seized 1,700 Online Domains in 3 YearsFederal authorities said today that, since June 2010, they have seized more than 1,700 domains that allegedly breached intellectual property rights.  read more »

Aaron’s Law, the Much-Needed Reform of the CFAA, Is Finally Here

Aaron’s Law, the Much-Needed Reform of the CFAA, Is Finally HereLying about one’s age on Facebook, or checking personal email on a work computer, could violate this felony statute.  read more »