Jun 5, 2014

Police: Smart email attacks have been threatening Japan since '09

More than 30 government agencies, companies and other entities have been under attack by targeted emails since 2009, according to Metropolitan Police Department officials. The 140 virus-laced email messages were sent to specific employees in power utilities and defense companies, they said. A targeted ...

Mar 12, 2014

Brokerage watchdog warns of bitcoin risks

The bitcoin digital currency can expose people to significant losses, fraud and theft, and the lure of a potential quick profit should not blind investors to its significant risks, a brokerage industry watchdog warns. In an investor alert titled “Bitcoin: More than a Bit ...

Mt. Gox safe from U.S. suits in bankruptcy case

Mar 11, 2014

Mt. Gox safe from U.S. suits in bankruptcy case

Mt. Gox Co., the bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo after millions of dollars’ worth of virtual currency vanished from customer accounts, won a temporary halt to lawsuits it faces in the U.S. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale in Dallas agreed Monday ...

Bitcoin bandits do in bank in Canada

Mar 5, 2014

Bitcoin bandits do in bank in Canada

A Canada-based bank specializing in bitcoins said it has closed after computer hackers stole its digital currency. The closure of the Flexcoin bank comes only a week after the collapse of Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange. The Japan-based Mt. Gox also linked its ...

Nov 30, 2013

Key officials back splitting NSA, Cyber Command

by Ellen Nakashima

Key senior administration officials have advocated splitting the leadership of the largest U.S. spy agency from that of the military’s cyberwarfare command as a final White House decision nears, according to individuals briefed on the discussions. At a White House meeting of senior national ...

Anonymous cyberhacker jailed for 10 years in U.S.

Nov 16, 2013

Anonymous cyberhacker jailed for 10 years in U.S.

A self-described anarchist and “hacktivist” in the U.S. was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Prosecutors said the cyberattacks were carried out by Anonymous, the loosely organized worldwide hacking group, and ...

Oct 13, 2013

On the offensive in the cyberspace arms race

by James Andrew Lewis

Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can launch a cyber “attack,” even though the skills and tools needed to do real damage are still in short supply. The Internet was not built to be secure and will not become secure anytime soon. ...

Aug 31, 2013

Microsoft, Google unite on lawsuit against gag orders

Microsoft on Friday said that a battle to shed light on secret U.S. government requests for Internet user data will play out in court after failed peace talks. Microsoft and Google filed suits in federal court in June, arguing they have a right to ...