Jul 16, 2015

U.S. shuts down top English-language malware marketplace

Investigators have shut down what they call the world’s largest-known English-language malware forum, an online marketplace called Darkode where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Jul 10, 2015

Israeli gets 14 months for stealing Madonna's songs

An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison after he was convicted of stealing and selling unreleased songs by international pop star Madonna. Adi Lederman was arrested earlier this year and after confessing, ...

Jul 7, 2015

MSDF anti-piracy mission off Somalia extended another year

The government on Tuesday added another year to the Maritime Self-Defense Force mission to protect commercial vessels from pirate attacks off Somalia. The sixth extension of the operation, which began in 2009, is to help ensure the security of the important sea lane off ...

Jan 22, 2015

Israeli arrested over Madonna song leak

An Israeli man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hacking Madonna’s computer and selling the pop icon’s songs online, a private investigator involved in the case said. Israeli police confirmed they had detained a man suspected of stealing the work of a number ...

Dec 18, 2014

Japan eyes providing patrol boats to Indonesia to fight piracy

Japan is arranging to provide patrol boats to Indonesia to support its fight against piracy, government sources said Wednesday, a move seen as part of efforts to assist Asian countries to boost their security capabilities in the face of China’s maritime assertiveness. Since last ...

Notorious 'hacktivist' shares methods, motives

Nov 14, 2014

Notorious 'hacktivist' shares methods, motives

Cocaine dealers, bank robbers and carjackers converge at Manchester Federal Prison in rural Kentucky — and then there is Jeremy Hammond, a tousle-haired and talented hacker whose nimble fingers have clicked and tapped their way into the nation’s computing systems. Among those whose data ...

Danish court sentences Pirate Bay founder over hacking case

Nov 1, 2014

Danish court sentences Pirate Bay founder over hacking case

A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane ...

Sep 5, 2014

Online 'safe harbor' for nude photos defines Internet

Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. The Internet would be less sleazy, but prescreening more content might also mute ...

Sep 3, 2014

How can you protect your online data?

The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of people to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and ...

Sep 3, 2014

Should theft of naked photos online be considered a sex crime?

Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online. After the massive release of naked photos of stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, some experts said it ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to post intelligence officer at SDF base in Djibouti

The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday. Arrangements are under way for the ...