Bank Security Is So Bad That a Simple Phishing Scam Can Cost $1 Billion

In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting computers with malware and siphoning money. But how the hackers infiltrated these banks speaks to a much bigger problem: The current security standards (or lack thereof) at… » 2/16/15 5:35pm 2/16/15 5:35pm

Prisoner Got 37 Years in Solitary for Facebook Posts

In South Carolina's prisons, an inmate who secretly writes Facebook posts about missing his family can be punished the same way as one who rapes a cellmate. Hundreds of inmates are being handed down indefensibly harsh punishments for using social media, including one man, Tyheem Henry, who was sentenced to over 37… » 2/16/15 11:48am 2/16/15 11:48am

Law Enforcement Is Treating Online Trolling Like a Serious Crime

Though it's still difficult for people dealing with online harassment to get help from police, there is one kind of online troll that the police aren't ignoring anymore. These are swatters, people who call in SWAT teams on their targets for the lulz. A newly-arrested swatter, Brandon Wilson, is facing five years in… » 2/09/15 8:10pm 2/09/15 8:10pm

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically scifi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in… » 2/09/15 12:40pm 2/09/15 12:40pm

How the Silk Road Trial Could Lead to a Dangerous Legal Precedent

The Silk Road trial is over. A jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven charges, including money laundering, drug trafficking, and the "kingpin" charge. That's not just bad news for Ulbricht, who faces life in prison. His trial could help establish a dangerous precedent, which could allow law enforcement to… » 2/06/15 2:55pm 2/06/15 2:55pm

Oh, Good: Revenge Porn Kingpin Is Going to Jail 

Kevin Bollaert, a 28-year-old San Diego revenge porn website operator, gained notoriety by hosting a website to post embarrassing or sexually explicit images of men's former romantic partners on a now-defunct website called UGotPosted. Bollaert set up a second website, ChangeMyReputation, and charged people (by and… » 2/03/15 2:25pm 2/03/15 2:25pm

Feds Caught the Silk Road Mastermind With... A Google Search

"Dread Pirate Roberts," the mastermind behind the online drug market Silk Road, seemed like a smart dude. He amassed a multimillion dollar fortune in drug money in just a few years! And he did it using the deep web and cryptocurrency usually associated with sophisticated cybercrime. But if 30-year-old self-styled… » 1/30/15 12:15pm 1/30/15 12:15pm

Feds Are Spying on Millions of Cars With License Plate Readers

We've known for a long time that federal authorities have a lot of license plate readers at their disposal, some of which they surely use for nefarious purposes. However, new details have emerged that show exactly how nefarious those purposes are. Does secretly spying on millions of Americans and seizing property… » 1/27/15 10:40am 1/27/15 10:40am

Barrett Brown Will Spend 5 Years In Jail for Hacking-Related Offenses

A federal judge just sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $890,000 in restitution for charges related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. Brown's supporters maintain that the young writer and activist was "merely linking to hacked material." Either way,… » 1/22/15 4:07pm 1/22/15 4:07pm

FBI Director Says North Korea's Sony Hackers "Got Sloppy"

FBI director James Comey just explained new details of the Sony hack at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City. "Several times they got sloppy," he told the audience, referring to the hackers. In more technical terms, the hackers revealed IP addresses in North Korea that they "exclusively… » 1/07/15 12:39pm 1/07/15 12:39pm