Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment. » 3/30/15 12:40pm Yesterday 12:40pm

DDOS Attack Targets Popular Anti-Censorship Projects on Github

Github is getting hammered by a huge distributed-denial-of-service attack. Looks like it pissed off the wrong pro-censorship group: The attack is aimed at two popular Github projects, Great Fire and CN-NY Times, that help Chinese citizens get around their government's restrictive online censors to access blocked… » 3/27/15 6:30pm Friday 6:30pm

A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea's oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films. » 3/27/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

The FBI's Drone Pilot Team Is Just Two Dudes

The Justice Department inspector general's recent audit of the FBI's drone program revealed something surprising: the FBI drone pilot team is literally just two people sitting in a room. » 3/25/15 4:20pm Wednesday 4:20pm

Grumpy Americans of the 1970s Wanted to Rewrite the Constitution

The 1970s was a rough time for most Americans. The economy was tanking, inflation was out of control, and thanks to the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal, few people had anything good to say about their government. Which is why predictions about the future from this era are so fascinating. » 3/25/15 2:15pm Wednesday 2:15pm

Monica Lewinsky Is the Perfect Anti-Cyberbullying Advocate 

There are few people better-equipped to advocate for people humiliated online than Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern and current queen of my heart. Best-known as the poster girl for public humiliation, Lewinsky has transformed herself into the poster girl for surviving it and examining it. » 3/24/15 1:30pm 3/24/15 1:30pm

9 Dumb Quotes About Science From Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz wants to be president. The Tea Party politician announced his candidacy in front of a crowd of Liberty University students—who were required to show up. But let's not forget presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the same science-doubting, climate change denier he's always been. He just has a bigger soapbox. » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm

ISIS Has a New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

The Islamic State's "Hacking Division" has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing is the latest digital weapon in ISIS's tech-savvy arsenal. » 3/23/15 11:10am 3/23/15 11:10am

CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of legislation. » 3/20/15 7:35pm 3/20/15 7:35pm

The History of Comcast As Told By Google Autofill

The other day I googled Comcast for a story about the internet. The Google Autofill results were…intriguing. People are curious about how Comcast does many things, namely things that are evil. » 3/20/15 12:10pm 3/20/15 12:10pm

The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 11:50am 3/19/15 11:50am

The Secret Service Wants to Build a Replica White House

The Secret Service hasn't been doing an awesome job guarding the White House lately, so Joseph Clancy, its director, plans to ask the House Appropriations Committee for $8 million so that president's guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland. » 3/17/15 10:10am 3/17/15 10:10am

Most Americans Aren't Protecting Themselves Against Surveillance

As we inch up on the two-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, it's important to think about how the Earth-shattering revelations about America's intelligence-gathering have affected Americans. We're all using Tor and DuckDuckGo and PGP and protecting ourselves against surveillance now, right? LOL, no. » 3/16/15 3:30pm 3/16/15 3:30pm

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the… » 3/16/15 2:15pm 3/16/15 2:15pm

U.S. Post Offices Have Installed Hidden Spy Cameras to Film Customers

Did you know that the United States Postal Service has its own police force? It's true. While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is typically tasked with looking into mailbox vandalism and mail fraud, an investigation in Denver reveals that they're also installing hidden cameras at post offices and spying on Americans. » 3/12/15 7:00pm 3/12/15 7:00pm

Hillary Clinton Didn't Encrypt Her Secretary of State Emails For Months 

New details have emerged about exactly how Hillary Clinton secured the homebrew private email servers she used as Secretary of State. The punchline? Clinton didn't encrypt her emails or use a certificate for her first three months running the State Department. » 3/12/15 12:25pm 3/12/15 12:25pm

Read the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Here

This is it. This is the day that your overly specific and impressively skeptical questions about the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules can finally be answered. The agency just released the full text of the policy that will protect the open internet. » 3/12/15 10:20am 3/12/15 10:20am

Hillary Clinton: I Used Personal Email Because Carrying Two Phones Sucks

In a press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton just admitted that the initial reasoning behind her using a personal email account for official business as secretary of state was simple: She didn't want to carry around two phones. "I thought it would be easier to carry one device for my work," she said. » 3/10/15 3:10pm 3/10/15 3:10pm

Why America's Internet Is So Shitty and Slow

You may have heard that the internet is winning: net neutrality was saved, broadband was redefined to encourage higher speeds, and the dreaded Comcast-Time Warner Cable megamerger potentially thwarted. But the harsh reality is that America's internet is still fundamentally broken, and there's no easy fix. » 3/10/15 3:05pm 3/10/15 3:05pm

Senator on Internet Policy Subcommittee Has "Never Sent an Email"

US Senator and delicate southern flower Lindsey Graham has, in his own words, never sent an email in his life. He also just so happens to be a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. Naturally. » 3/08/15 9:25pm 3/08/15 9:25pm