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Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

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WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



Mike Pence Used Private Email for State Business and Was Hacked When He Was a Governor

The AOL account was in operation at the same time he was condemning Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential nominee’s email scandal.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE


Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?

The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE


Darn Russians









Posted on Jan 3, 2017 ENLARGE



U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets but Won’t Brief Electors?

A new poll shows majority public support for delaying Monday’s Electoral College vote.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’

On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE



Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential

The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



Obama and the Supreme Court Just Made it Easier for the FBI to Hack Your Computer

Government agents can now use warrants obtained from a single judge to hack computers in multiple jurisdictions rather than having to get a warrant for each jurisdiction.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein and Legal and Computing Experts Question Election Results, Call for Action

A number of sources, including a team of computer scientists and Green Party presidential nominee Stein, are claiming that the results of the Nov. 8 election were affected by tampering tactics of various kinds.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



Election Fraud Concerns Extend Beyond Conspiracy Theorists

Potential vulnerabilities in the voting system raise alarms about what could happen when American citizens cast their ballots Nov. 8.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



Hacker Who Handed Over U.S. Government Data to Islamic State Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

International cooperation led to Ardit Ferizi’s arrest and conviction in a groundbreaking cybersecurity case.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 28, 2016 ENLARGE



A Colombian Hacker Shares His Experience Working in Politics—and Rigging Elections

Andrés Sepúlveda secretly manipulated political campaigns across Latin America for years, and he says the same kind of thing is happening in the United States now.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: News of Anonymous’ Online Campaign Against the KKK Takes a Turn (Updated)

Updated: The “hacktivist” group has disclaimed any participation in the release Sunday and Monday of data regarding the personal information of KKK members.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours

The FBI wants tech companies to build “back doors” into encryption that protects user information but allows government to access the data. But even if that was OK with you, it wouldn’t work, says one expert.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


Boko Haram Hackings









Posted on Jan 15, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jan 5, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jan 4, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Dec 23, 2014 ENLARGE    



Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



Watch This Cat Video (or Anything on YouTube) and Get Hacked

When large flows of Internet traffic and information remain unencrypted, seemingly harmless activities like watching YouTube videos can allow security and intelligence agencies and well-funded private parties total access to a person’s computer.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking Cellphones Isn’t Nearly As Hard as It Should Be

Hacking into cellphones, or staging a hostile takeover, doesn’t require a lot of fancy tricks or even that many steps, according to two experts who sounded the alarm Wednesday at a security conference in Las Vegas.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Apple Removed Encryption Protection for Email Attachments, Researcher Says

The tech giant withheld safeguards from parties seeking access to users’ email attachments in the latest versions of its operating system for the iPad and iPhone, contrary to claims made on its website, an independent security research firm based in Germany reports.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Alleged: NSA Lured Belgian Cryptographer With Fake LinkedIn Page

An article published Saturday in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports British and American intelligence agencies hacked private networks used by cryptographer and academic Jean-Jacques Quisquater.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Barrett Brown’s Mother Sentenced

The mother of the activist-journalist with links to Anonymous was sentenced to six months’ probation Friday for helping her son hide laptops from the FBI.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Hacking of U.S. Exposes China’s Plan to Manufacture Drones

Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States’ most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE



Karen Lancaster

Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Suspect Arrested in New Hacking Attack on Sony

U.S. authorities have arrested 20-year-old Raynaldo Rivera of Tempe, Ariz., an alleged member of the hacking group LulzSec, on suspicion of hacking computer systems belonging to Sony Pictures Europe. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Prison Doors Vulnerable to Hacking, Researchers Say

The same devices that enabled hackers to sabotage centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear plant last year are being used to control access to jail cells in some of the United States’ most important high-security prisons. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



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The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Hacking Scandal Leads to British Tabloid’s Demise

There might have been a changing of the guard among the top editors at the News of the World in recent months, but the British tabloid, part of the Murdoch family media dynasty, is going off the presses for good this weekend after a hacking scandal ... (more)

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Joins the Digital Arms Race

Jealous of Russia and China’s hacking prowess, the Pentagon is trying to beef up its cyberwarfare capabilities by developing a gadget that would enable a run-of-the-mill soldier to hop on your wireless network, take over a power plant and everything between.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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