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Ex-NSA contractor hoarded two decades' worth of secrets

The former National Security Agency contractor suspected of stealing U.S. hacking tools allegedly was found hoarding two decades' worth of classified materials.

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Stupid encryption mistakes criminals make

Blown cover: Malware authors show how easy it is to get encryption wrong and, in the process, help security pros crack their code

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Which country has the best hackers: Russia or China?

Both are notorious for high-profile attacks, advanced persistent threats, and theft of money or intellectual property. And the award goes to ...


Enterprises outsmarting themselves with security, while attackers easily use common techniques

Attackers use common techniques to steal data while companies focus too much on sophisticated attacks

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WikiLeaks dumps another trove of email, allegedly from Clinton aide

Critics say WikiLeaks is helping hackers shape election coverage

10 decisions you'll face when deploying a honeypot

Set up a fake system as bait and you can cull invaluable information about potential threats. Here are the questions awaiting you in your honeypot adventure

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US officially blames Russian government for election-related hacking

U.S. officials are publicly blaming the Russian government for several high-profile hacks against political groups that they claim were meant to interfere with the upcoming election.

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Yahoo's email snooping: It's all legal

Yahoo is only the latest tech company to be caught up in a system of secret surveillance and government gag orders

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FBI arrests an NSA contractor suspected of stealing hacking tools

The Maryland man has been charged with stealing government materials, including top secret information

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Special report: Hacking the election

Recent attacks by Russians on the U.S. elections systems has raised fears about voting integrity. We examine which fears are realistic and which are overblown

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Hacked voter registration systems: a recipe for election chaos

How do you disrupt an election? Hacking a voter registration database could very well do just that.

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IoT botnet highlights the dangers of default passwords

The Mirai botnet used IoT devices to launch a massive DDOS attack

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6 security distractions derailing IT

IT isn't dumb, but it's pulled in so many different directions that completing even one worthy security project seems like a major victory

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FBI reports more attempts to hack voter registration system

There have also been 'scanning activities,' which could be preludes to attacks

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Security blogger Krebs says IoT DDoS attack was payback for a blog

Similar attacks may be a nation calibrating how strong core internet defenses really are


Yahoo's claim of 'state-sponsored' hackers meets with skepticism

The company isn't saying how it arrived at the conclusion that its massive data breach was carried out by a state-sponsored actor

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New Mac Trojan uses the Russian space program as a front

The Komplex Trojan can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac

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A quick fix for stupid password reset questions

This ridiculous feature is a major vulnerability. If you're forced to use it, here's how to make it more secure

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