Today, FBI director James Comey and Sally Quillian Yates, the deputy attorney general at the Justice Department, are scheduled to address the US Senate Judiciary Committee about law enforcement's need to have access to increasingly encrypted communications.
Who hacked Hacking Team, the Milan-based company selling intrusion and surveillance software to governments, law enforcement agencies and (as it turns out) companies? A hacker who goes by "Phineas Fisher" claims it was him (her? them?): The hacker has also previously compromised UK-based Gamma International, another provider that sells their spying wares to governments, and which has also been named an "enemy of the Internet." Phineas Fisher says there will be more similar hacks in the future: In the meantime, Hacking Team is scrambling to minimize the damage this hack and data leak is doing to the company.
Qendrim Dobruna, a member of an international cybercrime syndicate, was sentenced to 50 months’ imprisonment and restitution in the amount of $14 million for his role in hacking into the computer systems of U.S.-based financial institutions, stealing prepaid debit card data, and eliminating withdrawal limits.
Hacking Team, the (in)famous Italian company that provides offensive intrusion and surveillance software to governments, intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world, has been hacked.
In response to public concerns about cryptographic security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally revised its recommended methods for generating random numbers, a crucial element in protecting private messages and other types of electronic data.
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