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Cybercrime

  • Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

    Some law enforcement officials say it won't – and are discouraging parents from relying on a growing number of smartphone surveillance apps to guard against bullying and sexual predators.

  • The secret world of vulnerability hunters

    Spies, hackers, and cybersecurity firms compete to find and exploit software flaws, often to infiltrate criminal networks or track terrorists. A look into this complex ecosystem.

  • Hunting for evidence, Secret Service unlocks phone data with force or finesse

    At a dedicated phone forensics facility in Tulsa, Okla., the Secret Service breaks into about 40 phones a year that could contain valuable information related to criminal investigations.

  • Child porn on government devices: A hidden security threat

    Explicit images of minors, which have been discovered on federal workers' computers across the government, can be gateways for criminal hackers and foreign spies. What's the best way to combat the problem? 

  • Massive botnet that crippled US web takes aim at Africa

    Experts worry that the attackers behind the Mirai botnet are testing it out against Liberia before a larger scale attack on the US or Europe.

  • Here's what crippled the internet

    An unprecedented and alarming attack on the internet's core infrastructure shutdown much of the web Friday in another sign of the growing sophistication of malicious cyberattacks.  

  • What's Obama's next move after blaming Moscow for hacks?

    Now that the Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence officially accused the Russian government of conducting cyberattacks on US political targets, will the administration retaliate?

  • Your home might be secretly carrying out cyberattacks

    Criminal hackers have shown they can take over connected home devices and turn them into zombie networks that carry out debilitating online attacks. 

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: Think hackers will tip the vote? Read this first

    In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, there's growing concern hackers could strike on Election Day. But while there are concerns about cybersecurity at polling places, altering an election is another matter altogether. 

  • Experts: Shoddy Asian cybersecurity gives hackers easy targets (+video)

    Smaller Asian countries struggle to fend off sophisticated Chinese cyberattacks. Experts at an Atlantic Council event, though, say there's hope for better digital security.

  • How Google aims to disrupt the Islamic State propaganda machine

    A pilot program launched by Google’s technology incubator created software that pairs searches for the militant's slogans and recruitment material with antiextremist messages.

  • Russian web hosting service a favorite among cybercriminals

    The cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows says that online criminals have used a Russian web hosting service to reap more than $3 million in the sale of illegal goods.

  • Homeland Security chief weighs plan to protect voting from hackers

    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said he's considering whether to designate the US election system as critical infrastructure, which could trigger greater cybersecurity at the ballot box.

  • The hacker who makes sure 'Mr. Robot' gets it right

    Cybersecurity researcher Marc Rogers is the principal hacking consultant on the hit TV show "Mr. Robot," which debuts its second season on the USA Network Wednesday.

  • Why rogue employees may pose bigger threat to corporate data than hackers

    As stolen company information is turning up for sale on the Dark Web, analysts say the insider threat is creating a security nightmare for companies with sensitive and proprietary data. 

  • Could bitcoin hold the key to stopping ransomware?

    Bitcoin isn’t as anonymous as many once believed, and now researchers are using the cryptocurrency’s delivery mechanism to compile dossiers on suspected hackers.

  • How to keep criminal hackers from ruining your vacation

    Following basic security measures, like leaving extra devices at home and avoiding public Wi-Fi, could be enough to protect your information while you're traveling.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: Chinese cyberespionage is down. That's a win for Obama's diplomacy

    Almost a year after a historic deal between Beijing and Washington to curtail cyberespionage, reports indicate digital attacks from China are fewer but more sophisticated.

  • Kosovar hacker pleads guilty in US court to aiding Islamic State

    For the first time, a foreign national pleaded guilty to committing computer crimes in support of the terrorists' aims at a time when the US government is increasing efforts to confront the group online.

  • Podcast: Steve Weber on why hackers may start targeting your emotions

    In this episode of The Cybersecurity Podcast, UC Berkeley's Steve Weber outlines his team's research into the possible futures of the Internet and cybersecurity in 2020. 

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