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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.


U.S. urged to let companies 'hack-back' at IP cyber thieves

U.S. companies should be allowed to take aggressive countermeasures against hackers seeking to steal their intellectual property, contends the private Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.

CISPA legislation appears doomed in U.S. Senate

Key lawmakers are suggesting that the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, will soon die in the U.S. Senate -- just like last year.

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Judge rejects FBI's bid to hack computer of suspect in attempted cyberheist

A federal court in Houston has rejected an FBI request for a warrant to hack into the computer of a suspect in an attempted cyberheist.

White House wants better privacy in cyber intelligence sharing plan

In what's quickly turning out to be a replay of events from last year, the White House today signaled that it would not support the recently reintroduced Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its present form.

Phishing warning issued to energy companies

The Department of Homeland Security alert was prompted by an incident last October in which 11 companies in the energy sector were targeted in a sophisticated spear-phishing campaign apparently aimed at breaching their network security.

Legal experts pitch in to appeal AT&T hacker's sentence

Legal experts are stepping in to help hacker Andrew Auernheimer appeal his 41 month prison sentence for illegally accessing emails and other data belonging to about 120,000 iPad subscribers of AT&T's networks.

South Korea cyberattacks this week hold lessons for U.S.

U.S companies and government agencies can learn from the large-scale disruptions that have hit several banks and media outlets in South Korea in the last 24 hours, security analysts said.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear petition over $222,000 music piracy judgment

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota woman who has been fighting for years to reverse a $222,000 judgment for music piracy, finally ran out of legal appeals Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her petition for a review of the case.

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Judge ignores leniency plea, hands AT&T hacker a 41-month-sentence

A federal judge Monday sentenced a hacker to 41 months in prison for illegally accessing email addresses and other data belonging to more than 120,000 iPad subscribers from AT&T's networks.

Illinois lawmaker hastily pulls bill that would have stripped online anonymity

An Illinois state senator who introduced a bill that would have required anonymous online posters to reveal their true identities plans to withdraw the bill after taking intense criticism from those who opposed to it.


President can order preemptive cyberattacks if needed

A secret review of American policies governing the use of cyberweapons has concluded that President Barack Obama has the broad power to order pre-emptive strikes on any country preparing to launch a major digital attack against the U.S.

Obama to issue cybersecurity executive order this month

President Barack Obama is expected to issue a cybersecurity executive order in the days after his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

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Google's 'transparency report' doesn't reveal everything

Google's Transparency Reports, released every six months, are interesting not just for what they reveal about government requests for Internet user data, but also for what they do not reveal.

Swartz suicide shines light on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Federal anti-hacking law is applied too broadly in alleged data theft cases, critics say

Wiretapping law's renewal dismays rights groups

A last-minute move by the U.S. Senate to renew a controversial wiretapping law, days before it was set to expire on Dec. 31, has dismayed privacy advocates, rights groups and lawmakers who have long opposed the measure.