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Security News This Week: California Charges Owners of Mugshots.com With Extortion

Security News This Week: California Charges Owners of Mugshots.com With Extortion

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As is often the case, it was a week of mixed messages in security, with the White House eliminating its top cybersecurity policy roles at a crucial moment in geopolitics and the evolution of cyberwar. WIRED took a deep look at Robert Mueller's military service in Vietnam and his first year as special counsel, examining the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia. And senators questioned former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie on Wednesday, looking to gain some clarity on the company's privacy-infringing tactics.Alphabet's Jigsaw incubator announced free DDoS attack protection for any US political campaign or candidate—a helpful last-minute option with the midterm elections just six months away. And the Department of Justice successfully p...
Security News This Week: Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Privileges

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Privileges

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After weeks of unrelenting chaos, the cybersecurity world took a little bit of a breather. Well, relatively, anyway. There was still one of the bigger data breaches in recent memory, compliments of UnderArmour.The sportswear company's MyFitnessPal apps suffered a breach of 150 million users' data, including names and passwords. And while Under Armour says "the majority" of the latter were protected by powerful hashing, some were barely protected at all, making the potential impact of the hack that much worse.But hey, everyone makes mistakes, including the world’s most elite hackers—just ask the Russian intelligence agent behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona, whose failure to use a VPN just once outed him as GRU. Or ask people who used Monero in the early days and...
Security News This Week: Equifax Found 2.4 Million More People Affected by Its 2017 Breach

Security News This Week: Equifax Found 2.4 Million More People Affected by Its 2017 Breach

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It was a wild west week in security, as GitHub succeeded in surviving the biggest DDoS attack ever (1.35 terabits per second!) and analysts scrutinized the "false flag" techniques Russian hackers have used in their attacks to shift blame and throw off investigators. Researchers found an unexpected method for executing phishing attacks against some "unphishable" Yubikey two-factor authentication tokens. (Not the one included in WIRED's subscription package.) And the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in US v. Microsoft, which will have major implications for how your data is stored and accessed by governments.The shenanigans didn't stop there. On Sunday, House Democrats released a dramatic rebuttal to the controversial "Nunes memo," in which Republ...