A Year Since Edward Snowden: The Five Most Important Things to Know — Part 1

A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age.
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Threat Level Thursday: Cybercriminals Are Gaining the Upper Hand

This week's Threat Level Thursday brings pretty much nothing but bad news for anyone connected to the web.
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Apple iPhones, iPads Hacked in Australia: Hacker Turned 'Find My iPhone' Security Feature Against Users

Apple users in Australia were hit by a massive late-night hack that took control of their iPhones, iPads, and even some Mac computers, demanding ransom to unlock the devices again. The "digital kidnapping" seems to be taking advantage of Apple's Find My iPhone feature, turning the security software against its owners.
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NBC's Sochi Hacking Report Misleading, Says Computer Expert From Report and Others

After NBC News aired a report warning visitors to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that it will be "open hunting season" for hackers, security experts - including the one shown in the report - are saying the report is overblown and misleading.

The Air Ducts! How Target's Hackers Broke Into the Network to Initiate the Credit Card Breach

Last week, it wasn't clear how the hackers who caused Target's massive credit card breach got into the company's payment system: it was just clear that credentials were stolen or hacked. In a report from Krebs on Security on Wednesday, the answer might have been found -- and it's stranger than you might guess.
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Hacking in Sochi: "Not a Matter of If, But When"

Visitors to the Sochi Olympics will have their devices hacked, according to an NBC News report. And it's not a matter of if, but when.

Snowden Leaks: U.K. Spies Launched Cyber Attacks Against Hacktivist Group Anonymous

It looks like the U.K.'s spy agency has it's own Low Orbit Ion Cannon, and it's not afraid to use it - or restricted from targeting non-terrorism related civilians.
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FBI Warns U.S. Retailers of More Cyber Attacks Like Target's

After the huge Target credit card breach during the holiday shopping season was announced, several other retailers were reported to have been affected by the same hackers or malware. Now the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks, as more cases of related to the Target hacking appear.

Target Data Breach: 6 Other Retailers Targeted For Credit Card Data Theft

You may have been the target of cybercrime if you shopped at brick-and-mortar Target stores during the Christmas shopping season. But you might also be in danger if you shopped in six other yet-unnamed retailers, according to a recent report.
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The Perfect Time for Cyber Attacks: In a Mathematic Formula

Researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a mathematical model that they say determines the most advantageous time for hackers to launch a cyber attack. The research could be used to help cybersecurity be on the alert at the right time and prepare for future attacks.

Chase.com Down? Server Disruptions at JPMorgan Chase, But Mobile Works

The websites for Chase Bank and the investment bank JPMorgan Chase went down Thursday morning. No word on whether this is a technical glitch or a cyber attack.
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