US and international law enforcement agencies announced they have shut down Darkode, an international hacker forum used by cyber-criminals, and charged 12 of its members with crimes ranging from fraud and spamming to spreading malicious code.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered security forces to disarm all illegal armed groups in the country, following a deadly gunfight involving the Right Sector ultranationalists and the police in the town of Mukachevo.
An Italian artist has declared a ‘brush-and-ink’ war on mass surveillance – he looks for private photos of high-ranking US intelligence officials, reworking them in a stencil technique. He then posts them on walls in capital cities across the globe.
In the wake of ever-increasing cyber-security threats, Germany has passed legislation ordering that over 2,000 essential service providers implement new minimum information security standards or face penalties if they fail to do so within two years.
A second data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management has affected 21.5 million people, with the hackers stealing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and putting them at risk of identity theft, the agency announced.
Hacking Team, an Italian firm which came under attack for selling hacking tools to governments with dubious human rights records, reportedly showed its spy technology to a security agency in Bangladesh dubbed by Human Rights Watch a “death squad.”
The humiliation the German government has had to face in the recent weeks and even years of spying by the NSA is just too much, and maybe finally there will be no excuse not to further investigate it, says Dirk Engling, hacking expert.