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A pirated DVD-quality version of The Expendables 3 is the wild, several weeks before the film debuts in theaters. The leaked film ranked as the #1 most-pirated movie of the week. But if you are into streaming movies instead of downloading torrents, then you might be interested to know that the Justice Department wants to make "unauthorized" streaming a felony.

July 28, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
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Critoni is a new ransomware that has been spotted in the wild. Also dubbed as CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) on forums frequented by cyber thugs, the ransomware uses Tor and is being touted as a more powerful version of Cryptolocker. This might be a wise time to backup your data.

July 21, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
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A leaked catalog of GCHQ's exploit tools and secret techniques show how the UK intelligence agency monitors social networking sites, manipulates polls and website traffic to promote propaganda, and launches attacks on cell phones and online services.

July 16, 2014 1:22 PM EDT

This office needs an expedient way to send documents to another office in the same building. Just one catch: It can't use fax or email.

July 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
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In the continuing saga of US-Chinese cyber espionage drama, one expert believes the Office of Personnel Management hack allegedly by the Chinese was "OK" and within the rules of national security espionage. Acting on a request by the U.S., Canada nabbed a Chinese man accused of plotting to steal U.S. military secrets. Yet a small biofuel company called the DOJ indictment of Chinese military hackers "a joke" that will change nothing, claiming to have been attacked 39 million times in the last four months...many of those allegedly by the Chinese for cyber espionage.

July 14, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
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A report based on leaked top-secret NSA XKeyscore source code suggests that if you care about online privacy enough to run a search for Tor, Tails, a free VPN or other proxy, then that concern about digital privacy paints a bull’s-eye on your back and marks you, indefinitely, as a “target” for surveillance.

July 07, 2014 11:23 AM EDT
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Do you dabble in the Internet of Things? If This Then That is simple programming to connect two apps without needing to understand programming. Here are some IFTTT recipes for safety and security; warning...some are just silly and for fun.

July 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
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Ex-NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander: The sky is falling! New NSA Chief Admiral Michael Rogers: The sky is NOT falling! For those in the financial sector who buy into the possible FUD, Alexander has offered his expertise for $1 million per month. Although he later slashed the astronomical cost of his advice to a mere $600,000 a month, a U.S. Congressman is questioning if Alexander is disclosing classified information; without the secrets learned from 'his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.'

June 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT

FISA #FAIL, opines Mr. Smith (in Washington).

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) general counsel Brad Smith is mad: Really, truly, hopping cross. Speaking in DC, at the Brookings Institution, Smith vented his anger over U.S. spying and the secret FISA courts. He also revealed the "Company F" that the NSA were so exercised about in 2009 was Microsoft.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers grab the popcorn.

June 25, 2014 6:14 AM EDT

Manager at a remote factory is on the phone with this pilot fish, who's trying to get the password for the plant's new modem. Step one: Have the user find the 10-digit code on the back and read it off to fish.

June 24, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
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