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Silk Road mastermind Ulbricht sentenced

The creator and chief operator of the Silk Road has been sentenced to two life sentences in jail for running the online drug marketplace, which federal prosecutors estimated facilitated the sales of more than US$213 million worth of drugs and other unlawful goods between 2011 and 2013.

Written by Joab Jackson30 May 15 06:22

Google's Polymer 1.0 brings reuse and better branding to Web development

Signaling Polymer's production readiness, Google announced release 1.0 at its annual I/O developer conference. A core library used to build and style Web components, Polymer transitioned rapidly from concept to production release in less than two years.

Written by Steven Max Patterson30 May 15 04:51

New NSA phone dragnet proposals blasted as flawed

Two U.S. senators are pushing proposals to extend the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet, but a diverse coalition of civil liberties and advocacy groups have called on lawmakers to vote against those plans.

Written by Grant Gross30 May 15 04:29

Tor connections to hidden services could be easy to de-anonymize

Identifying users who access Tor hidden services -- websites that are only accessible inside the Tor anonymity network -- is easier than de-anonymizing users who use Tor to access regular Internet websites.

Written by Lucian Constantin30 May 15 02:48

Uber revises privacy policy, wants more data from users

Uber Technologies is revising its privacy policy to allow it to access a rider's location when its smartphone app is running in the background, and to send special offers to users' friends and family.

Written by John Ribeiro29 May 15 15:59

Man charged with selling fake discount coupons on Silk Road

A Louisiana man has been accused of creating counterfeit coupons and selling them on the Silk Road underground websites, potentially defrauding businesses of more than US$1 million, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Written by Jeremy Kirk29 May 15 11:01

Like routers, most USB modems also vulnerable to drive-by hacking

The majority of 3G and 4G USB modems offered by mobile operators to their customers have vulnerabilities in their Web-based management interfaces that could be exploited remotely when users visit compromised websites.

Written by Lucian Constantin29 May 15 02:44

IRS cut its cybersecurity staff by 11% over four years

The Internal Revenue Service, which disclosed this week the breach of 100,000 taxpayer accounts, has been steadily reducing the size of its internal cybersecurity staff as it increases its security spending. This may seem paradoxical, but one observer suggested it could signal a shift to outsourcing.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau29 May 15 00:32

German gov't proposes telecom data retention law

German telecom and Internet operators could once again be forced to store customer traffic and location metadata for police investigation purposes, five years after a previous data retention law was declared unconstitutional.

Written by Loek Essers28 May 15 21:01

Legal trouble in wearables business: Jawbone sues Fitbit

The intense rivalry in the wearables market has spilled over into court with Jawbone accusing rival Fitbit of "systematically plundering" its employees, trade secrets and intellectual property.

Written by John Ribeiro28 May 15 16:04

Adtech and martech worlds collide

People not in the branding business don't see much difference between advertising and marketing. As new-age advertising technology, or adtech, and marketing technology, or martech, logically merge, what's the problem? For advertising agencies, which have been on the frontline of branding since the late 18th century, a lot is at stake.

Written by Tom Kaneshige28 May 15 04:27

Senate to return early to debate phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate will return early from a week-long recess in a last-ditch effort to extend provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency have used to collect millions of domestic telephone records over the past nine years.

Written by Grant Gross28 May 15 01:59

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