The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Like last year's breach of the online dating site Ashley Madison - tagline: "Life is Short. Have an Affair." - this year's release of the "Panama Papers" is holding individuals accountable for actions which, if not always illegal, in many cases appear to have at least been unethical.
Enacting legislation to compel tech companies to help law enforcement decrypt data on mobile devices would diminish America's standing as a moral leader in the world, a nation looked up to by billions of people, even with our many flaws.
The scant - if not conflicting - details and sourcing attached to a recent news report on how the FBI cracked an iPhone 5c have left information security experts questioning both technical details and related agendas.
The continuing success of attackers stealing billions of dollars from organizations, often through simple business email compromise scams, is a sad commentary on the state of corporate security practices as well as our collective lack of cybersecurity smarts.
A court has approved settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by employees of Sony Pictures in the wake of its massive 2014 breach. But some legal experts say the consumer protections provided in the settlement do not go much beyond what the company should have routinely provided to victims in the wake of a breach.
New guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology could help make it easier and less expensive for organizations to encrypt and decrypt some forms of data, including Social Security and credit card numbers.
A new coalition of leaders from government, industry and privacy advocacy groups hopes to help provide a framework for reaching a consensus on how to use IT to ensure society's security while protecting individuals' privacy, says Art Coviello, an organizer of the new Digital Equilibrium Project.
Tools and techniques need to be identified to aid law enforcement in gathering evidence from devices, such as smartphones, while safeguarding the security and privacy of individuals. Can stakeholders find that middle ground?
The FBI has successfully retrieved data off the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and is withdrawing its motion to have a federal court order Apple to help the government unlock the phone. A federal law enforcement official declines to characterize the information discovered on the device.
Despite the recent move to put the FBI-obtained court order against Apple on hold, the crypto debate is far from over, said a panel of law enforcement, legal and industry experts at Information Security Media Group's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco.
Neither the FBI nor Apple looks good in the days following the postponement of a hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the bureau crack open the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI's credibility is being questioned as Apple's security technology is being tarnished.
Although the battle over whether the courts should compel Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters is on hold for now, the debate over the privacy issues involved isn't going away, says Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology.