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Cybercrime Blotter: Kolypto hacker pleads guilty to his role as Citadel malware co-developer

Russian national Mark Vartanyan pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of computer fraud in related to his role in co-developing and distributing Citadel malware under the hacker alias Kolypto.

Justice sends docs to congressional committees probing Trump wiretap claims

Reuters cited a government source as saying there was nothing in the information that supported Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama had directed agencies to spy on him.

Trump Tower, Clinton email investigation info on stolen Secret Service agent's laptop

While authorities recovered a black bag marked with the Secret Service log and some coins, a scramble was on to find the laptop, which contained sensitive information related to national security.

312 and counting data breaches, in 2017, report

So far this year, there have been 312 data breaches as of March 14, 2017, which have compromised a combined total of more than 1.3 million records.

CyberUK 2017: GCHQ director explains NCSC ethos in parting interview

Outgoing director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, tells the FT's Lionel Barber about the genesis of the National Cyber Security Centre and what he hopes it will achieve.

Brexit won't thwart GDPR prep, IAPP finds

To prepare for GDPR, two-thirds of the U.K. organizations surveyed said they were developing new internal privacy accountability frameworks while 58 percent are ponying up budget dollars to train their staffs and employees in privacy matters.

Facebook, Instagram prohibit firms from using platform for surveillance

Facebook and Instagram Monday announced that the social media platforms have updated their privacy policies again.

Autonomous warfare: Call of Duty meets Pokemon Go?

Pentagon Strategic Capabilities Office Director Will Roper envisions the future of autonomous warfare looking like Pokemon Go.

NSA hacker Joyce will be White House Cyber Czar, reports say

Rob Joyce has headed up the National Security Agency's Tailored Access Operations group since 2013.

Kremlin seeks to sway British public opinion?

The head of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has written to political parties warning of potential Russian-backed hacking to sway the British electorate.

Sasse sees uptick in hack attempts after criticism of WikiLeaks

The Nebraska senator reported multiple password reset attempts in a series of tweets Saturday evening.

Israel-UK cyber-security lessons - shared concerns, shared responses

Israel is under constant threat and conscription gives its army access to its brightest students - what can the UK learn from its approach to and understanding of cyber-terrorism?

U.S., EU both committed to strong Privacy Shield, Ansip says

Andrus Ansip tweeted that he and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross agreed on the need for robust Privacy Shield to protect and encourage data flow.

Americans agree U.S. cybersecurity policy lacking, LIU poll

Only 15 percent of those polled said the U.S. could adequately defend itself against cyberattacks.

Reports cast suspicion on Trump server, political consultant

One report suggests a possible computer server connection between the Trump organization and a Russian bank, while another alleges that a Trump advisor was in contact with Russian hackers during the presidential election.

US telecoms regs bow to ISPs, customers no longer federally protected

The US Federal Communications Commission has bowed to the telecoms lobby in blocking a regulation which would make ISPs take 'reasonable measures' to protect customer data.

FBI, CIA launch probe into WikiLeaks; Apple, Google assure zero-day fixes

The information released has yet to be verified but revealed multiple zero days that Apple and Google said are being fixed.

WikiLeaks promises to leak Vault 7 code archive to tech firms first

Tech firms will get "exclusive access" to Vault 7 tech details to allow them to patch vulnerabilities, says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Alleged Silk Road admin to be extradited to U.S. despite Asperger's

An alleged Silk Road administrator's appeal against extradition has been dismissed in an Irish court, despite suffering from Asperger's syndrome and depression.

Experts not surprised by CIA's leaked cyber weapons, but stunned agency failed to protect them

For several pundits, the scandal isn't so much that the CIA possesses sophisticated spying tools, but that the agency allowed someone to exfiltrate close to 9,000 sensitive files from an isolated, secure network in Langley, Va.

Comey says encryption stymies law enforcement, calls for 'hard conversation'

At a cybersecurity conference at Boston College Wednesday Comey said he supported strong encryption but that it cause the FBI to investigate in the dark.

WikiLeaks releases document trove allegedly containing CIA hacking tools

Hacking tools from the isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence have allegedly been released by WikiLeaks which hopes to instigate conversation around the moral use of cyberweapons.

Few security pros confident in nation's cybersecurity posture, survey

The study found that 80 percent of respondents said that they were more concerned about cybersecurity this year compared to last.

Encryption Key-stone state: Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus struck by ransomware

The Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus has been attacked by ransomware, locking officials with the state organization out of their computers and rendering the group's website unavailable since Friday.

Obama ramped up cyberattacks to disrupt North Korea missile program

Proponents of the campaign point to a number of missile launches that have failed—either missing their mark or exploding in midair—as the program's success.

China releases first cyberpolicy paper

China described its vision of how countries should cooperate in the cyberspace in its first cyberpolicy paper.

International efforts indict 19 in cybercrime ring

The FBI and DoJ joined forces with More than 50 law enforcement agencies based in the U.S., Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany and Israel