The group that this week leaked NSA-linked cyberweapons online hasn't managed to rake in the Bitcoin fortune they demanded for additional leaks, but they did get paid in another internet-based currency: trolling.
A mysterious entity calling itself the Shadow Brokers published multiple exploits that they claim were stolen from the Equation Group, a powerful hacking team linked the to the National Security Agency. The group is offering more exploits via a Bitcoin auction, and they are demanding a payment of 1 million bitcoin, or about $5.7 million.
Having the most subscribers on YouTube definitely has its perks. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has legions of adoring fans and he does pretty well for himself, all from yelling about video games on the internet.
Unfortunately, that fame has come at a price for Kjellberg. In one of his latest videos, succinctly titled “Don’t come to my house..,” he candidly pleads for his viewers to, well, stop coming to his house.
Earlier this year, we discussed how a Treasury Department watchlist under the purview of the Office of Foreign Assets Control was mucking up all kinds of legitimate business because some partakers in said business had scary sounding (read: Islamic) names.
If you try to visit the NSA’s website right now, you’re in for a big disappointment.
Because someone or something has made nsa.gov inaccessible to the outside world, and the United States’ National Security Agency has been struggling to get its website back online since Monday evening.
As Politico reports, the NSA website was first found to be inaccessible just before 11pm EST on Monday and didn’t come back until 5pm the following day. I’m sorry to report that as I write this, at 5:40pm on Wednesday things are still not looking too good.
A US federal appeals court says the maker of an online spying tool can be sued on accusations of wiretapping. The federal lawsuit was brought by a man whose e-mail and instant messages to a woman were captured by the husband of the woman. That husband used that data as a "battering ram" as part of his 2010 divorce proceedings.