Each year, hundreds of vendors head to the RSA Conference in San Francisco, California, arguably the largest security gathering in the U.S. For many of those vendors, the show is a requirement, but there's a steep cost involved. For smaller companies, the show can create a sink or swim environment.
Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles lied when he said that the former world's biggest Bitcoin exchange – which filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. on Sunday and in Japan on Feb. 28 – had been relieved of 850,000 Bitcoins by hackers, according to the alleged hackers themselves.
“We stole no bitcoins,” the alleged miscreants wrote on Karpeles' hacked and defaced blog on Sunday, which was posted on Pastebin not long after. “There were none to steal.”
Yahoo Inc has named well-known security researcher Alex Stamos as its chief information security officer, tapping a vocal critic of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs for the position.
Stamos was one of the primary organizers of TrustyCon, a gathering of prominent technology experts last month who had pulled out of the RSA security conference in San Francisco amid growing discord over some technology companies' cooperation with U.S. intelligence-gathering efforts.
Edward Snowden has taken part in a video conversation at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference along with representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The talk was announced last week, and protested this weekend by US congressman Mike Pompeo. Kansas Republican representative Pompeo is not a fan of Snowden and called him an attention seeking self-promoter. He asked SXSW to halt Snowden's appearance, but he was ignored.
The outrage over massive, pervasive surveillance has put the NSA in the spotlight, somewhere its officials are obviously uncomfortable being. The administration's minimal efforts to address domestic surveillance have also focused on the agency. But there's an agency doing just as much privacy-invading as the NSA and its efforts are now going largely unnoticed, as Emily Berman points out at Just Security.