A former Amtrak employee has been giving passenger information to the Drug Enforcement Administration in exchange for money for nearly two decades, according to reports from the Whittier Daily News. A total of over $854,460 changed hands over the last 20 years, despite the fact that information relevant to the DEA's work could have been obtained from Amtrak for free.
John McAfee, the flamboyant anti-virus software industry pioneer, made a surprise appearance at a computer hackers' conference last Friday evening, where he unveiled a new website to give people a place online to vent their anger.
The one-time millionaire, who fled the Central American nation of Belize in 2012 after police sought to question him about the murder of a neighbor, said he set up the site for ordinary people to lodge complaints on anything from government corruption to bad consumer products.
AFTER more than a decade being a fixture on the calendar for the world's leading security professionals and researchers, the upcoming Hack In The Box (HITB) Security Conference (HITBSecConf) taking place this October in Kuala Lumpur is being billed as the last.
Is this truly the curtain call for this Malaysia-born annual information security conference that has made its mark on the global stage?
Russia has extended NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum for three years, allowing him to remain in the country and out of the US authorities' hands.
His initial temporary asylum was granted in August 2013 and ended on 31 July. His temporary asylum came at a time when US authorities had charged him with espionage following his PRISM revelations.
In a wide-ranging keynote speech at the Black Hat information security conference today, computer security icon Dan Geer gave attendees a sort of personal top 10 list of things that could be done to make the Internet more secure, more resilient, and less of a threat to personal privacy. Among his top policy picks: the US government should move to “corner the market” on security vulnerabilities by paying top dollar, then publishing the vulnerabilities to the world to remove their threat.