The Barack Obama administration has filed a civil lawsuit against US wireless operator Sprint, alleging that the carrier intentionally overcharged law enforcement agencies for services related to American government wiretapping programs.
Under current US law, telecommunications carriers are required to assist law enforcement with legally authorized surveillance operations. But they can also ask the government to pick up their costs associated with those operations, so long as they follow billing rules set by the Federal Communications Commission.
Israel's main security and intelligence agencies have banned their employees from taking part in a new country-wide biometric identity card trial, along with officers in sensitive units of the country's armed forces.
The Mossad and Shin Bet agencies both opposed establishing the database in 2010, fearing it would lead to dangerous leaks of identities, causing long lasting damage to both intelligence agencies, according to news outlet Haaretz.
The new "Blackphone" smartphone may have only debuted at last week's Mobile World Congress but concerns are already being raised that it will be targeted by hackers and the NSA.
Spanish start-up Geeksphone, Silent Circle and Pretty Good Privacy announced the Blackphone at the technology exhibition in Barcelona last week, with STMicro later demonstrating its own security-focused smartphone, the Boeing Black.
Social networking website Meetup.com is fighting a sustained battle against cyber attackers who are demanding only US$300 to call off a campaign that has kept the site offline for much of the past four days.
The site, which enables strangers to meet for activities of shared interest such as sports and other hobbies, could not be accessed early Monday afternoon.
Cisco today kicked off a contest with $300,000 in prize money that challenges security experts around the world to put together ways to secure what's now called the "Internet of Things," the wide range of non-traditional computing devices used on the electric grid, in healthcare and many other industries.