The government’s vast secrecy bureaucracy does two things with great frequency. The first, of course, is keeping secrets. The second is devising elaborate reasons why you can’t know what those secrets are.
The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so.
The US government does not plan to request the extradition of alleged LulzSec member Ryan Cleary, the British man's attorney has said.
"We understand that the US prosecutor has stated that should Mr. Cleary be dealt with by the UK courts in respect of these charges then the US will not seek Mr. Cleary's extradition," according to a statement attributed to Karen Todner, managing director of Kaim Todner Solicitors.
A growing number of US companies are adopting "active defence" or "strike-back technology" to retaliate against sophisticated hacking attacks.
Reprisals range from modest steps to distract and delay a hacker to more controversial measures that in some cases, could violate laws US or international laws, security experts say. Some companies have reportedly gone to the extent of hiring contractors to hack an assailant's systems.
The British man that allegedly hacked into the Fox reality TV show "The X-Factor" and the "PBS News Hour," along with music companies and government security agencies, was indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on conspiracy and hacking charges today, according to the Associated Press.