Extortion emails a go-go

Recent months seem to have seen a rise in extortion emails, designed to scare users into handing over their money.

Apple underwhelmed by latest CIA exploits revealed by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks’s revelations about security vulnerabilities in Apple products appear to be a damp squib.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Surprise! WikiLeaks won’t just hand over details of zero-day vulnerabilities to tech firms

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange may be making unreasonable demands about how he will share details of the alleged zero-day vulnerabilities that have been leaked from the CIA

WikiLeaks says it will work with software vendors to fix CIA zero-day exploits… but when?

After the media hystericane, Julian Assange says he will help bugs get fixed.

Is the CIA’s Weeping Angel spying on TV viewers?

WikiLeaks has published thousands of pages of what appeared to be leaked internal CIA documents.

The haul, which WikiLeaks has somewhat pretentiously dubbed “Vault 7”, is claimed to be “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

FBI arrests Crackas With Attitude who allegedly hacked CIA boss’s AOL account

Two alleged hackers, said to have compromised the online accounts of senior government officials, have had their collars felt.

CIA boss has his personal email account hacked… and yes, it’s on AOL

I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing – the director of the CIA being hacked, or him having an AOL account.

How the CIA has been trying to hack Apple, and steal its secrets, for years

Leaked documents have revealed details of a concerted campaign by US intelligence agencies to find ways of extracting encryption keys used by Apple in its products and snoop upon the activities of millions of users worldwide.

Opinion: No, the LulzSec hackers weren’t noble

Graham Cluley argues that it’s not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.

The LulzSec hackers who boasted they were "Gods" await their sentence

Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.

LulzSec hackers plead guilty, admit attacks on CIA, SOCA, Sony and others

Southwark Crown Court in London has heard that three members of the LulzSec hacking gang have chosen to plead guilty to charges that they launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against a series of organisations including the CIA and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.

CIA website brought down – were Anonymous attackers responsible?

The CIA’s website was brought down for some hours last night by what appears to have been an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

CIA website brought down by DDoS attack, LulzSec hackers claim responsibility

The CIA’s website is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a LulzSec distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Who needs spammers when you have the CIA pushing Viagra?

Read more in my article at Naked Security.