Media in the San Francisco area are reporting the arrest of a notorious former resident who allegedly skipped bail on hacking charges. Anonymous is perhaps best described as "a hacking group that wasn't" - a moniker that could be, and was, claimed by almost anyone with an internet axe to grind.
Entities using the name and iconography of hacktivist collective Anonymous have deemed Elon Musk's recent crypto-tweeting worthy of a re-emergence. A new video that uses the group's trademark Guy Fawkes mask and a digitised voice opens by voicing appreciation for Musk's contributions to space exploration and electric car production, but then accuses him of being "Nothing more than another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention."
A sophisticated and shady website called HK Leaks has ramped up its "Doxxing" - where people's personal details are published online - of Hong Kong political activists, targeting those it says have broken a sweeping new national security law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent doxxing site targeting democracy activists since it first emerged in 2019.
The United States government has filed a superseding indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accusing him of collaborating with computer hackers, including those affiliated with the infamous LulzSec and "Anonymous" hacking groups. In May 2019, Assange was charged with 18 counts under the old U.S. Espionage Act for unlawfully publishing classified military and diplomatic documents on his popular WikiLeaks website in 2010, which he obtained from former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Those running VMWare guest machines on Mac will want to update their software to get a security fix for VMware Tools. Earlier this month, Microsoft dropped its usual boatload of Patch Tuesday updates, sans a set for Office for Mac.
Following Friday's fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks - a 27-year-old Black man who fell asleep in a fast-food drive-in lane in Atlanta and was shot while running from police who tried to tase him - hackers affiliating themselves with the Anonymous hacktivist collective may have briefly taken down the website for the city's police department. Three days later, Anonymous hackers posted a video that threatened to "Expose the many crimes" of Minneapolis police.
Most people often still have only two email addresses, one for work and a personal address, and they are often sitting targets for spammers, scammers and nuisance emailers in the digital equivalent of 'we know where you live'. When a form requires your email address, click the relay button to give an alias instead. We will forward emails from the alias to your real inbox.
Secure messaging app developer Signal says its US operation hangs in the balance due to a proposed law in America. "Some large tech behemoths could hypothetically shoulder the enormous financial burden of handling hundreds of new lawsuits if they suddenly became responsible for the random things their users say, but it would not be possible for a small nonprofit like Signal to continue to operate within the United States," Signal's Joshua Lund said.
Identiq uses cryptographic algorithms and preserves customer privacy while enabling companies to to identify new customers through a network of trust. An ID validation and fraud prevention startup has developed what it claims is the first and only truly anonymous peer-to-peer verification network that enables companies to work together to validate identities without sharing or exposing any personal customer data.