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Cybercriminals prefer to chat over Skype

Law enforcement and government officials don’t like encrypted peer-to-peer chat platforms such as WhatsApp and Jabber because it is harder to eavesdrop on what cybercriminals are planning.

But according to a recent study of global cybercriminal operations, the bulk of criminal discussions don’t happen over encrypted chat.
Skype is the preferred mode of communication among cybercrime gangs worldwide.Skype, owned by Microsoft and widely used by consumers and enterprises, doesn’t encrypt messaging end-to-end the way the secure messaging apps do.

But it is still popular among cybercrime gangs around the world, FlashPoint analysts found in a study of communications platforms used by financially motivated cybercriminals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cybercriminals Mostly Prefer Skype Messaging

But cybercrime gangs worldwide are increasingly using encrypted peer-to-peer chat platforms for their communications outside online underground forums, new study finds.

Internet Society tells G20 nations: The web must be fully encrypted

Not happy about online security being equated with restricting access to law enforcement The Internet Society has called for the full encryption of the internet, decrying the fact that securing the digital world has increasingly become associated with restricting access to law enforcement.…

In slap at Trump, Shadow Brokers release NSA EquationGroup files

"Master" archive contains older hack tools—some decades old.

Do you want to play a game? Ransomware asks for high...

Creator apologizes for a “joke” that really requires expert play to unlock files.

A free decryption tool is now available for all Bart ransomware...

Users who have had their files encrypted by any version of the Bart ransomware program are in luck: Antivirus vendor Bitdefender has just released a free decryption tool.The Bart ransomware appeared back in June and stood out because it locked victi...

Pushing apps to the edge, Fly.io puts middleware in the cloud

New service puts logic closer to users, aims to be "global load balancer" for apps.

Lazarus Under The Hood

Today we'd like to share some of our findings, and add something new to what's currently common knowledge about Lazarus Group activities, and their connection to the much talked about February 2016 incident, when an unknown attacker attempted to steal up to $851M USD from Bangladesh Central Bank.

New backdoor laws for encrypted apps? Europe eyes options but expects...

Europe's legislators are trying to decide whether to propose new laws that would compel internet companies to help police access encrypted data.

Encryp-xit: Europe will go all in for crypto backdoors in June

App-makers get a choice: Open up voluntarily or we'll pass laws forcing you to The European Commission will push for backdoor access to end-to-end encrypted internet apps in June, according to EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová.…

As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…

UK targets WhatsApp, encrypted messaging apps following London attack

The UK government has focused its attention on WhatsApp, claiming there should be "no place for terrorists to hide."