Does Blackmailing Pay? Signs on the Bitcoin blockchain of responses to Ashley Madison extortion emails

It was bound to happen: someone decided to blackmail members of online affairs website Ashley Madison, whose entire database was leaked earlier this week by a group calling themselves the “Impact Team”.  Shortly thereafter, an unknown group or individual has been sending extortion emails demanding Bitcoin for silence: Of those who had accounts on the […]

Oracle: Scolding the Customers Who Try to Help Them

Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson’s “No, You Really Can’t” blog post provoked a strong and very negative reaction in the security community. The post has been deleted, but it’s available in various archives and was posted to the Information Security News mailing list. In summary, Davidson is complaining that Oracle customers are violating their license agreements […]

Black Hat: Two Views of the FTC

Two presentations at the Black Hat conference on Wednesday presented starkly different views of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US government agency responsible for consumer protection. In HOW TO HACK GOVERNMENT: TECHNOLOGISTS AS POLICY MAKERS, Ashkan Soltani and Terrell McSweeny from the FTC described the FTC’s actions against various companies who had failed to […]

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