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Violet Blue
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Awarded author, freelance reporter, hacking/cybercrime. Engadget columnist, Internet Press Guild member; recent work at CNET, ZDNet, Engadget. Advisor to Peerlyst, Without My Consent.
Awarded author, freelance reporter, hacking/cybercrime. Engadget columnist, Internet Press Guild member; recent work at CNET, ZDNet, Engadget. Advisor to Peerlyst, Without My Consent.

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New! In this week's brief we have the Cloudbleed aftermath, developments in the Russia treason-hacking case involving a former Kaspersky employee, TrumpLocker is a lady in disguise, really bad news about what border guards can do with your password, and much more.
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I really hope you're reading my weekly security brief - it comes out early every Tuesday morning and gets you caught up for the week ahead.

This past week in security saw a jaw-dropping study come out on exposed cyber assets in US cities, Hacking Team tools allegedly surface in DNC hack samples, Google's Project Zero swipes at Microsoft (again), some RSA attendees were pwned, and more.

You'll see a few RSA-related items here as well, but stay tuned for a juicy RSA wrap-up post I'll be publishing here in the next few days.
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Open question: What groups, Google+ accounts, people or communities are you following here for news and/or culture?
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If you missed my hacking news roundup yesterday morning...
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People have asked me to hang out here more. So, hi! I just published this post, it's the weirdest, oddest, strangest (but true) sex news items I saw come across my screen this year. Enjoy! FYI, the rest of the site might be NSFW for some of you.
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I tweeted this last night but wanted to say it here, too. Thank you, warmth, and deep gratitude to the people supporting my work on Patreon.

Your support means I can do everything from work on my next book, to being able to give talks about digital privacy to different companies, schools, and organizations. It's everything. Thank you.
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If you missed my newest article:

"Attorney General Leslie Caldwell likened the computers of botnet victims to a crime scene -- that authorities need access to.

Unlike a regular warrant for search, in which the homeowner is notified by authorities before they enter and search the premises, targets under Rule 41 are notified only after they've been hacked and searched.

Imagine the FBI breaks into and enters your house in order to find out who you are, to tell you that your house was burgled. And after, it's like oh, here's the paperwork that gave us permission to burgle you in the first place."
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On Brexit and cybersecurity: I collected a few thoughts and reporting that covers it. Includes hacking crime, policy, business, startups, and why I'm worried about friends and colleagues in the British infosec scene.
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Less than a day left on the pay-what-you-want hacking book bundle -- it's so worth it! Books on hacking, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, my guide to online privacy, xbox hacking, malware analysis, bitcoin and more. Don't miss out!
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