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Lavabit founder's DarkMail needs help to cross finish line

Embattled email guru Ladar Levison updates the DefCon crowd on encrypted email project DarkMail and asks for help from the hacker faithful to get what may be his final email project done.

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Want a safe car? Check its cyber safety rating

At the Defcon hackers convention, a security research group proposes an automobile cyber safety rating system that could go far beyond hacking cars.

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​Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

At the hacker conference Black Hat, Yahoo's new security honcho promises that Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end in 2015.

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​Why you shouldn't be scared by the 'largest data breach' ever

Experts say the reported heist of 1.2 billion account credentials is legit, but caution that for most people there's little they can do -- or should be worried about.

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'Internet of Things,' not privacy, to dominate at Black Hat

Security experts gather again in Vegas to show off and debate the latest in hacks and flaws, focusing this year on the latest risks facing Net-connected devices.

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The Edward Snowden look-a-like contest at this year's Defcon shows that the hackers still have a sense of humor about current events, but few among them think that the pre-surveillance scandal status quo will hold fast.

Surveillance scandal rips through hacker community

The good ol' days of chummy games of "Spot the Fed" at Defcon are finished as hackers and security entrepreneurs plan next steps in the wake of government spying revelations.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's chief engineer, Brian Muirhead, regales the security experts at Black Hat with tales from Mars.

Rocket scientist tells hackers to take big risks

Brian Muirhead of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab tells security professionals at Black Hat that failure is not an option when taking big risks, but offers tips on avoiding it.

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Jason Geffner answers an question from his audience about how Tortilla allows plug-ins when using Tor.

Tortilla tool makes anonymizer Tor more digestible

Tor's famous for anonymizing your Internet activities and infamous for being a pain to use. Debuting at Black Hat, the Tortilla tool smooths out some of the global network's rough edges.

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General Keith Alexander takes prepared audience questions from Black Hat general manager Trey Ford at Black Hat 2013.

Hackers to NSA chief: Read the Constitution

The head of the NSA faces a tough audience as he appeals to hackers and security professionals at Black Hat 2013 to help the U.S. government build better spying tools.

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caption: Security researcher Barnaby Jack demonstrates how he bypassed the security of two ATMs.

ATM hacker Barnaby Jack dies

The security researcher, who was expected to demonstrate newly-discovered pacemaker vulnerabilities at Black Hat next week, made headlines in 2010 when he hacked an ATM in front of an audience.

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