US president Barack Obama has signed on Wednesday a new executive order aimed at imposing "sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities that create a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States." "The malicious cyber-enabled activity must have the purpose or effect of significantly harming or compromising critical infrastructure; misappropriating funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; knowingly receiving or using trade secrets that were stolen by cyber-enabled means for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; disrupting the availability of a computer or network of computers (for example, through a denial of service attack); and attempting, assisting or providing material support for any of the above activities," the president explained.
A US Immigrations and Customs Agency (ICE) special agent has recently issued a subpoena to popular social news site Reddit, asking them to share the information they might have on five users that have been active in the site's DarknetMarkets subreddit.
Two former US federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of Silk Road.
Personal information, passport numbers and visa details of world leaders who attended the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014, have been inadvertently leaked by an employee of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
As the date of the expiry of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act draws near, a wide range of tech companies, privacy advocates, and trade associations have asked the US president, US politicians and prominent government officials to reform US surveillance laws.
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