As the face of WikiLeaks begins his efforts to resist extradition to the US, observers comment on the charge confronting him, which is, essentially, conspiracy to hack into a noncompliant computer in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Mr. Assange, the US maintains, offered to help then-US-Army-Specialist Manning crack passwords to gain access to classified files. He's not charged with espionage, or with possession of classified material. Those sympathetic to Mr. Assange (like Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks itself, and Britain's shadow home secretary) see the indictment as a way of railroading him, especially since the offer to help then-Specialist Manning break into Government systems seems more an act of stumblebum hubris than the sinister act of a criminal mastermind.
As the Washington Post notes, many security experts have long thought the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act outmoded and overly broad. But the prosecution would not appear, taken by itself, to represent a threat to journalists' First Amendment rights. Besides, as former NSA Associate General Counsel April Doss told Quartz, such hacking isn't a generally accepted journalistic legitimate practice. Many agree with her.
University researchers report that secure wi-fi protocol WPA3's SAE handshake may be susceptible to the same kind of exploitation as its predecessor, WPA2, was. One of the problems lies in the transition mode designed to ensure backward compatibility with the older protocol.
Carbon Black continues to track the maturation of the dark web's black market in tax-fraud and identity-theft tools. They're increasingly commodified and cheaper than ever.