FBI Cyber Crime and Marijuana

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

By on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

Weed. Apparently marijuana is the key to a bright, cyber crime-fighting future for the FBI, according to statements made on Monday by FBI Director James B. Comey at the annual White Collar Crime Institute held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. More →

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NSA Proof Email Safe-mail

Want to email people without the FBI reading it? Try Safe-mail

By on February 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM.

Want to email people without the FBI reading it? Try Safe-mail

Last week, we learned that the FBI has a copy of the entire TorMail database. Naturally, people who used the secure e-mail service began looking for alternatives. Dread Pirate Roberts, the Silk Road drug forum operator, said, “I know that MANY people, vendors included, used TorMail. You must think back through your TorMail usage and assume everything you wrote there and didn’t encrypt can be read by law enforcement at this point and take action accordingly.” More →

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FBI TorMail Database Breach

Nothing is safe: FBI reportedly bulk collects entire TorMail database

By on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Nothing is safe: FBI reportedly bulk collects entire TorMail database

By now, the NSA is known for its bulk collection of personal data, including metadata from cellular carriers. However, it was not known that the FBI also participates in its own share of bulk collection. According to Wired, the FBI somehow ended up with the entire e-mail database of TorMail. More →

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Anonymous Hacking US Government

Reuters: Anonymous has been hacking government computers for a year

By on November 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM.

Reuters: Anonymous has been hacking government computers for a year

Hackers linked to the Anonymous group have been hacking U.S. government computers since December 2012, Reuters has learned from a memo distributed on Thursday by the FBI. The hackers have apparently exploited a flaw found in Adobe’s ColdFusion to target the computers, installing back doors in PCs from the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services in order to be able to access them over and over. Some of these computers have apparently been accessed as recently as last month, as the group’s attacks continue. More →

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New FBI unit tasked with making Web and mobile communications easier to spy on

By on May 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM.

New FBI unit tasked with making Web and mobile communications easier to spy on

FBI Mobile Web Surveillance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently formed a new unit tasked with developing technologies that enable more effective means of monitoring Internet, mobile and VoIP communications, CNET reported. The secretive new unit, reportedly called the Domestic Communications Assistance Center, aims to develop new surveillance technologies that make it easier for law enforcement to spy on suspects as they communicate using modern technology. Joined by agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI reportedly formed the DCAC because it believes technology has developed too quickly, leaving law enforcement without the tools necessary to effectively monitor these new communications channels. More →

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DVDs and Blu-rays to carry two unskippable government warnings

By on May 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

DVDs and Blu-rays to carry two unskippable government warnings

DVDs And Blu-rays Now Carry Two Unskippable Government Warnings

The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning that is found on all modern DVD and Blu-ray discs is getting an upgrade. The United States government earlier this week announced that it will require two copyright notices on DVD and Blu-ray discs, Ars Technica reported. The first notice will warn potential piracy thieves, while the second one is meant to educate viewers. All six major movie studios have agreed to include the notices, which we will begin seeing on new discs this week. The screens will “come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD.” The warnings will each last 10 seconds and users will not have the ability to skip or fast forward through them. “Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort,” ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. More →

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Non-profit ISP wages war on FBI and DOJ by putting privacy first [video]

By on April 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM.

Non-profit ISP wages war on FBI and DOJ by putting privacy first [video]

Nicholas Merrill, formerly the head of a New York-based Internet Service Provider that fought the FBI and DOJ in court over the constitutionality of the Patriot Act and won, plans to launch a new non-profit, crowd-funded ISP that will make its users’ privacy a central focus. “I have a bit of a track record of fighting for the right to privacy on the Internet, and I have a plan to radically transform the way the Telecommunications industry works,” Merrill said. His new company, The Calyx Institute, aims to be a “non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption,” and it intends to sell Internet access for as little as $20 per month as well as mobile phone service. More →

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The U.S. government is losing the war against hackers

By on March 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM.

The U.S. government is losing the war against hackers

Executive assistant director of the FBI Shawn Henry, who after more than two decades is preparing to leave the bureau, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that computer criminals are too talented and current defensive measures are too weak to stop them. “We’re not winning,” he said, claiming that the current public and private approach to fighting off hackers is “unsustainable.” Congress is currently considering two competing bills that are designed to strengthen critical U.S. infrastructures such as power plants and nuclear reactors. Henry believes that companies must make major changes in the way they use computer networks to avoid further damage to national security and the economy, however. He said too many companies don’t recognize the financial and legal risks they are taking by operating vulnerable networks. “I don’t see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model,” Henry said. “Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.” More →

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Top LulzSec hackers arrested, group leader reportedly working for FBI

By on March 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Top LulzSec hackers arrested, group leader reportedly working for FBI

The laughs are reportedly over for five top members of the hacker group LulzSec who were arrested on Tuesday and charged as part of a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court. FoxNews.com reports that the arrests were part of a multinational sting across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States on Tuesday morning, and LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, who operated online under the alias “Sabu,” provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information leading to the arrests. According to the report, Monsegur has been working with the FBI for months. “This is devastating to the organization,” an FBI official told FoxNews.com. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” Read on for more. More →

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FBI dossier on Steve Jobs from 1991 released to the public

By on February 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

FBI dossier on Steve Jobs from 1991 released to the public

In 1991, Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs was considered for a sensitive position in the Bush Administration, according to a recently released FBI dossier. The 191-page file reveals a background investigation conducted on Jobs when he was being considered for the President’s Export Council. When the Bureau spoke with individuals who knew Jobs, it received a large number of negative feedback with many saying that “Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.” The FBI was also concerned about Jobs’s prior drug usage and estranged relationship with his daughter, Lisa, who was born out of wedlock. There were a large number of people who praised his upstanding moral character, however, and recommended him for the appointment. The material also contains previously unknown details about Jobs, such as a 1985 threat made against his life. More →

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Seven charged in Dell insider trading case

By on January 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM.

Seven charged in Dell insider trading case

Seven people have been charged with trading shares of Dell stock based on inside information. Four new arrests were made by the FBI on Wednesday, Reuters said, while three others have already been charged. In total, the group made more than $62 million in profits off of illegal trades in 2008. The defendants named on Wednesday include former portfolio manager Todd Newman of Diamondback Capital Management in Stamford, Anthony Chiasson of Level Global Investors in New York and Jon Horvath. A fourth person was also arrested in Los Angeles. The four men allegedly had early access to Dell’s earnings reports ahead of the company’s public announcements and have each been charged with one count each of securities fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. More →

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FBI denies request for information on Carrier IQ

By on December 14, 2011 at 2:15 AM.

FBI denies request for information on Carrier IQ

The FBI has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for materials about Carrier IQ, a company that has been in the spotlight recently after a security expert revealed that its software is installed on millions of smartphones. The FOIA request was sent by MuckRock and specifically asked for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ.” FBI section chief David Hardy responded to MuckRock’s request with the following statement:

I have determined that the records responsive to your request are law enforcement records; that there is a pending prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these records; and that release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings.

It is unknown if the FBI is currently working hand-in-hand with Carrier IQ or if Carrier IQ is the subject of an FBI investigation. MuckRock said that it plans to appeal the FBI’s FOIA denial. More →

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No more lulz: FBI arrests LulzSec hackers following nationwide manhunt

By on September 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM.

No more lulz: FBI arrests LulzSec hackers following nationwide manhunt

The FBI has arrested at least two alleged members of “LulzSec” and “Anonymous,” FoxNews reported on Thursday. One LulzSec hacker was arrested at a technical school in Phoenix, Arizona and is believed to have been behind the infamous attacks on Sony in late May. A second hacker was arrested in San Francisco and manhunts are ongoing in Minnesota, Montana and New Jersey according to an FBI official speaking to Fox News. 32 Anonymous hackers were detained in Turkey in June while another 16 were arrested in the United Kingdom and the United States. A 19-year old LulzSec member named Jack Davis who went by the handle “Topiary” was arrested in July and later released on bail. Anonymous and LulzSec are believed to have been behind a number of high-profile attacks against the U.S. government, Sony, Apple and other targets. Anonymous has egged on the FBI with numerous statements over the past few months and even published a public letter that stated: “Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea … there is nothing – absolutely nothing – you can possibly to do make us stop.” More →

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