FBI Apple Encryption

The FBI ups the ante in its boneheaded war on encryption

By on June 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

The FBI ups the ante in its boneheaded war on encryption

The FBI is worried that stronger encryption from tech companies like Apple is making it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to effectively keep tabs on terrorists. As a result, some in the FBI believe that we are sacrificing safety at the altar of privacy.

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FBI Spy Planes Online Tracking

The FBI is making it too easy for us to track down its spy planes

By on June 3, 2015 at 6:50 PM.

The FBI is making it too easy for us to track down its spy planes

The Associated Press revealed earlier this week that the FBI appears to be the intelligence agency that’s flying spy planes in America for surveillance operations. Even though the FBI tried to keep its spy planes a secret by using dummy companies set up solely to hide them, it turns out that anyone can use a few readily available tools to track FBI planes in real-time and find out who’s operating them. More →

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FBI Dirtbox Stingray Spy Plane Program

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

By on June 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

Reports last year revealed that U.S. law enforcement agencies might have special aircraft at their disposal that masquerade as cell phone towers and collect data from the unsuspecting citizens as it flies. New information on the matter reveals that the FBI is indeed behind the planes, and it uses more than a dozen fake companies to conceal its air support missions, which include these “Stingray” cell phone-spying equipment. More →

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Police StingRay Phone Spy Tool

Cops are investing in an expensive new spy tool that they’re forbidden from talking about in public

By on March 16, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Cops are investing in an expensive new spy tool that they’re forbidden from talking about in public

A new spy tool that’s being referred to as StingRay or KingFish is a sophisticated cell phone spying and tracking tool that’s so secret that it requires law enforcement agencies to sign non-disclosure agreements before buying one. Equally disturbing is its price: The New York Times reports that one device costs $502,000, followed by $42,000 in yearly charges. All this money and police aren’t even allowed to explain to taxpayers why they need to spend so much on technology that can potentially infringe upon their privacy even when used for legitimate purposes. More →

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FBI on Sony Pictures Hack

FBI: Sony hack so sophisticated it can penetrate 90% of net defenses, challenge government sites

By on December 12, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

FBI: Sony hack so sophisticated it can penetrate 90% of net defenses, challenge government sites

The Sony Pictures hack saga is far from over, as more and more details come to light about the massive data breach the company suffered a few weeks ago. Unknown hackers identifying themselves online as Guardians of Peace (GOP) managed to steal some 100 terabytes of data containing very sensitive information, including digital versions of unreleased Sony movies, and personal details about employees, celebrities, and current and future business plans. More →

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Sony vs. North Korea: FBI

FBI says North Korea not behind devastating Sony hack

By on December 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM.

FBI says North Korea not behind devastating Sony hack

Even though many fingers were unofficially pointing to North Korea, as the origin of the massive Sony Pictures hack operation, the country denied at least at couple of times any involvement, but praised the hackers behind the devastating cyber attack. Furthermore, Reuters reports that the FBI has also issued an official comment on the matter, saying that North Korea is not behind the attack, according to information available at this time. The publication also revealed that the hack may end up costing the company as much as $100 million. More →

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FBI: Destructive Malware Warning

‘Destructive’ malware may have hit Sony Pictures, other companies warned

By on December 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM.

‘Destructive’ malware may have hit Sony Pictures, other companies warned

Sony Pictures was hit by unknown hackers last week who managed to steal various sensitive information, including high-quality digital versions of several unreleased Sony movies, prompting the FBI to issue a five-page warning to certain U.S. businesses regarding a new type of “destructive” malware. A copy of the memo has been obtained by Reuters. More →

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iPhone and Android Encryption vs. FBI

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

By on November 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

The U.S. government doesn’t appreciate the increased personal data protection measures tech companies including Apple, Google and others offer their American and international customers following the many reports that detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection tools the NSA has at its disposal. As a result, the government keeps offering tragedy scenarios — that a child will die because law enforcement agencies will not be able to access crucial data on an encrypted phone belonging to a criminal — in its attempt to persuade tech companies to come up with some sort of encryption technology that would give law enforcement agencies access to protected phones and other devices with a warrant, while still protecting other users’ privacy. More →

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FBI vs. Apple and Google

FBI says Apple and Google’s new privacy features help people ‘place themselves above the law’

By on September 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

FBI says Apple and Google’s new privacy features help people ‘place themselves above the law’

Just as the furor surrounding the NSA seemed to be quieting down, Apple picked up right where the government agency left off when iCloud was found to be the culprit in the case of the leaked celebrity photos early this month. The leak elicited a renewed demand for privacy, but as Apple, Google and others strengthen their security, the FBI is becoming increasingly concerned. More →

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The Fappening Nude Celebrities Photos

Both Apple and FBI confirm investigation of nude celebrity photos fiasco

By on September 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Both Apple and FBI confirm investigation of nude celebrity photos fiasco

Personal data from various celebrities – nude photos and videos allegedly belonging to many well-known personalities from various entertainment businesses – have been stolen by a hacker or group of hackers and posted online a few days ago, an event known online as “the Fappening.” While some celebrities denied the leaked pictures, others confirmed their existence, and it looks like both Applewhose iCloud service might have been somehow compromised in this particular hack – and the FBI are investigating the matter, The Register reports. More →

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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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