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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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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