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New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list

The FBI's new director James Comey has told the RSA security conference in San Francisco that he is making thwarting online crime the major focus for his agency in the coming decade. As a result, agents will shift from a reactive mode into a more forward-looking approach when tackling internet crims, by offering services with …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2014
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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

While laser pointers are very useful for presentations and distracting cats, the FBI is fed up with idiots using them to try to blind airline pilots, and is offering $10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest. Laser blinding aircraft pilot Blinded by the light "Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014
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Cyber dragnet: Five new HACKERS join FBI's 'most wanted' list

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has added five new names to its "Cyber's Most Wanted" list, bringing the total number of fugitives urgently wanted in relation to computer and data-related crimes to 17. "The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer …
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2013

Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

A Harvard student used internet privacy tools to send a bomb threat to his university in order to avoid taking a test, it was alleged today. Prosecutors in Massachusetts accuse sophomore Eldo Kim of firing off an anonymous email that claimed there were a pair of explosive shrapnel-packed devices on campus. It is alleged the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013
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Sabu wasn't the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs

Leaked search warrants suggest Sabu wasn't the only LulzSec hacker who helped the FBI take down the infamous hacktivist group. The unredacted search warrants for ‪Sabu‬ and ‪LulzSec‬ refer to involvement of three different informants in the investigation, at least two of whom it is implied were members of the organisation. …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014

FBI sends memo to US.gov sysadmins: You've been hacked... for the past YEAR

Hacktivists allegedly affiliated with Anonymous have been covertly breaking into US government systems and pilfering sensitive information for nearly a year, the FBI warned last week. The attacks (which began last December and are thought to be ongoing) exploit flaws in Adobe's ColdFusion web app development software to plant …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2013
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Supercomputer hacker coughs to flogging DoE logins to FBI agent

The US hacker caught after trying to sell Department of Energy supercomputer logins to an undercover FBI agent has pleaded guilty in a deal that could see him go to jail for up to 18 months. The 24-year-old hacker, Pennsylvania man Andrew James Miller, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and computer fraud to cut his …
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Privacy activists sue FBI for access to facial recognition records

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a suit against the Feds to force the bureau to reveal information about its planned biometrics database. The EFF said that it had submitted three Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI last year to try to get info on the database and the agency's use of facial recognition, but …
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FBI spooks use MALWARE to spy on suspects' Android mobes - report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using mobile malware to infect, and control, suspects' Android handsets, allowing it to record nearby sounds and copy data without physical access to the devices. That's according to "former officers" interviewed by the Wall Street Journal ahead of privacy advocate Christopher Soghoian's …
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2013

Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations says it has seized a cache of Bitcoins worth some $26m, a treasure trove it claims belonged to accused Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, aka the "Dread Pirate Roberts." The 29-year-old Ulbricht was arrested at a public library in a sleepy neighborhood of San Francisco earlier this month …
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013
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FBI, DHS and DoJ cool with SoftBank-Sprint merger

The Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have collectively withdrawn their objections to SoftBank's acquisition of the Sprint network. The government bodies had asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold off on approving or forbidding the merger until it had examined the national …
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Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

Hacktivists apparently loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have bragged they hacked into Microsoft's internal system that bills US cops and feds for access to citizens' private data. And the hackers have apparently spilled the beans on how much Redmond is paid for servicing those American wiretap requests. The documents …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014
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Wikileaks reveals Icelandic FBI shenanigans

Whatever WikiLeaks eventually thinks of the movie being made about Julian Assange, it’s proving expert in the business of buzz-generation. After shooting began in Reykjavik at the end of January (Iceland Review), the organisation has revealed - completely co-incidentally, of course - an incident in August 2011 in which FBI …
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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

Network anonymisation outfit TOR has posted a fascinating piece of commentary on reports that some of the anonymous servers it routes to have disappeared from its network. “Around midnight on August 4th we were notified by a few people that a large number of hidden service addresses have disappeared from the Tor Network,” the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013

FBI says Apple ID heist claim is TOTALLY FALSE

Hot on the heels of AntiSec’s claim that the purloined Apple device IDs it dumped to Pastebin came from the FBI, the G-men have flatly denied the story. In a statement e-mailed to the press, the FBI says simply: The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple …
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FBI-wanted US bank hack suspect chills in Bangkok cooler

An alleged computer hacker implicated in the theft of millions of dollars from US banks accounts has been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand. Hamza Bendelladj, 24, is accused of raiding private accounts held with 217 banks and financial companies worldwide in order to fund a lavish lifestyle. His alleged exploits reportedly propelled …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2013
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Microsoft and FBI storm ramparts of Citadel botnets

The ZeuS-derived Citadel botnet, which rose to public prominence last year, is being progressively disabled by Microsoft and the FBI is on the hunt for its masters. Microsoft says Citadel was used to raid bank accounts around the world and netted more than $US500m. Redmond's Digital Crimes Unit says 1,000 of the estimated 1,400 …

Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

Dark web hoodlums linked to the underground drugs bazaar Silk Road are preparing to launch revenge attacks on the FBI agents involved in the shutdown of the site. Using hidden forums which are only accessible using Tor, the individuals have been sharing the names and addresses of key figures in the Silk Road bust. Although the …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013
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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying

In an Arizona court case, the FBI has been forced to defend its use of a phony cellphone tower dubbed Stingray that it's using to analyse mobile phone traffic and identify suspects. The Stingray system came to light in the case of Daniel David Rigmaiden, who stands accused of reaping millions of dollars from filing phony tax …
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2013
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Tor fingers Firefox flaw for FAIL but FBI's also in the frame

Tor has confirmed the existence of malware that has taken down some of its hidden nodes - and says flaws in Firefox are at the heart of the problem. The network anonymising service yesterday noted the disappearance of some nodes on its network. The outfit hasn't offered any more insight into what's down, or exactly what brought …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013

Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

The former operator of a secure email service once used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been fined $10,000 for failing to give federal agents access to his customers' accounts, newly released court documents show. In August, Ladar Levison shut down Lavabit, his security-minded email business, rather than comply with government …
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2013
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Bogus Android markets seized in FBI software crackdown

The US Department of Justice reports that three domains selling stolen Android applications have been seized in a combined operation by the FBI and international police. Visitors to applanet.net, appbucket.net, and snappzmarket.com hoping for hooky apps will be disappointed to see the FBI's warning page showing that the Feds now …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2012
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FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam

US cops have arrested 14 people over an elaborate scam where $1m was stolen from casino kiosks in a scam the FBI has described as ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ bank fraud. The suspects allegedly stole $1m by exploiting a gap in Citibank’s electronic transaction security protocols in casino "cash advance" kiosks - which required multiple …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2012
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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

The FBI has announced the arrest of a 27-year-old man over charges that he hacked into the data of over 350 female victims and blackmailed them into providing him with nude photographs and video calls. Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, was arrested in Glendale, California on Tuesday after being indicted on 15 counts of computer …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2013
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Apple weighs in on AntiSec's alleged FBI hack

If, as they claim, the black hats of AntiSec did indeed hack into an FBI agent's laptop and lift unique device identifier (UDID) codes and some users' personal info from 12,367,232 iPhones and iPads, the feds did not get that user and device data from Cupertino. Or so Apple says. "The FBI has not requested this information from …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Sep 2012
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GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts

The hacking collecting GhostShell has announced it has finished operations for the year, but has signed off with a dump of around 1.6 million account details purloined from government, military, and industry. "ProjectWhiteFox will conclude this year's series of attacks by promoting hacktivism worldwide and drawing attention to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2012
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FBI investigates ZTE cover-up allegations

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE flouted United States laws by selling technology from US firms to Iran and then deliberately covering its tracks once the media caught wind. The Smoking Gun claims to have obtained a top secret FBI affidavit which reveals that senior …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jul 2012

FCC to El Reg: Telstra's 'secret FBI snoop' doc public since 2001

When a “secret contract” between Telstra and the US government emerged last week, it was too juicy to miss. Fairfax lapped it up, as did Crikey (which later amended the story). ZDNet called it a “leaked document”, and Senator Scott Ludlam got in on the act, demanding that Telstra “come clean”. The problem is, the document wasn' …
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FBI seizes Mixmaster servers

Non-profit Riseup claims the FBI has seized a Mixmaster server from a colo shared by Riseup Networks in New York City. The organization has issued a media release linking the siezure to investigations into Mixmaster as part of its investigation into ongoing bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh. The university has …
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Microsoft names Zeus ringleaders and notifies FBI

Microsoft has named two individuals who it says are the leaders behind the Zeus botnet and has passed on its dossier on them to the FBI. Redmond fingered Yevhen Kulibaba and Yuriy Konovalenko as the two key players behind the botnet in an amended criminal complaint and told the FBI that the two were key to both the botnet itself …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2012
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FBI nabs 24 in card-fraud forum sting

An FBI sting operation against an underground carding forum has resulted in 24 arrests. The Carder Profit forum had been run by undercover Feds for the last two years, yielding intelligence that resulted in arrests in eight countries. The sting - dubbed "Operation Card Shop" - began in June 2010 when the FBI itself set up the …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012

EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

The FBI is planning to expand the facial recognition components of its biometrics database to catalog and search the faces of more than 52 million individuals, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The group has released a cache of documents it obtained from the bureau by way of a Freedom of Information Act suit …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014
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FBI frets about dumb security in smart meters

The FBI is seeing increasing hacks on electricity smart meters, with most attacks designed to let consumers get power without paying for it. Krebs on Security claims to have an FBI intelligence bulletin that outlines the agency’s growing concern at smart meter hacks – and which along the way highlights the cavalier attitude …
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FBI boss warns online threats will outpace terrorism

The head of the FBI warns that the threat to the US from online attacks will shortly become greater than that posed by terrorists. "In the not too distant future we anticipate that the cyber threat will pose the number one threat to our country," the FBI's director Robert Mueller told delegates at the RSA 2012 conference in San …
Iain Thomson, 02 Mar 2012

Thirteen alleged Anons named and charged by FBI in antipiracy web war

Thirteen further alleged members of web rabble-rousers Anonymous have been charged with masterminding online attacks against corporations and others who oppose internet piracy. Anonymous' "Operation: Payback is a bitch" campaign involved a series of denial-of-service assaults apparently against government and company websites …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013
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Anonymous hackers leak Scotland Yard-FBI conference call

Members of Anonymous have released an intercept of a conference call between investigators at the FBI and Scotland Yard during which operations against hacktivist group were discussed. During the 17-minute call – which was released as an MP3 file and distributed on YouTube and elsewhere – investigators can be heard discussing …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2012
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'Leaked' FBI Anonymous/LulzSec psych profile is bogus

Supposed psychological profiles of senior members of hacking horde Anonymous are almost certainly a work of fiction. The bogus paperwork created a buzz last week when it showed up on Tugaleaks. Allegedly written by the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit, the profiles suggested that LulzSec kingpin Sabu is a narcissistic nihilist who …
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2011
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FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid

A bungled FBI raid on a data centre has taken out an unknown number of Web sites. Apparently targeting a particular – but unnamed – customer of DigitalOne, the G-men seized three enclosures of equipment, according to the New York Times. Among the collateral damage is New York publisher the Curbed Network, and the Pinboard …
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Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...

It appears the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has a copy of a server used by TorMail – a hidden email service that tries to keep its users anonymous. In a court filing [PDF] that emerged this week, it's said FBI agents obtained the contents of a TorMail server last summer. According to the statement, submitted by a US …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014

Cops cuff alleged email hackers in GLOBAL bust

The FBI is claiming a major success after co-ordinating the arrest of alleged email hackers-for-hire in the US, Romania, India and China. Those behind bars are alleged to have been responsible for compromising nearly 9,000 email accounts between them in cases dating back to 2011. The Feds said they cuffed Mark Anthony Townsend …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014

Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

The FBI and the US Department of Justice have unsealed charges against nine people accused of racketeering, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft, and multiple counts of bank fraud related to their use of the Zeus malware against victims in the state of Nebraska. "The 'Zeus' malware is one of the most damaging pieces of …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
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Did hackers uncover Petraeus' saucy affair webmails before FBI?

FBI agents may not have been the first to rumble the affair between CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer that led to the four-star general's resignation on Friday. Anyone with a copy of the leaked Stratfor databases, a half-decent PC, some political nous and a barrel of luck could have uncovered the fling months ago, …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2012
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FBI investigated Steve Jobs' reality distortion field, LSD use

Steve Jobs' drug use, court cases and personality flaws were all investigated by the FBI, as a file released on Thursday reveals. The FBI launched the investigation in 1991 to vet Jobs for a potential post in government under George Bush Snr - an appointment to an advisory committee on foreign trade. It's a popular role for …
Anna Leach, 09 Feb 2012
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US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown

US federal prosecutors have moved to withdraw all but six of the seventeen charges levelled against Barrett Brown. Brown has been fighting charges that he trafficked in data that was stolen in the Stratfor hack. The most controversial of the charges were that he had committed a crime by sharing a hyperlink to a file containing …
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FBI fights to protect ISPs that snoop on their customers

The FBI has finally come clean on the real reason it doesn't want to name phone and internet service providers that participate in a sweeping surveillance program that taps international communications without a warrant: Customers would get mad and dump or sue the providers. This rare piece of honesty came in a recently filed …
Dan Goodin, 12 May 2011
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FBI nabs AWOL soldier for stealing Paul Allen's debit card

An alleged US Army deserter has been charged with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to run a bank fraud scam. Brandon Price, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, allegedly conned Citibank call centre workers into changing Allen’s address to that of Price’s modest home – as well as changing the phone number …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2012
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Russian SpyEye author pleads guilty to starting malware onslaught

Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin has pleaded guilty to charges of banking and wire fraud for his role in developing the SpyEye Trojan, which used botnets of enslaved computers to harvest financial credentials from internet users around the world. "The apprehension of Mr. Panin means that one of the world's top …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014
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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, Suffolk, is charged with one count of computer hacking and a further charge of aggravated identify theft over an alleged attack on Federal Reserve computer systems between October …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014
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FBI asks for help to crack mystery code in 12-year-old murder case

FBI experts are seeking the help of the public to make sense of two encrypted notes found on a murder victim that have stumped detectives for years. Ricky McCormick, 41, was found dead in a field in St Louis, Missouri, back in June 1999. Two encrypted notes found in his pockets have defied the best efforts of detectives and FBI …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2011
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Kim Dotcom extradition hearings delayed

Kim Dotcom will be waiting until nearly the end of 2014 to find out whether American courts will get their hands on him: an extradition hearing due in April 2014 has been delayed, with a new date yet to be set. That's led the Megaupload founder to accuse the New Zealand government of interfering in the judicial process, to delay …