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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

The technology industry has hit back at proposed plans by France and Germany to force EU member states to backdoor encryption for the police. Last week, Thomas de Maizière and Bruno Le Roux, respectively the German and French ministers of the interior, sent a letter to the European Commission calling for measures to stem what …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2017

Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

A sacked system administrator has been jailed after hacking the control systems of his ex-employer – and causing over a million dollars in damage. Brian Johnson, 44, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US, had worked at paper maker Georgia-Pacific for years, but on Valentine's Day 2014 he was let go. He didn't take that lying down, and …
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2017
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Former NSA techies raise $8m for their data governance startup

Immuta, a data governance startup run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has announced the conclusion of its Series A funding round, pulling in $8m. The funding round was led by Drive Capital – whose partner Andy Jenks has been given a board seat – with participation from Greycroft Partners and Conversion …

OK, it's time to talk mass spying again: America's Section 702 powers are up for renewal

Analysis While the entire US political machinery has been caught up with one Trump-based scandal after another over the past three weeks, larger underlying issues are starting to re-emerge. And top of the list is mass surveillance. Section 702 of America's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) expires at the end of the year – …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Feb 2017
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No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

RSA USA Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), head of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, seemed a tad off-message today at the RSA USA security conference. He told an audience in San Francisco this morning that his committee had examined proposals to demand mandatory backdoors in encryption products and software to help …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017

Infosec pros aren't too bothered by Trump – it's his cabinet sidekicks you need to worry about

BSidesSF We're less than a month into Donald Trump's reign in America, and so much has already kicked off. Since we're at the BSides San Francisco infosec conference this week, we asked security pro here to "rate my president." And we'll be honest: many attendees see some good in his appointment, although there is concern about who he …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017
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Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

BSidesSF Comfortable illusions about how security is working are crippling the ability of government and industry to fight the threat, a former member of the FBI’s netsec team has told the BSides San Francisco 2017 security conference. Society is operating under the illusion that governments and corporations are taking rational choices …
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2017

Bugat-wielding hacker: Yes, I tried to nick $3.2m from US schools, oil biz

A Moldovan miscreant has admitted infecting computers at a US oil company and school district in an attempt to rob the organizations blind. Andrey Ghinkul pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiracy and damaging computers, all stemming from his involvement with the Bugat malware between 2011 and 2012. Bugat arose …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2017

Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

The latest draft of a cybersecurity executive order to be signed by President Trump has become an unusually precise, report-ordering extravaganza. Executive orders – even those signed by Trump – tend to be relatively short and quite vague, with general policy goals listed and expected to be interpreted by others. The new …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2017
Old people

Feds snooping on your email without a warrant? US lawmakers are on a war path to stop that

On Monday, the US House of Representatives – normally a body that can't agree on anything – voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act (HR 387). The new legislation amends the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which states that Americans' emails that are unread or stored for more than 180 days can be …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2017
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Web banking malware slurps $1.2m for crooks, now kingpin 'fesses up

An online banking malware scam netted criminals $1.2m in stolen funds – and now one of the ringleaders is now facing hard time in the big house. In August 2015, a Long Island online banking customer had $44,000 moved out of their account after a software nasty infected their PC and stole the account's login credentials. The …
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2017
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Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

The US Department of Justice will be happy campers this weekend. A court in Pennsylvania has ruled that Google must obey domestic search warrants for data stored overseas. In other words, Google has to hand over to the FBI suspects' email regardless of where it is held. The ad giant had previously refused to comply with two …
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2017

Careless Licking gets a nasty infection: County stiffed by ransomware

A county in Ohio, US, has had to shut down its entire IT infrastructure due to a ransomware outbreak. Licking county has turned off all phones and computers on its government network in order to stop the spread of malware that had been locking down infected PCs and demanding payments. According to local news station WBNS, the …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Feb 2017
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Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier

The FBI has released documents detailing its inconclusive investigation into threats made by online gamers against several women that started in 2014, particularly media critic Anita Sarkeesian and game developer Brianna Wu. The incident, known as Gamergate – a reference to the Twitter hashtag used by some of the women's …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Jan 2017
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Texas cops lose evidence going back eight years in ransomware attack

Updated Cockrell Hill, Texas has a population of just over 4,000 souls and a police force that managed to lose eight years of evidence when a departmental server was compromised by ransomware. In a public statement, the department said the malware had been introduced to the department's systems through email. Specifically, it arrived …
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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

Prague has become the centre of cyber cold war intrigue with both Russia and the US seeking the extradition of a Russian hacker. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, is the target of extradition requests from both countries weeks following his arrest last October by Czech police during a holiday to the country. Local authorities acted on an …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2017

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

Analysis US President Donald Trump may have undermined a critical data sharing agreement between the United States and Europe that internet giants rely on to do business overseas. In an executive order focused on illegal immigrants that was signed by the president this week, one section specifically noted that privacy protections would …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2017

'Celebgate' nudes thief gets just nine months of porridge

An American bloke has been jailed for breaking into the online accounts of 30 or so celebrities (and 270 other people) and swiping their most intimate snaps and secrets. Edward Majerczyk, 29, of Orland Park, Illinois will spend nine months in federal prison. Majerczyk had sent out hundreds of messages masquerading as legit …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2017

It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

A school district in Texas says it lost sensitive tax information from every worker after a single employee was duped by a phishing attack. Dallas-Fort Worth news station NBC5 reports that the Argyle school district is warning its workers that their W-2 tax forms were lost in a phishing attack. (Workers in America have just …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017
Jeff Sessions

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

US President Donald Trump's pick for his Attorney General and head of the FBI will have security specialists nervous, since both believe breaking encryption is a good idea. Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (R‑AL) is Trump's pick for the top legal job in the US. In congressional testimony, he outed himself as a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2017
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US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

The US government has lost a legal appeal to have a critical case against Microsoft reheard, paving the way for a Supreme Court challenge. In an even split of 4-4 judges, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New York, denied [PDF] the request for a full rehearing of the case in which Microsoft has refused to hand over …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2017

Ransomware scum infect cancer non-profit

Ransomware scum have hit a new low by infecting a not-for-profit cancer support organization in Muncie, Indiana, US. Little Red Door provides diagnostics, treatment, and supplies to under-served patients, among other services. It told told the Associated Press this week that miscreants infected its central server, stripped and …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2017
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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's remaining sentence, meaning she'll be free on May 17, or shortly afterwards. Private Manning was cuffed and charged by US military police in 2010. Three years later, she was given a 35-year sentence after being found guilty of …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2017
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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

A 21-year-old computer science student, who won a Programmer of the Year Award in high school, has admitted selling key-logging malware out of his college dorm room. On Friday, Zachary Shames, an undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia, US, pleaded guilty in a federal district court to one count of aiding and …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2017
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Playpen child sex abuse archive admin gets 20 years in the Big House

An administrator of Playpen – the notorious dark-web trading post of child sex abuse material – has been jailed for 20 years and faces a lifetime of parole. Michael Fluckiger, 46, of Portland, Indiana, was arrested on March 4, 2015 and pled guilty to helping run the Playpen website, which was taken over by the FBI and used to …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2017

Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

A last-minute rule change signed off by the outgoing Obama administration has made it much easier for the NSA to share raw surveillance data with more than a dozen government agencies. The changes [PDF] are tacked onto executive order 12333, which was enacted by then-President Ronald Reagan to allow intelligence agencies to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2017

iPhone hacking biz Cellebrite hacked

The Israeli company that found fame when it was fingered as a potential source of hacking software used by the FBI to crack open an iPhone has itself been hacked. In a statement on its website, Cellebrite today admitted that an "external web server" containing the company's license management system had been accessed by an …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2017

Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy's bigwigs

A hacking operation featuring the EyePyramid trojan successfully compromised the systems of numerous high-profile Italian targets, including two former prime ministers, say Italian police. High-profile targets were targeted by a spear-phishing campaign that served a remote-access trojan codenamed "EyePyramid" as a malicious …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2017

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Lawyers for a California doctor accused of hoarding child sex abuse images are challenging the legitimacy of crucial evidence a PC repairman handed to the FBI. While fixing top surgeon Mark Rettenmaier's HP Pavilion computer, a Best Buy technician found what was claimed to be an indecent photo of a child and passed it onto the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2017
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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

Cloudflare successfully fended off an FBI demand for people's private information, we can report this week now that a gagging order has been ripped away. In February 2013, the Feds slapped a National Security Letter (NSL) on the San Francisco-based web delivery biz, requiring it to hand over some customer account records and …
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Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

The FBI has arrested a senior Volkswagen executive for allegedly coordinating a cover-up over its diesel emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt was nabbed in Florida over the weekend. He is expected to appear in court in Detroit on Monday on charges of defrauding the United States. A court filing [PDF] lodged by the Feds in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2017
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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

In a surprising and worrying move, the FBI has dropped its case against a man accused of downloading child sex abuse images, rather than reveal details about how they caught him. Jay Michaud, a middle school teacher in Vancouver, Washington, was arrested in July last year after visiting the Playpen, a dark web meeting place …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jan 2017

CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

Justin Liverman, arrested by the FBI for breaking into the AOL email account of CIA director John Brennan, has today signed a guilty plea deal in the face of what his lawyers described as "draconian penalties." Brennan's webmail inbox was hijacked in 2015 and his emails were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. Liverman is …
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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome back. Did you manage to take some time off over the Christmas holiday or were you (figuratively) chained to a (virtual) roomful of (literally) overheating blades? Either way, count yourself lucky simply for making it through to 2017 with your heart still beating. You are among the only humans left alive, after all, and …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Jan 2017
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Hacker: Lol, I pwned FBI.gov! Web devs: Nuh-uh, no you didn't

Updated A hacker is claiming to have breached the FBI's website security, dumping staffers' email addresses and SHA1-scrambled password hashes with salts online. Meanwhile, the makers of the site's publishing software say it's all a hoax. A miscreant using the handle @cyberzeist claims to have infiltrated Plone CMS used by FBI.gov, …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jan 2017
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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Television production factory LG has saved Darren Cauthon's new year by providing hidden reset instructions to liberate his Google TV from ransomware. The company initially demanded more money than the idiot box was worth to repair the TV and relented offering instructions for resetting the telly after Cauthon took to Twitter …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2017

US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Amazon has resisted a warrant to release information to US police seeking data from its Echo device, in order to gather evidence on a murder investigation. The device is owned by James Andrew Bates from Arkansas, who is accused of strangling his friend Victor Collins, who was found dead in a bath at the suspect’s home in …
Kat Hall, 28 Dec 2016
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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

US prosecutors have charged three Chinese men with making more than $4m (£3.2m) by allegedly trading on information obtained from hacking top merger and acquisition law firms. The defendants are charged with targeting at least seven top international law firms with offices in New York, which advised companies on corporate …
Kat Hall, 28 Dec 2016

A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

How often can we say that an IT blunder might have changed the course of world history? Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server whilst serving as outgoing US President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State became a key element in the US presidential election this year. The FBI investigation around Clinton’s use of a …
John Leyden, 26 Dec 2016

Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

American crimefighters spend huge amounts of cash on Stingray-like devices that impersonate cellphone towers to snoop on people – and with little or no oversight. That's the findings of an 18-month US congressional study, which revealed the Department of Justice (DoJ) has spent $71m on 310 cellphone-tracking units between 2010 …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2016
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Bayrob: Romanian auction fraud suspects extradited to the US

Three suspected cybercriminals have been arrested and extradited from Romania to the US over a multi-million dollar malware-facilitated scams. The suspects are believed to be members of a gang, nicknamed Bayrob by Symantec researchers, which allegedly earned a living from online fraud for nearly a decade. The indictment claims …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2016
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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

Analysis Outgoing US President Barack Obama has promised to take action against Russia over its alleged interference in the presidential election campaign. American intelligence agencies have concluded that hackers linked to the Kremlin infiltrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee as well as the email account …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2016
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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

Over 150 prominent filmmakers and photojournalists have asked leading camera makers to add support for data encryption to their devices. An open letter published on Wednesday by the Freedom of the Press Foundation – a group that includes Academy Award winners Laura Poitras and Alex Gibney – states that encryption is absent …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016
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Snowden: Donald Trump could get pal Putin to kick me out of Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned Donald Trump, as US President, could do a deal with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to extradite or imprison the whistleblower. In an hour-long live-streamed video interview on Periscope with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today, Snowden argued the US had trapped him in Russia when it …
Iain Thomson, 13 Dec 2016

CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed a report by the CIA claiming that there is proof that Russian government hackers smoothed his route to the White House. On Friday, representatives from the CIA told US Congress that it had evidence that the Russians had hacked the servers of both the Democrats and Republicans, but had …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2016

Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

A California chap says he blew $1m in money stolen from his employer on Game of War, a freemium phone game fronted by swimsuit model Kate Upton. Kevin Lee Co, of Rocklin, has pleaded guilty [PDF] to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering, and admitted to stealing roughly $4.8m from his employer through charges to …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2016

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

President Obama has bowed to pressure and announced a formal investigation into Russian hacking aimed at influencing the recent presidential election. White House spokesman Eric Schultz announced on Friday that the Obama administration would seek to have the report wrapped up before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Dec 2016
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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

On November 30, simultaneous raids in five countries by the FBI, Europol, and the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) finally shuttered the Avalanche criminal network that has been spewing malware and money laundering campaigns for the past seven years. The Avalanche network was a system of 600 servers around the world that were …
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2016
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Europol cop took terror dossier home, flashed it to the web accidentally

An investigator at Europe's FBI Europol took home a USB stick packed with terror probe documents and accidentally spilled the files on the internet. Dutch telly documentary series Zembla reported this month that about 700 pages of analysis on terrorist groups and related sensitive information were exposed online as a result of …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016

Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

Three last-ditch legislative efforts to block the changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure have failed, and from tomorrow the Feds will find hacking your PC a lot less of a hassle. The rule change was introduced by the Supreme Court in April. It will allow the FBI and police to apply for a warrant to a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016