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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

Business email accounts remain a lucrative way for scammers to get into companies and turn a quick buck. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says that attacks using Business Email Compromise (stealing a legit business account and then using it to transfer funds out to criminals) incidents have exploded, with …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018
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Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches

Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system complete with its Fed-blocking option. The iOS 11.4.1 upgrade is small by Apple standards – coming in at around 200MB – but it represents a big headache for the FBI and other organizations that want to gain access to someone else's phone because it kills off …
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Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more 'oops, we spilled your data' shocks

No less than four federal agencies in the US are now investigating Facebook following yet more revelations over how it gave vast quantities of personal data to developers. As well as the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the FBI, and America's financial watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission ( …

IEEE joins the ranks of non-backdoored strong cryptography defenders

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has joined the ranks of objectors to proposed law enforcement measures that would compromise access to strong cryptography. The august engineering body went beyond merely opposing the popular understanding of what constitutes a “backdoor”, instead framing its …

Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

Former FBI director James Comey was using Gmail for FBI business while overseeing the controversial probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as US Secretary of State. A report from the US Department of Justice found Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the investigation while …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2018
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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

Police have carried out a worldwide wave of arrests that have seen 74 people detained and over $16m in purloined funds seized by suspected whalers, or business email compromise (BEC) fraudsters. Over the past few years the FBI has been targeting BEC fraud, a social-engineering scam to convince companies and individuals to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2018

FBI fingers North Korea for two malware strains

US CERT has issued a Technical Alert that says two strains of malware are tools of the North Korean government. The Alert says that the United States’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “identified IP addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with two families …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2018
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FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on

The FBI has reminded the world it wants us to reboot our routers to try and help it identify VPNFilter-affected routers. It first asked for reboots last Wednesday, May 23, in the Department of Justice VPNFilter media release, but on Friday added a stand-alone public service announcement emphasising its "IT Crowd" strategy. …
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FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'

The FBI says it is taking steps to stop the spread of the VPNFilter malware and botnet, warning that it's a national security issue. The bureau's offensive includes seizing a domain believed to have been used as part of the command and control structure for VPNFilter's 500,000-strong network of infected routers and storage …
Shaun Nichols, 24 May 2018
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FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...

The FBI apparently gilded the lily in its long campaign against consumer cryptography, telling the world it held more locked phones than it did. At issue is the Feds' claim that it has seized 7,000 phones it can't crack because they're encrypted. FBI boss Christopher Wray upped the ante in December 2017, telling a …
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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

An American government employee has publicly claimed that a criminal gang used a swarm of drones to fend off an FBI raid. Joe Mazel, the chief of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation’s operational technology law unit, told the AUVSI Xponential conference in Colorado, USA, that a hostage rescue team were driven out of …
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Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, oi oi oi! Tech zillionaire Ray's backdoor crypto for the Feds is Clipper chip v2

Analysis Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, particularly if forgetfulness promises profit. Ray Ozzie, former CTO of Microsoft and the designer of Lotus Notes, is old enough to recall the battle over the Clipper chip, an ill-fated NSA-backed effort from 1993 through 1996 to require a US-government-accessible …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2018
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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

American and British crimefighters have launched another round of pin-the-tail-on-the-Russians – with a warning that Moscow-backed hackers are trying to subvert the world's network devices. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Apr 2018
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Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

Ten members of the US Congress have asked the FBI to explain its battles with Apple, after doubts were raised over the extent to which criminals use encryption to "go dark" and evade law enforcement authorities. Criminals using encryption to evade law enforcement – "going dark" – is the foundation of the FBI's calls for a …

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

A US bloke accused of cyberstalking and harassing his former housemates has been hit with two dozen more criminal charges. Matthew Lin, a computer programmer from Newton, Massachusetts, faces seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distributing child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018
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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

Analysis On December 2, 2015 Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik attended his employer's holiday party in San Bernardino, California – and without warning started indiscriminately shooting at fellow employees. Four minutes and 75 bullets later, 14 people were dead and 17 injured. Farook and Malik fled the scene but were located by …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Mar 2018
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FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

The FBI has raided the home of US intelligence contractor John Weed who is suspected of leaking classified blueprints online via a fake Facebook account. On Monday, the Feds confirmed to The Register they have executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of John Glenn Weed, who worked for the National Reconnaissance Office …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2018

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

FBI director Christopher Wray has addressed a cyber-security conference and again called for technologists to innovate their way around strong cryptography. Wray spoke at the Boston College / FBI Boston Conference on Cyber Security on March 7. He told the audience the issue of crypto can be solved because the industry's …

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