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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to hire computer scientists, according to a Department of Justice audit of the feeb's attempts to implement its Next Generation Cyber Initiative. A 34-page audit report (PDF) from the DoJ notes that, while making considerable progress, the FBI has "encountered challenges in …
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FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

The FBI is investigating presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email account while presiding over the State Department. The Washington Post has reported that the FBI is digging into Clinton's operation of a personal email server as part of her work as the US Secretary of State between 2009 and 2012 …

FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

Among the many things the FBI of the 1950s and 1960s thought was corrupting America's youth and harbouring communism was, apparently, the science fiction scene. Documents recently released under freedom of information laws, show the G-men took an interest in one of the era's leading authors, Ray Bradbury. Their interest was …
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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range. A group of lawyers including the city's public defender want to get a closer look at whether they can …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claims Jing Zeng, formerly the director of global infrastructure at Machine Zone, stole confidential information from the games maker, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals. The news agency, along with the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed suit against the Feds on Thursday in the US District court in Washington, DC, asking the court to …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

Apple and Google are helping terrorism by offering users encrypted communications, a senior FBI official has told the House Homeland Security Committee in Congress, and US law enforcement needs to stop them from doing it. Michael Steinbach, assistant director in the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, told Congress that ISIS and …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jun 2015
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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

The FBI is investigating a series of attacks on internet cabling in California – and has revealed that wiring has been meddled with at least eleven times in the San Francisco Bay Area within the past year. The bureau confirmed to USA Today that it is investigating a more traditional form of hacking against California's internet …
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FBI says in secret that secret spy Cessnas aren't secret

The FBI has told Congress not to worry about its shell-company-owned surveillance aircraft, which are decked out in the best surveillance tech, as they are engaged in an unclassified operation - which they were unwilling to talk about in a Congressional briefing. The snooping Cessnas were spotted over Baltimore during the …
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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

The FBI has confirmed it is using shell companies to fly surveillance aircraft with cellphone scanners and video cameras over US cities on a daily basis – and without the need for warrants. The aircraft were spotted over Baltimore last month monitoring the protests and riots in that city. An AP investigation has confirmed that …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jun 2015
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Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning

Cybercrooks have launched a new wave of Android ransomware that poses as a pretty convincing FBI-imposed porn-surfing warning. Over 15,000 spam emails, including zipped files, have hit the inboxes of Android users in recent days, according to Romanian security software firm Bitdefender. If activated, the ransomware demands $500 …
John Leyden, 26 May 2015
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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

Prominent US Senator Al Franken is calling on the FBI to do more to fight "revenge porn" sites. Franken (D-MN), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an open letter (PDF) to FBI director James Comey that he wants authorities to do more to track down and prosecute those who share imtimate photos without the subject' …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Apr 2015
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FBI to 'aggressively' probe St Louis Cardinals in baseball 'hack' storm

The St Louis Cardinals – the perennial good guys of pro baseball – are being investigated by the FBI after someone allegedly gatecrashed computer systems belonging to the Cardinals' former rivals, the Houston Astros. Office staff at the Cardinals may have gained unauthorized access to the Astros' internal databases using nothing …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2015

Feds count Cryptowall cost: $18 million says FBI

Cryptowall authors have wrought some US$18 million in damages on US users and businesses alone, according to the FBI. The Cryptolocker-imitation ransomware family has etched itself as one of the most prolific and capable since it was first detected in April 2014. Global damage reported to the US agency are likely considerably …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jun 2015
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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

A New York City Police Department auxiliary deputy inspector faces charges of hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other law enforcement databases, including a system maintained by the FBI. Yehuda Katz, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly used the databases to obtain information about local traffic accident victims …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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FBI has its fingers deep in NSA surveillance pie, declassified report shows

The FBI had, and most likely still has, a much closer involvement with the NSA’s mass surveillance programs than previously thought – with access to raw foreign intelligence and data on Americans gleaned from the PRISM program. The 231-page report, from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, was obtained – albeit in a …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2015

FBI updates Most Wanted cyber felons list, offers US$4.2m bounties

The mastermind of the Zeus trojan; a car scamming screwball; an identity thief; a malvertiser, and a keylogger monger: nail these five net crims to the wall and the FBI will pay you US$4.2 million. The agency has updated its 'Cyber Most Wanted'™ with the new hits who join the existing famous five hackers employed in the Chinese …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015

Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

The FBI director James Comey's bid to have Congress kibosh default encryption appears to have publicly failed after senators said the proposal would be rejected. Republication and anti-surveillance crusader Zoe Lofgren told The Hill the G-Men's bid to have Congress wind back the crypto clocks would have "zero chance" of passing …
Darren Pauli, 22 Oct 2014

FBI opens Malware Investigator portal to industry

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released a formerly in-house malware-analysing portal to help speed up incident responses and help industry and law enforcement with investigations. The G-men hope the Malware Investigator portal can let businesses build responses to new malware without such heavy reverse-engineering …
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014

That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

Evidence gathered by FBI agents who posed as broadband repairmen to enter a suspect's villa without a warrant has been thrown out by a US judge. The District Court of Nevada has decided [PDF] that the g-men violated the Fourth Amendment rights of poker ace Wei Seng Phua when they searched his Las Vegas bolthole while disguised …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2015
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'Just follow the damn Constitution!' FBI, DoJ skewered over demands for crypto backdoors

Vid FBI agents and US Department of Justice officials perhaps thought they were in for an easy ride during a congressional hearing on crime, terrorism and encryption. If so, they were mistaken. House reps on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee tore into the Feds' demands for skeleton keys to decrypt citizens' private files …
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2015

Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

Prosecutors in St Louis, Missouri, have dropped a criminal robbery case to avoid revealing details of a controversial mobile phone surveillance program, a defense attorney has claimed. The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the state dropped more than a dozen charges against three defendants just one day before police were …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2015
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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015
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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

A former programmer for banking firm Goldman Sachs who has been accused of stealing company secrets has filed suit against the FBI agents who arrested him for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. Sergey Aleynikov, 45, has been battling it out in the courts ever since his 2009 arrest on charges that he absconded with …
Neil McAllister, 13 Feb 2015
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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

Senators on both sides of the political divide in the US support the idea of forcing American tech firms to cripple their encryption systems so that the cops and Feds can snoop on people at will. On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey told both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee how device …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2015
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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

The FBI is warning airlines to keep an eye out for miscreants hacking airplane computer networks mid-flight. The alert – privately circulated today by the FBI's InfraGard program – claims hackers may or may not be able to take over a plane's navigational system via the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system or public Wi-Fi network …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015

Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

Discontinued on-the-fly disk encryption utility TrueCrypt was unable to keep out the FBI in the case of a US government techie who stole copies of classified military documents. How the Feds broke into the IT bod's encrypted TrueCrypt partition isn't clear. It raises questions about the somewhat sinister situation surrounding …
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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

The director of the FBI has defended his bureau's claim that the hacking attack against Sony Pictures was the work of the North Korean government – saying skeptics "don't have the facts that I have." Speaking at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City on Wednesday, FBI boss James Comey said he has "very …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2015
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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

A New Zealand court has ruled that data on Kim Dotcom's hard drives held by the FBI will remain encrypted, even if the Megaupload founder hands his encryption keys over to NZ police. Dotcom has been in a long wrangle with authorities over the contents of the drives. During the 2012 raid in New Zealand that killed off Megaupload …
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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

The head of the NSA has confirmed his agency gave the FBI top-secret intelligence that led the Feds to blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures mega-hack. The bureau has been strangely silent on how it came to finger the Nork government for the comprehensive ransacking of the Hollywood movie studio. So silent, in fact, seasoned …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2015
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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

The FBI wants greater authority to hack overseas computers, according to a law professor. A Department of Justice proposal to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to hack into the computers of people attempting to protect their anonymity on the internet. The …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014

Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has hired FireEye’s Mandiant forensics unit to help it clean up the huge cyber attack that knocked out its network and forced its employees to put pen to paper over the last few weeks. The company has also asked the FBI to investigate the incident and look into the leak of four of its upcoming …
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FBI to WordPress users: patch now before ISIL defaces you

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to WordPress users: hurry up and patch your content management system before web site is defaced by ISIL sympathisers. The Bureau has issued a notice titled "ISIL defacements exploiting WordPress vulnerabilities" in which it warns that "Continuous Web …
Darren Pauli, 08 Apr 2015

FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

A US newspaper has reacted angrily after it emerged that the FBI impersonated its website in order to locate a target using snoopware. The Feds set up a fake Seattle Times news story on a counterfeit website in order to entice a bomb-threat suspect to disclose his location back in 2007. Links to the doctored story were sent to …
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2014
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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

+Comment For those still wondering why US President Barack Obama and the FBI have so confidently blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, it's apparently because the NSA compromised the secretive country's computer network years before – giving American intelligence a front-row seat for subsequent shenanigans. The New York Times …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2015
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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

"Grave consequences" have been threatened by North Korea, after the FBI alleged on Friday that Norks were behind the savage hack of struggling film studio Sony Pictures. The Kim Jong Un-led country demanded a joint investigation with the US to further probe the incident. North Korea has denied responsibility for the massive …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2014

Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to hire more infosec professionals to help fight cyber-crime, but can't find the people they need because there's too much weed to weed out from the talent pool. No, really: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that FBI Director James Comey made that exact complaint in a speech delivered …

What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

The Chinese government wants backdoors added to all technology imported into the Middle Kingdom as well as all its source code handed over. Suppliers of hardware and software must also submit to invasive audits, the New York Times reports. The new requirements, detailed in a 22-page document approved late last year, are …
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2015

FBI arrests claims NullCrew hacker in Tennessee takedown

The FBI has arrested a Tennessee man on computer crime charges, claiming he is a key player in the NullCrew hacking squad that attacked businesses and educational institutions from 2012 onwards. Court filings claim Timothy Justin French, 20, is known online as "Orbit", and took part in hacking attacks against two US universities …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2014
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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

Barrett Brown is going to be spending a little longer inside than he thought after a Dallas judge threw the book at him on charges related to the hacking attack on private US intelligence firm Stratfor. Lawyers for Brown had been hoping their client would get off with time served, as he has spent the last 28 months in federal …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2015

FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

The FBI has alerted US businesses to data-wiping malware after hackers, possibly in North Korea, ransacked computers at Sony Pictures. The malicious software described in the Feds' warning is pretty close to the malware believed to have infiltrated Sony's network. Miscreants have leaked gigabytes of passwords, personal records, …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2014

FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

Disgruntled workers are causing more problems for their employers, the FBI warns. Employees, ex-workers or contractors with a grudge against their former paymasters are abusing cloud storage sites or remote access to enterprise networks to steal trade secrets, customer lists or other sensitive information. Insider threats have …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2014
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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

US government attorneys have argued that the FBI didn't need a warrant to snoop evidence from the Silk Road darknet drugs souk, for a simple reason: its servers were located outside the United States. Attorneys representing accused Silk Road headman Ross Ulbricht have suggested that the FBI used hacking techniques to pull data …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2014
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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

A US District Court has shot down a motion to toss out the government's evidence against alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, ruling that the FBI's investigation did not violate Ulbricht's Fourth Amendment rights. In a 38-page ruling, District Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that the defense could not exclude evidence …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2014

Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

Rather than a conspiracy involving NSA wiretaps, the FBI claims the downfall of Silk Road begun with a leaky CAPTCHA. Responding to a request for information from former kingpin Ross Ulbricht's defence lawyers, the Feds says the CAPTCHA left a trail from the TOR-protected Silk Road servers to the public Internet. That revealed …
Darren Pauli, 08 Sep 2014
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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

FBI Director James Comey has complained that Apple and Google's use of stronger encryption in smartphones and tablets makes it impossible for cops and g-men to collar criminals. "There will come a day – well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
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New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list

RSA 2014 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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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union have shown that US cops are using the FBI's Stingray mobile phone tracking tech much more often than first thought. And the Feds are going to great lengths to hide the full extent of its use. "The documents paint a detailed picture of police using an invasive technology …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2015

FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

FBI director James Comey is continuing his charm offensive against phone encryption – by urging tech giants to do more to help the agency monitor people. In a speech to the Brookings Institute, Comey said the decision by Apple and Google to turn on file encryption by default in iOS and Android was seriously hampering the efforts …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2014
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Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

Microsoft has successfully challenged a secret letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation ordering it to turn over data from one of its Office 365 customers, court documents made public on Thursday have revealed. The documents, which remained secret until they were unsealed by the US District Court in Seattle on Wednesday, …
Neil McAllister, 23 May 2014