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Bloke accused of making phone spyware StealthGenie is cuffed by feds

Allegedly building and selling spyware has landed a Pakistani man in trouble with the Feds: the g-men collared 31-year-old Hammad Akbar, of Lahore, on Monday for flogging StealthGenie, it's claimed. The US Department of Justice says Akbar was indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia for operating a company called InvoCode, …
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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

The FBI has announced it is extending a trial campaign that offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone indulging in "lasing" – the increasingly popular sport of zapping aircraft with lasers. Back in February, the Bureau decided it had had enough of this "dangerous crime", which in 2013 …
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014
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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

The FBI-backed Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an advisory warning that email scammers are impersonating it to extort money from gullible punters. The cyber-cop squad said several victims had been in contact after they received emails spoofed to look as though they are coming from IC3 itself. The emails state …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014

US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

A US judge has ruled that the Feds can have access to a Gmail user’s entire account to search for evidence in a money laundering case, a decision which clashes with at least two other recent rulings on email privacy. New York District Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said in an opinion that email accounts were the same as hard drives as …
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LulzSec turncoat Sabu avoids jail time thanks to co-operating with Feds

Infamous Lulzsec hacker-turned-mole Sabu will not face jail time after the court agreed to cut the police informant's sentence. Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known by his handle Sabu, received a sentence for time already served from a US District Court on Tuesday at the recommendation of prosecutors. Sabu had faced twelve …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2014
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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has suffered another setback in his fight against extradition to America to face piracy charges, as the New Zealand Supreme Court denied his appeal to access the evidence the US feds have on him. The top court decided [PDF] that Uncle Sam's prosecutors are not required to disclose the evidence they' …

Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case

American prosecutors have charged four people with selling crystal meth through the defunct online drugs market Silk Road. The US Attorney for the District of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, indicted the three men and one woman over allegations they were involved in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine over the internet. She also …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013

Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

The FBI has released a wanted notice for 30-year-old Russian national Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whom they allege to be the mastermind behind both the Gameover ZeuS and the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. A US indictment has been unsealed against the suspect following an FBI-led takedown operation that disrupted …
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2014
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Feds land first convictions over pirated mobile apps

The US has enforced its first convictions for illegally distributing counterfeit mobile apps, after two Florida men pleaded guilty for their part in a scheme that sold pirated apps with a total retail value of more than $700,000. Thomas Allen Dye, 21, and 26-year-old Nicholas Anthony Narbone both pleaded guilty to the same …
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Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, and his parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, have jointly announced that it is working on legislation to allow the appointment of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. The Commissioner will oversee “an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced over US$12,000 in prizes in its “Zapping Rachel” robocall contest, which was held at this year's DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas. The FTC has been on something of a crusade against the curse of the robocall, both because they are illegal and also because it …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
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Feds: Amazon cloud can be used for healthcare data

The US government will let healthcare insurers store sensitive data in the Amazon Web Services cloud, raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on a conference call last week that healthcare insurers will be able to feed healthcare data …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2014

Xbox hackers snared US ARMY APACHE GUNSHIP ware - Feds

Hackers from the US, Canada and Australia have been arrested over a sting that took in the US Army, gaming companies and Microsoft. The Department of Justice accuses the alleged perps of copying software worth more than US$100m. The thieves pinched data and source code relating to then unreleased titles Call of Duty Modern …
Darren Pauli, 01 Oct 2014

Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

The US Department of Justice has taken a break from handing Amazon an ebook monopoly and instead indicted four operators of Android warez sites. The four charged with criminal copyright infringement operated the sites Snappzmarket and Appbucket, whose domains were seized by the FBI in August 2012. Authorities allege that the …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2014
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Amazon begs Feds for drone test permission slip

Amazon.com has written to the USA's Federal Aviation Administration asking to be exempted from rules governing the operation of the “small unmanned aircraft systems” – which it hopes to use in its Prime Air delivery-by-drone service. The letter points out that “Current FAA rules allow hobbyists and manufacturers of model …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2014
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Crypto thwarts TINY MINORITY of Feds' snooping efforts

US government court-sanctioned wiretaps were sometimes defeated by encryption, according to official figures on law enforcement eavesdropping released this week. State police were unable to circumvent the encryption used by criminal suspects in nine cases last year, while plain text was recovered in 32 of 41 cases where use of …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2014

World still standing? It's been two weeks since Cryptolocker, Gameover Zeus takedown by feds

Two weeks have passed since the feds knackered the systems doling out the GameOver ZeuS and CryptoLocker malware to PCs. G-men warned us the world had just a fortnight to clean up compromised Windows machines and defend them from the software nasties before their masters regrouped. That time has passed ... and not much has …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2014
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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

American charity Goodwill is being investigated by US federal authorities as the possible ground zero for a major debit and credit card security breach. But the company says it thinks it's in the clear. "Goodwill Industries International was contacted last Friday afternoon by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014

Feds charge three in brain-ache $15m Pentagon payroll pillage plot

Three men have been indicted in the US for trying to steal at least $15m by hacking into the Department of Defence's payroll service and customer accounts at 14 different financial institutions. The US Attorney's office in New Jersey has charged two men from Kiev in Ukraine, Oleksiy Sharapka and Leonid Yanovitsky, and a third …

Oz feds kick the metadata retention can, again

The Australian Federal Police is renewing its push to sweep up as much telecommunications metadata as is humanly possible, as a Senate Committee conducts a review into telecommunications interception legislation. Metadata collection on a mass scale remains as controversial a topic under this government as it was under the prior …
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Security bods boycott DEF CON over closed door for feds

At least one group of researchers is pulling out of DEF CON in protest at the decision to tell federal agents to stay away from the annual hacking convention. Jeff Moss, the US government security advisor who founded the DEF CON and BlackHat, urged federal agents to stay away from DEF CON in Vegas next month. G-Men were …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2013

Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

Microsoft has lost the first round in its fight to stop the US authorities from seizing customer data stored inside its overseas data centers. Following a two-hour hearing before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that a US warrant ordering Microsoft to …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2014
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Feds BANNED from DEF CON by founder (who is Obama's cyber-expert)

Jeff Moss - the US government security advisor who founded the DEF CON hacking convention - has urged federal agents to stay away from the conference next month. For the first time in the annual event's 20-year history, g-men and spooks have been made unwelcome. Exactly how effective the request will be remains to be seen. Moss …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2013

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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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

A New Zealand court has ruled that the Feds don’t have to turn over all their evidence against Megaupload kingpin Kim Dotcom to get him extradited. The Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that the FBI had to tip its hand to Dotcom so that he could fairly contest the case against him, Reuters and others reported. Dotcom faces …
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Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom

A New Zealand court has handed over all the evidence against Kim Dotcom to the Megaupload founder because it reckons the warrants used in the 2012 raid were illegal. A high court in the country has decided the police have to give Dotcom a copy of everything they picked up that's relevant to the US investigation, including all …

Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

The US government asked Facebook for information about 18,715 user accounts between July and December of last year. The social networking giant said in its latest transparency report that law enforcement agencies asked the company to hand over thousands of pieces of information from user profiles as part of criminal …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014
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Feds smash international cybercrime ring with Power of Facebook

The FBI have said that with the help of Facebook, they've taken down an international crime gang who went on an $850m botnet spree. The ten suspects are allegedly responsible for multiple variants of the Yahos malware, which is linked to more than 11 million computer takeovers and over $850m in losses using the Butterfly botnet …
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Former Systemax exec faces second probe by Feds

Former Systemax exec Carl Fiorentino, the man currently contesting charges of fraud related to his work at his former company, is the subject of a second federal probe, according to a recent US court filing. This second probe was mentioned by his legal team at Pinera-Vazquez Law Firm in its petition to move the venue of the …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2013
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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was hit with a total of 15 charges, including conspiracy to commit …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

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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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

American officials are preparing to sell off $28m worth of Bitcoin which was seized during the operation to shut down the Silk Road online drugs market last year. In a statement, US prosecutor Preet Bharara announced the forfeiture of 29,655 Bitcoins. She said: "With today’s forfeiture of $28m worth of Bitcoins from the Silk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014

Apple: We'll tell users when the Feds come looking for their data

Apple has updated its procedures for dealing with police investigations into its users' data, and has promised to let individuals know when they are being probed – most of the time, that is. The new guidelines state that customers will not be notified if there is a non-disclosure order with the search warrant or if "we believe …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
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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

US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

A United States Senator is demanding that US regulators ban the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said that the currency helps facilitate criminal activity and could harm the US economy if it is allowed to continue to circulate without regulation. Inthe letter addressed to, among others, the heads of …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2014

Feds charge man in $1m 'Dr Evil' scam to blackmail Mitt Romney

A Tennessee man has been charged over a high-profile extortion and wire fraud scam involving former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns. Michael Mancil Brown, 34, of Franklin, Tennessee faces six counts of wire fraud and six counts of extortion over his alleged involvement in a plot to blackmail Romney …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2013

Feds: Silk Road pirate king tried to SNUFF customer AND employee

Alleged online drug kingpin Ross William Ulbricht tried to have not one, but two people involved in the Silk Road killed, according to as US federal court indictment. The Dread Pirate Roberts, as Ulbricht was known online, paid an undercover federal agent $80,000 to torture and kill a Silk Road employee, the indictment, filed in …
Jack Clark, 03 Oct 2013
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Moore, and a second man called Charles "Gary" Evens, were both nabbed in California: Moore will now appear this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014

US feds want cars conversing by 2017

New US cars and light trucks will soon be equipped with crash-avoidance vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems, says the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2014

Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

Google is promoting a White House petition to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would force government agencies to get a warrant before rifling through emails and other electronic communications. The Chocolate Factory posted a link to the epetition on Google+, supporting the attempt to get the 25-year-old …

US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

A report by the US Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force recommends that the government make the streaming of copyrighted material a felony. Currently, streaming content is a simple misdemeanor that breaches rules on violation of the public-performance right, but the report recommends upping the penalty to felony …
Iain Thomson, 07 Aug 2013
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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

Apple conspired with publishers to increase ebooks prices, costing readers “hundreds of millions of dollars”, an antitrust trial heard yesterday. In opening arguments reported by Reuters and others, Lawrence Buterman, a lawyer at the US Department of Justice, claimed Apple offered publishers a means to raise their prices from …

Japanese Feds urge ISPs to support Tor ban plan

Japan’s technology-illiterate police have put themselves in the firing line once again after recommending what amounts to a blanket ban on the use of the Tor anonymiser network in the country. The FBI-like National Police Agency is set to ask ISPs to "help site administrators" to block communications if the customer is found to …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Apr 2013
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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

The Department of Homeland Security has frozen an online trade route between US citizens and Mt. Gox - the world's largest exchange of crypto-currency Bitcoin. The move will be interpreted as an opening skirmish in a battle to control the electronic cash, which has exploded in popularity and so far avoided regulation by …
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2013

Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open

Lavabit's founder has claimed other secure webmail providers who threatened to shut themselves down in the wake of the NSA spying revelations had received court orders forcing them to stay up. Ladar Levison made the claim during a recent Reddit AMA (ask-me-anything) Q&A chat without going into details about the alleged strong- …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2013

Feds cuff five more suspects in $45m bank mega-cyber-heist

US Federal authorities have arrested five people accused of aiding a massive electronic bank heist in New York earlier this year. The US District Attorney's office for Eastern New York said that the five were detained following the discovery of photographic evidence that allegedly links the men to a $45m cash-swindling operation …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2013
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Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

Key personnel in a Texas-based electronics firm are among 11 people arrested over an alleged conspiracy to smuggle advanced microelectronics from the US to Russia. Arc Electronics Inc allegedly acted as a conduit for the smuggling of high-tech components potentially useful in radar, weapons guidance, surveillance and other …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012
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Feds slurping your private data? But that's OUR job, says Google

Google has renewed calls for tougher safeguards to protect people's privacy online as the Feds come knocking for more emails and cloud-hosted files. The search giant is part of the Digital Due Process - a coalition including Facebook, Amazon, eBay and HP - that is trying to change the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to …

ZTE ejects from Iran as Feds probe spy-tech export claims

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE says it has finally wound up its business dealings in Iran, bar existing customers, as the firm tries to move on following allegations it broke US sanctions by flogging spy technology to the Islamic republic. Chairman Hou Weigui told Reuters the Shenzhen firm had “basically stopped”. “We have to …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Apr 2013

FalconStor settles with feds for $6m

FalconStor has settled a two lawsuits regarding alleged improper customer payments by coughing up $5.8 million and signing up to a deferred prosecution agreement. There were two lawsuits: one from the SEC and the other from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (USAO). Each suit will see falconStor pay …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2012