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Geek Squad

Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds

Best Buy and the FBI have had a longstanding and very cosy relationship that incentivised Geek Squad techies to go hunting for porn on customers PCs, documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act have shown. US tech retailer Best Buy has always denied having a relationship with the Feds, but the documents reveal …
Iain Thomson, 7 Mar 2018
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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

Analysis US judges have shut down an appeal from a convicted pedophile who claimed the FBI hacking of his computer was an illegal and unreasonable search. Gabriel Werdene, 53, of Bucks County, Philadelphia, is serving two years in a federal prison for rummaging through the Playpen dark-web filth souk for images and footage of child …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2018

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

Four cryptography experts have backed a US Senator's campaign to force the FBI to explain how exactly a Feds-only backdoor can be added to strong and secure encryption. The four are: Stanford professor Martin Hellman, of Diffie-Hellman fame and who helped invent the foundations of today's crypto systems; Columbia professor and …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Feb 2018
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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

Three people are in hospital after a car rammed a barrier at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, today at around 0655 ET (0355 PT, 1155 UTC). A trio of blokes tried to drive onto the US intelligence agency's campus in a rented SUV, and were intercepted by spy cops, according to the FBI. The vehicle's driver was hurt …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2018

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

Analysis Friday morning, as expected, the US House Intelligence Committee released a four-page memo outlining what it claims is evidence that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the FBI illegally requested that a former advisor to President Trump be put under surveillance. The document [PDF] has been the source of frenzied attention …

Ignore that FBI. We're the real FBI, says the FBI that's totally the FBI

Some scammers may have bitten off more than they can chew after they tried impersonating the FBI to spread malware. The Feds' Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued an alert on Wednesday warning that it has received numerous complaints from citizens who have received emails purporting to be from IC3. Each message states …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2018

FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

Analysis The FBI has slammed a still-secret memo that claims the bureau was politically motivated when it requested a wiretap on a key advisor of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. In a statement released Wednesday, the law enforcement agency said it was "provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jan 2018
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Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

A computer programmer has been accused of hacking, committing identity theft, and creating child pornography after allegedly developing custom malware to take control of thousands of computers. Phillip Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio, USA, was indicted on Wednesday on 16 separate charges relating to the alleged …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2018
Wray

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

FBI Director Christopher Wray has picked up where he left off last year with a new call for backdoors in encryption exclusively for law enforcement. Speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York today, Wray complained that in the past year the Feds have seized 7,775 devices that they can't unlock and …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jan 2018
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FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security

Internet of Things users need to become sysadmins, America's Federal Bureau of Investigation says. That's a summary of the Feds' blog post, published this week, in which the agency's Beth Anne Steele wrote that Things are best deployed on their own network, with an off-switch. Steele's post offered a checklist explaining how …

US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

Proving that nothing is what it seems when it comes to mass surveillance, the hard deadline of December 31 for the controversial section 702 spying program has been moved overnight to April 26. On the eve of a Congressional hearing in which director of the FBI Christopher Wray was pointedly asked about the agency's use of …
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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

Justin Shafer, who last year sparked a complaint to the FBI for discovering a dental software vendor's unprotected FTP server, will walk free until his trial begins. Although his vulnerability work upset some of his targets, Shafer's detention wasn't directly about hacking: he took exception to repeated FBI raids, went public …
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Iranian military hacker fingered for 'Game of p0wns' HBO leak

The United States' Department of Justice has identified a suspect in July's attack on Home Box Office, naming an Iranian national, Behzad Mesri, in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, November 21. Announcing the charges, acting Manhattan US attorney Joon Kim said Mesri is “had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian …

Crouching cyber Hidden Cobra: US warns Nork hackers are at it again with new software nasty

The FBI and US Homeland Security have issued an alert about a new strain of malware infecting American corporate systems and stealing sensitive data. The remote access trojan (RAT), dubbed Fallchill, is the work of a North Korean hacking group called Hidden Cobra, which some at US-CERT believe was responsible for the WannaCry …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017
Rosenstein

US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

While US President Donald Trump thinks it's too early to discuss gun control in the wake of Sunday's Texas church massacre – America's latest mass shooting – his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is just fine exploiting the murder-suicide of 26 people to push for backdoors. Specifically, a backdoor so investigators can …
Iain Thomson, 9 Nov 2017
FBI

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

FBI agents investigating the murder-suicide of 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, have said they can't yet unlock the shooter's smartphone. In a press conference on Tuesday, special agent Chris Combs said that investigations into the motives and actions of the gunman was ongoing, but that his mobe …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2017
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FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

A former chemistry student allegedly used keystroke-logging gadgets to steal tutors' passwords, changed classmates' grades and downloaded copies of exams ahead of time. Amateur wrestler Trevor Graves, 22, who studied at the University of Iowa, in the US, was arrested and indicted this month on two hacking charges – each of …
Iain Thomson, 1 Nov 2017
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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

The FBI has been locked out of almost 7,000 seized mobile phones thanks to encryption, director Christopher Wray has said. Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia in the US, Wray lamented that device encryption kept the g-men out of “more than 6,900, that’s six thousand nine …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017

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